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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

Passover/God's Plan of Redemption


A Holy Week Letter to Jesus
by Pascack Pastor 

 Passion of Christ Devotional
  compiled by Nail-Bender in NC


Video & PPT Devotion

Kids' Sermon PPT

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Holy Thursday

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Contains all full-text sermons,
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entire Communion Service with prayers and litanies

Complete Holy Thursday Communion Service:

Featured DPS Sermons:

Children's Sermons:

What is Holy Week? by Rev. Randy L Quinn

Loving and Serving Others, based on the Holy Thursday practice of foot-washing,  by Rev. Frank SchaeferThey All Left Jesus, on the theme of the Tenebrae, by Rev. Frank SchaeferExodus and Salvation, Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14, by Rev. Frank Schaefer


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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