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VERSE FOR HOLY THURSDAY……………………….............….John 13: 1b
C     Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.​

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                                                                                  + Service of the Word +


P     The Lord be with you.
C     And also with you.

    Let us pray.
       O blessed Lord, in giving to us this precious gift through which we receive Your very body and blood, You bestow upon us the         very forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation You accomplished upon the cross. Grant to us sure faith that we may worthily                   receive this Sacrament and ever rejoice in Your redemptive work; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,             one God, now and forever.
C     Amen.




P     On this holy night in which our Lord gathered His disciples in the Upper Room, we come to You, O Lord, in His name with the           concerns of our hearts for ourselves and all people.

       Grant to us zeal for Your house, O Lord, and love for the things of Your kingdom, that Your Church may enjoy harmony and               peace and confess Your Word with one voice before the world. Cover us with the blood of Christ and grant us Your Spirit that             we walk in Your ways and do the good You desire. Lord, in Your mercy,
C     hear our prayer.

O Lord, give to Your Church faithful pastors and servants of Your Word and bless us with willing ears to hear and believe and             willing voices to speak in witness what Christ has accomplished for us and our salvation. Lord, in Your mercy,
C     hear our prayer.
Deliver us, O Lord, from temptation and fear that we would rejoice in what is good and right according to Your                                    command and seek to live holy, righteous, and upright lives as Your children by Baptism and faith. Lord, in Your mercy,
C     hear our prayer.

P      Give us the blessing of good and faithful leaders who will act in accordance with Your Word, preserve us from harm, and grant            us the liberty to live according to Your commands. Bless the members of the armed forces and all emergency personnel who act          on our behalf. Lord, in Your mercy,
C     hear our prayer.

P     Give grace to the sick and to the suffering and give Your peace to the dying, [especially . . .], that they be strengthened in trial              and comforted in sorrow. Lord, in Your mercy,
C     hear our prayer.

Sustain us by the grace of this Holy Communion, that we who receive the Lord’s body and blood be strengthened in faith and              comforted with the promise of the forgiveness of sins and the gift of everlasting life. Lord, in Your mercy,
C     hear our prayer.

P     Lead us in the footsteps of Jesus that we may ponder Your love as we behold His cross and rejoice in what His suffering has accomplished. Bring us at last with those who have gone before us, that when Christ comes again, we who have received the foretaste of the feast would enjoy its fullness forevermore; with Christ, in Christ, and through Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honor and glory is Yours, almighty Father, both now and forever.
C     Amen.

Lord's Prayer                                                                                                                                                                           LSB 162

P      Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C      Our Father who art in heaven,
         hallowed be Thy name,
         Thy kingdom come,
         Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven;
         give us this day our daily bread;
         and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us;
         and lead us not into temptation,
         but deliver us from evil.
         For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

EPISTLE……………………………………….................................................................................................... 1 Corinthians 11:23-32

P     The Epistle is from First Corinthians, the eleventh chapter.

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when He was betrayed took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, “This is My body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.”  In the same way also He took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”  For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord.  Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.  For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.

That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.  But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged.  But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.

P    This is the Word of the Lord.

C    Thanks be to God.

    Having heard the Word of God, let us confess our sins, imploring God our Father for the sake of His Son, Jesus Christ, to grant us forgiveness.

Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.

P     O almighty God, merciful Father,
C     I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being.

    God be merciful to you and strengthen your faith.
C     Amen.

    Do you believe that the forgiveness I speak is not my forgiveness but God’s?
C     Yes.

    Let it be done for you as you believe.

P     In the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C     Amen.

P     Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; He will surely do it. Go in + peace.

C     Amen.

Maunday Thursday

Sermon Text: John 13:21–30


Nicene Creed
C    I believe in one God,

            the Father Almighty,
            maker of heaven and earth

            and of all things visible and invisible.
       And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
            the only-begotten Son of God,
            begotten of His Father before all worlds,
            God of God, Light of Light,
            very God of very God,
            begotten, not made,

            being of one substance with the Father,
            by whom all things were made;
            who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven
            and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary
            and was made man;
            and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.
            He suffered and was buried.
            And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures
            and ascended into heaven
            and sits at the right hand of the Father.
            And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead,
            whose kingdom will have no end.
       And I believe in the Holy Spirit,
            the Lord and giver of life,
            who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
            who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified,
            who spoke by the prophets.

       And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church,
            I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins,
            and I look for the resurrection of the dead
            and the life + of the world to come.   Amen.

We have begun holding services at the Church. We will continue to use Zoom for those not yet comfortable with attending live services. Our website will continue to be available as well. Our service tonight will end with the traditional stripping of the Altar. 

​PSALM…………………………………………………Psalm 116:12–19
What shall I render | to the Lord*
for all His bene- | fits to me?
I will lift up the cup of sal- | vation*
and call on the name | of the Lord,
I will pay my vows | to the Lord*
in the presence of all His | people.
Precious in the sight | of the Lord*
is the death | of His saints.
O Lord, I am Your | servant;*
I am Your servant, the son of your maidservant.
You have | loosed my bonds.
I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanks- | giving*
and call on the name | of the Lord.
I will pay my vows | to the Lord*
in the presence of all His | people,
in the courts of the house | of the Lord,*
in your midst, O Jerusalem. | Praise the Lord!
Glory be to the Father and | to the Son*
and to the Holy | Spirit;
as it was in the be- | ginning,*
is now, and will be forever. | Amen.​

​I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanks- | giving*
and call on the name | of the Lord.


HOLY GOSPEL ………………………………………..................................................................................................Mark 14:12–26

P     The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the thirteenth chapter.
C     Glory to You, O Lord.
        After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in His spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.”             The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom He spoke.  One of His disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining at table         close to Jesus, so Simon Peter motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom He was speaking.  So that disciple, leaning back against               Jesus, said to Him, “Lord, who is it?”  Jesus answered, “It is He to whom I will give this morsel of bread when I have dipped it.”           So when He had dipped the morsel, He gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot.  Then after he had taken the morsel, Satan                 entered into him. Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.”  Now no one at the table knew why He said this to             him.  Some thought that, because Judas had the moneybag, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the feast,” or that he               should give something to the poor.  So, after receiving the morsel of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.

P     This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C     Praise to You, O Christ.

OLD TESTAMENT READING………………………............................................................................................Exodus 12:1–14

P     A reading from Exodus, the twelfth chapter.

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt,  “This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you.  Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month every man shall take a lamb according to their fathers’ houses, a lamb for a household.  And if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his nearest neighbor shall take according to the number of persons; according to what each can eat you shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats, and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at twilight.

“Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it.  They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted on the fire; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it.  Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted, its head with its legs and its inner parts.  And you shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn.  In this manner you shall eat it: with your belt fastened, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. And you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord’s Passover.  For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord.  The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt.

“This day shall be for you a Memorial Day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord; throughout your generations, as a statute forever, you shall keep it as a feast.”

P     This is the Word of the Lord.
C     Thanks be to God.

Pastor Jonathan Bontke

​                                                                    Holy (MAUNDY) Thursday
                                                                              Judas Iscariot

Betrayed by Judas, one of His twelve disciples. Betrayed by Judas for thirty pieces of silver. Betrayed by Judas with a kiss—imagine that, a kiss! Betrayed by Judas in a garden east of Jerusalem called Gethsemane. Betrayed! Jesus was betrayed for us. After betraying Jesus, Judas plunges into the depths of despair. He does not return to Jesus to seek forgiveness. But this Thursday, the night Jesus is betrayed, reminds us of the forgiveness, life, and salvation that Jesus provides for us in the Lord’s Supper. May we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus as we journey ever closer to the cross.

                                                                                         + Confession and Absolution +


The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

P     In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C     Amen.

P     I will go to the altar of God,
C     to God my exceeding joy.

P     Our help is in the name of the Lord,
C     who made heaven and earth.



P     During this Lenten season, we have heard our Lord’s call to intensify our struggle against sin, death, and the devil—all that
prevents us from trusting in God and loving one another. Since it is our intention to receive the Holy Supper of our Lord Jesus Christ on this night when He instituted this blessed meal for our salvation, it is proper that we complete our Lenten discipline by diligently examining ourselves, as St. Paul urges us to do. This holy Sacrament has been instituted for the special comfort of those who are troubled because of their sin and who humbly confess their sins, fear God’s wrath, and hunger and thirst for righteousness.

But when we examine our hearts and consciences, we find nothing in us but sin and death, from which we are incapable of delivering ourselves. Therefore, our Lord Jesus Christ has had mercy on us. For our benefit, He became man so that He might fulfill for us the whole will and law of God and, to deliver us, took upon Himself our sin and the punishment we deserve.

So that we may more confidently believe this and be strengthened in the faith and in holy living, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread, broke it, and gave it to His disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you.” It is as if He said, “I became man, and all that I do and suffer is for your good. As a pledge of this, I give you My body to eat.”

In the same way also He took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.” Again, it is as if He said, “I have had mercy on you by taking into Myself all your iniquities. I give Myself into death, shedding My blood to obtain grace and forgiveness of sins, and to comfort and establish the new testament, which gives forgiveness and everlasting salvation. As a pledge of this, I give you My blood to drink.”
Therefore, whoever eats this bread and drinks this cup, confidently believing this Word and promise of Christ, dwells in Christ and Christ in him and has eternal life.

We should also do this in remembrance of Him, showing His death—that He was delivered for our offenses and raised for our justification. Giving Him our most heartfelt thanks, we take up our cross and follow Him and, according to His commandment, love one another as He has loved us. As our Lord on this night exemplified this love by washing His disciples’ feet, so we by our words and actions serve one another in love. For we are all one bread and one Body, even as we are all partakers of this one bread and drink from the one cup. For just as the one cup is filled with the wine of many grapes and one bread made from countless grains, so also we, being many, are one Body in Christ. Because of Him, we love one another, not only in word but also in deed and in truth.

May the almighty and merciful God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, by His Holy Spirit, accomplish this in us.

C     Amen.

+ Stripping of the Altar +

The Communion vessels are reverently removed from the altar, the altar is stripped, and the chancel is cleared in preparation for the solemn services of Good Friday.

PSALM                                                            Psalm 22

My God, My God, why have You for- | saken Me?*
Why are You so far from saving Me, from the words of My | groaning?
O My God, I cry by day, but You do not | answer,*
and by night, but I | find no rest.
Yet You are | holy,*
enthroned on the praises of | Israel.
In You our fathers | trusted;*
they trusted, and You de- | livered them.
To You they cried and were | rescued;*
in You they trusted and were not | put to shame.
But I am a worm and | not a man,*
scorned by mankind and despised by the | people.
All who see Me | mock Me;*
they make mouths at Me; they | wag their heads;
“He trusts in the Lord; let Him de- | liver Him;*
let Him rescue Him, for He de- | lights in Him!”
Yet You are He who took Me | from the womb;*
You made Me trust You at My | mother’s breasts.
On You was I cast | from My birth,*
and from My mother’s womb You have | been My God.
Be not far from Me,
for trouble | is near,*
and there is | none to help.
Many bulls en- | compass Me;*
strong bulls of Bashan sur- | round Me;
they open wide their | mouths at Me,*
like a ravening and roaring | lion.
I am poured out like water,
and all My bones are | out of joint;*
My heart is like wax;
it is melted with- | in My breast;
My strength is dried up like a potsherd,
and My tongue sticks | to My jaws;*
You lay Me in the | dust of death.
For dogs en- | compass Me;*
a company of evildoers encircles Me;
they have pierced My | hands and feet—
I can count | all My bones—*
they stare and gloat | over Me;
they divide My garments a- | mong them,*
and for My clothing they | cast lots.
But You, O Lord, do not be | far off!*
O You My help, come quickly | to My aid!
Deliver My soul | from the sword,*
My precious life from the power | of the dog
Save Me from the mouth of the | lion! *
You have rescued Me from the horns of the wild | oxen!
I will tell of Your name to My | brothers; *
in the midst of the congregation, I will | praise You:
You who fear the Lord, praise Him!

All you offspring of Jacob, glo- | rify Him, *
and stand in awe of Him, all you offspring of | Israel!
For He has not despised or abhorred
the affliction of the afflicted,
and He has not hidden His | face from Him,*
but has heard, when He | cried to Him.
From You comes My praise in the great congre- | gation;*
My vows I will perform before those who | fear Him.
The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied.
those who seek Him shall | praise the LORD! *
May your hearts live for- | ever!
All the ends of the earth shall remember
and turn | to the LORD, *
and all the families of the nations
shall worship be- | fore You.
For kingship belongs | to the LORD, *
and He rules over the | nations.
All the prosperous of the earth eat and | worship;*
before Him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
even the one who could not keep him- | self-alive.
Posterity shall | serve Him; *
 He has | done it.

                      All leave the church in silence.