The United Methodist Church of Enfield
Monday, April 19, 2021
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.

The United Methodist Church of Enfield

 

Maundy Thursday  Â April 1, 2021- 7PM 

 

Guide for Online Worship

 

Click HERE for a PDF of the Worship Guide 

 

 

Our Desire for God’s Grace

 

Prayer for Change

O God, we know our transgressions are ever before us –

all of the ways we have ignored your word, rejected your love,

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love

hurt our neighbor, neglected to speak for the least and the lost

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love

fallen far short of your expectations.

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love

 

Gracious Savior –

we need your mercy, we desire your forgiveness,

Create in me a clean heart, O God.

We pray for renewal in our spirit, in our relationship with you,

in our relationship with the world.

Create in me a clean heart, O God.

Do not cast us away from your presence,

but bring us ever closer to you

Create in me a clean heart, O God.

Restore to us the joy of your salvation,

Create in me a clean heart, O God,

and put a new and right spirit within me.

 

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Change my heart, O God, make it ever true.

Change my heart, O God, may I be like you.

You are the Potter, I am the clay.

Mold me and make me, that is what I pray.

Change my heart, O God, make it ever true.

Change my heart, O God, may I be like you.

 

Accept the blessings of God’s forgiveness,

the steadfastness of Christ’s love,

the guiding presence of the Holy Spirit.

 

We accept the renewal of our hearts through God’s grace,

we delight once again in the joy of our salvation through Christ,

we look forward in hope to the places the Holy Spirit will take us. Thanks be to God!

 

 

 

 

 

The Means of God’s Grace

 

Gospel Reading – John 13:1 –17, 31b –35

 

Hymn – Jesu, Jesu (verses 1 & 5)

[Refrain]

♪ Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love,

♪ show us how to serve the neighbors we have from you.

 

♪ Kneels at the feet of his friends, silently washes their feet,

♪ Master who acts as a slave to them.

            [Refrain]

 

♪ Kneel at the feet of our friends, silently washing their feet,

♪ this is the way we should live with you.

            [Refrain]

 

Reflection

 

Footwashing

You’re invited to bring a damp washcloth or hand sanitizer to the service.  You may also bring your ash cross-on-a-cloth.  Time will be given for you to wash your hands, as you have so often done in this last year, as an act of love and service to your neighbor. 

 

Lord’s Supper

Since we cannot share together in the Lord’s Supper on this night, we will be meditating on the event by reflecting on Leonardo DaVinci’s great painting “The Last Supper,” accompanied by the hymn “What Wondrous Love Is This.”  Where do you see yourself in this painting? 

 

Tenebrae

We will move into the Tenebrae (Latin for “darkness”) section of the service.  It is a solemn reading of the last hours, death, and crucifixion of Jesus from the Gospel of John. If you would like to follow along in your Bible, the readings are from John 18:1-19:42.  You are encouraged, though, to rest and listen.  After Jesus’s body is entombed, we then wait, in tension and hope, for the news of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday. 

 

Dismissal

Go in peace.

May Jesus Christ,

who for our sake became obedient unto death, even death on a cross,

keep you and strengthen you this night and forever. Amen.

 

 

Silently exit the service.

 

 

Credits:  Prayers and litanies adapted from The United Methodist Book of Worship (© 1992 The United Methodist Publishing House); Feasting on the Word Worship Companion (Year B, Volume 1) (© 2014, Westminster John Knox Press); used with permission.  Other litanies written by Rev. Janet Deranian, based on Psalm 51.Jesu, Jesu”    (verses 1 & 5) # 432 and “What Wondrous Love Is This”  (verses 1-2) # 292)  from The United Methodist Hymnal (Nashville: The United Methodist Publishing House, 1989).   “Change My Heart O God” #2152 from The Faith We Sing (© Abingdon Press, 2000).   CCLI Licenses: Copyright License #2543459; Streaming License # 20471775.