Worship Service, April 9, 2020. Maundy Thursday

Gathering hymn, # 492 LBW “O Master Let Me Walk With Thee

A READING FROM 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

In the bread and cup of the Lord’s supper, we experience intimate fellowship with Christ and with one another because it involves his body given for us and the new covenant in his blood. Faithful participation in this meal is a living proclamation of Christ’s death until he comes in the future.

For 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, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In 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.” For 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: A reading from John 13:1-17, 31b-35

Glory to you, O Lord.

The story of the last supper in John’s gospel recalls a remarkable event not mentioned elsewhere: Jesus performs the duty of a slave, washing the feet of his disciples and urging them to do the same for one other.

Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus answered, “You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.”

Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” Jesus said to him, “One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.” For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

  After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.

Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.”

  “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

The gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

Meditation for Maundy Thursday

Stay with me, remain here with me, watch and pray, watch and pray.

Worship will continue on Friday morning. We will now log off in silence.

thanks to Rev Rick Pryce for contributing prayers and invitation to confession.

Worship Schedule for Holy Week

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Hello all

Grace and peace to you in this Holy week. The following is the schedule of worship events for our journey to Easter: On line participation is accessed through www.sweetlutheran.com (finding grace in surprising ways). Select ‘Blog” to find the worship services.

  • April 9 – Maundy Thursday: Worship on line.
    • A short liturgy and message will come from my dining room table, as we share word and remember the self-giving love of Christ.
    • This service will be posted for sharing at 6:30pm.
  • April 10 – Good Friday:  On Line worship
    • Pastor Pam will be sitting in prayer vigil from 6:00am – 9:00 am on Friday. (not filmed)
    • You are welcome to join in personal prayer in your home, on a time line that works for you. This will not be shared on the internet.
    • Please phone or email with prayer requests. All are held between you, your pastor and God.
    • Good Friday liturgy and message will be posted on Friday morning.
  • April 12- Easter Sunday: Worship on line with communion.
    • The service will be recorded at St Matthews (revised location) 
    • There will also be a celebration of Holy Communion.
    • Have bread and wine or juice ready in your home to participate in communion.
    • The communion elements, bread and wine or juice, will be consecrated by your pastor from the sanctuary of our church and we will commune with the people in our home. (This is much like the centurion’s servant who was healed from afar by the faith of those who loved them. Matthew 8:13)
    • Like manna, prepare only enough bread and wine/juice for those who will partake.

After Easter: we will continue to find meaningful ways to gather for worship as we do our part in maintaining safe physical distance. We anticipate with eagerness the joy of the day when we can be together in our places of worship, and celebrating in a special way, that coming together.

Mid Week Lenten Bible Study; 5th week of Lent.

Midweek Lent 5: March 31- based on Philippians 2:5-11, read each week:

Theme for the fifth week of lent: Let the Same mind be in you.

Philippians 2:5-11 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,

6 who, though he was in the form of God,

    did not regard equality with God

    as something to be exploited,

7 but emptied himself,

    taking the form of a slave,

    being born in human likeness.

And being found in human form,

8     he humbled himself

    and became obedient to the point of death—

    even death on a cross.

9 Therefore God also highly exalted him

    and gave him the name

    that is above every name,

10 so that at the name of Jesus

    every knee should bend,

    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11 and every tongue should confess

    that Jesus Christ is Lord,

    to the glory of God the Father.

The reading this week is the version most often used in our church, the New Revised Standard Version. This is the same translation as we read at our first meeting.

1. As you read the passage this week, what do you notice this time, compare to the first time we read this together 5 weeks ago?

2. Being in the same mind as Christ involves many things, – humility, obedience, and faithfulness to the call of God. Is there a time in your life when you were faithful to God’s call despite personal sacrifice?

3. Has there been a time in your life when Christ’s death and resurrection had a special meaning to you?

The hymn for today was written by a great hymn writer, Isaac Watts for a communion of service.

1.In light of our physical distancing, and denied of the opportunity to gather together for communion, can you think about times when you may have experienced the joy of Eucharist other than in celebration of the Great Thanksgiving? Does this Hymn help us see the Eucharist, the body of Christ, in another way?

2. If you were a hymn writer, what feelings and thoughts would you incorporate into a hymn (or letter) as you think about Christ’s gift of his life and death for our relationship with God?

Hymn ELW 803 LBW 482 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

When I survey the wond’rous Cross

On which the Prince of Glory dy’d,

My richest Gain I count but Loss,

And pour Contempt on all my Pride.

2. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,

Save in the Death of Christ my God:

All the vain things that charm me most,

I sacrifice them to his Blood.

3. See from his Head, his Hands, his Feet,

Sorrow and Love flow mingled down!

Did ever such Love and Sorrow meet?

Or Thorns compose so rich a Crown?

5. Were the whole Realm of Nature mine,

That were a Present far too small;

Love so amazing, so divine,

Demands my Soul, my Life, my All.

Peace be with you in the security of the love of God, our creator, The Son, Jesus Christ + our redeemer and the Holy Spirit, our strength.

Let this hymn be our prayer as we approach Holy Week.

Worship for the 5th Sunday in Lent, March 29, 2020

Welcome to worship this morning. The order for worship consists of a video with the greeting, prayer and scripture readings, a link for the psalm of the day- a psalm of hope and trust, a second video for a short homily, text for prayers of the day, and a blessing. The last video is an arrangement for one of the hymns chosen for today, #97, Christ, the Life of All the Living. May you be blessed in this time together.

Psalm 130

Prayers of the People:

Turning our hearts to God who is gracious and merciful, we pray for the church, the world, and all who are in need.

God of life, bind your faithful people into one body. Enliven the church with your Spirit and bless the work of those who work for its renewal. Accomplish your work of salvation in us and through us, for the sake of the world. Hear us O God, Your mercy is Great.

God of life, you love the world you have made and you grieve when creation suffers. Restore polluted land and waterways. Heal areas of the world ravaged by storms, floods, fires, droughts and other natural disasters such as earthquakes and viruses. Bring all things to new life. Hear us O God, Your mercy is great.

God of life, you weep with those who grieve. Unbind all who are held captive by anxiety, despair, pain, or illness. Fill us with compassion and empathy for those who struggle, and keep us faithful in prayer. Hear us O God, Your mercy is great.

God of Life, show redemption to all who watch and wait with eager expectation: Those longing for wars to cease, those waiting for immigration paperwork to finalize, those in dire need of humanitarian relief, and those preparing for childbirth in the possibility of doing so in isolation. Come quickly with your hope. Hear us O God, Your mercy is great

God of life, we give thanks for opportunities for this congregation to collaborate with our community in caring for the needs of our neighbours. Give us patience to physically isolate from each other so the vulnerable may remain healthy, give us wisdom to safely support each other in the covid-19 crisis, show us ways we can support community agencies and local congregations so all may live safely and with dignity. Hear us O God Your mercy is great.

God of life, you are our resurrection. We remember all those who have died and trust that, in you, they will live again. Breathe new life into our dry bones, that, we too, might live with you forever. Hear us O God, Your mercy is great.

According to your steadfast love, O God, hear these and all our prayers as we commend them to you; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sending Blessing : Now is the acceptable time. Now is the day of salvation. Holy God, speaking, spoken and inspiring, +bless you, unbind you, and send you in love and in peace. Amen

Go in peace; serve the Lord! Thanks be to God

Bible Study for Lent 4

Lenten Midweek Series “At the Name of Jesus”

Midweek Lent 4: March 25 – based on Phillippians 2:5-11:

Key Phrase for study today: Every tongue confesses Jesus

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Philippians 2:5-11 The Message (MSG)

5-8 Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human!Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.

9-11 Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth—even those long ago dead and buried—will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father.

HISTORY OF THIS TRANSLATION: The bible passage today is from the version called “The Message” written by Eugene Peterson. Peterson wanted to make the original meaning of the words recorded in the Bible more understandable to the modern reader. “I began with the New Testament in Greek and typed out a page the way I thought it would have sounded to the original hearers”, he said.

You may find new insights in this version.

POINTS FOR PONDERING:

1.The most obvious thing to note is that the key phrase every tongue confess Jesus has been translated in a new way for our understanding. What does the phrase Call out in praise that he is the Master of all bring to mind for you?

2. What might it mean to acknowledge that God is creator and Lord of all? Is God responsible for bad things that happen – or, as Christians do we have faith that even when bad things happen (through human fault always) even then, God will make good of bad. Is that kind of faith easy or challenging? How I wish we were together to share our thoughts on this. Please keep notes of your questions if you wish.

3. How can our previous discussions about humility and obedience, and bowing to Jesus help mold our call of praise and lead us to live to God’s glory?

HYMN INFORMATION: Our hymn this morning was written by Joachim Neander, a theology student from Bremen in Germany. Well to do men studied theology, and Bremen, no exception, was not particularly ‘on fire’ with faith, it is reported. However, he and a few like-minded companions attended service at St Martin’s Church where a new pastor, Theodore Under-Eyck was presiding. The young men planned to criticize and find amusement in the service, however, the ‘earnest words of Under-Eyke touched Neander’s heart and led to several conversations with the pastor, and were a turning point in Neander’s spiritual life. He wrote many hymns, including Praise to the Lord, The Almighty, The King of Creation.

I encourage you to read this hymn as a testament of your faith and the power of God revealed in your life. Peace be with you.

Hymn ELW 757 WOV 782 All My Hope on God is Founded

1.All my hope on God is founded, who does still my trust renew;

through all change and chance God guides me, only good and only true.

Love unknown, God’s alone, calls my heart to be God’s own.

2. Human pride and earthly glory, sword and crown, betray all trust;

what our care and toil establish,- tower and temple, fall to dust,

But God’s power, hour by hour, is my temple and my tower.

3. God’s great goodness reigns eternal, deep in wisdom, passing thought;

Light and life are all God’s splendour bringing beauty out of naught.

Evermore from God’s store newborn worlds rise and adore.

4. Daily does Almighty Giver bounteous gifts on us bestow,

God’s desire our soul delighting, pleasure leading where we go.

Love will stand at God’s hand; joy will wait on God’s command.

5. Still from earth to God eternal sacrifice of praise be done, high above all praises

praising for the gift of Christ, the Son.

Hear Christ call one and all: you that follow shall not fall.

Prayer:

Lord, you have said, I am the Way – not so that we shall never be confused.

You have said, I am the Truth – not so that we shall have all the answers.

And, I am the Life – not so that we shall never die.

Teach me to know you here on earth –

            In its tangled maze of pathways, to know you as the Way; in its unanswerable mysteries,

To know you as the Truth; in the face of suffering and death, to know you as the Life.

Thank you, Lord, for not offering us a method, saying this is the Way.

Thank you for not granting us a set of invariable propositions, saying, This is the Truth.

Thank you for not delivering us from being human, saying this is the Life.

Thank you, Lord, for saying instead, I am, and for thus giving us yourself.

-Elisabeth Elliot; the Flowering of the Soul

Sunday worship for the Fourth Sunday in Lent. March 22, 2020

Thankyou for joining In Worship this morning. The service consists of three YouTube sections- greeting and prayer, a short message, and an inspirational hymn to send us into the world.
May you be touched in this time and May we soon be gathered together again.

Go in peace, trust and serve God

Thanks be to God!