Maundy Thursday is my favorite worship service of the Christian year! Yes, for me it even tops Christmas Eve and Easter. Jesus knew this was his last chance to show his friends God’s Truth and he does not disappoint! Teaching us what love is, giving us a new covenant open to everyone, sharing one last blessing with those he loved even though he knew they would soon desert him… that’s the good stuff.
This year, we used a Taize style worship for Ash Wednesday and it was so well received we decided to do it again for Holy Thursday. We’ll be holding this worship service around tables in our Community Room with candles and Communion elements on each table. The service includes the song By My Side from Godspell and a poem/reflection on Jesus’ foot washing by Rev. Carol Ferguson.
Download the PDF worship outline here: Maundy Thursday Taize Worship 2019
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Happy (almost) Holy Week! May the odds be ever in your favor!
Here is the Call to Worship I wrote for the last week of our Overwhelmed Sermon Series. This week’s focus is on being overwhelmed by the world and our scriptures are John 3:16-17 & 16:33.
God calls us to worship
and we come with images of fires and floods in our minds,
with hurting and worry in our hearts,
overwhelmed by all the bad news.
God calls us to worship to remind us goodness and life will always win
and God has already conquered this world.
God calls us to worship to revive us
for being agents of peace and justice in all places.
God calls us to worship
to refresh us for the work of following Christ.
But only one weekly refreshing is not enough!
We need support.
We need accountability and encouragement
to remain connected to Christ the vine.
Connect us in our time of worship, God
and guide us to seek the support we need to continue to grow in you.
I’m currently preaching a series on Robert Schnase’s book, Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations. This week we’re looking at passionate worship and I’m using the scripture Acts 2:42-47 as our scriptural focus but this also references Jesus’ words from John 4.
God we come to worship you
in Spirit and Truth!
We come to empty ourselves for you.
Receive our praise and worship, our joys and sorrows, our hopes and fears.
We give all ourselves to you in worship
so that you will fill us up with your Spirit
and send us out into your world again to continue the work of your kingdom!
Praise God! Praise God! Praise God!
Here is the prayer for illumination we’ll be using for the series we’re doing based on Robert Schnase’s book The Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations. It references John 15:1-8 which is the theme scripture I’m using for this series.
Prayer for Illumination
God of love, plant us in the soil of your grace. Nurture us in the Truth of your Word, the vine of everlasting life. Enlighten us with the wisdom of your Spirit, which flows through us today and all days. Abiding in Christ we pray. AMEN
Call to Worship for Lent 5 Year A based on John 11:1-45, the raising of Lazarus.
We come together and cry out to God:
We are sick, we are hurting, we are dying, Lord! Come quick!
Jesus says, “The illness isn’t fatal. I will be glorified through it.”
But we are in such pain, we can’t go on! Where are you, Lord?
We are in the darkest place, the stench of death surrounds us. We are done.
“If you had only been here sooner, Lord!”
Jesus weeps and says, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me will live, even though they die. Do you believe this?”
Yes, Lord, we believe! Show us! Work miracles out of our greatest tragedies!
A Call to Worship for Lent 5 Year A based on John 9:1-38, the man born blind
God has called us to come
to heal the blindness of our souls.
In our faith our eyes are opened,
our lives are transformed.
The world will want to know how we have come to see things so differently.
God make us ready to tell the world about Christ’s healing power.
We’ve come to the source
in search of a drink.
God alone gives water that quenches our thirst forever.
Give us this living water, oh God!
Our souls thirst as we work to follow Christ.
Fill us so we become a spring bubbling with life!