Worship Service – Maundy Thursday
April 1, 2021
Livestream and In-person EAST ALTON FIRST UMC 6:30 pm
Prelude Ah, Holy Jesus Sure Keasler
The Grace of the Lord be with you.
(P)And also with you
Proclaim the Lordship of the God
(P) The Lord of Hosts Bless HIS name
Opening Hymn ‘Jesus, Keep me near the Cross’ UMH 301
L: My dear Family in Christ, Jesus gave up himself to save world. Only by confessing our sins before God in HIS SON can there only be true salvation. I call upon all to ask God’s forgiveness (Together).
P: 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
L: 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.
P: In the name of Jesus Christ you are forgiven. Amen
Old Testament Reading First Reader Isaiah 50:4-9 (The Servant’s Humiliation and Vindication)
4 The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens—wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. 5 The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward. 6 I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who
pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting. 7 The Lord God helps me; therefore, I have not been disgraced; therefore, I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; 8 he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me. 9 It is
the Lord God who helps me; who will declare me guilty? All of them will wear out like a garment; the moth will eat them up. (L) The Word of god for the people of God.
New Testament Reading 2nd Reader Hebrews 12:1-3 (The Example of Jesus) 12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely,[a] and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of[b] the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its
shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.3 Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners,[c] so that you may not grow weary or lose heart.
Gospel Lesson 3rd Reader John 13:21-32 (Jesus Foretells His Betrayal)
21 After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.” 22 The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. 23 One of his disciples—the one whom Jesus loved—was reclining next to him; 24 Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. 25 So while reclining next to Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?” 26 Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.”[d] So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot.[e] 27 After he received the piece of bread,[f] Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “Do quickly what you are going to do.” 28 Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. 29 Some thought that, because Judas had the common purse, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the festival”; or, that he should give something to the poor. 30 So, after receiving the piece of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.
The New Commandment
31 When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32 If God has been glorified in him,[g] God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once.
Song of Response ‘Spirit Song’ (1st stanza and Chorus only) UMH 347
Reflection Pastor Edward Granadosin
Song Go to the Dark Gethsemane Sue Keasler
Closing Hymn ‘In the Garden’ UMH 314