MANCHESTER COMMUNITY CHURCH

April 17, 2014   7:00 p.m.

The Service of Tenebrae with Holy Communion

 

The Vigil of Maundy Thursday

 

Maundy is the English form of the Latin word for “commandment”.  Jesus’ new commandment “to love one another even as I have loved you” is the focus of Maundy Thursday.  Jesus demonstrated this servant hood love in washing His disciples’ feet.  It was also on Thursday of Holy Week that Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper and began the journey that led to His death on the cross.

 

Tenebrae is the Latin word for “shadows”.  It is a 4th-century service of Scripture lessons and gradual extinguishing of lights to symbolize the desertion of Jesus by His disciples, the approach of the darkness of the world’s sin, and the suffering of our Lord.  This service concludes with a moment of total darkness and silence to symbolize the three days our Lord was in the tomb.  After the brief period of darkness, the central candle will be re-lit, symbolizing the prophesy of Easter soon to dawn.

Please observe a rule of silence at the close of the service.

 

Order of Worship

ORGAN PRELUDE                                                   Annabell Curtis

GREETING AND INVOCATION                Pastor Jack L. Daniel 

*OPENING HYMN #183 “Beneath the Cross of Jesus”

CALL TO WORSHIP (Responsive Reading)          Isaiah 53:1-6

 

            Leader: Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

            People: He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground.

Leader: He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

People: He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.

Leader: Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

 

People: Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.

Leader: But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

People: We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

*GLORIA PATRI

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

OFFERING, followed by *DOXOLOGY

OFFERTORY            “That Wondrous Cross”      MCC Senior Choir

*COMMUNION HYMN, #185, “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”

INVITATION TO COMMUNION

PRAYER OF CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE OF PARDON                    

            Most merciful God, I confess that I have sinned against you

            in though, word, and deed,

            by what I have done, and by what I have left undone.

            I have not loved you with my whole heart;

            For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on me and

            forgive me, that I may delight in your will and walk in your

            ways, to the glory of your name.  AMEN

DISTRIBUTION OF THE BREAD AND THE CUP

CHOIR ANTHEMS,  Once Upon a Tree” & “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”

EXTINGUISHING OF THE LIGHTS

Shadow of the Betrayal                                    Mark 14:12-21

Shadow of Desertion                                         Matthew 26:31-35

Comfort for the Disciples                                John 14:1-6

Glorify Your Son                                               John 17:1-5

Agony of Soul                                                     Luke 22:39-41

Unshared Vigil                                                    Mark 14:37-42

Arrest at Night                                                    Matthew 26:47-50, 55-56

Shadow of the Cross                                          Mark 15:12-20

The Light Shines in the Darkness                   John 1:9-13, 4-5

 

DARKNESS – PEOPLE DEPART IN SILENCE

 

The Church expresses its appreciation for all the individuals who helped set up and arrange our worship service this evening.

 

Communion Servers

Linda Cookson and Arlene Gagnon

 

Acolyte

Dylan Burroughs

 

Deacons

Linda Cookson, Senior Deacon

Jean Davenport

Arlene Gagnon

John Gragg

Deb Maddox

Leon Strout

Lynn Sweeney (former Deacon, standing in for Pat Van Orman)

Robert Tweedie

 

Senior Choir

Annette Peabody, Director

Roger Bachelder

Don Davenport

Jean Davenport

Dick Godbout

John Gragg

Cindy Keller

Joan Morgan

Teddy Ware

 

Church Office: 622-0738 ۩     Pastor Jack: 737-2047 or (508) 423-0705

Web Site: www.manchestercommunitychurch.com

Church Email: manchestercommunitychurch@yahoo.com

Pastor Jack Email: revjdaniel@gmail.com

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Annabell Curtis, Organist