Little Falls United Methodist Church 

 

 Maundy Thursday Service

 

April 14, 2022 - 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).

 

* If you plan to join us Online Worship, 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!

 

Online Worship information is here: www.LittleFallsUMC.org/maundy

YouTube- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOzxLc7UQjeMNprjm9u8gtQ/

 

Join in Online Worship Services during Holy Week and on Easter Sunday!

  • Maundy Thursday Service at 7 pm on April 14, Thursday 

  • Good Friday Service at 7 pm on April 15, Friday

  • Easter Sunrise Service at 6 am on April 17, Sunday at the front yard

  • Easter Sunday Worship at 10 am on April 17, Sunday

 

 

Prepare yourself for Worship! 

 

Call to Worship

 

Leader: A table is set before us. A feast is prepared for us.
All: A meal of bread and wine, of meat and bitter herbs.
Leader: The Lord calls us to this supper of remembrance.
All: The Lord calls us to serve and to be served.
Leader: As we break the bread and share the cup,
All: our understanding may fail us.
Leader: But we will never forget Christ’s example.
All: We will never forget the full extent of his love.

 

OPENING HYMN        What Wondrous Love is This      UMH 292 v 1-3

 

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.
 

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.
 

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

 

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             The New Commandment         Rev. Jin Kook Kim

 

It was a night that Jesus and his disciples had a feast for the season, Passover. Disciples had been with Jesus for three years since Jesus called them his disciples. They said, “Yes,” and followed Jesus. They were with Jesus always. Being with them, Jesus taught many things and showed many things. They had shared a table to eat together, inside or outside of a building. The night was different from any other night for disciples. It was the first day of Passover, and following Jesus’ direction, they found a place and prepared traditional food for dinner. It seemed to be the usual table for them to observe the season Passover. However, Jesus took the bread and gave thanks to God for the bread and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take, eat, this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” Then he took the cup, gave thanks to God for the wine, and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Drink from this, all of you. This is my blood of the new covenant poured for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this as often as you drink it in remembrance of me.” Jesus’ words were unusual for disciples. Jesus was asking them to remember him whenever they eat or drink. He had never asked this before. But that night, he asked the disciples to remember him forever whenever they eat or drink non-special food, bread and wine.

 

That was not all for an unusual event. During the supper, Jesus got up, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet. They were surprised because it was not a teacher’s job but a servant’s job. The timing of washing feet was not usual. The servants of a house wash the guests’ feet when they come in. Disciples would not understand why Jesus washed their feet when Jesus washed their feet. After Jesus washed their feet, they could understand why Jesus washed their feet because Jesus said, “So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” Jesus wanted to show his disciples how to serve others.

 

On the night two thousand years ago, Jesus asked disciples to remember Jesus’ love, who would give up his life, his body, and his blood. Also, Jesus asked them to serve one another as Jesus served them. Tonight, through this Maundy Thursday Service and the scripture, Jesus asks us to remember him, his love, and love others as Jesus loves us. Jesus asks us to serve others as Jesus served us. 

 

Let us remember his love. Let us remember that Jesus gave us his body and blood. Let us remember Jesus’ service for us. And let us follow Jesus’ life, love, and service. To observe Maundy Thursday is not only to join this service but also to have the heart of Jesus and live out Jesus’ life in our lives. Jesus gave us his body and blood and his life. What can we give to others? Jesus washed our feet. How can we wash others’ feet? Considering the questions and trying to answer them would be a good first step for us to follow Jesus’ life. Little Falls Church Family, let us live out Jesus’ love by loving others and serving others. Amen.
 

 

 

HYMN OF REFLECTION            Broken for Me              TFWS 2263

 

 (Refrain)

Broken for me

Broken for you

The body of Jesus

Broken for you

 

He offered His body

He poured out His soul

Jesus was broken

That we might be whole

(Refrain) 

 

Come to My table

And with Me dine

Eat of My bread

And drink of My wine

(Refrain) 

 

This is My body

Given for you

Eat it remembering

I died for you

(Refrain) 

 

This is My blood

I shed for you

For your forgiveness

Making you new 

(Refrain)

 

The body of Jesus

Broken for you 

 

THANKSGIVING AND COMMUNION                      Rev. Jin Kook Kim

 

Response 1

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.

 

Response 2

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

 

Response 3

Amen.

 

CLOSING HYMN       Go to Dark Gethsemane             UMH 290 v 1-3
 

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.

 

See Him at the judgment hall, beaten, bound, reviled, arraigned.

the wormwood and the gall! O the pangs His soul sustained!

Shun not suffering, shame, or loss; learn of Christ to bear the cross.

 

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 on April 15 at 7 pm for

Good Friday Tenebrae Service.  Have a good night!