Maundy Thursday

"Blessings of the Cross"

April 9, 2020


A quick word about how to worship from a distance.

A note about this Online Service: Worshipping online like this will probably be awkward. It will be challenging. It won't feel the same or look exactly the same. But it will allow us to gather as God's people to worship Him and receive His Grace and Mercy!

With that in mind I want to encourage you to do a couple of things to make the most of this way of worship...

  1. Set aside a special time where you are dedicated to worship. Don't just multitask your way through this.
  2. Say a prayer before your time of worship that God would use this time through the Holy Spirit to strengthen and encourage your faith in Jesus.
  3. Participate don't just listen! Worship is something we do together. In your homes, this may be awkward and uncomfortable, but remember when we gather together we speak the liturgy together, we pray our prayers together, we sing together, and we hear God's Word together. So in your homes try to do the same thing! Pray. Sing. Speak. Hear. Yes, at first it will be odd. It will be a little confusing. But we can do this together.
  4. Remember that this is the Lord's time and He promises to be with us! Hold fast to His Word and promises because they are for you!
  5. As a final encouragement, if you are able, PLEASE take a picture of your household worshipping God together and SHARE it on our Facebook page!
  6. If you wish to download the bulletin (and announcements and prayer sheet for weekend services), click here.

 AS WE GATHER ... Holy Thursday, occurring on the eve of our Lord’s crucifixion, begins the celebration of the three holy days of Christ’s Passover, commonly known as the Triduum. The service on this day culminates the Lenten period of preparation for Jesus’ Passion and resurrection and leads into His sacrifice on our behalf. As such, this service exhibits a mood of restrained joy. The Holy Thursday service includes Jesus’ ministry to His people through the Sacrament of the Altar. For we are all one body, even as we are all partakers of this one bread and drink from the one cup.


(Take some time in silence to think about Our Lord)

Opening Hymn: “Lord Jesus, Think on Me” LSB, hymn #610

Lord Jesus, think on me And purge away my sin;
From worldly passions set me free And make me pure within.

Lord Jesus, think on me, By anxious thoughts oppressed;
Let me Your loving servant be And taste Your promised rest.

Lord Jesus, think on me Amid the battle’s strife;
In all my pain and misery, O be my health and life!

Lord Jesus, think on me Nor let me go astray;
Through darkness and perplexity Point out Your chosen way.

Lord Jesus, think on me That, when this life is past,
I may the_eternal brightness see And share Your joy at last.



P: In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen.


P: We are gathered on this most holy night when God the Son humbly served His friends by washing their dirty feet. This night our Lord Jesus sealed His oneness with His followers through a simple meal of bread and wine. On this night we receive the most precious gift of the forgiveness of sins. God our Father desires a relationship with all His children. For this purpose, He has established the new covenant through His Son, Jesus Christ, who gave His body and shed His blood for our life and salvation.
The Father declares, “I will be their God, and they shall be My people” (Jeremiah 31:33). Thus gathered in the name and presence of the Blessed Trinity, we the people of God make our confession before God and before one another. . . . O Almighty God,
C: We are each born in sin and are by nature unclean.
P: We name before You our faults and our sins.
C: We have not been persuaded by Your love for us; selfishness and unkindness have pervaded our words, thoughts, and deeds. We have not loved and served our neighbors, but instead have served ourselves and sought to protect our own interests.
P: We openly acknowledge our sins and desire to turn away from them.
C: Standing guilty before God, the Holy Trinity, we admit that we deserve condemnation and death.
P: We flee to Christ Jesus, who alone washes away our sins and restores our relationship with the Father.
C: Having been called, gathered, and enlightened by the Holy Spirit, we cry out to Jesus for mercy and grace, holding on to nothing but His cross.
P: Jesus died giving His body and shedding His blood for you. Only through Jesus can anyone receive forgiveness and everlasting life. In the stead and by the command of Him whose blood stained Calvary’s cross and is now given to us in the Holy Sacrament, I as a called and ordained servant of Christ announce the grace of God to all of you. It is my duty and my delight to announce to you that your sins are forgiven in the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen. Thanks be to God. Amen.


P: Let us pray. . . .Lord Jesus Christ, by Your life-giving Word and wondrous Sacrament, You give to us the benefits of Your death and resurrection.
C: Guide us as we remember You and receive what is Yours alone to give - life and salvation, full and free. Grant that as we are loved and forgiven, we may love and forgive others through the lives we live in You.
P: For You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end.
C: Amen!

+ WORD +

Old Testament Reading: Exodus 12:1-14 (The Passover)


The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household. If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are. You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat. The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats. Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the people of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight. Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast. Do not eat the meat raw or cooked in water, but roast it over the fire - head, legs and inner parts. Do not leave any of it till morning; if some is left till morning, you must burn it. This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the LORD's Passover. On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn - both men and animals - and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt. This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD - a lasting ordinance.

Epistle Reading: 1 Corinthians 11:17-32 (What I received, I pass on to you)


In the following directives I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more harm than good. In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it. No doubt there have to be differences among you to show which of you have God's approval. When you come together, it is not the Lord's Supper you eat, for as you eat, each of you goes ahead without waiting for anybody else. One remains hungry, another gets drunk. Don't you have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you for this? Certainly not! For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment. When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world.

P: The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the twenty-second chapter.
C: Glory to You, O Lord.

Holy Gospel: Luke 22:7-20 (Blessings at The Lord’s Table)

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Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.” “Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked. He replied, “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, and say to the owner of the house, 'The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?'He will show you a large upper room, all furnished. Make preparations there.” They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover. When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

P: This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise to You, O Christ.

Sermon Hymn: “The Infant Priest Was Holy Born” LSB, hymn #624

The infant Priest was holy born
For us unholy and forlorn;
From fleshly temple forth came He,
Anointed from eternity.

This great High Priest in human flesh
Was icon of God’s righteousness.
His hallowed touch brought sanctity;
His hand removed impurity.

The holy Lamb undaunted came
To God’s own altar lit with flame;
While weeping angels hid their eyes,
This Priest became a sacrifice.

But death would not the victor be
Of Him who hung upon the tree.
He leads us to the Holy Place
Within the veil, before God’s face.

The veil is torn, our Priest we see,
As at the rail on bended knee
Our hungry mouths from Him receive
The bread of immortality.

The body of God’s Lamb we eat,
A priestly food and priestly meat;
On sin-parched lips the chalice pours
His quenching blood that life restores.

With cherubim and seraphim
Our voices join the endless hymn,
And “Holy, holy, holy” sing
To Christ, God’s Lamb, our Priest and King.

Pastor’s Message: “Remember God’s Power” Exodus 12:1-14



In this time of staying in our homes, we need to also remember our care for the house of the Lord. If you normally feel led to contribute to the offering plate, we recommend electronic giving. Consistent offering does help us to budget for the care of building, church staff, school support and the surprise extras like equipment to live-stream our preaching!

We ask, if at all possible, that you please continue your offerings as we have ongoing and regular expenses with utilities, payroll, and mortgage among others.

Ways to give:
1. Mail in your offering check to the church office at: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School 1780 Career Center Road, Bourbonnais, IL 60914.
2. You can give online. You can go to our website.
3. You can text-to-give. Text your amount to 815-205-1213. Just click on the link and follow the directions.

If you are able to increase your offering during this time to help us, we would greatly appreciate it.


P: Let us confess our faith, using the words of the Nicene Creed.
C: I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried. And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. And he will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church, I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen


P: Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs. . . O God,
C: You are gracious and merciful.
P: O Christ,
C: You are gracious and merciful.
P: O God,
C: You are gracious and merciful.
P: We raise our hands before You, our Father, trusting that You both hear and answer our prayers. For this, dear Lord,
C: we thank and praise You.
P: You have found us, Your lost sheep, and have saved us by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. For this, dear Lord,
C: we thank and praise You.
P: You have placed Your message of reconciliation on our lips and put Your healing ministry into our hands that it might be freely shared with all people.
C: Bless us and may we be filled with all boldness to give an answer through both word and deed for the living hope we have in Jesus.
P: Grant wisdom to all civil leaders that they may serve justice and love peace;
C: that Your Word may be freely proclaimed and care given to the poor, the hungry, the homeless, and the downtrodden.
P: For all who are sick, injured, or suffering; for all who mourn; and for those who suffer with addiction, loneliness, depression, or any kind of need, we pray, dear Lord,
C: grant them health and recovery. Use us as people of peace and ministers of Your compassion among all who suffer.
P: O God, even though we are not gathering at Your table tonight, help us to give thanks for the faithful witness of those no longer with us here on earth who rejoice now in Your eternal presence.
C: May we be inspired by their faithful witness and seek to serve You constantly all our days. Jesus, our Passover Lamb, Have mercy on us.
P: Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who has taught us to pray:
All: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen


In this moment, listen to Psalm 22 being read.

(As the Psalm is read, consider the suffering and abuse our Lord would endure after sharing this meal with His disciples.)



My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, and am not silent. Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the praise of Israel. In you our fathers put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them. They cried to you and were saved; in you they trusted and were not disappointed. But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by the people. All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads: "He trusts in the LORD; let the LORD rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him." Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you even at my mother's breast. From birth I was cast upon you; from my mother's womb you have been my God. Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help. Many bulls surround me; strong bulls of Bashan encircle me. Roaring lions tearing their prey open their mouths wide against me. I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within me. My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death. Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing. But you, O LORD, be not far off; O my Strength, come quickly to help me. Deliver my life from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs. Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen. I will declare your name to my brothers; in the congregation I will praise you. You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! Revere him, all you descendants of Israel! For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help. From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear you will I fulfill my vows. The poor will eat and be satisfied; they who seek the LORD will praise him - may your hearts live forever! All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the LORD and he rules over the nations. All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him - those who cannot keep themselves alive. Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord. They will proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn - for he has done it.

There is no Benediction. Our worship continues tomorrow

Closing Hymn: “Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed” LSB, hymn #437

Alas! And did my Savior bleed,
And did my sov’reign die?
Would He devote that sacred head
For such a worm as I?

Was it for crimes that I had done
He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity, grace unknown,
And love beyond degree!

Well might the sun in darkness hide
And shut his glories in
When God, the mighty maker, died
For His own creatures’ sin.

Thus might I hide my blushing face
While His dear cross appears,
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness,
And melt mine eyes to tears.

But drops of grief can ne’er repay
The debt of love I owe;
Here, Lord, I give myself away:
’Tis all that I can do.


Ways to give:
1. Mail in your offering check to the church office at: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School 1780 Career Center Road, Bourbonnais, IL 60914.
2. You can give online. You can go to our website.
3. You can text-to-give. Text your amount to 815-205-1213. Just click on the link and follow the directions.


[Legal stuff: Portions of this service may be copyrighted under: CREATIVE WORSHIP for the Lutheran Parish, Concordia Publishing House, 3558 S Jefferson Ave., St. Louis, MO 63118-3968. LSB610 - Lord Jesus, Think on Me: Text (sts. 1–5) and Music: Public domain; LSB624 - The Infant Priest Was Holy Born:Text (sts. 1–7): © 1997, 2003 Chad L. Bird Used by permission: LSB Hymn License .NET, number 100012920; LSB437 - Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed: Text (sts. 1–5) and Music: Public domain.]