Maundy Thursday (Last Supper) | Online Church at Home Service Bulletin | March 28th, 2024

March 28, 2024 | Maundy Thursday (Last Supper)
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Service note

  • The mood now is one of Fellowship and of a dinner set for the Guest of Jesus, and will end this evening of a quiet season of lent as we exit.
  • As on this Maundy Thursday of Holy week the mood will change tonight.
  • The service will end on a QUIET /Somber note. The lights will be dimmed as we quietly pray Psalm 22: The alter will be stripped.
  • Once the Alter is stripped, I will exit out quietly to my office.
  • We can whisper our Good-Byes and Good Nights.
  • PINNACLE LUTHERAN CHURCH | “The Lord’s Passover”
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HYMN: #445 – When You Woke that Thursday Morning
HYMN: #446 – Jesus, Greatest at the Table


Thursday, March 28, 2024 5:00 pm

Maundy Thursday (Last Supper)

“Knowing the Heart of Jesus”

March 28, 2024


Let Us Love One Another, as Christ Has Loved Us and Loves Us to the End  “The Lord’s Passover” (Ex. 12:11) and “the blood of the covenant” at Mount Sinai (Ex. 24:8) are preeminent types of the Lord’s Supper. The blood of Christ, the Lamb of God, now covers us, and we keep His Supper “as a feast to the Lord (Ex. 12:13–14). In Him, we see “the God of Israel” (Ex. 24:10), and yet He does not lay His hand on us to punish us. As disciples of Jesus, we recline at the table with Him to eat and drink in peace (Mark 14:18). The apostles, who received the New Testament in His blood “on the night when he was betrayed,” delivered the same to His Church, which we also now receive in remembrance of Him (1 Cor. 11:23–26; Mark 14:22–25). So He has “loved his own who were in the world,” and He loves us “to the end” (John 13:1). As He thus feeds us in love, let us love one another, just as He has loved us (John 13:34). For “we who are many are one body” because “we all partake of the one bread,” which is the body of Christ (1 Cor. 10:17).

+ Preparation +

HYMN: #445 – When You Woke that Thursday Morning


P     In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C     Amen.


P     As we continue our Lenten journey, we focus on the night when Jesus was betrayed.

C     We find Jesus’ betrayer, Judas.

P     Satan leads Judas to this grave sin.

C     Judas, the thief, betrays Jesus for money,

P     but Judas isn’t the only guilty person at the table.

C     All of the disciples abandon Jesus.


P     Even as Jesus institutes the Lord’s Supper for the forgiveness, life, and salvation of His disciples, they all still fail Him. Even though we receive the Lord’s Supper regularly for our forgiveness, life, and salvation, we still fail Jesus as well. But our heavenly Father invites us to come to Him with repentant hearts, seeking forgiveness.

C     Heavenly Father, we have betrayed You in our thoughts, words, and actions. We have pursued other things as being more important than You. Forgive us, Lord, on account of Jesus.

P     God be merciful to you and strengthen your faith.

C     Amen.

P     Do you believe that the forgiveness I speak is not my forgiveness but God’s?

C     Yes.

P     Though we abandon and betray our Lord, He never abandons or betrays us. Jesus Christ has taken away your sins and failures by His death and resurrection. Let it be done for you as you believe. In the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C     Amen. We are welcomed and forgiven because of Jesus.

P     Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; He will surely do it. Go in T peace.

C     Amen.

+ Word +

PSALM – Psalm 116:12–19             (spoken responsively as marked)

P     What shall I render to the Lord
for all His benefits to me?

C     I will lift up the cup of salvation

and call on the name of the Lord,

P     I will pay my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all His people.

C     Precious in the sight of the Lord

is the death of His saints.

P     O Lord, I am Your servant;
I am Your servant, the son of Your maidservant.
You have loosed my bonds.

C     I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving

and call on the name of the Lord.

P     I will pay my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all His people,

C     in the courts of the house of the Lord,
in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord!

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.


P     Lord, have mercy.

C     Christ, have mercy.

P     Lord, have mercy.


P     The Lord be with you.

C     And also with you.

P     Let us pray.
O Lord, in this wondrous Sacrament You have left us a remembrance of Your passion. Grant that we may so receive the sacred mystery of Your body and blood that the fruits of Your redemption may continually be manifest in us; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever..

C     Amen.


            3Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord and all the just decrees. And all the people answered with one voice and said, “All the words that the Lord has spoken we will do.” 4And Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord. He rose early in the morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel. 5And he sent young men of the people of Israel, who offered burnt offerings and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen to the Lord. 6And Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins, and half of the blood he threw against the altar. 7Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people. And they said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.” 8And Moses took the blood and threw it on the people and said, “Behold the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.”

            9Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up, 10and they saw the God of Israel. There was under his feet as it were a pavement of sapphire stone, like the very heaven for clearness. 11And he did not lay his hand on the chief men of the people of Israel; they beheld God, and ate and drank.

L     This is the Word of the Lord.

C     Thanks be to God.

GRADUAL – Hebrews 9:12a, c, 15a; Psalm 111:9a    (spoken together)

Christ entered once for all into the holy places, by means of His own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.

Therefore He is the mediator of a new covenant,

   so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance.

He sent redemption to His people;

   He has commanded His covenant forever.

EPISTLEHebrews 9:11–22

            11When Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) 12he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. 13For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, 14how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

            15Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant. 16For where a will is involved, the death of the one who made it must be established. 17For a will takes effect only at death, since it is not in force as long as the one who made it is alive. 18Therefore not even the first covenant was inaugurated without blood. 19For when every commandment of the law had been declared by Moses to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, 20saying, “This is the blood of the covenant that God commanded for you.” 21And in the same way he sprinkled with the blood both the tent and all the vessels used in worship. 22Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.

L     This is the Word of the Lord.

C     Thanks be to God.

VERSE – John 13:1b

Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.

HOLY GOSPEL – Matthew 26:17–30

 P The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the twenty-sixth chapter.

C Glory to You, O Lord.

21After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in His spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.” 22The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom He spoke. 23One of His disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining at table close to Jesus, 24so Simon Peter motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom He was speaking. 25So that disciple, leaning back against Jesus, said to Him, “Lord, who is it?” 26Jesus answered, “It is He to whom I will give this morsel of bread when I have dipped it.” So when He had dipped the morsel, He gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27Then after he had taken the morsel, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.” 28Now no one at the table knew why He said this to him. 29Some thought that, because Judas had the moneybag, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor. 30So, after receiving the morsel of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.

P     This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C     Praise to You, O Christ.

HYMN: #446 – Jesus, Greatest at the Table

SERMON: The Lord’s Passover


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 T of the world to come. Amen.




P     Let us pray to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

Lord Jesus Christ, You are the hope of the world. Be present with all those who suffer the attacks of Satan. Defend and protect them so that they would not despair but always find their hope in You. Lord, in Your mercy,

C     hear our prayer.

P     Lord Jesus Christ, You are the bread of life. Encourage all of us who receive Your body and blood for our forgiveness today that we might receive this gift faithfully. Lord, in Your mercy,

C     hear our prayer.

P     Lord Jesus Christ, You are the Good Shepherd and the door for the sheep. Continue to seek Your lost sheep and strengthen us to join You in bringing back those who have wandered from You, so they might again know the joys of Your salvation and forgiveness. Lord, in Your mercy,

C     hear our prayer.

P     Lord Jesus Christ, You are the way, the truth, and the life. Forgive us when we seek to define our lives in any way other than in You. Lead us on the way to the cross, in Your everlasting truth, to life eternal. Lord, in Your mercy,

C     hear our prayer.

P     Lord Jesus Christ, You are the Vine, and we are the branches; apart from You we can do nothing. Increase our dependence upon You, so that we might bear much fruit. Lord, in Your mercy,

C     hear our prayer.

P     Lord Jesus Christ, You are the healer of every ill, and You bring healing in the Meal we are about to eat. Grant healing and patience to all those who are sick, injured, and recovering, [especially . . .]. Lord, in Your mercy,

C     hear our prayer.

P     Lord Jesus Christ, You are the resurrection and the life; give comfort and hope to all those who mourn the death of loved ones, [especially . . .]. Lord, in Your mercy,

C     hear our prayer. Amen.

+ Sacrament +

Communion Invitation

  • The Lord’s Supper is celebrated at this congregation in the confession and glad confidence that, as he says, our Lord gives into our mouths not only bread and wine but his very body and blood to eat and to drink for the forgiveness of sins and to strengthen our union with him and with one another. Our Lord invites to his table those who trust his words, repent of all sin, and set aside any

refusal to forgive and love as he forgives and loves us, that they may show forth his death until he comes.

  • Because those who eat and drink our Lord’s body and blood unworthily do so to their great harm and because Holy Communion is a confession of the faith which is confessed at this altar, any who are not yet instructed, in doubt, or who hold a confession differing from that of this congregation and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, and yet desire to receive the sacrament, are asked first to speak with the Pastor or an usher.

For further study, see Matthew 5:23f.; 10:32f.;

18:15-35; 26:26-29; 1 Cor. 11:17-34.


P     The Lord be with you.

C     And also with you.

P     Lift up your hearts.

C     We lift them to the Lord.

P     Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C     It is right to give Him thanks and praise.


P     It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who accomplished the salvation of mankind by the tree of the cross that, where death arose, there life also might rise again and that the serpent who overcame by the tree of the garden might likewise by the tree of the cross be overcome. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying:

SANCTUS – LSB, p. 161


P     Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, for You have had mercy on those whom You created and sent Your only-begotten Son into our flesh to bear our sin and be our Savior. With repentant joy we receive the salvation accomplished for us by the all-availing sacrifice of His body and His blood on the cross.

       Gathered in the name and the remembrance of Jesus, we beg You, O Lord, to forgive, renew, and strengthen us with Your Word and Spirit. Grant us faithfully to eat His body and drink His blood as He bids us do in His own testament. Gather us together, we pray, from the ends of the earth to celebrate with all the faithful the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end. Graciously receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us. To You alone, O Father, be all glory, honor, and worship, with the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C     Amen.


P     Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C     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.


P     Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My T body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”

In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the New Testament in My T blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”


P     The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C     Amen.

AGNUS DEI – LSB, p. 163




P     Let us pray.
Gracious God, our heavenly Father, You have given us a foretaste of the feast to come in the Holy Supper of Your Son’s body and blood. Keep us firm in the true faith throughout our days of pilgrimage that, on the day of His coming, we may, together with all Your saints, celebrate the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom which has no end; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C     Amen.


We come to you Lord Jesus our hands, hearts and minds are impure for we have sinned against you.

By your Body and Blood broken for us we ask for forgiveness.

Purity and renew us with your life changing Love, for you are the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the World.

This is a Priceless treasure for us to receive and to pass along to all we  meet.

+ Stripping of the Altar +

PSALM 22              (spoken responsively as marked)

1My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

      Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?

2O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,

      and by night, but I find no rest.

3Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.

4In you our fathers trusted;

      they trusted, and you delivered them.

5To you they cried and were rescued;

      in you they trusted and were not put to shame.

6But I am a worm and not a man,

      scorned by mankind and despised by the people.

7All who see me mock me;

      they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;

8“He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him;

      let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”

9Yet you are he who took me from the womb;

      you made me trust you at my mother’s breasts.

10On you was I cast from my birth,

      and from my mother’s womb you have been my God.

11Be not far from me, for trouble is near, and there is none to help.

12Many bulls encompass me;

      strong bulls of Bashan surround me;

13they open wide their mouths at me,

      like a ravening and roaring lion.

14I am poured out like water,

      and all my bones are out of joint;

my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast;

15my strength is dried up like a potsherd,

      and my tongue sticks to my jaws;

      you lay me in the dust of death.

16For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me;

they have pierced my hands and feet—

17I can count all my bones— they stare and gloat over me;

18they divide my garments among them,

      and for my clothing they cast lots.

19But you, O Lord, do not be far off!

      O you my help, come quickly to my aid!

20Deliver my soul from the sword,

      my precious life from the power of the dog!

21Save me from the mouth of the lion!

      You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!

22I will tell of your name to my brothers;

      in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:

23You who fear the Lord, praise him!

      All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him,

      and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!

24For he has not despised or abhorred

      the affliction of the afflicted,

and he has not hidden his face from him,

      but has heard, when he cried to him.

25From you comes my praise in the great congregation;

      my vows I will perform before those who fear him.

26The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied;

      those who seek him shall praise the Lord!

      May your hearts live forever!

27All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord,

and all the families of the nations shall worship before you.

28For kingship belongs to the Lord,

      and he rules over the nations.

29All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship;

      before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,

      even the one who could not keep himself alive.

30Posterity shall serve him;

      it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation;

31they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn, that he has done it.

(All leave the church in silence.)

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