April 1, 7:00 p.m. – Maundy Thursday ‘Gethsemane Night’ Tenebrae Service Livestreamed and Sanctuary Worship

Maundy Thursday ‘Gethsemane Night’ Tenebrae Service
Livestreamed and Sanctuary Worship – April 1, 2021
St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor, Michigan

 

PRELUDE  “Ah, Holy Jesus, How Has Thou Offended,” Organist, Sally Sigman

CALL TO WORSHIP / OPENING PRAYER / LIGHTING OF CANDLES

ANTHEM “Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley,” Tracy Hoffman, Music Director


UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION

God, tonight as we gather we know that our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo.  Forgive what our lips tremble to name, what our hearts can no longer bear, and what has become for us a consuming fire of judgment.  Set us free from a past that we cannot change; open to us a future in which we can be changed; and grant us peace to grow more and more in your likeness and image; through Jesus Christ, the light of the world.

CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Amen, Amen, Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

ANTHEM “Go to Dark Gethsemane,” Tracy Hoffman

READINGS & EXTINGUISHING OF LIGHTS:

FIRST READING……..Shadow of Betrayal (Matthew 26:20-25)…………………………………Barbara Schultz

SECOND READING….Shadow of Desertion  (Matthew 26:31-35)….........................................Tracy Hoffman

THIRD READING……Agony of the Soul  (Luke 22:39-44)……………............................Pastor Cheryl Schalm

FOURTH READING….Unshared Vigil (Mark 14:32-41)………………………….......Pastor Geoffrey Drutchas

FIFTH READING……..‘Father, the Hour is Come’ (John 17:1-6)…........................................Barbara Schultz

SIXTH READING……..‘That They May Be One’ (John 17:15-22).............................................Tracy Hoffman

SEVENTH READING...Arrest in the Garden  (John 18:1-5)……………...........................Pastor Cheryl Schalm

EIGHTH READING…..Shadow of the Cross  (Mark 15:16-20)…………....................Pastor Geoffrey Drutchas

 

ANTHEM  “Tis Midnight, and On Olive’s Brow,” Tracy Hoffman & Pastor Drutchas

 

ALL CONGREGATION READING…..The Word Was God (John 1:1-4, 14, 10, 12, 3:19)

Before the world was created, the Word already existed; the Word was with God; and the Word was the same as God.  From the beginning the Word was God.  Through the Word, God made all things; not one thing in all creation was made without the Word.  The Word was the source of life, and this life brought light to humanity.  The word became a human being and, full of grace and truth, lived among us.  The Word was in the world; and through God made the world through the Word; the world did not recognize the Word.  Some, however, did receive the word and believed in the Word.  So that word gave them the right to become God’s children.  This is how the judgment works: the Light has come into the world, but people love the shadow because their deeds are evil.

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors) / TWELVE CHIMES / DEPARTURE IN SILENCE

 


 

EVENING TIDE ANNOUNCEMENTS
St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor – April 1, 2021

 

THANK YOU FOR WORSHPING WITH US onsite or from home via Facebook.  Our livestreamed service can be viewed at later times on Facebook.

NEXT SUNDAY: EASTER SERVICE AT 10 A.M. with open communion for church members and friends.  At the close  of the service the lily-adorned Easter Cross will be carried outside and set in place in front of the church as the congregation joins in a single hymn, “O For a Thousand Tongues.” All are asked to remain masked and socially distanced on the front lawn.

OUR TWO NEWLY-CONFIRMED IN FAITH MEMBERS ETHAN HARD AND ANTHONY STATEN receive their first communion Easter morning.  Please remember them in your prayers. 

HOLY WEEK IS OBSERVED TONIGHT at St. Paul Church with a Maundy Thursday Tenebrae Service in the sanctuary at 7 p.m. and tomorrow with a noontime Good Friday “Seven Last Words’ Service at 12 a.m.  Both services will be livestreamed and posted on the St. Paul Church web site.   

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED FOR OUR FINAL DRIVE-THRU LENTEN FISH SUPPER this Friday April 2, 3:30-6 p.m.  Masks, gloves, and social distancing will be maintained for all of these activities to keep us safe.  Call the office or speak with First Vice President Jim Poet to volunteer.  

IT’S CRUNCH TIME FOR THE LENTEN HAPPINESS CHALLENGE! Only a couple of days remain for our Youth Fellowship & the Young Adult Ministry groups as they meet their Challenge goals, seeking to alter the joy level of a hundred people this Lenten season.  Let kindness also abound with you in these coming days as you too challenge yourself to share the love of Christ with everyone about you. 

OUR SUNDAY SCHOOL EASTER EGG HUNT AND PARTY is coming this Sunday!  All children attending Sunday School on Easter morning are able to join in but parents are asked to pre-register them by contacting Pastor Cheryl Schalm.  All COVID protocols will be followed to ensure everyone’s safety and well-being.

OUR THIRTY HOUR FAMINE PARTICIPANTS from the Rock Hard in Faith Youth Fellowship and the Young Adult Ministry wish to thank all who supported and donated monies to help eradicate world hunger.

OUR ST. PAUL RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE is set for Tuesday, April 27, 1-6:45 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.  Give the gift of life Register at http://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html.find-drive.

 

FELLOWSHIP OF CONCERN: Linda Tank, Ollie Hilliker, Terri Staffeld, Pat Britt, Marguerite Dolan, Harold Fick, John Caufield, Shirley Gratrix, Bob Robinson, Sheryl Schwab, Clifford Board, Don Mack, Gary Peters, Judy Nieman, Joe Smith,  Bob Smarr, Glen Sigman, Dave Lange, Gerri Lyn King, Tyler Staten, Wayne Jones, Lil Roscoe, John Smith, Rose Marie Laslo, Eleanor Rossi, Neil MacEachern, Margo Charette, Maria MacZink, Christie Smart, Shirley Havenstein, Jan Schuman, Bob Barley, Kyle Hard, Bill McGahey, Wayne Jones, Oren Forsyth, Carrie Hill, Sue Spears, Bert Thompson,  Loretta Kurtsel, Jan Schuman, Roger St. Louis, Bob Wright,  Michael DePugh