Service for Maundy Thursday, April 9th, 2020

Artwork by Mike Van

Penitential Prayer

God, who is rich in mercy, loved us even when we were dead to sin, and made us alive together with Christ.  By grace we have been saved.  Our sins are forgiven in the name of Jesus Christ.  Almighty God strengthen us with power through the Holy Spirit, that Christ may live in our hearts through faith.  Amen.

Collect of the Day

Holy God, source of all love, on the night of his betrayal, Jesus gave us a new commandment, to love one another as he loves us.  Write this commandment in our hearts, and give us the will to serve others as he was servant of all, your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

The First Lesson: Exodus 12:1-4, 11-14

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Psalm is 116:1, 10-17

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The Second Lesson:  I Corinthians 11:23-26

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The Gospel: John 13:1-17, 31b-35 

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Click below to watch Fr. Dorsch’s prerecorded sermon for Maundy Thursday.

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Prayers of the People

In the company of Jesus and in unity with his faithful followers in years past and in our present day, let us offer our prayers responding, “Kyrie eleison.”

For the gift of humility, that we may mirror the servanthood of Jesus, bending the knee of our hearts to all whose feet have journeyed a long distance, and whose hands have washed away the burdens of others; let us pray. Kyrie eleison.

For peace throughout the world, all places where the lust for power fosters tyranny and war; let us pray. Kyrie eleison.

For the courage to face our own unfaithfulness: the kisses of deception, the subtle betrayals, our spiritual sleepiness; that in turning to Christ we may receive the grace that changes lives; let us pray. Kyrie eleison.

For those who keep watch this night, that in watching they may be found, in seeking they may be filled with the Spirit, and in waiting they may find peace; let us pray. Kyrie eleison.

For those who keep watch every night: the hungry, the homeless, the fearful, that Christ may find them in their own gardens of Gethsemane and not leave them in despair; let us pray. Kyrie eleison.

In thanksgiving for this Eucharistic Meal, which gathers us into the fellowship of all the beloved, uniting us with Jesus, whose Divine Presence we now share; let us pray. Kyrie eleison.

In companionship with Peter, John, and all the apostles, let us continue our prayers.

The people are invited to add their prayers, petitions and thanksgivings.

 Let us pray. Kyrie eleison.

Let us join together in a prayer for this time of transition:
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Almighty and eternal God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth: Mercifully accept the prayers of your people, and strengthen us to do your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

Solemn Prayer over the People

Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

Psalm 88

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