Worship: Maundy Thursday (March 29, 2018)

Worship audio from Maundy Thursday worship - March 29, 2018.

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Green Pastures with Jesus is the podcast from Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church of Fairmont, MN.  Here you’ll find a variety of segments to lead you to the green pastures of the Word of God, where our Good Shepherd feeds our faith.  


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Bible text from Biblegateway.com - EHV.

Welcome to Shepherd of the Lakes!  We’re here to shepherd Christ’s flock and seek the lost sheep by sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with all.  Come, let us worship!

For your convenience, in the back corner of the sanctuary there is a room for any parents with children in need of a quiet place.  The restrooms are located on the lower level.  Please ask if you have any further questions or concerns.  

We give thanks, Lord Jesus, for rescuing your people Israel from slavery.  We give you thanks for instituting the Passover as a yearly remembrance of that rescue, as well as pointing your people ahead to the coming Messiah.  Grant that we always partake of your Supper in faith, as we remember your victory over death and await your triumphant, visible return; AMEN.

Clear Teaching about the Lord’s Supper:

In addition to Christ’s and St. Paul’s expressions (the bread in the Supper is the body of Christ or the communion of the body of Christ), the following forms are also used: under the bread, with the bread, in the bread. With these words the Roman Catholic idea of transubstantiation is rejected and the sacramental union of the bread’s unchanged essence and Christ’s body may be shown.  In the same way, the expression “the Word became flesh” [John 1:14] is repeated and explained by the equivalent expressions “the Word … dwelt among us” [John 1:14] ... showing that the divine essence is not changed into the human nature. But the two natures, unchanged, are personally united. ... Just as in Christ two distinct, unchanged natures are inseparably united, so in the Holy Supper the two substances—the natural bread and Christ’s true natural body—are present together here on earth in the appointed administration of the Sacrament. Formula of Concord, Article 7  (Concordia p. 568)

Because He Knew:

Jesus came as the perfect fulfillment of the prophetic Passover lamb.  That evening, and tonight, Christ gives his disciples his very body & blood for the forgiveness of sins.

Background for this Worship Service:

The word “Maundy” comes from a Latin word meaning “command.” Maundy Thursday gets its name from the command Jesus gave his disciples “A new command I give you: Love one another,” (John 13:34).

Ash Wednesday began Lent. Maundy Thursday ends Lent and begins the Three Holy Days of the Christian Church. Over these three days we contemplate more deeply the body and blood of Christ given and poured out for us in anguish, suffering, and innocent death. We think about the sting of eternal death that Jesus endured in our place; we see the fury of God’s wrath against our sin unleashed on Jesus. We try to grasp the incredible depth of Jesus’ love that would take that wrath in our place so we could receive forgiveness, love, and eternal life.

The institution of the Lord’s Supper sets forth the depth of Jesus’ love and gives power to the Church to live out his command. The service begins with the sermon and an exhortation regarding the end of Lent. This unusual arrangement allows the minister to explain the meaning of the Sacrament and the liturgical actions that are to take place so that they may proceed uninterruptedly and vividly from this evening through Good Friday to the Easter celebration.

OPENING HYMN: 717 – When You Woke that Thursday Morning   (Printed inside the back cover.  Soloist will sing v.1)


SERMON based on Exodus 12: Foreshadow, Fulfillment


Please rise.

In this Lenten season we have heard again how our Lord walked the path of suffering which led him to the cross for our salvation. We have also heard our Lord’s call to intensify our struggle against sin, death, and the devil — all that keeps us from loving God and one another. 

This is the struggle to which we were committed at Baptism; God’s forgiveness and the power of his Spirit to amend our lives continue with us because of his love for us in Jesus our Savior.                    . . . continued . . . 

Within the family of the Church, God never wearies of giving peace and new life. In the absolution, we receive forgiveness as from God himself.

This absolution we should not doubt but firmly believe that our sins are thus forgiven before God in heaven, for it comes to us in the name and by the command of our Lord Jesus.

We who receive God’s love in Jesus Christ are called to love one another, to be servants to each other, as Jesus became our servant. 

In Holy Communion the members of Christ’s body participate most intimately in his love. Remembering our Lord’s Last Supper with his disciples, we eat the bread and drink the cup of this meal. Together we receive the Lord’s gift of his body and blood for forgiveness and participate in that new covenant that makes us one with him and one another. The Lord’s Supper is the promise of the great banquet we will share with all the faithful when our Lord returns, the joyous culmination of our being reconciled with God and each other.


M: Let us confess our sins to God and ask for his forgiveness.

C: Almighty God, merciful Father, I confess to you that I have not loved you with all my heart.  In what I have done and left undone, I have pursued my ways instead of your ways.  I have not loved my brothers and sisters as myself.  For this I deserve your punishment both now and in eternity.  I am truly sorry for my sins.  I repent of them.  I beg for your mercy, O Lord.

Silence for meditation.

Forgive us for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Substitute, who suffered and died for us.

Cleanse me from my sins.  Release me from my guilt.  Grant me your Holy Spirit to amend my sinful life.

    The almighty God has been merciful to us and has sent his Son to die for all.  For his sake, God forgives our sins and calls us from darkness to his marvelous light.  

Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by his authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.


Our Lord Jesus Christ has forgiven us and reconciled us to God.  He has also promised us the power to forgive and love each other; and when Christians speak a word of forgiveness, it is just as sure and certain as if Christ himself said it.  Relying on his promise, therefore, let us be reconciled to one another, and extend to each other the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Everyone turns to each other and says:

Peace be with you.

Let us pray: Lord Jesus Christ, in the Sacrament of Holy Communion you give us your true body and blood together with the bread and wine for the forgiveness of sins.  Grant that we remember your life, suffering, death, and resurrection, as you commanded; grant that we daily take up our cross and follow you.  By your Spirit, lead us to firmly believe your words and promise, that we may always partake of this sacrament to our eternal good; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 


HYMN: 313 – Jesus Christ, our Blessed Savior

The Word

FIRST READING: Exodus 12:21-30

The Lord’s Passover.

21Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go and take lambs for yourselves according to your family size, and slaughter the Passover lamb. 22You shall take a bundle of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and paint the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. None of you are to go out of the door of your house until morning. 23When the LORD passes through to strike Egypt and sees the blood on the lintel and the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over that door and will not allow the destroyer to enter your houses to strike you. 

24“You shall observe these instructions as a perpetual regulation for you and your descendants. 25When you enter the land that the LORD will give you just as he said he would, you shall observe this ceremony.

                                . . . continued . . . 

26So when your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’ 27you will say, ‘It is the sacrifice of the Passover to the LORD, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt. When he struck the Egyptians, he spared our houses.’” 

The people bowed down and worshipped. 28The Israelites went and did all this. They did just as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron. 

29At midnight the LORD struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on his throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner who was in the dungeon, even all the firstborn of the livestock. 30During the night Pharaoh got up—he, all his servants, and all the Egyptians—and there was a loud outcry in Egypt, for there was not a house where there was not someone dead. 

PSALM OF THE DAY: 116, p. 107

SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 10:16-17

The reality: Communion.

16The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a communion of the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a communion of the body of Christ? 17Because there is one bread, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. 

THEME VERSE: 1 Corinthians 11:26

As often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 

Thanks be to God!

GOSPEL READING: Mark 14:12-26

The Last Supper.

12On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed, his disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?” 13He sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and there a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him. 14Wherever he enters, tell the owner of the house that the Teacher says, ‘Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 15He will show you a large upper room, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.” 

16His disciples left and went into the city and found things just as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover.  17When it was evening, he arrived with the Twelve. 

18While they were reclining and eating, Jesus said, “Amen I tell you: One of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.”  19They began to be sorrowful and said to him one by one, “Surely not I?” 

20He said to them, “It is one of the Twelve, one who is dipping bread with me in the dish. 21Indeed, the Son of Man is going to go just as it has been written about 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.” 

22While they were eating, Jesus took bread. When he had blessed it, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “Take it. This is my body.” 

23Then he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them. They all drank from it. 24He said to them, “This is my blood of the new testament, which is poured out for many. 25Amen I tell you: I will certainly not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” 26After they sang a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 

HYMN: 104 – Go to Dark Gethsemane

CONFESSION OF FAITH: Explanation of Holy Communion

M: What is the sacrament of Holy Communion?

C: It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, instituted by Christ for us Christians to eat and to drink.

Where is this written?

The holy Evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke, and the Apostle Paul tell us: “Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take and eat; this is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’

“Then he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’”

M: What blessing do we receive through this eating and drinking?

C: That is shown us by these words, “Given and poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins.”  Through these words we receive forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation in this sacrament. For where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation.

How can eating and drinking do such great things?

It is certainly not the eating and drinking that does such things, but the words, “Given and poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins.” These words are the main thing in this sacrament, along with the eating and drinking. And whoever believes these words has what they plainly say, the forgiveness of sins.

Who, then, is properly prepared to receive this sacrament?

Fasting and other outward preparations may serve a good purpose, but he is properly prepared who believes these words, “Given and poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins.” But whoever does not believe these words or doubts them is not prepared, because the words “for you” require nothing but hearts that believe.


PRAYER: A portion of the Great Litany (composed 1544) 

Please rise for prayer.

Prayer of Approach to God

Holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, three persons in one God,

Have mercy on us.

Prayers for Deliverance

Remember not, Lord Christ, our offenses nor the offenses of our forebears. Spare us, good Lord; spare your people whom you have redeemed with your precious blood.

Spare us, good Lord.

From all spiritual blindness; from pride, vanity, and hypocrisy; from envy, hatred, and malice; and from all lack of charity:

Good Lord, deliver us.

From all deadly sin and from the deceits of the world, the flesh, and the devil:

Good Lord, deliver us.

From all false doctrine, heresy, and schism, from hardness of heart and contempt for your Word and your will:

Good Lord, deliver us.

From earthquake and tempest; from drought, fire, and flood; from civil strife and violence; from war and murder; and from dying suddenly and unprepared:

Good Lord, deliver us.

By the mystery of your holy incarnation; by your baptism, fasting, and temptation; and by your proclamation of the kingdom:

Good Lord, deliver us.

By your bloody sweat and bitter grief, by your cross and suffering, and by your precious death and burial:

Good Lord, deliver us.

By your mighty resurrection, by your glorious ascension, and by the coming of the Holy Spirit:

Good Lord, deliver us.

In our times of trouble, in our times of prosperity, in the hour of death, and on the day of judgment:

Good Lord, deliver us.

Receive our prayers, O Lord our God.

Hear us, good Lord.

For the Church

Govern and direct your holy Church, fill it with love and truth, and grant it that unity which is according to your will.

Hear us, good Lord.

Enlighten all ministers with true knowledge and understanding of your Word, that by their preaching and living they may declare it clearly and show its truth.

Hear us, good Lord.

Encourage and prosper your servants who spread the gospel in all the world, and send out laborers into the harvest.

Hear us, good Lord.

Bless and keep your people, that all may serve you through Godly vocation and ministry.

Hear us, good Lord.

Give us hearts to love and revere you, that we may diligently live according to your commandments.

Hear us, good Lord.

Special prayers of intercession

Concluding Prayers

Son of God, we ask you to hear us.

Son of God, we ask you to hear us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,

Have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,

Grant us peace.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us.

All these things we ask confidently in Jesus’ name, as we join to pray:

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.

CHOIR: Remember Me

The sacrament

We continue in the hymnal on p. 21.

DISTRIBUTION: 135 – The Death of Jesus Christ, Our Lord
We will sing this hymn in its entirety.  

During this time, the chancel paraments and furnishings will be solemnly stripped in token of the Lord’s abandonment by his disciples.  


1    O Lord, the God who saves me, day and night I cry out before you.  2    May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry.  3    For my soul is full of trouble and my life draws near the grave.  4    I am counted among those who go down to the pit; I am like a man without strength.
5    I am set apart with the dead, like the slain who lie in the grave, whom you remember no more, who are cut off from your care. 6    You have put me in the lowest pit, in the darkest depths.
7    Your wrath lies heavily upon me; you have overwhelmed me with all your waves.    
8    You have taken from me my closest friends and have made me repulsive to them. I am confined and cannot escape;
9    my eyes are dim with grief. I call to you, O Lord, every day; I spread out my hands to you.
10    Do you show your wonders to the dead?  Do those who are dead rise up and praise you?    
11    Is your love declared in the grave, your faithfulness in Destruction? 12    Are your wonders known in the place of darkness, or your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion? 

13    But I cry to you for help, O Lord; in the morning my prayer comes before you.
14    Why, O Lord, do you reject me and hide your face from me? 15    From my youth I have been afflicted and close to death; I have suffered your terrors and am in despair.
16    Your wrath has swept over me; your terrors have destroyed me. 17    All day long they surround me like a flood; they have completely engulfed me.
18    You have taken my companions and loved ones from me; the darkness is my closest friend. 



Good Friday Worship: 7 PM


Easter Sunday: Men arrive at 6:30 AM.  Breakfast, 7:30-9 AM.
Worship service for the Festival of the Resurrection, with Holy Communion, at 9:30 AM. 
Bible class will look at 1 Corinthians 15.


Friday        1 Kings 4

        7 PM - Good Friday Tenebrae Worship

Saturday    1 Kings 5

        9:30 AM - Bible Basics 

Sunday    1 Kings 6

        6:30 - Men arrive to cook breakfast
        7:30-9 AM - Easter Breakfast

        9:30 - Easter Festival Worship

Monday    7 PM - Council Meeting

Friday        3;45-7:30 PM - Family Fun Fair 

Sunday    9:30 Worship, 10:45 Bible class & Voters’ Mtg



Special Council meeting, April 2 at 7 PM.

District President Degner will be at Shepherd of the Lakes for Bible class hour on April 8.  He will lead us through the doctrine of the call, our orderly calling process in the Wisconsin Synod . . .
. . . and the Bible class hour with President Degner will conclude with a brief voters’ meeting to ratify our congregation’s course of action.

Scrip is available.
Talk to Lisa Swift & see the handout in your mailbox.

The Triduum: The “Three Holy Days”

The enormous significance of Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection has always been the central focus of Christian worship.  Prior to the fourth century, Easter Day itself included all three emphases, but thereafter they were distributed over three days of special observance, which Augustine called “the most holy Triduum of the crucified, buried, and risen Lord.”  The Latin term “Triduum” means “three days” and refers to the Holy Week services held on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday – the Easter Vigil, an evening service that was the time of baptism for those instructed during Lent.  These three days have long been understood as the high point of the church’s year.

Since the last half of the 20th century, Lutherans have been rediscovering the richness of the ancient Triduum and adapting the traditional services associated with it for use in evangelical Lutheran worship. Our WELS Commission on Worship included these forms of the Triduum services:

- Maundy Thursday communion service with the stripping of the altar;
- Service of the Cross of Christ, intended for Good Friday afternoon;
- Service of Darkness (Latin “Tenebrae”) for Good Friday evening;
- The Great Vigil of Easter, an Easter Eve service intended for Holy Saturday.  (Also commonly used as an Easter sunrise service for those without Saturday worship.)

This year’s Good Friday worship is a Tenebrae service, focusing on the theme of repentance & restoration.  There will be readings from the book of Lamentations, concluding with John’s account of the crucifixion.  (By contrast, last year’s Good Friday Service of the Cross of Christ focused on the seven statements of Jesus from the cross.)  

Conceptually, the Triduum worship services are one service extended over the “three holy days.”  That is why there is no closing blessing for the Maundy Thursday service or Good Friday services; there is no invocation for the Good Friday services or the Easter vigil.