Maundy Thursday Worship

A Service of Communion and Tenebrae 

April 9 2020

We Gather at the Cross

The word “Maundy” is derived from the Latin term

“mandatum novum” or “the new covenant”.

The word is associated with the foot washing,

when Jesus directed his disciples to serve on another

in obedience to the command of love.


This service is a meditation on Christ’s suffering

through scripture, song and spoken word

and commemorates institution of the Lord’s Supper.

Invitation to Worship

As you prepare for worship, you are invited to listen to the Lenten prelude provided.

As you listen, you may prepare your worship space - we suggest a dimly lit comfortable room conducive to introspection, 7 candles for tenebrae, and a pitcher, basin and towel, if you choose to demonstrate foot washing to one another. And, as with all of our online worship experiences this Holy Week, adapt as your circumstances indicate. May God speak to you

and bless you as you sit before him in humility and quietness.

Preparation for Worship     Owen Tellinghuisen
Opening Prayer & Scripture   (read aloud)

Lord Jesus, we worship and offer you now the prayers of our hearts.

Help us to enter the spirit of the Upper Room.

As we prepare to remember the events of this poignant night,

open our eyes to see the beauty of Jesus’ self-giving love,

and by your Spirit work in us a desire and commitment

to serve each other and our hurting world.

Then, prepare our hearts to be fed at your Holy Table,

that we may be bound to you in your suffering 

and raised with you into a new life.

We pray this in the name of Jesus, the Lamb of God,

the only sacrifice through which we can be saved. AMEN.

The Word Became Flesh       John 1:1-5    (click recording below)

John 1 - Dave BastDave Bast
00:00 / 00:43
Time of Confession

Call to Confession     based on John 13:34-35    (read aloud)

God's love for the world has been revealed in Jesus Christ,

who certainly loved us to the uttermost;

Jesus – Savior and Lord – who at his last meal with his disciples gave them –

and us – that new commandment: “…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."

Prayers of Confession   (pray individually)

Merciful God, we confess that so often our discipleship has been weak 
when we have failed to serve as Jesus served; forgive us...
When we have failed to love one another as Jesus loves us;
forgive us... 


When we have been happy to proclaim our devotion to Jesus with
our lips and then denied him by our actions;  forgive us... 

Merciful God, empower us by your Spirit to be steady and true to you

in every time of trial; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Assurance of Forgiveness    
1 Peter 2:24   
(read aloud)

"He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross,

so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness;

“by his wounds you have been healed.”





We Meet our Lord at His Table

Passover - Craig AbbottCraig Abbott
00:00 / 00:48
The Passover     Luke 22, Matt 26, selected     (Adapt the liturgy to your situation, often 2 readers)

  Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go, and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.” Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked. He replied,

“As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks:  Where is the guestroom, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ He will show you a large upper room, all furnished. Make preparations there.” They left and found things just as Jesus had told them.


       So they prepared the Passover.

       When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table.                                       And 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 again until

       it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”


       After taking the cup, He gave thanks and said,

      “Take this and divide it among you.

       For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine

       until the kingdom of God comes.”

And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, (break the bread)

and gave it to them saying,“This is my body given for you.”


        In the same way, after the supper He took the cup, (hold up the cup) saying,

       "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

                         (If worshiping with others, serve one another now)

Prayer of Thanksgiving    (read aloud)

Your Son, Jesus Christ, fulfilled the prophets’ words and entered the city of              Jerusalem, where he was lifted high upon the cross, that the whole world

might be drawn to him.  By his suffering and death he defeated the power of death,

and became the source of eternal life. The tree of defeat became the tree of victory; where life was lost, life has been restored. Thanks be to God!    

The Basin and Towel

Footwashing - Craig AbbottCraig Abbott
00:00 / 00:58
Service of Foot-Washing     (optional, as your situation allows)

We Experience the Shadows

Tenebrae Intro - Craig AbbottCraig Abbott
00:00 / 00:34
*The following scriptures and music tell the rest of the story .
Each scripture story is followed by music to engage by listening or singing. 
IF YOU HAVE candles for the Service of Darkness,
SNUFF ONE CANDLE after the music in each section. 

Shadow of Prediction     Mark 14:27-31

Mark 14.27-31 Maundy Paul RyanPaul Ryan
00:00 / 00:44

Shadow of Gethsemane    Mark 14:32-42   

Mark 14.32-42 - Jennifer VMJennifer Vander Molen
00:00 / 01:43
What Wondrous Love is This - pianoRandy Wolthuis
00:00 / 02:59

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


When I was sinking down, sinking down...
When I was sinking down beneath God's righteous frown
Christ laid aside his crown for my soul for my soul
Christ laid aside his crown for my soul


To God and to the Lamb 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

Shadow of Betrayal     Luke 22:47-53

Luke 22.47-53 SaaraSaara Spitzer
00:00 / 01:08

I hear the Savior say thy strength indeed is small
Child of weakness watch and pray find in me thine all in all


Jesus paid it all, all to him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain
he washed it white as snow


Lord now indeed I find thy power and thine alone
Can change the leper's spots and melt the heart of stone


For nothing good have I whereby thy grace to claim
I'll wash my garments white in the blood of Calvary's Lamb


And when before the throne I stand in him complete
Jesus died my soul to save my lips shall still repeat

Shadow of Denial     Matthew 26:69-75

Matthew 26.69-75 Paul RyanPaul Ryan
00:00 / 01:14
O Sacred HeadRandy Wolthuis
00:00 / 01:52

O Sacred head now wounded with grief and shame weighed down
Now scornfully surrounded with thorns thine only crown
How pale thou art with anguish with sore abuse and scorn
How does that visage languish which once was bright as morn

What thou, my Lord, hast suffered was all for sinners' gain
Mine, mine was the transgression but thine the deadly pain
Lo, here I fall my Savior, 'tis I deserve thy place
Look on me with thy favor, vouchsafe to me, thy grace

Shadow of Trials     Mark 14:53-65, selected

Mark 14:55-65 Jennifer HolbergJennifer Holberg
00:00 / 01:02
Ah Holy Jesus - piano arrangementRandy Wolthuis
00:00 / 01:46

 Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended
that we to judge thee have in hate pretended
By foes derided, by thine own rejected. O, most afflicted!

Who was the guilty?  Who brought this upon thee?
Alas, my treason Jesus hath undone thee
'Twas I, Lord Jesus: I, it was denied thee. I crucified thee!

Shadow of Scourging    Mark 15:1-15

Mark 15:1-15 - Krystal SherrillKrystal Sherrill
00:00 / 01:34

When I survey the wondrous cross
on which the Prince of glory died
My richest gain I count but loss
and pour contempt on all my pride


Forbid it Lord, that I should boast
save in the death of Christ my God
All the vain things that charm me most
I sacrifice them to his blood


See from his head, his hands, his feet
sorrow and love flow mingled down
Did ever such love and sorrow meet
or thorns compose so rich a crown?


Were the whole realm of nature mine

that were an offering far too small
Love so amazing, so divine

demands my soul, my life my all!

The Promised Sacrifice   Isaiah 53:2-7   (read aloud)

      He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground.

     He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance

     that we should desire him.  He was despised and rejected by others, a man of         suffering,and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he       was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and         bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him,           and afflicted.

     But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;

     the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds

     we are healed.

     We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way;

     and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and               afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb

     to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,

     so he did not open his mouth.

The Crucifixion    Mark 15:33-34, 37-39     (Click recording below)

Crucifixion - Dave BastDave Bast
00:00 / 00:45
representing the death of our Lord Jesus
as he remained in the tomb for 3 days
*You are encouraged to remain silent
as you tear down and depart from your worship space

Holy Week Worship Schedule (online)

Good Friday & Holy Saturday - Lectio Divina


Each Day - Compline (evening) Prayers