Hebrew Prayer of Blessing and Lighting of the Candles
Opening Hymn: "How Could a God Whose name Is Love" (insert)
Prayer of Confession
On this night we gather for a commemorative meal!
On this night we watch and listen
with our eyes, ears, and hearts.
We will be given words of forgiveness, hope, and courage.
We will receive the blessing of the One
who will give up all for us.
Come to this time of feasting.
Jesus, we gather as your disciples that night. And
though we know what happened later, we still
confess to have the same fears, doubts, and
questions. As you accepted the disciples then
receive us now. Enter our hearts and prepare us for
the banquet. AMEN.
Words of Assurance
Tiffany sounded so strong I literally visualized her speaking in caps -- "IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, YOU ARE FORGIVEN."
John 13, select verses
During foot washing sing "Jesu, Jesu"
Narrative of the Last Supper
John 14-16, select verses
Observance of the Last Supper
During communion we will sing the following
"Let Us Break Bread Together"
Let us break bread together on our knees (3 times)
Jesus fell on his knees
Washed our feet to make us free.
O Christ, let us serve like thee
"Here, O My Lord, I See Thee" (vs. 1-3)
We sat at a table. There was a loaf of bread (contra matzoh last year), passed around, but didn't say words to each other (contra last year).
John 17, select verses (Jesus' prayer for the disciple)
I thought downstairs was gonna be in the chapel, but it was in the sanctuary -- which makes sense, actually, as the chapel doesn't have a choir loft.
Hymn: "Go to Dark Gethsemane" (v. 1 & 2)
Scripture Narrative: Jesus in the garden
Duet: Wondrous Love
(Mike & Meredith)
They sang lower and softer than I'd expected, but their voices were that kind which I can see prompts people to say "angelic."
Scripture Narrative: Jesus before the high priest
Anthem: "Healer Of Our Every Ill"
Scripture Narrative: The betrayal of Peter
Hymn: "Stay with Me"
Scripture Narrative: Jesus before Pilate, the verdict
Postlude: "O Lamb of God, All Holy"
There will be no benediction.
The service will end in silence and in darkness.
Please keep the silence as you leave.