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Texts & Discussions

Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14
Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
John 13:1-17, 31b-35

 

This Week's Themes:

Last Supper
True Discipleship
God's Plan of Redemption


FREE Resources:

A Holy Week Letter to Jesus
 
by Pascack Pastor 

 Passion of Christ Devotional
  compiled by Nail-Bender in NC
 

Holy Thursday Prayer of Confession:

L: God's love for the world has been revealed in Jesus Christ, who loved us to the uttermost. At the Last Supper with his disciples he gave us a new commandment: to love one another. And he said to them: "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."   (John 13:34,35)

L: Merciful God, we confess that so often our discipleship has been weak . . .

  • L When we have failed to serve as Jesus served;
    P: forgive us, o Lord.
                                          (silent prayer)
  • L: When we have failed to love one another as Jesus loves us;
    P: forgive us, o Lord.
                                           (silent prayer)
  • L: When we have been happy to proclaim our devotion to Jesus with our lips and then denied him by our actions;
  • P: forgive us, o Lord.
                                            (silent prayer)
  • L: Merciful God, empower us by your Spirit to be steady and true to you in every time of trial; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Assurance and Pardon:
L: Jesus said: "I came not to judge the world, but to save the world "(John 12:47b) and "having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end"( John 13: 1b)  The good news therefore is this: In Jesus Christ, we are loved and we are forgiven.

All: Thanks be to God!
 


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Sermon Excerpt:

To Serve and Be Served
based on John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Rev. Karen A. Goltz

It seems like such a noble calling, doesnít it? ďJust 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.Ē We know we fall short of showing that kind of love sometimes, but it seems like for the most part we can take pride in the love we do show. Look at all we do for others. Look at all we sacrifice in the name of Christ. How many other things can we be doing at this moment, rather than sitting in church on a Thursday night? Or on Sunday mornings? This congregation right now is in a state of flux and turmoil. Look at all youíre doing just to keep it going, to move forward, to continue to be church. Surely thatís the kind of love that Jesus was talking about!

And youíre right. It is. Thereís a lot of self-sacrifice going on here in the name of Christ. There are a lot of you taking on the role of servant, ready to wash the feet of your fellow disciples, just as Christ said you should.

But how many of you are willing to have your own feet washed?

That seems like a much less noble calling, doesnít it? Sure, itís easy to accept the humiliation of serving, because we know itís better to give than to receive, and we know that Christ calls us to serve one another. So we can be the noble servant. But how easy is it to accept the humiliation of being served? What do we tell ourselves then? How can we feel noble when weíre watching someone humiliate themselves for our sake, doing something for us that weíre perfectly capable of doing for ourselves? After all, Jesus never had his feet washed, did he?

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