Little Falls United Methodist Church
April 9, 2020 +++ Maundy Thursday Service +++ 7 p.m.
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 Please make a hard copy of it or get another device to see it during the worship.
2. These are two links to Online Worship. Click one of the links to join in Online Worship. Please join in Online worship 10 minutes before the Worship Time!
ii.Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/lfumcnj/
3. Please email Pastor Jin (email@example.com), 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 in the Holy Week and on Easter Sunday!
A. Maundy Thursday Service at 7 pm on April 9, Thursday (Please prepare a piece of bread (or a cracker) and a small cup of juice (or water).
B. Good Friday Service at 7 pm on April 10, Friday
C. Easter Sunrise Service at 6:15 am on April 12, Sunday
D. Easter Sunday Worship at 10 am on April 12, Sunday
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 again!
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 Online 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 Wonderous 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 What Jesus Wants From Us Rev. Jin Kook Kim
It’s the fourth week that we begin social practicing and self-quarantine. I am making a new routine due to the situation of the pandemic. How about you? Are you making a new routine for you and your family? Or do you still have your usual life? Do you have time more these days compared to the days before the situation? Or are you busy more now? What do you want to do in your daily life? Have you ever thought about what God wants us to do in this situation? I hope we can find the answer to this question from Jesus Christ, our Lord, and Savior.
Two Thousand years ago today, Jesus had dinner with his disciples in an upper room. It was time for them to celebrate the season of Passover. During the dinner, Jesus gave them bread and wine, saying, “Take this bread! This is my body. Drink this wine! This is my blood. Remember me, doing this as much as you can!” Jesus wants us to remember his love and grace. He sacrificed himself for us. He wants us to remember him because he loves us, and he wants to be loved by us.
During the dinner, Jesus washed disciples’ feet and said, “You wash one another’s feet as I, your teacher, washed your feet.” It never happened that a teacher washed his disciples’ feet because it was the job of a slave at Jesus’ time. However, Jesus washed disciples’ feet, getting a basin of water and a towel. Jesus modeled for us by serving his disciples. We know that it was the night right before he was arrested. He also knew that his time came to him. He would not have a light mind on the night. We know that he desperately prayed on Gethsemane after dinner. It would be a very hard time for him, but he served disciples washing their feet, so that let them learn to serve one another. He severed disciples because he loved them as he ordered them to love one another as a new commandment.
Many people are suffering from the pandemic now. We are listening to bad news a lot. Most of us have heavy hearts now. However, through today’s scripture, Jesus is saying to us, “I am here. I gave my body and blood. I love you as much as I give up myself to save you, help you, and serve you. I am still with you and cares for you. Remember my love! Remember my heart toward you! And Love your people as I loved you. Serve your people as I served you. They need my love, and they will have my love through you when you love them!”
Little Falls Church Family,
Jesus wants us to remember his love at this time. Jesus wants us to serve our people as much as we can. Let’s be in Jesus’ love and meditate on God’s grace! Jesus’ love will give us a warm and peaceful heart rather than a fearful heart when we are in Jesus’ love. God’s grace will give us a grateful heart rather than a discontented heart when we meditate on God’s grace. In Jesus, let’s find our ways in this hard time! In Jesus, Let’s see the path for our lives at this time! Jesus loves us, so we love one another. Jesus served us, so we serve one another! 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!