April 1, 2010
Lord, by love and mercy driven,
You have left your throne in heaven
On the cross for me to languish
And to die in bitter anguish.
To forgo all joy and gladness
And to shed your blood in sadness.
By this blood redeemed and living,
Lord, I praise you with thanksgiving.
P: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Instructions for the End of Lent
Hymn 136: “'Twas on that Dark, that Doleful Night”u
The Setting for the Supper
P: The holy Evangelists Matthew, Mark, and Luke and St. Paul write:
C: Our Lord Jesus Christ, the same night he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said: “Take, eat; this is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
In the same way he also took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying: “Take, drink from it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you for the remission of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
Choir: “How Beautiful” (Paris, Harlan)
P: What is the Sacrament of Holy Communion?
C: It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, for us Christians to eat and to drink, instituted by Christ himself.
Hymn 310:11 “I Come, O Savior, to Your Table”
P: What is the benefit of such eating and drinking?
C: That is shown us in these words: “Given, and shed for you, for the remission of sins,” namely, that in the Sacrament, forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation are given through these words. For where there is the forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation.
Hymn 310:13 “I Come, O Savior, to Your Table”
P: How can bodily eating and drinking do such great things?
C: It is not the eating and drinking, indeed, that does them, but the words which stand here, namely: “Given, and shed for you, for the remission of sins.” These word, besides the boidly eating an drinking, are the chief thing in the Sacrament. And whoever believes these words has what they say and express, namely, the forgiveness of sins.
Hymn 310:5 “I Come, O Savior, to Your Table”
P: Who, then, is prepared for this Sacrament?
C: Fasting and bodily preparation is, indeed, a fine outward training; but he is truly prepared who has faith in these words: “Given and shed for you, for the forgiveness of sins.” But whoever does not believe these words or doubts them is unfit, for the words “for you” require believing hearts.
Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156
Order of Service for the Sacrament, p. 21-23
Distribution Hymn 135 “The Death of Jesus Christ, Our Lord”
Stripping of the Altar
This symbolizes how our Lord was abandoned in the Garden of Gethsemane when the disciples fled at his arrest. We sing hymn 315 during this time. Then we leave in silence without the closing blessing -- yet. For our remembrance of Jesus' saving work is not yet ended. We return tomorrow to contemplate his death and then come rejoicing on Easter morning, celebrating the full blessing of the victory he's won for us.
Hymn 315: “Here, O My Lord, I See You Face to Face”
Choir practices after service tonight
Good Friday: Service of Darkness 7:00pm
Easter Worship 9:00am