Eyes on Jesus: More Than Meets the Eye!
In light of postponing services, we will include the bulletin for services in our posts. Please listen and follow along below for the Maundy Thursday service or watch the video of the service below.
Readings are from Mark 14:22-25; Exodus 12:1-14; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32; John 13:1-15, 34-35
ORDER OF WORSHIP
Hymn “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” (4 verses) LSB 425
P In the name of the Father, and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Passion Reading Mark 14:22-25
P As they were eating, [Jesus] 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.”
This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
Hymn “Thy Body, Given for Me, O Savior” (5 verses) LSB 619
P On Ash Wednesday, there were physical signs of our penitence, visible in the mirror and to everyone we met. The ashes were placed on each of our individual foreheads. Many of us in Communion have received our Lord’s body and blood, somehow in, with, and under the bread and wine—certainly more than our physical eyes can perceive. But we cannot commune with our Lord so intimately, sinners that we are; penitence is not enough. We need God’s forgiveness, assured thereby that God’s Lamb, our Lord Jesus Christ, has staved off the death sentence our sins deserve as surely as the Passover lamb’s blood told the angel of death to pass over the Israelite homes so long ago.
Let us therefore confess our sins to our heavenly Father, imploring Him for the sake of His Son, Jesus Christ, to grant us forgiveness.
C O almighty God, merciful Father, I, by nature sinful and unclean, confess to You that I have failed to see You present in my daily living. In addition to my faults that are visible to the people around me, You know my secret thoughts, my whispered words, and my furtive actions. For these and other sins I have hidden even from myself I am heartily sorry. I repent of them and pray that You will show me mercy for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter suffering and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
P God be merciful to you and strengthen your faith.
P Do you believe that the forgiveness I speak is not my forgiveness but God’s?
P Let it be done for you as you believe.
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. 1 Thessalonians 5:23–24
Old Testament Reading Exodus 12:1–14
Epistle 1 Corinthians 11:23-32
Holy Gospel John 13: 1-15, 34-35
13 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. 2During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him, 3Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, 4rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. 5Then 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. 6He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” 7Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” 8Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” 9Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” 10Jesus 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.” 11For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.”
12When 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? 13You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. 15For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.
34A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Hymn “Lord Jesus Christ, We Humbly Pray” ( 5 verses) LSB 623
Sermon “Eyes on Jesus: More Than Meets the Eye!”
I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit;
the holy Christian church, the communion of saints; The forgiveness of sins; The resurrection of the body; And the life + everlasting. Amen.
Prayer of the Church
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.