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March 24, 2016BulletinTenebrae

 

 

MANCHESTER COMMUNITY CHURCH

 

                                   MARCH 24, 2016   7:00 PM

 

    THE SERVICE OF TENEBRAE WITH HOLY COMMUNION

 

The Vigil of Maundy Thursday           

MAUNDY IS THE ENGLISH FORM OF THE LATIN WORD FOR “COMMANDMENT”. JESUS’S NEW COMMANDMENT “TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER EVEN AS I HAVE LOVED YOU” IS THE FOCUS OF MAUNDY THURSDAY.  IT WAS ALSO ON THURSDAY OF HOLY WEEK THAT JESUS DEMONSTRATED HIS SERVANTHOOD LOVE BY WASHING HIS DISCIPLES’ FEET.  IT WAS ON THIS DAY THIS JESUS INSTITUTED THE LORD’S SUPPER.                                         

 

*TENEBRAE IS THE LATIN WORD FOR “SHADOWS”.  IT WAS BEGUN IN THE 4TH CENTURY AND INCLUDES SCRIPTURE LESSONS AND THE 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, AND SINGING OF “WERE YOU THERE”, THE CENTRAL CANDLE WILL BE RE-LIT, SYMBOLIZING THE COMING OF EASTER SOON TO DAWN.

           

Please observe a time of silence at the close of service; lights will be turned up following the singing of “Were You There”.

 

Prelude                                                                       Annabell Curtis

 

Greeting and Invocation       The Rev. Donald Stanley Davenport

 

*Opening Hymn        Page 183         “Beneath the Cross of Jesus”

 

Call to Worship (Responsive Reading) #639 Christ’s Sufferings”

*Gloria Patri              Page 623

 

Prayer of Humble Access                                         Pastor Don

Father, we enter the quiet stillness of the garden of decision tonight, where Jesus agonized the long night before Love’s greatest day.  We each have a cross to bear, Lord, so encourage us in this hour of power to change the channel of our will from mine to Thine.  We know our only true happiness lies in bringing self-will to its keens in the spirit of the Man from Galilee. Hear us now as we pray as our Lord taught us to pray…Our Father,

 

Offering

Offertory                    That Wondrous Cross”         MCC Choir

*Doxology & Prayer of Consecration

*Communion Hymn  Page 185 ‘When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”

 

Invitation to Holy Communion

 

Prayer of Confession (Unison) and Assurance of Pardon

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

                        In thought, word and deed,

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

            I have not loved you with my whole heart;

                        I have not loved my neighbor as myself.

            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

 

 

 

Promise of Absolution                                              Pastor Don

Almighty God, in his mercy, has given his Son to die for us and, for his sake, forgives us all our sins.  As a called and ordained minister of the Church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN

 

Distribution of the Bread and the Cup

 

Anthem                      “That Day”                              MCC Choir

 

                        EXTINGUISHING OF THE LIGHTS    

 

 

Shadow of the Betrayal          Mark 14:12-21            Deacon Gagnon

Shadow of the Desertion        Matthew 26:31-35      Deacon Morgan

“Lamb of God”                                   Sung by           Deacon Morgan Comfort for the Disciples    John 14:1-6                 Deacon Bickford

Glorify Your Son                    John 17:1-5                 Deacon Maddox

Agony of the Soul                  Luke 22:39-44             Deacon Benner Unshared Vigil                      Mark 14:37-42            Deacon Cutliffe

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

Oh Sacred Head Now Wounded                               MCC Choir

Shadow of the Cross              Mark 15:12-20            Deacon Davenport

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

 

 

                                                DARKNESS

 “Were You There?”                           Sung by           Deacon Davenport

        

When the lights come on please depart in silence. Thank you.

 

 

 

 

*Please stand if possible

 

The Church expresses its appreciation to all the people who helped set up and arrange our service this evening.

                       

COMMUNION SERVERS

Jean Davenport and Debbie Maddox

 

USHER

Bud Ware

 

ACOLYTE

Jayden Burroughs

 

DEACONS

Arlene Gagnon, Senior Deacon

Joan Morgan

David Bickford

Debbie Maddox

Rose Benner

Dick Cutliffe

John Gragg

Jean Davenport

Cindy Burnham

 

ORGANIST

Annabell Curtis

 

MCC SENIOR CHOIR

Annette Peabody, Director

Roger Bachelder, Pastor Don, Jean Davenport, Joan Morgan, Dick Godbout, Don Sweeney, Cindy Keller, Teddy Ware, John Gragg

 

 

 

 

Pastor Don Davenport can be reached at (207) 215-6838 or at

don.s.davenport@gmail.com