Mifflin Avenue United Methodist Church

7 PM Worship††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† Maundy Thursday†††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† 21 April 2011

 

GATHERING

†† Ah Holy Jesus††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† H. Haase

 

GREETING AND WELCOME

†† The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

†† And also with you.

†† Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

†† Christ has prepared a feast of love.

 

PRAYERin unison

 

†† Eternal God, in the sharing of a meal

†† your Son established a new covenant for all people,

†† and in the washing of feet

†† he showed us the dignity of service.

†† Grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit

†† these signs of our life in faith

†† may speak again to our hearts,

†† feed our spirits, and refresh our bodies.Amen.

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†† Theyíll Know We Are Christians by Our Love††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† St. Brendanís

 

GOSPEL READING

†† John 13:1-17, 31-35

 

†† The Word of the Lord.

†† Thanks be to God.

 

SERMON

†† All My Favorite People Are Broken

 

 

 

CONFESSION AND PARDON††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

†† My sisters and brothers,

††††† Christ shows us his love by becoming a humble servant.

†† Let us draw near to God and confess our sin in the truth of Godís Spirit.

†† Most merciful God,

†† we your Church confess

††††† that often our spirit has not been that of Christ.

†† Where we have failed to love one another as he loves us,

†† where we have pledged loyalty to him with our lips

††††† and then betrayed, deserted, or denied him,

†† forgive us, we pray;

†† and by your Spirit make us faithful in every time of trial;

†† through Jesus Christ our Lord.Amen.

 

†† Who is in a position to condemn?Only Christ.

†† But Christ suffered and died for us,

††††† was raised from the dead and ascended on high for us,

††††† and continues to intercede for us.

†† Believe the good news:

†† In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

†† In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

†† Glory to God.Amen.

 

HOLY COMMUNION

 

†† You are invited to spend as much time as you like in prayer and meditation.Scripture readings

for Maundy Thursday are provided to assist you.When you are ready, please come forward to

receive the communion elements.All bread is gluten free.

 

†† Please depart in silence to love and serve one another.Our service continues tomorrow at 7 PM.

 

†† Offerings may be placed in the offering plate at the rear of the sanctuary.

 

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*Those who are able are invited to stand.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

 

From the Gospel of John:

 

John 14:1-7†††††††††††††††† The way to the place I am going†††††† p. 108

John 14:15-17, 25-29The Advocate†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† p. 109

John 15:1-11†††††††††††††† Abide in me††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† p. 109

John 15:12-17†††††††††††† I have called you friends†††††††††††††††††† p. 109

John 16:16-24†††††††††††† Your pain will turn into joy††††††††††††† p. 110

John 17:1-19†††††††††††††† Prayer for disciples††††††††††††††††††††††††††† p. 111

John 17:20-26†††††††††††† Prayer for disciples (continued)††††††† p. 111

 

From the First Letter of John:

 

1 John 3:1-3††††††††††††††† We are Godís children†††††††††††††††††††††† p. 240

1 John 3:11-17††††††††††† He laid down his life for us†††††††††††††† p. 240

1 John 4:7-12††††††††††††† God is love††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† p. 241

1 John 4:13-21††††††††††† We love because God first loved usp. 241