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02 Apr

Holy Thursday

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING FOR HOLY THURSDAY EVENING

Liturgy

 This text is intended to be used by the pastor while the congregation uses A Service of Word and Table II ( UMH< > 13–15) or III ( UMH  15–16) or one of the musical settings ( UMH  17–25).  

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A SERVICE OF WORSHIP FOR HOLY THURSDAY EVENING

Liturgy

On this night Christians commemorate the supper Jesus shared with his disciples before his crucifixion, when Jesus washed the disciples' feet (John 13:1 –17) and instituted the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper (Matthew 26:26 –29; Mark 14:22 –25; Luke 22:13 –20; 1 Corinthians 11:23 –25).

Six actions traditional on this night are included in the following service. They are (1) confession and pardon, (2) proclamation of the Word, (3) footwashing, (4) the Lord's Supper, (5) stripping of the church, and (6) Tenebrae. Of these, (1), (2), and (4) are essential; (3), (5), and (6) are optional and are thus marked with brackets. They require careful preparation when introduced to a congregation.

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Foot Washing—Chuck Knows Church

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How did "Foot Washing" ever become part of Christian worship? Find out on Chuck's SIXTY-FIFTH show!

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Lectionary Planning Helps for Holy Thursday (April 2)

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I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.

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Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley: A Tenebrae Service for Maundy Thursday or Good Friday

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This reading takes up to fifteen people: twelve disciples, one or two narrator(s), and Jesus. "Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley" may be sung to open this service.  

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Maundy Thursday in an Alternative/Emergent Mode

Liturgy

What makes a worship service alternative or "emergent"? It's not candles, icons, incense and leaders who sport goatees, although at least some of these may also be involved! Primarily, it's the nature of the community that offers such worship.  

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Multisensory Worship Service for Holy Thursday

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The services of Holy Week are inherently dramatic and lend themselves to multisensory experiences. In fact, you would almost have to work at making them anything but multisensory.  

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Worship Station Words for Maundy Thursday Alternative/Emergent Service

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Here are some word-cards you can place at each of the stations for Maundy Thursday. These are simple word-lines that people may use to focus their response at each station. 

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21st Century Liturgy Resources for Holy Thursday

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Mark time from this point forward. Tear up the old calendars, marred with memories of an ugly past. Mark a new day and a new experience with a sacrificial lamb. 

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Holy Week Service for Midweek, Maundy Thursday, or Good Friday

Liturgy

The Tenebrae is an ancient Christian Good Friday service that makes use of gradually diminishing light through the extinguishing of candles to symbolize the events of that week from the triumphant Palm Sunday entry through Jesus' burial. 

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