OFFERTORY                              “What Shall I Render to the Lord” (LSB, p. 159)

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CONFESSION
P       We have more than dirty feet! Let us go to our loving Lord in humble confession.

C       We are soiled by sin in our inner being, O Lord. We are helpless to change ourselves by our own power and determination.

P       We have not loved one another in our thinking.
C       We have found friends who might give us compliments, rather than looking for people around us who may be isolated, alone, and in need of support.

P       We have not loved one another in our speaking.

C       We have complained about neighbors who irritate us, rather than putting the best construction on their actions and trying to put a smile on their faces.

 P       We have not loved one another in our acting.
C       We have used our time and energy to make our lives easier, rather than lovingly assisting the people around us who have difficulty caring for themselves.

P       Heavenly Father, show us the true humanity of our Lord Jesus; help us grasp His great love for us on every level of our existence.
C       Forgive us, renew our trust in Your daily and eternal care, and lead us in paths of righteousness for Your name’s sake. Amen.

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

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

P       Let it be done for you as you believe. 

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(Jesus cries out in thirst on the cross.)

After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.”  A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to His mouth.  When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished,” and He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.

L       O Lord, have mercy on us.
      Thanks be to God.

 

“Behold the man!” was Pontius Pilate’s short, yet most profound, sermon. Our endeavor this Lententide and Easter Sunday is to behold the man, God in human flesh, Jesus. Each time together, we are meditating on and proclaiming His real, bodily suffering and death as well as His physical resurrection. He knew all that real bodies experience; He suffered, wept, bled, ate, and hoped.

On the night when He will be betrayed, the One who has every power of God, “having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end” (John 13:1). He picked up a bowl of water, wrapped Himself in a towel, and used His divine hands to scrub the dirt from the feet of His disciples. A new commandment He gives. Love like this, He commands. Love with hands, not hearts. Love with actions, not feelings. Love by dying. As I have loved you.

As we have moved through this season of Lent, it has become increasingly clear why God became man: He lived this physical life in order to be nailed to a cross. Thereby, we are truly preparing for the celebration of His real, bodily, flesh-and-blood resurrection. Without that, our faith and our preaching are all in vain. God the Son became the embodied, incarnate Son of Mary. In Jesus, God has human flesh, a body, just like us. What could be more profound? Behold the man, who has led the way for us through death to our own physical resurrection!    

STRIPPING OF THE ALTAR

P       This is the night in which the man Jesus was betrayed. After He had instituted the Sacrament of His body and blood, He and the eleven disciples went out to the Garden of Gethsemane, where He knew Judas would come to set in motion the events leading to His crucifixion.

          All the appointments in the chancel are symbols of our Lord, the light of the world, the Word of God in the flesh, the covering for our sins, and so on. This evening, they are stripped from the altar—which represents the man Jesus—just as He was struck, humiliated, tortured, and taken to the cross.

          As the various items are removed, we speak together the words of Psalm 22, which anticipated our Lord’s Passion and which He seems to have prayed while on the cross. And then we depart until our worship continues tomorrow.

C  Psalm 22, in the front of the hymnal.​

 

My God, my God, why have you forsaken 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[a] of Israel.
In you our fathers trusted;
    they trusted, and you delivered 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 deliver him;
    let him rescue him, for he delights 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 encompass me;
    strong bulls of Bashan surround 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 within 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 encompass me;
    a company of evildoers encircles me;
    they have pierced my hands and feet[b]—
I can count all my bones—
they stare and gloat over me;
they divide my garments among 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[c] 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, glorify 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 congregation;
    my vows I will perform before those who fear him.
The afflicted[d] shall eat and be satisfied;
    those who seek him shall praise the Lord!
    May your hearts live forever!

All the ends of the earth shall remember
    and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
    shall worship before 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 himself alive.
Posterity shall serve him;
    it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation;
they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn,
    that he has done it.

HYMN                                “When You Woke That Thursday Morning” (LSB 445)​

HOLY GOSPEL, Part 1…………………………………………….John 13:1–11
(Jesus wipes His disciples’ feet as an example of love.)
P       The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the thirteenth chapter.
      Glory to You, O Lord.

P       Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside His outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around His waist. Then He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around Him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to Him,
C
      Lord, do You wash my feet?

P       What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.
C
       You shall never wash my feet.

P       If I do not wash you, you have no share with Me.
C
       Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!​   


 P       Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you.” For He knew who was to betray Him; that was why He said, “Not all of you are clean.”

NICENE CREED                                                                       ​

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.

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VERSE                                                                                                           John 13:1b
P       Having loved His own who were in the world,
C       He loved them to the end.

HOLY GOSPEL…………………………………………… Part3 John 13:31b–35(Jesus’ new command is that we are to love each other as He has loved us.)
P       The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the thirteenth chapter.
C       Glory to You, O Lord.

Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in Him.  If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and glorify Him at once. 

Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek Me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

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

HOLY GOSPEL, Part 2……………………………………………John 13:12–17(Jesus has set the example we are to follow.)
P       The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the thirteenth chapter.
C       Glory to You, O Lord.

When He had washed their feet and put on His outer garments and resumed His place, He said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you?  You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am.  If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.  Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.  If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

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

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

P    ​Let us use the experiences of the man Jesus as we pray for ourselves, the Church          around the world, and all people in their various circumstances.

A    The man Jesus experienced severe hunger.

P    For all who are denied basic food, clothing, or shelter, that God would provide      

       whatever they need to support this body and life, let us pray to the Lord.

C    Lord, have mercy.

A    The man Jesus prayed for His circle of friends and those who believed in Him.

P     For the Body of Christ around the world, that God would protect and guide clergy        and lay leaders so that the Gospel may be proclaimed freely and many may come        to faith, let us pray to the Lord.

C    Lord, have mercy.

A    The man Jesus was beaten, abused, and ridiculed.

P     For all who are unjustly imprisoned, persecuted, and denied human rights, that            God would strengthen them to remain strong under their circumstances until they        find freedom, and dignity, let us pray to the Lord.

C    Lord, have mercy.

A    The man Jesus was physically exposed on the cross.

P    For all who try to hide their sins and failing God's wrath and people's scorn, that          the Holy Spirit would grant them faith to know and trust the forgiveness Christ            won for them, let us pray to the Lord.  

C    Lord have mercy.

A    The man Jesus cared for His human mother.

P     For all parents and children, especially those in fractured families and those                  dealing with daily turmoil, that our heavenly Father would surround them with            caring friends and counselors to renew the love that they have lost, let us pray to          the Lord.

C    Lord, have mercy. 

A    The man Jesus loved His followers to the end by serving even as their physical              servant.

P    for all who serve in homes and hospitals; all in armed forces deployed and in               police, emergency, and fire departments at home; and all public servants in                   government, that God would protect, strengthen, and guide them for the good of           the whole society, let us pray to the Lord.

C    Lord, have mercy.

A    The man Jesus was buried.

P     For all who fear death and all who are in mourning, that the Holy Spirit grant              them faith to see the death of all who trust in Christ as a sleep from which they            shall awaken, let us pray to the Lord.

C    Lord, have mercy.

A    The man Jesus physically rose triumphant over death.

P    For all artist and musicians, poets and writers who express Christian hope and             encourage our joyful celebrating, anticipating the day when faith gives way to             sight, let us pray to the Lord.  

C    Lord, have mercy.

P    Into Your hands, heavenly Father, we commend ourselves and all for whom we           pray, trusting in Your mercy for the sake of Your Son and our Brother, Jesus               Christ, our Lord.

C   Amen.    

GRADUAL                                                          Hebrews 9:12a, c, 15a; Psalm 111:9a
L       [Christ] entered once for all into the holy places, by means of His own blood,
C       thus securing an eternal redemption.

L       Therefore He is the mediator of a new covenant,
      so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance.

L       He sent redemption to His people;
      He has commanded His covenant forever.

 EPISTLE……………………………………………………...1 Corinthians 11:23–32
(When we eat and drink in the Sacrament, we proclaim the Lord’s death until He returns.)

    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 concerning 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.

L       This is the Word of the Lord.
      Thanks be to God. 

READING...……………………………………………………...……John 19:28–30

As We Gather


AGNUS DEI                                “The Infant Priest Was Holy Born”(LSB 624:3, 6)

The holy Lamb undaunted came
To God’s own altar lit with flame;
While weeping angels hid their eyes,
This Priest became a sacrifice.
The body of God’s Lamb we eat,
A priestly food and priestly meat;
On sin-parched lips the chalice pours
His quenching blood that life restores.

Text: © 1997, 2003 Chad L. Bird. Used by permission.
Tune: Public domain​         

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HYMN OF THE DAY                           “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” (LSB 700)


SANCTUS                                  “The Infant Priest Was Holy Born” (LSB 624:1,7)

The infant Priest was holy born
For us unholy and forlorn;
From fleshly temple forth came He,
Anointed from eternity.
With cherubim and seraphim
Our voices join the endless hymn,
And “Holy, holy, holy” sing
To Christ, God’s Lamb, our Priest and King.

Text: © 1997, 2003 Chad L. Bird. Used by permission.
Tune: Public domain

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

P       Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the universe, for in Your great love You sent Your Son, who humbled Himself and became obedient even to death on the cross so that we might have life.​​


​Gathered in His name, we pray that in true faith we may receive the blessings of forgiveness, life, and salvation He won for us in His great love.


Strengthen us through His body and blood so that we may share His love each day until, gathered together with all Your faithful people, we may celebrate the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end. To You alone, O Father, be all glory, honor, and worship, with the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C       Amen.

SALUTATION
P       The Lord be with you.

      And also with you.

 

PRAYER OF THE DAY

      Let us pray. O Lord, in this wondrous Sacrament You have left us a remembrance of Your Passion.
      Grant that we may so receive the sacred mystery of Your body and blood that the fruits of Your redemption may continually be manifest in us;​ 


P       for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. (L32)
C       Amen.

P       Let us pray. Lord Jesus, Your love knows no bounds but was even expressed on the night in which You were betrayed. You cared for the physical needs of Your followers and set an example for us to follow.
C       Grant that we may be so aware of Your overflowing love that we may always be Your instruments of loving care for the people around us;

P       for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C       Amen.

                               

INVOCATION
P       In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C       Amen. ​

Maunday Thursday


Sermon for Maundy Thursday.

PREFACE

PROPER PREFACE
P       It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who accomplished the salvation of mankind by the tree of the cross that, where death arose, there life also might rise again and that the serpent who overcame by the tree of the garden might likewise by the tree of the cross be overcome. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying:Type your paragraph here.

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​OFFERING

​​​​​​​Beautiful SaviorLutheran Church (LCMS)

​​DISTRIBUTION HYMNS              “Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face to Face” (LSB 631)

                                                                  “How Wide the Love of Christ” (LSB 535)

OLD TESTAMENT……………………………………………….Exodus 12:1–14
(The annual Passover meal is to be a physical reminder of the Lord’s freeing His people from bondage in Egypt.)

​    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.”

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

​​LORD'S PRAYER                                                                     Matthew 6: 9-13

  “Our Father in heaven,
        hallowed be your name.
        Your kingdom come,
         our 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 trespasses 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.

WORDS OF OUR LORD                                 Matthew 26:26–28; Mark 14:22–24;
                                                                        Luke 22:19–20; 1 Corinthians 11:23–25


P       Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”

          In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He 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. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”​


​​PROCLAMATION OF CHRIST

P       As often as we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. 1 Corinthians 11:26
C       Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.Revelation 22:20

​OPENING SENTENCES

P       Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,
      but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. Philippians 2:5–7

P       In this is love, not that we have loved God
C
       but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
         
1 John 4:10

P       But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners,
      Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

 
P       [Jesus,] having loved His own who were in the world,
      loved them to the end. John 13:1