Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2020

Invocation, Confession, and Absolution:

First Reading: Exodus 12:1–14 

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: 2This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. 3Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household. 4If a household is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join its closest neighbor in obtaining one; the lamb shall be divided in proportion to the number of people who eat of it. 5Your lamb shall be without blemish, a year-old male; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. 6You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month; then the whole assembled congregation of Israel shall slaughter it at twilight. 7They shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. 8They shall eat the lamb that same night; they shall eat it roasted over the fire with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. 9Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted over the fire, with its head, legs, and inner organs. 10You shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. 11This is how you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it hurriedly. It is the passover of the Lord. 12For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both human beings and animals; on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord. 13The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live: when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

14This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance.

Word of God, word of life.
Thanks be to God.

Psalm: Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 

1I love the Lord, who has | heard my voice,
and listened to my | supplication,
2for the Lord has given | ear to me

Whenev- | er I called.
12How shall I re- | pay the Lord
for all the good things God has | done for me?
13I will lift the cup | of salvation
and call on the name | of the Lord.
14I will fulfill my vows | to the Lord
in the presence of | all God’s people.
15Precious in your | sight, O Lord,
is the death | of your servants.
16O Lord, truly I | am your servant;
I am your servant, the child of your handmaid; you have freed me | from my bonds.
17I will offer you the sacrifice | of thanksgiving
and call upon the name | of the Lord.
18I will fulfill my vows | to the Lord
in the presence of | all God’s people,
19in the courts of | the Lord ‘s house,
in the midst of you,| O Jerusalem. 

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 11:23–26

23For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread,  24and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”  25In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”  26For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Word of God, word of life
Thanks be to God.
Gospel: John 13:1–17, 31b–35
Here you may wash your own feet or hands, using water in a bowl, recalling Jesus washing his disciples’ feet. Or, if there are several of you worshiping together, you may wash each other’s hands or feet, thinking of the love of Jesus poured out on each of us in this difficult time. If you choose to do as we do in church and wash each other’s feet, you would need a pitcher, basin, and towel. In washing you hold the heel, pour the water, and dry the foot.  Please note that this action may be entirely omitted, especially if someone in your house has tested positive for the virus.
Prayers of Intercession and Lord’s Prayer:
The Stripping of the Altar:
The Three Days continue tomorrow with the service for Good Friday.