Maundy Thursday Service

Maundy Thursday Service

Maundy Thursday

A Service of Song, Scripture, and Meditation

April 9, 2020

7:30 p.m.

The Maundy Thursday worship service is a most beautiful and heart-rending service, wherein we remember our Lord’s last meal with his disciples and his washing of their feet. You are encouraged to use the prelude to this service as a time of true introspection and prayer, as we prepare to meet our God and Savior in worship.

Prelude                    “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”                                      Burkhardt

Call to Worship                                                                                                        Isaiah 53

Hymn of Confession     “Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted”                               #257

Stricken, smitten, and afflicted,
See him dying on the tree!
‘Tis the Christ by man rejected;
Yes, my soul, ’tis he, ’tis he.
‘Tis the long-expected Prophet,
David’s Son, yet David’s Lord;
By his Son God now has spoken:
‘Tis the true and faithful Word.

Tell me, ye who hear him groaning,
Was there ever grief like his?
Friends through fear his cause disowning,
Foes insulting his distress;
Many hands were raised to wound him,
None would interpose to save;
But the deepest stroke that pierced him
Was the stroke that Justice gave.

Ye who think of sin but lightly
Nor suppose the evil great
Here may view its nature rightly,
Here its guilt may estimate.
Mark the Sacrifice appointed,
See who bears the awful load;
‘Tis the Word, the Lord’s Anointed,
Son of Man and Son of God.
Here we have a firm foundation,
Here the refuge of the lost;
Christ’s the Rock of our salvation,
His the name of which we boast.
Lamb of God, for sinners wounded,
Sacrifice to cancel guilt!
None shall ever be confounded
Who on him their hope have built.

Invocation (join in unison if you are able)

O Lord Jesus Christ, who on this night didst leave Thy Church a memorial of Thyself and a pledge and seal of Thy redeeming love: Grant that when, in obedience to Thy command, we gather, we will remember Thy Passion. May your triumph ever abide within our hearts, that we may be fortified against the assaults of our enemies and strengthened to keep Thy commandments all the days of our life. Amen.

Hymn of Praise                         “Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed”                     #254

Alas! and did my Saviour bleed,
And did my Sovereign die!
Would he devote that sacred head
For such a worm as I!

Was it for crimes that I had done
He groaned upon the tree!
Amazing pity! grace unknown!
And love beyond degree!

Well might the sun in darkness hide,
And shut his glories in,
When Christ, the mighty Maker, died
For man the creature’s sin.

Thus might I hide my blushing face
While his dear cross appears;
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness,
And melt mine eyes in tears.

But drops of grief can ne’er repay
The debt of love I owe;
Here, Lord, I give myself away,
‘Tis all that I can do.

Prayer

Solo     “Ah, Holy Jesus, How Hast Thou Offended”                                        Mr. Ernie Hawley

                                                                                                                                        #248

Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended,
That man to judge thee hath in hate pretended?
By foes derided, by thine own rejected,
O most afflicted.

Who was the guilty? who brought this upon thee?
Alas, my treason, Jesus, hath undone thee.
‘Twas I, Lord Jesus, I it was denied thee:
I crucified thee.

For me, kind Jesus, was thine incarnation,
Thy mortal sorrow, and thy life’s oblation:
Thy death of anguish and thy bitter passion,
For my salvation.

Therefore, kind Jesus, since I cannot pay thee,
I do adore thee, and will ever pray thee
Think on thy pity and thy love unswerving,
Not my deserving.

Scripture                          John 13: 1-17, and 34-35                                                  

Meditation      “Locked in: But Secured by the Lamb’s Love”                         Rev. David Hall

Hymn                          “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”                                #247

O sacred Head, now wounded,
With grief and shame weighed down;
Now scornfully surrounded
With thorns, thine only crown;
O sacred Head, what glory,
What bliss till now was thine!
Yet, though despised and gory,
I joy to call thee mine.

What thou, my Lord, hast suffered
Was all for sinners’ gain:
Mine, mine was the transgression,
But thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Saviour!
‘Tis I deserve thy place;
Look on me with thy favor,
Vouchsafe to me thy grace.

What language shall I borrow
To thank thee, dearest Friend,
For this thy dying sorrow,
Thy pity without end?
O make me thine for ever;
And should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never
Outlive my love to thee.

Be near when I am dying,
O show thy cross to me;
And for my succor flying,
Come, Lord, to set me free:
These eyes, new faith receiving,
From Jesus shall not move;
For he who dies believing,
Dies safely, through thy love.

The Benediction

Choral Response                     “Christ, We Do All Adore Thee”                       #737

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