Holy Thursday 2019
April 18, 2019
Passage: John 13
Merciful God, our Rescuer and Redeemer. Open wide our minds, to receive your Holy Word. Open wide our hearts, to receive your saving love. Open wide our spirits, and fill us full of light.
Solo: Spirit of God, O Come, Renee Pagan
Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet
Congregational Song: Cornerstone
There are several minutes while the congregation washes each other's hands. The washing symbolizes our commitment to being servant-hearted, humble, and vulnerable to one another as Jesus was.
Jesus Reveals Those Who Will Betray and Deny Him
Prayer of Confession: Denial by Steve Garnaas Holmes
I deny you, Christ, when I deny my own divinity.
I deny you when I deny the divinity of those I condemn.
I deny you when I do not hear you in the oppressed and rejected.
I deny you when I turn from my glorious giftedness.
I deny you when I am afraid to stand with those at risk.
I deny you when in my guilt I doubt your love.
And still, you love.
Let remembering's bitterness awaken me.
Let my weeping be my wisdom.
To the frightening, to the infinite,
To the compassionate, to the holy,
help me say yes.
Let me die with yes on my lips.
Song: Communion, X-Claim Praise Band
The Last Supper
Prayer: The Seat of Greatest Grace by Steve Garnaas Holmes
Jesus, my Friend, my Beloved, my Person,
I love you, and I will falter.
I will deny you. I will betray you.
Three times, ten thousand times, I will deny you.
The silver pieces lie in my pocket
I have the nails
And you, knowing, invite me to your table,
to the place of honor even,
this seat of greatest grace, beside you,
to share your bread with me,
and lay down your body for me
I can hardly look into the sun of such forgiveness,
Love's empty tomb that defeats me, re-makes me.
I confess. I return.
Knowing, I follow, drawn in your grace,
This burden that is light.
There are several minutes while the congregation serves one another communion.
Congregational Song: Jesus, Messiah
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