Maundy Thursday March 29, 2018
Order of Worship
St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor
March 29, 2018
SILENT PRAYER (Silence reverence is invited)
RINGING OF THE CHURCH BELL
*PROCESSIONAL HYMN No. 476 “Rejoice in God’s Saints” (Verses 1,3, 4)
CALL TO WORSHIP/ INVOCATION (Responsive)
Pastor: O God, on this Maundy Thursday, we gather in your house to give thanks for the
life of your son, Jesus, and to experience anew his presence in our midst.
People: We remember, dear God, how Jesus shared a meal and prayed and sang
with his apostles before he went to the cross, all to help fortify them for the spiritual
Unison: As we together sing songs, offer prayers, and break bread in Jesus’ name,
may we be similarly strengthened to stand as your faithful people in a troubled
CONGREGATIONAL AMEN Amen, Amen, Amen!
OFFERING Sally Sigman, Organist
PART 1 – A FATEFUL DRAMA BEGINS
Matthew 26:6-13 – Jesus Anointed By a Woman of Questionable Virtue – Luke Frazier
HYMN No. 628 “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” (Verse 1-2)
Matthew 26:1-5 – Jesus Predicts His Crucifixion While Temple Priests Plot – Tyler Staten
SOLO: “On Eagle’s Wings” Tracy Hoffman (77)
Matthew 26:14-16 – Judas Sells Out Jesus for 30 Pieces of Silver – Tyler Staten
ANTHEM “Within the Shadow of the Cross,” Chancel Choir
HOMILY “That Last Night,” Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas
Fellowship * Servanthood * Sacrament * Praise & Song * Prayer * Peace * Healing
PREPARING FOR THE SACRAMENT
Proclamation of God’s Love in Christ
Confession of Sin/ Prayer of Consecration
Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise Him all creatures here below.
Praise Him above ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Amen.
PART 2 – A FAITHFUL DRAMA DEEPENS
Matthew 26:17-19 - Jesus Sends Apostles to Prepare Passover Meal – Jeannette Wackro
HYMN No. 428 “An Upper Room with Evening Lamps Ashine” (Verses 1, 3)
Matthew 26:20-25 – Jesus Predicts Betrayal – Jeannette Wackro
SOLO “Let Us Break Bread Together,” Nancy Rabb (425)
Matthew 26:26-29 – Jesus Introduces Sacrament – Jeannette Wackro
HYMN No. 385: “An Upper Room Did Our Lord Prepare” (Verses, 1-3)
John 13: 3-17 – Jesus Washes Apostles’ Feet – Jeannette Wackro
HYMN 194 “Tis Midnight and On Olive’s Brow” (Verses 1-4)
Matthew 26:30-35 – On Mt. Olives Jesus Predicts Apostles’ Desertion – Pastor Schalm
SOLO: “Go To Dark Gethsemane” Tracy Hoffman (196 Verses 1-2)
Matthew 26:36-46 – Jesus Prays Alone at Gethsemane – Pastor Schalm
HYMN No. 211 “Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley” (Verses 1-3)
Matthew 26:47-50 – Jesus Betrayed by a Kiss and Arrested – Pastor Schalm
SOLO: “Peace, I Leave with You My Friends” Pastor Drutchas
Matthew 26:51-56 – Jesus Halts Violence and Heals Wounded Man – Pastor Schalm
CHIME NOTES “Heal Me, Hands of Jesus” (504)
PART 3 – CHRIST’S DESTINY AWAITS
Matthew 26:57-64 – Jesus Is Interrogated Before the Sanhedrin – Lois Rice
SOLO: “If You Will Trust in God to Guide You,” Pastor Drutchas (Verses 1-2)
Matthew 26:65-68 – High Priest Pronounces Judgement – Lois Rice
HYMN No. 208: “He Never Said a Mumbalin’ Word”
Matthew 26:69-75 – Peter Denies Christ Three Times and Weeps – Helen St. Louis
THREE CHIMES OF SORROW
ANTHEM: “Were You There?” Tricia Nault, Soloist (198)
(During our final somber hymn, the altar is stripped of all decorations, the cross is veiled, and the lights of the Gethsemane window high above are extinguished. The altar, which served as a table for our communion elements, now stands in its starkness as a reminder of the tomb in which Jesus was laid after his crucifixion at Golgotha—Calvary’s mount.)
CLOSING PRAYER (Responsive)
Pastors: O God, keep us mindful of Christ’s anguish, passion, and sacrifice as the Lamb of God who takes away our sins and the sins of our world that we might have a fresh start and new life.
Congregation: Help us, O God, to honor Christ by our devotion to you and our
commitment to walk faithfully with him in spirit of compassion and righteousness—
TOLLING THE CHURCH BELL (After the candles are extinguished the congregation may depart in silence. Fellowship and refreshments follow in the West Room’s Jerusalem Café)
RESTROOMS AND CHANGING ROOM SPACE are available in the East Lobby which can be reached through the side door at the east front of the sanctuary just before the entrance to our Family Room. Please let the ushers know of your need for additional assistance.
ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES AND LARGE PRINT Hymnals and orders of service are available. Tune listening devices to channel 105.5 FM.
CELL PHONES AND PAGERS should be turn off or set to vibrate.