Little Falls United Methodist Church
Maundy Thursday Service Bulletin
April 1, 2021, Thursday at 7 pm
On this night Christians commemorate the supper Jesus shared with his disciples before his crucifixion, when Jesus washed the disciples' feet (John 13:1 –17) and instituted the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper (Matthew 26:26 –29;
Mark 14:22 –25;Luke 22:13 –20; 1 Corinthians 11:23 –25).
* Please prepare a piece of bread (or a Cracker) and a small cup of juice (or Water) for the Holy Communion for Maundy Thursday Worship Service!
We will have Online Communion during this Service. If you cannot join
Online Worship, please skip the order of the Holy Communion.
1. The Worship Bulletin will be sent to you by email (most people) or mail (those who cannot access email). You can see the bulletin on the church website, https://www.littlefallsumc.org/copy-of-worship-bulletin-and-script
2. This is the link to Online Worship. Click the link to join in Online Worship. Please join in Online worship 10 minutes before the Worship Time!
3. Please email Pastor Jin () if you would like to share your concerns and joys with the congregation. I will lift up the names in the order of prayer in our worship.
4. Join in Online Worship Services during Holy Week and on Easter Sunday!
Maundy Thursday Service at 7 pm on April 1, Thursday. Please prepare a piece of bread (or a cracker) and a small cup of juice (or water) for Holy Communion.
Good Friday Service at 7 pm on April 2, Friday
Easter Sunrise Service at 6:15 am on April 4, Sunday in the Memorial Garden.
Easter Sunday Worship at 10 am on April 4, Sunday. Please prepare a piece of bread (or a cracker) and a small cup of juice (or water) for Holy Communion.
5. Your financial support and generosity are greatly appreciated and essential for our church ministry and mission. Please consider sending your tithes and offerings to Little Falls UMC (139 Main St. Little Falls, NJ 07424). You can send your offerings and tithes to the church every week. Or you can send offerings and tithes for a month with a check. Thanks again for your generosity!
6. If you cannot join in online worship, please have Worship Service with your family at home using the attached worship bulletin. The worship bulletin includes scripture and sermon notes.
7. Please contact Pastor Jin or the church office if you need any help from Pastor Jin or church members! We are here to help you!
See you at Good Friday Worship on Thursday at 7 pm!!
Prepare yourself for Worship!
GREETING & INVOCATION
Leader: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
All: And also with you.
Leader: Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
All: Christ has prepared a feast of love.
OPENING HYMN What Wondrous Love is This UMH 292 v 1-3
1. What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this,
That caused the Lord of bliss,
To bear the dreadful curse, for my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul.
2. What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this,
That caused the Lord of life,
To lay aside his crown for my soul, for my soul,
To lay aside his crown for my soul.
3. To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing!
To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing!
To God and to the Lamb, Who is the great "I AM, "
While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing!
While millions join the theme, I will sing.
CONFESSION AND PARDON
Leader: My sisters and brothers, Christ shows us his love by becoming a humble servant.
All: 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.
Leader: 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!
All: In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven! Glory to God. Amen.
THE LESSON FROM SCRIPTURE
John 13:1-17, 31-35
Leader: Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
All: The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him.
Leader: And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself.
All: Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him.
Leader: He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
All: Jesus answered, “You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
Leader: Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.”
All: Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!”
Leader: Jesus said to him, “One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.”
All: For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, “Not all of you are clean.”
Leader: After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?
All: You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am.
Leader: So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.
All: For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.
Leader: Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them.
All: If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.
Leader: When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him.
All: If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once.
Leader: Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now, I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’
All: I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
MEDITATION Show How to Do Rev. Jin Kook Kim
"Children follow not what you say, but what you do." I was shocked when I heard the words from a doctor on the TV Show for the education of parenting. And I agreed with her and began to keep that in my mind. It's true that kids usually follow what they see from their family and friends. I have three kids, and I have seen that they naturally do something that I do, such as small habits. One of the great ways to teach kids or others is to show them how to do it. And I guess that Jesus knew this principle and used it to teach his disciples in his time.
Today is Maundy Thursday. The word, 'Maundy,' is derived from the Latin word, 'Command.' We observe Maundy Thursday to remember Jesus' commandments and commit ourselves to follow Jesus' commandments. Let's see Jesus' commandments.
Two thousand years ago, Jesus had dinner with disciples. That night was the same night when he was captured by the Roman soldiers. And that night was the night before he died on the cross. At the table, Jesus took bread and said, "This is my body which is broken for you." And he took the cup and said, "This is my blood which is shed for you. Do this in remembrance of me." Jesus commanded disciples to do Holy Communion in remembrance of him.
During the dinner, Jesus knew that his time came, so he got up from the table and got a basin and towel and began to wash his disciple's feet. It was a servant's job to wash other's feet at that time, but Jesus washed the disciples' feet. He chose to be served by disciples but to serve them as the example of serving others. Jesus said, "So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you." Jesus commanded disciples to wash other's feet. That meant Jesus wanted them to serve others as he served them.
Jesus also commanded disciples that, "You love one another just as I have loved you, you also should love one another."
These are commandments that Jesus gave disciples on the night. Jesus wanted them to love another and to teach them how to love. To teach them, Jesus showed how to love. Through sharing bread and wine, Jesus let them know how he will love them at the cross. Through washing their feet, Jesus set them an example of how to serve others. Through the new commandment, Jesus stressed that they should love one another as Jesus loved them. It was not only that night when Jesus showed how to love others. In his public life with his disciples, he fed people, and healed people, and helped people and saved them from life issues, and gave them new life. Jesus had loved people with his heart and strength. Jesus had shown how to love through his life. His life was a great teaching for disciples, and Jesus just shows another example on the night.
Little Falls Church Family,
We gathered here to remember Jesus' commandments and commit ourselves to Jesus' desire for us. Let's follow Jesus' life. Let's love one another as Jesus has loved us. Let's serve one another as Jesus has served us. Let us serve others to show how to love. Let's love others to encourage them to love another. I pray we keep Jesus' commandments and follow Jesus' life, and encourage others to love one another and serve one another by loving them first and serving them first. Amen.
HYMN OF REFLECTION Broken for Me TFWS 2263
Broken for me
Broken for you
The body of Jesus
Broken for you
1. He offered His body
He poured out His soul
Jesus was broken
That we might be whole
2. Come to My table
And with Me dine
Eat of My bread
And drink of My wine
3. This is My body
Given for you
Eat it remembering
I died for you
4. This is My blood
I shed for you
For your forgiveness
Making you new
The body of Jesus
Broken for you
THANKSGIVING AND COMMUNION Rev. Jin Kook Kim
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.
Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.
CLOSING HYMN Go to Dark Gethsemane UMH 290 v 1-3
1. Go to dark Gethsemane, ye that feel the tempter's power.
Your Redeemer's conflict see, watch with Him one bitter hour,
Turn not from His griefs away; learn of Jesus Christ to pray.
2. See Him at the judgment hall, beaten, bound, reviled, arraigned.
O the wormwood and the gall! O the pangs His soul sustained!
Shun not suffering, shame, or loss; learn of Christ to bear the cross.
3. Calvary's mournful mountain climb; there, adoring at His feet,
Mark that miracle of time, God's own sacrifice complete.
"It is finished!" hear Him cry; learn of Jesus Christ to die.
BENEDICTION Rev. Jin Kook Kim
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.” Be in Peace! Amen!
* See you tomorrow night at 7 pm at Good Friday,
Tenebrae Service on April 2 ! Have a good night!