Maundy Thursday
Holy Eucharist
Thursday, April 1, 2021 (7:30pm)
Celebrant – The Rev. Elisa P. Harres

Our Mission is Growing Disciples of Jesus Christ

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

Celebrant:  Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.

People:      His mercy endures for ever.

Celebrant: Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord.

All:       Amen.

 

Celebrant:           Lord, have mercy.

People:               Christ, have mercy

Celebrant:           Lord, have mercy

 

Celebrant:          The Lord be with you.

People:              And also with you.

Celebrant:         Let us pray.

Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

The Old Testament Reading: Exodus 12:1-14

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household. If a household is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join its closest neighbor in obtaining one; the lamb shall be divided in proportion to the number of people who eat of it. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a year-old male; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month; then the whole assembled congregation of Israel shall slaughter it at twilight. They shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. They shall eat the lamb that same night; they shall eat it roasted over the fire with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted over the fire, with its head, legs, and inner organs. You shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. This is how you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it hurriedly. It is the passover of the Lord. For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both human beings and animals; on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord. The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live: when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance.

Reader:              The Word of the Lord.

People:              Thanks be to God.

Psalm 116: 1, 10-17 (Said responsively by half verse)

I love the Lord, because he has heard the voice of my supplication, *

      because he has inclined his ear to me

            whenever I called upon him.

How shall I repay the Lord *

      for all the good things he has done for me?

I will lift up the cup of salvation *

      and call upon the Name of the Lord.

I will fulfill my vows to the Lord *

      in the presence of all his people.

Precious in the sight of the Lord *

      is the death of his servants.

O Lord, I am your servant; *

I am your servant and the child of your handmaid;

            you have freed me from my bonds.

I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving *

      and call upon the Name of the Lord.

I will fulfill my vows to the Lord *

      in the presence of all his people,

In the courts of the Lord’s house, *

      in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.

The New Testament Reading:  1 Corinthians 11:23-26

I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Reader            The Word of the Lord.

People            Thanks be to God.

 

Celebrant:       The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.

People:            Glory to you, Lord Christ.

 The Gospel Reading – Luke 22:14-30

When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer;for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. But see, the one who betrays me is with me, and his hand is on the table. For the Son of Man is going as it has been determined, but woe to that one by whom he is betrayed!” Then they began to ask one another which one of them it could be who would do this. A dispute also arose among them as to which one of them was to be regarded as the greatest. But he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you; rather the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves.For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. “You are those who have stood by me in my trials;and I confer on you, just as my Father has conferred on me, a kingdom, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 

Celebrant:       The Gospel of the Lord.

People:           Praise to you, Lord Christ.

 

The Sermon  – The Rev. Tom Pumphrey

The Nicene Creed (also on page 326  in the Book of Common Prayer)

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Prayers of the People (on page 389 in the Book of Common Prayer)

In peace, let us pray to the Lord, saying, “Lord, have mercy”

For the holy Church of God, that it may be filled with truth and love, and be found without fault at the day of your coming, we pray to you, O Lord.   Lord, have mercy.

For Michael our Presiding Bishop, for Rob, Don and Paul our own Bishops, for all bishops and other ministers, and for all the holy people of God, we pray to you, O Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For all who fear God and believe in you, Lord Christ, that our divisions may cease, and that all may be one as you and the Father are one, we pray to you, O Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For the mission of the Church, that in faithful witness it may preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth, we pray to you, O Lord.  Lord, have mercy.

For those who do not yet believe, and for those who have lost their faith, that they may receive the light of the Gospel, we pray to you, O Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For the peace of the world, that a spirit of respect and forbearance may grow among nations and peoples, we pray to you, O Lord.  Lord, have mercy.

For those in positions of public trust especially Joseph, our President, and Brian, our Governor, that they may serve justice, and promote the dignity and freedom of every person, we pray to you, O Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For all who live and work in this community, we pray to you, O Lord.  Lord, have mercy.

For a blessing upon all human labor, and for the right use of the riches of creation, that the world may be freed from poverty, famine, and disaster, we pray to you, O Lord.  Lord, have mercy.

For the poor, the persecuted, the sick, and all who suffer; for refugees, prisoners, and all who are in danger; that they may be relieved and protected, we pray to you, O Lord.  Lord, have mercy.

For this congregation; for those who are present, and for those who are absent; that we may be delivered from hardness of heart, and show forth your glory in all that we do, we pray to you, O Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For our enemies and those who wish us harm, and for all whom we have injured or offended, we pray to you, O Lord.  Lord, have mercy.

For ourselves; for the forgiveness of our sins, and for the grace of the Holy Spirit to amend our lives, we pray to you, O Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For all who have commended themselves to our prayers; for our families, friends, and neighbors; that being freed from anxiety, they may live in joy, peace, and health, we pray to you, O Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For those on our parish prayer list . . . we pray to you, O Lord.  Lord, have mercy.

For all who have died in the communion of your Church . . . and those whose faith is known to you alone, that, with all the saints, they may have rest in that place where there is no pain or grief, but life eternal, we pray to you, O Lord. Lord, have mercy.

Rejoicing in the fellowship of all the saints, let us commend ourselves, and one another, and all our life to Christ our God. To you, O Lord our God.

The Celebrant prays a concluding collect.

 

The Confession of Sin (on page 331 in the Book of Common Prayer)

Celebrant: Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

 

The Absolution and the Exchange of the Peace of Jesus Christ

Celebrant:       The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People:           And also with you.

THE LITURGY OF THE TABLE

Offertory      

Congregation offers to God gifts of bread and wine, as well as gifts of money and music.

 

Offertory Voluntary                Improvisation on “Let Thy Blood in Mercy Poured”

 

The Presentation Hymn

Celebrant         All things come of thee, O Lord.

People              And of thine own have we given thee.

 

The Great Thanksgiving (also on page 361 of the Book of Common Prayer)

 

Celebrant         The Lord be with you.

People            And also with you.

Celebrant         Lift up your hearts.

People            We lift them to the Lord.

Celebrant         Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People            It is right to give him thanks and praise. 

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. You bid your faithful people cleanse their hearts, and prepare with joy for the Paschal feast; that, fervent in prayer and in works of mercy, and renewed by your Word and Sacraments, they may come to the fullness of grace which you have prepared for those who love you.

Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name: 

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

Holy and gracious Father: In your infinite love you made us for yourself, and, when we had fallen into sin and become subject to evil and death, you, in your mercy, sent Jesus Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all. He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself, in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world.

On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Celebrant and People

Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.

We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Recalling his death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you these gifts.

Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him. Sanctify us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all  your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom.

All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ: By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. 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, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Fraction

O Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world, have mercy on us.
O Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world, have mercy on us.
O Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world, Grant us your peace.

The Communion

All are welcome at the table either to receive the blessing of the church if you are not baptized (please indicate this by crossing your arms over your chest), or to share in communion with Christ and his church if you are a baptized Christian of any age or any denomination. Gluten free wafers are available upon request.

Postcommunion Prayer  

Almighty and everliving God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom. And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

THE STRIPPING OF THE ALTAR

The congregation remains kneeling during the stripping of the altar

A Reading from the Gospel according to Matthew 26:30-56 

Psalm 22 (to be read in unison)

1     My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

     and are so far from my cry and from the         words of my distress?

2    O my God, I cry in the daytime,
but you do not answer;

      by night as well, but I find no rest.

3    Yet you are the Holy One,

      enthroned upon the praises of Israel.

4    Our forefathers put their trust in you;

      they trusted, and you delivered them.

5    They cried out to you and were delivered;

      they trusted in you and were not put to shame.

6    But as for me, I am a worm and no man,

      scorned by all and despised by the people.

7    All who see me laugh me to scorn;

      they curl their lips and wag their heads, saying,

8   “He trusted in the Lord; let him deliver him;

      let him rescue him, if he delights in him.”

9    Yet you are he who took me out of the womb,

      and kept me safe upon my mother’s breast.

10   I have been entrusted to you ever
since I was born;

      you were my God when I was still in my

      mother’s womb.

11   Be not far from me, for trouble is near,

            and there is none to help.

12   Many young bulls encircle me;

      strong bulls of Bashan surround me.

13   They open wide their jaws at me,

      like a ravening and a roaring lion.

14   I am poured out like water;

      all my bones are out of joint;

      my heart within my breast is melting wax.

15   My mouth is dried out like a pot-sherd;

my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;

and you have laid me in the dust of the grave.

16   Packs of dogs close me in,

            and gangs of evildoers circle around me;

      they pierce my hands and my feet;

            I can count all my bones.

17   They stare and gloat over me;

      they divide my garments among them;

            they cast lots for my clothing.

18   Be not far away, O Lord;

      you are my strength; hasten to help me.

19   Save me from the sword,

      my life from the power of the dog.

20 Save me from the lion’s mouth,

my wretched body from the horns of wild bulls.

21   I will declare your Name to my brethren;

in the midst of the congregation

      I will praise you.      

Please depart the church in silence.

The church will be open for silent prayer all night, ending with the 7:00am Good Friday service.

Holy Week & Easter

-registration required for all in-person services-

Good Friday, April 2:

                7:00 AM: Indoors In-Person Service, with communion from reserved sacrament

                Noon: Online Service and Indoors In-Person Service

The Great Vigil of Easter, April 3:

                8:30 PM: Online

                8:30 PM: Indoors In-Person (a one-hour service with instrumental music)

Easter Sunday:

                8:00 AM: Indoors In-Person, with instrumental music

                9:30 AM: Indoors In-Person Service, with instrumental music

                10:30 AM: Online Service, with singing

                11:00 AM: Indoors In-Person Service, with instrumental music

                12:30 PM: Outdoors, In-Person in the pavilion (if it rains, we will move indoors)

Clergy & Musician

The Rev. Thomas C. Pumphrey, Rector

The Rev. Elisa P. Harres, Associate Rector

George Chesnut, Director of Music