Maundy Thursday – Rev. Alex Moir – Sermon – 1 April 2021

Maundy Thursday

Communion Worship Service

Reminder: If you are planning to take part in the Lord’s Table at the end of the service, have your bread and juice ready.

WELCOME

We are glad that you have chosen to worship with Kingsville Baptist today. We pray that all that we do and all that we say points you toward God’s great love for you revealed in the life, death and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ.

Even though we know that we will not be taking part at the exact same time, we ask you to use your imagination and place yourself in the sanctuary among us. We look so forward to the day we will no longer have to use our imaginations!

Call to Worship

“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 

— I Corinthians 1:18

Prayer

We truly stand in awe, gracious Father, at the sacrifice given on the behalf of all humanity on this night many centuries ago.  As we approach such a holy moment as the Lord’s Supper, quiet our busy hearts and minds to be blessed as we so desperately need to be.  In the name of the One whose actions we celebrate on this occasion … amen.

Song

Message: Maundy Thursday - In Memory of Him

Call to Worship: John 13:18-30

Jesus Predicts His Betrayal

18 “I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill this passage of Scripture: ‘He who shared my bread has turned against me.’

19 “I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am who I am. 20 Very truly I tell you, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.”

21 After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.”

22 His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. 23 One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. 24 Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, “Ask him which one he means.”

25 Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?”

26 Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27 As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.

So Jesus told him, “What you are about to do, do quickly.” 28 But no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him. 29 Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the festival, or to give something to the poor. 30 As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night.

The forces are gathering … the time is almost at hand.
The friends have argued, been obtuse, not understood,
tried to obtain places
at the right hand and at the left,
without realizing the cost.
And now it’s supper time.

How often have they supped together, that band;
how often, by the shore
when dusk was gathering,
the smoke has arisen from an open fire,
and the day’s catch enjoyed,
to the reminiscence of success stories?
It is not so now … success is fleeing.

“I have earnestly desired
To eat this Passover with you
before I suffer.”
Will they understand?
Do we?

They do not want to hear
such gloomy sentiments;
they do not want to be told
“I shall not drink
of the fruit of the vine again
until the kingdom of God is here.”
Neither do we …

There is a cup, there is a loaf.
There is thanksgiving
before the breaking of the bread,
before the cup is passed around.
There is dismay, and fear;
what does it mean,
“This is my body”?

And now we know
Or think we know, we who are somehow his body;
who yet depend on his body
to stay together, to stay alive
or to grow.
Are we ready
to be broken for others, as he?
God knows …
we are neither willing nor ready.

Yet, down the years
in memory of him,
bread has been broken, wine has been poured.
On altars ornate or simple,
with vestments or without,
under stained glass light
or shadow of wooden cross
the words are said;
“This do …”

Forgive us, soon-to-be crucified One;
Forgive our presumptuousness,
engaging in the ritual
without heeding the suffering.
Forgive our contentiousness, fighting for a place
when you want all of us
to be on your side.

Let us come to your table still.
Let us come, acknowledging  our unworthiness,
that we might find each other,
and reach out to barred ones,
and meet you.
On this day of memories,
help us remember.
Amen

(Greer Anne Ng)

COMMUNION

Introduction to the Lord's Supper

Christ our paschal lamb has been sacrificed.  Let us therefore celebrate the festival.

The Sharing of the Bread

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.” 

— Mark 14:22

Prayer for the Bread

As we are invited to “take” this bread as Jesus’ body, we know it means more than just sustenance.  When we take, we share in his vision … and agree to try to love as he loved.  We agree to try again, gracious Father … with you being our helper.  In Jesus name … amen.

Sharing the Cup

Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, and they all drank from it.  “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them.  “I tell you the truth, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it anew in the kingdom of God.” 

— Mark 14:23-25

Prayer for the Cup

When Jesus agreed to let his blood be spilled, we know that something quite profound is about to take place.  Once again, we are reminded of the cost of our salvation … the very blood of your Son, gracious Father.  How thankful we are … amen.

Song

Benediction

“Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone does marvelous things; blessed be his glorious name forever, and may his glory fill all the earth.   Amen … amen. 

— Psalm 72:18-19