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.
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
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.
Linda Cookson and Arlene Gagnon
Linda Cookson, Senior Deacon
Lynn Sweeney (former Deacon, standing in for Pat Van Orman)
Annette Peabody, Director
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Annabell Curtis, Organist