Maundy Thursday Service

In the Shadows

Worship setting: The setting should contain bread (also gluten free bread) and grape juice, but not in the 

traditional Communion setting. The bread will be placed in baskets; the grape juice will be poured

into small paper cups (bathroom dispenser size) on trays already prepared for serving. On a small table in 

the front of the room, there will be a basin. a pitcher of water and a towel. The center of the setting will 

contain seven small white candles and one large white one, all lit before the service begins.



Welcome and call to worship (John 6:35)                                                Nell Darby

Maundy Thursday is the day on which we remember the last meal Jesus shared with his 

disciples. At that service, he reviewed his teachings, answered their questions, challenged them,

washed their feet to remind them of their calling to be servants, gave them the promise of the 


Jesus said, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in 

me will never thirst."

Hymn #195                                      Oh God We Call

Invocation                                                                                                     Jon Pendarvis

Statement of preparation                Mark 14:22-25, adapted                     Willard Pendarvis

When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the twelve. While they were eating, 

Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take and eat; 

this is my body."

Then he took the cup, gave thanks, and offered it to them, saying, "Drink from it all of you. This is 

my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sin."

We will be sharing tonight in a remembrance of Jesus’ last supper with his disciples. While we will still be 

taking the elements of bread and juice, we invite all who desire--including children--to partake in this

 meal. Jesus invites all and desires to share with each one.

The prayers we will use come from the Jewish tradition that Jesus was familiar with. they are the prayers 

he would have said over the bread and wine, statements of thanksgiving to God. As we bow our heads in

 prayer, we invite you to put yourself at the table with the Twelve and with Jesus--and to listen to what 

Jesus is wanting to share with you.

Prayer                                                                                                           Barry Ellis

Blessed are You, our God, King of the Universe,

who brings forth bread from the earth.

Blessed are You, our God, King of the Universe,

who creates the fruit of the vine.


Barry will break the bread and pour juice into some cups.

Serving of the Bread and Juice                                                              Dana Walker 

(Soft Taize music is played while serving.)                                                Ellen Stevenson

                                                                                                                  Richard Stevenson

                                                                                                                   Holly Ellis

                                                                                                                   Riley Ellis

                                                                                                                   Jenny Jeffords

                                                                                                                   Evelyn Fuqua

                                                                                                                   Carol Lukowski

Challenge and Invitation                                                                          Ray Ward

Jesus knew that he had come from God and would go back to God. He also knew that the Father 

had given him complete power. So during the meal Jesus got up, removed his outer garment, and

 wrapped a towel around his waist. He put some water into a large bowl. Then he began washing 

his disciples' feet and drying them with the towel he was wearing.

But when he came to Simon Peter, that disciple asked, "Lord, are you going to wash my feet?"

Jesus answered, "You don't really know what I am doing, but later you will understand."

"You will never wash my feet!" Peter replied.

"If I don't wash you," Jesus told him, "you don't really belong to me."

Peter said, "Lord, don't wash just my feet. Wash my hands and my head."

After Jesus had washed his disciples' feet and had put his outer garment back on, he sat down 

again. Then he said, "Do you understand what I have done? You call me your teacher and Lord, 

and you should, because that is who I am. And if your Lord and teacher has washed your feet, 

you should do the same for each other. I have set the example, and you should do for each other

 exactly what I have done for you. I tell you for certain that servants are not greater than their 

master, and messengers are not greater than the one who sent them. you know these things, and 

God will bless you, if you do them.

We have come tonight as disciples...and we are called to be servants. We come, asking God to 

prepare our hearts and our hands for service. We are challenged to take Christ's example into

our hearts--to humble ourselves and to love one another. We come, asking for forgiveness, 

asking to be washed clean. When you are ready, we invite you to come forward to have your 

hands washed as a symbol of your willingness to be a servant.

Washing of Hands                                                                                          Ray Ward

                                                                                                                         Carol Lukowski

Ministers stand behind each pitcher and basin.  One pours a small amount of water on the individual's

hands; the second wipes the hands dry.

Scripture Challenge

Introduction                                                                                                      Dana Walker

There were shadows in the upper room that night...shadows that were sensed by the disciples but that 

could not be spoken. Jesus knew what the following days would hold for him...knew how much those

 experiences would test not only him but would also test his followers.

As they left the upper room this night, it seemed as though they were walking into a darkness with no

 ending. We know the ending--the ending that was the beginning. But as we prepare to leave, let us 

remember the dark time the followers experienced the next few days. Only in doing that can we truly 

understand what we will experience on Sunday.

After each of the scriptures is read; one small candle is blown out.

  1. Matthew 26:20-25  Contemporary English Version (CEV)                          Ellen Stevenson

20-21 When Jesus was eating with his twelve disciples that evening, he said, “One of you 

will surely hand me over to my enemies.”

22 The disciples were very sad, and each one said to Jesus, “Lord, you can’t mean me!”

23 He answered, “One of you men who has eaten with me from this dish will betray 

me. 24 The Son of Man will die, as the Scriptures say. But it’s going to be terrible for the 

one who betrays me! That man would be better off if he had never been born.”

25 Judas said, “Teacher, you surely don’t mean me!”

“That’s what you say!” Jesus replied. But later, Judas did betray him.

 2. Luke 22:40-44  The Message Bellview                                                       Richard Stevenson

39-40 Leaving there, he went, as he so often did, to Mount Olives. The disciples followed

 him. When they arrived at the place, he said, “Pray that you don’t give in to temptation.”

41-44 He pulled away from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, “Father, 

remove this cup from me. But please, not what I want. What do you want?” At once an 

angel from heaven was at his side, strengthening him. He prayed on all the harder. 

Sweat, wrung from him like drops of blood, poured off his face.

 3. Matthew 26:40-45  Contemporary English Version (CEV)                            Riley Ellis

40 He came back and found his disciples sleeping. So he said to Peter, “Can’t any of you 

stay awake with me for just one hour? 41 Stay awake and pray that you won’t be tested. 

You want to do what is right, but you are weak.”

42 Again Jesus went to pray and said, “My Father, if there is no other way, and I must 

suffer, I will still do what you want.”

43 Jesus came back and found them sleeping again. They simply could not keep their

eyes open. 44 He left them and prayed the same prayer once more.

45 Finally, Jesus returned to his disciples and said, “Are you still sleeping and 

resting? The time has come for the Son of Man to be handed over to sinners.

 4. Matthew 26:47-50, 55-56  Contemporary English Version (CEV)                   Holly Ellis

47 Jesus was still speaking, when Judas the betrayer came up. He was one of the twelve 

disciples, and a large mob armed with swords and clubs was with him. They had been 

sent by the chief priests and the nation’s leaders. 48 Judas had told them ahead of time, 

“Arrest the man I greet with a kiss.”

49 Judas walked right up to Jesus and said, “Hello, teacher.” Then Judas kissed him.

50 Jesus replied, “My friend, why are you here?”

The men grabbed Jesus and arrested him.

55 Jesus said to the mob, “Why do you come with swords and clubs to arrest me like a 

criminal? Day after day I sat and taught in the temple, and you didn’t arrest me. 56 But all 

this happened, so that what the prophets wrote would come true.”

All of Jesus' disciples left him and ran away.

 5. Matthew 26:59-67  New Living Translation                                                       Evelyn Fuqua

59 Inside, the leading priests and the entire high council[a] were trying to find witnesses 

who would lie about Jesus, so they could put him to death. 60 But even though they

found many who agreed to give false witness, they could not use anyone’s testimony. 

Finally, two men came forward 61 who declared, “This man said, ‘I am able to destroy the 

Temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’”

62 Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Well, aren’t you going to answer 

these charges? What do you have to say for yourself?” 63 But Jesus remained silent. 

Then the high priest said to him, “I demand in the name of the living God—tell us if you

are the Messiah, the Son of God.”

64 Jesus replied, “You have said it. And in the future you will see the Son of Man seated 

in the place of power at God’s right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

65 Then the high priest tore his clothing to show his horror and said, “Blasphemy! Why do 

we need other witnesses? You have all heard his blasphemy. 66 What is your verdict?”

“Guilty!” they shouted. “He deserves to die!”

67 Then they began to spit in Jesus’ face and beat him with their fists. And some slapped 


 6. Mark 15:12-20  The Message                                                                            Jenny Jeffords

11-12 But the high priests by then had worked up the crowd to ask for the release of 

Barabbas. Pilate came back, “So what do I do with this man you call King of the Jews?”

13 They yelled, “Nail him to a cross!”

14 Pilate objected, “But for what crime?”

But they yelled all the louder, “Nail him to a cross!”

15 Pilate gave the crowd what it wanted, set Barabbas free and turned Jesus over for 

whipping and crucifixion.

16-20 The soldiers took Jesus into the palace (called Praetorium) and called together the

entire brigade. They dressed him up in purple and put a crown plaited from a thornbush on 

his head. Then they began their mockery: “Bravo, King of the Jews!” They banged on 

his head with a club, spit on him, and knelt down in mock worship. After they had had 

their fun, they took off the purple cape and put his own clothes back on him. Then they 

marched out to nail him to the cross.

 7. Luke 23:33-36  The Message                                                                           Carol Lukowski

33 When they got to the place called Skull Hill, they crucified him, along with the criminals, 

one on his right, the other on his left.

34-35 Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them; they don’t know what they’re doing.”

Dividing up his clothes, they threw dice for them. The people stood there staring at Jesus, and 

the ringleaders made faces, taunting, “He saved others. Let’s see him save himself! 

The Messiah of God—ha! The Chosen—ha!”

36-37 The soldiers also came up and poked fun at him, making a game of it. They toasted him 

with sour wine: “So you’re King of the Jews! Save yourself!”

Ministry of Music                   What Wondrous Love Is This by the St. Olaf Choir           CD

Sending Forth John 1:1-5 Contemporary English Version (CEV)                       Melissa Cooper

In the beginning was the one

who is called the Word.

The Word was with God

and was truly God.

From the very beginning

the Word was with God.

And with this Word,

God created all things.

Nothing was made without the Word.

Everything that was created

received its life from him,

and his life gave light

to everyone.

The light keeps shining

in the dark,

and darkness has never

put it out.

Go in peace. Amen.