• Return to the Table9:49

                                                                                  + Service of the Word +


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

    Let us pray.
Gracious God, as Moses and the elders long ago beheld God and ate and drank, so in the Lord’s Supper we behold Your mercy, Your forgiveness, and Your making us one in the Body of Christ. Through this Sacrament, help us always to remember Jesus, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C     Amen.


HYMN OF THE DAY  #627  “Jesus Christ, Our Blessed Savior”​

1. Jesus Christ, our blessed Savior,
Turned away God's wrath forever;
By His bitter grief and woe
He saved us from evil foe.

2. As His pledge of love undying,
He, this precious food supplying,
Gives His body with the bread,
And with the wine the blood He shed.

3. Jesus here Himself is sharing;

Heed than how you are preparing,

For if you do not believe.

His judgment then you shall receive.

​4. Praise the Father, who from Heaven
Unto us such food hath given
And, to mend what we have done,
Gave into death His only Son.

​​5. Firmly hold with faith unshaken
That this food is to be taken
By the sick who are distressed,
By hearts that long for peace and rest.

6. Agony and bitter labor
Were the cost of God’s high favor;
Do not come if you suppose
You need not Him who died and rose.

7. Christ says: “Come, all you that labor,
And receive My grace and favor:
Those who feel no pain or ill
Need no physician’s help or skill.

8. “For what purpose was My dying
If not for your justifying?
And what use this precious food
If you yourself were pure and good?”

9. If your heart this truth professes
And your mouth your sin confesses,
You will be your Savior’s guest,
Be at His banquet truly blest.

10. Let this food your faith so nourish
That its fruit of love may flourish
And your neighbor learn from you
How much God’s wondrous love can do.

© 1980 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License .NET, no. 100013976. Public domain

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 10:16–17”​

    A reading from First Corinthians, the tenth chapter.

       The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we               break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?  Because there is one bread, we who are many               are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.

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     Like all of Jesus’ followers who long ago on this night forsook Jesus and fled, we have not been constantly faithful to You, O Lord.
C     We, who are sinful by nature, have turned to other gods and have neglected to love You with our whole heart and to love our neighbors as ourselves.

P     Because of our sin, we do not deserve Your love or Your forgiveness.
C     Turn to us, Lord, and forgive us. Bring us back to You. Restore us again as Peter was restored to You even after denying You, and as You later came to the disciples who had forsaken You and declared Your peace to them. 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:  “Return to the Table” Text: Mark 14:12-26


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 has 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.​


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

P     The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the fourteenth chapter.
C     Glory to You, O Lord.

On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, [Jesus’] disciples said to Him, “Where will You have us go and prepare for You to eat the Passover?”  And He sent two of His disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him, and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, Where is My guest room, where I may eat the Passover with My disciples?’  And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us.”  And the disciples set out and went to the city and found it just as He had told them, and they prepared the Passover.

And when it was evening, He came with the twelve.  And as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me, one who is eating with Me.”  They began to be sorrowful and to say to Him one after another, “Is it I?”

He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the dish with Me.  For the Son of Man goes as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.”

And as they were eating, He took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is My body.”  And He took a cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, and they all drank of it.  And He said to them, “This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.  Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

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


OLD TESTAMENT READING………………………............................................................................................Exodus 24:3–11

P     A reading from Exodus, the twenty-fourth chapter.

Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord and all the just decrees. And all the people answered with one voice and said, “All the words that the Lord has spoken we will do.”  And Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord. He rose early in the morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel.  And he sent young men of the people of Israel, who offered burnt offerings and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen to the Lord.  And Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins, and half of the blood he threw against the altar.  Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people. And they said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.”  And Moses took the blood and threw it on the people and said, “Behold the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.”

Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up, and they saw the God of Israel.

There was under His feet as it were a pavement of sapphire stone, like the very heaven for clearness.  And He did not lay His hand on the chief men of the people of Israel; they beheld God, and ate and drank.

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

​                                                                           Holy Thursday
                                                                      Return to the Table

On this night known in the Church as Holy Thursday, Jesus invites us to join Him once again at His Table. He knows our need for strengthening and reassurance. The place in which we gather is filled with the blessing of fellowship as we remember the new command of our Lord Jesus to love one another. Our Lord serves us in many ways, most singularly as the Host at His Table, where we receive His body and blood for the forgiveness of sins. Time and again we are invited to return to the Table, where truly we experience a foretaste of the feast to come.

                                                                                         + 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.


A     Let us pray.
Lord, for Christ’s body and blood given and shed for us, we give You thanks. By this gracious gift, lead us to love one another as Jesus first loved us, which He showed us long ago by washing His disciples’ feet; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C     Amen.


+ Stripping of the Altar +

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;*
it shall be told of the Lord to the coming gener- | ation;

they shall come and proclaim His righteousness to a people | yet unborn,*
that He has | done it.

All leave the church in silence.


Holy Thursday and Divine Service, Setting One from Lutheran Service Book.
Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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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.​



​​P     Remembering Jesus’ love shown in both the washing of His disciples’ feet and in instituting the Lord’s Supper, let us bring our prayers before the Father, trusting in His abundant mercy for us.

For the Church, that, following Jesus’ example of washing feet, we obey His command and love one another as He has loved us. And that, nourished by Christ’s body and blood in the Lord’s Supper, our lives reflect the One who first gave the Supper. In prayer,

C     we return to You, O Lord.

For leaders throughout the world, for national, regional, and local leaders, that they choose to lead as servants rather than as lords. In prayer,
C     we return to You, O Lord.

For those in our community who struggle with poverty, addiction, or unemployment, that You use us to serve them and love them as You loved and served them during Your earthly ministry. In prayer,
C     we return to You, O Lord.

  For those who are sick, hospitalized, or dying, [including . . .]. Bless them with Your presence and heal them according to Your will. Use us to touch their lives in ways that reflect Your servant heart. In prayer,
C     we return to You, O Lord.

For this congregation, that You guide us toward being a people known in our community for serving others in love, as You loved and served Your disciples by the washing of feet and giving them the food of Your body and blood. In prayer,
C     we return to You, O Lord.

   In remembrance of those who during their lives loved and served You and are now embraced in Your love forever, help us to follow their example of love and service, as we await that day when we join them in the eternal feast of heaven. In prayer,
C     we return to You, O Lord.

You make us one in the body and blood of Christ, O Lord. Let both our individual prayers and these prayers of our worshiping community rise to You, for You promise to hear them and to give us what is good, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.
C     Amen.