Maundy Thursday Message by Mother Donna Steckline 4/9/2020
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Delivered By
The Reverend Donna Steckline
Delivered On
April 9, 2020 at 7:00 PM

Christ Church

Gilbertsville, New York



“We will demonstrate God’s unconditional love and forgiveness daily, following the example of His Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

Maundy Thursday

April 9, 2020

You are invited to pray the following prayer for the presence of the Holy Spirit:


Come, Holy Spirit, fill the Hearts of Your faithful and kindle in us the Fire of

Your love. Send forth Your Spirit and we shall be recreated-And You will

renew the face of the earth.


O God, Who did instruct the hearts of Your faithful people by the Light of

Your Holy Spirit, grant that by the same Spirit we may be truly wise and ever

rejoice in His consolation. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Our prayer today is that this special time of worship will be a time when you truly

feel closer to God and that through the experience of both Word and Sacrament

you will come into the presence of the saving love of Jesus Christ.


Opening Hymn: B 171 - Go to Dark Gethsemane

Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Our first reading is from: Exodus 12:1‑14

While the Israelites were still in the land of Egypt, the Lord gave the following instructions to Moses and Aaron: “From now on, this month will be the first month of the year for you. Announce to the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each family must choose a lamb or a young goat for a sacrifice, one animal for each household. If a family is too small to eat a whole animal, let them share with another family in the neighborhood. Divide the animal according to the size of each family and how much they can eat. The animal you select must be a one-year-old male, either a sheep or a goat, with no defects.

“Take special care of this chosen animal until the evening of the fourteenth day of this first month. Then the whole assembly of the community of Israel must slaughter their lamb or young goat at twilight. They are to take some of the blood and smear it on the sides and top of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the animal. That same night they must roast the meat over a fire and eat it along with bitter salad greens and bread made without yeast. Do not eat any of the meat raw or boiled in water. The whole animal—including the head, legs, and internal organs—must be roasted over a fire. Do not leave any of it until the next morning. Burn whatever is not eaten before morning.

“These are your instructions for eating this meal: Be fully dressed, wear your sandals, and carry your walking stick in your hand. Eat the meal with urgency, for this is the Lord’s Passover. On that night I will pass through the land of Egypt and strike down every firstborn son and firstborn male animal in the land of Egypt. I will execute judgment against all the gods of Egypt, for I am the Lord! But the blood on your doorposts will serve as a sign, marking the houses where you are staying. When I see the blood, I will pass over you. This plague of death will not touch you when I strike the land of Egypt.

“This is a day to remember. Each year, from generation to generation, you must celebrate it as a special festival to the Lord. This is a law for all time.

Reader: The Word of The Lord.

People: Thanks be to God



Psalm 116:1, 10-17 will be prayed antiphonally by verse, the pulpit side reading the odd numbered verses, the celebrant side the even; all beginning and ending with the refrain:


Refrain: 1 I love the LORD, because he has heard the voice of my supplication, * because he has inclined his ear to me whenever

I called upon him.


10 How shall I repay the Lord *

for all the good things he has done for me?


11 I will lift up the cup of salvation *

and call upon the Name of the Lord.

12 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord *

in the presence of all his people.


13 Precious in the sight of the Lord *

is the death of his servants.


14 O Lord, I am your servant; *

I am your servant and the child of your handmaid;

you have freed me from my bonds.


15 I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving *

and call upon the Name of the Lord.


16 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord *

in the presence of all his people,


17 In the courts of the Lord’s house, *

in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.



Refrain: 1 I love the LORD, because he has heard the voice of my supplication, * because he has inclined his ear to me whenever

I called upon him.



The second reading is from Paul’s First letter to the Corinthians 11:23-26

For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.” For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.

Reader: The Word of The Lord.

People: Thanks be to God

Sequence Hymn: B 480 - When Jesus Left His Father’s Throne

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John 13:1-17, 31b-35

Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end. It was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.

When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”

“No,” Peter protested, “you will never ever wash my feet!”

Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.”

Simon Peter exclaimed, “Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!”

Jesus replied, “A person who has bathed all over does not need to wash, except for the feet, to be entirely clean. And you disciples are clean, but not all of you.” For Jesus knew who would betray him. That is what he meant when he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.

Officiant: The Gospel of the Lord.

The Birth of Jesus the Messiah

People: Praise to you, Lord Christ.

The Homily: The Reverend Donna Steckline

When observed, the ceremony of the washing of feet appropriately follows the Gospel and homily.

During the ceremony, the following or other suitable anthems may be sung or said

The Lord Jesus, after he had supped with his disciples and had washed their feet, said to them, “Do you know what I, your Lord and Master, have done to you? I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done.”

Peace is my last gift to you, my own peace I now leave with you; peace which the world cannot give, I give to you.

I give you a new commandment: Love one another as I have loved you.

Peace is my last gift to you, my own peace I now leave with you; peace which the world cannot give, I give to you.

By this shall the world know that you are my disciples: That you have love for one another.

Prayers of the people:

The leader and People pray responsively Form VI

In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.


For all people in their daily life and work;
For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who
are alone

For this community, the nation, and the world;
For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.

For the just and proper use of your creation;
For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.

For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;
For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the

For the peace and unity of the Church of God;
For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth.

That you will guide our leaders to righteous decisions in accordance with your will; especially William our Bishop, Archbishop Justin, Bp. Moses and all Priests and Deacons and all those called to your service.

For all who serve God in his Church.

For the special needs and concerns of this congregation.


The People may add their own petitions

Hear us, Lord;
For your mercy is great.

Lord, we ask that you would stop the spread of this awful virus. Protect and keep healthy all who are in the medical field as they continue to care for all of our needs. Please help all who are sick to recover; contain the virus so it won't affect others. May it STOP soon. Help us to be PREPARED and strengthen us as intercessors to fight this spiritual battle. Decrease fear because You are in control, even when we do not see or feel it.

We believe Lord, help our unbelief.

We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.


The People may add their own thanksgivings

We will exalt you, O God our King;
And praise your Name for ever and ever.

We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom.


The People may add their own petitions

Lord, let your loving-kindness be upon them;
Who put their trust in you.

“Thank you Lord Jesus”

Lord help us to boldly demonstrate Your unconditional love and forgiveness daily, following the example of Your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. AMEN


We pray to you also for the forgiveness of our sins.

Silence may be kept.

Leader and People

Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; in your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things done and left undone; and so uphold us by your Spirit that we may live and serve you in newness of life, to the honor and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. Amen

The Peace

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People And also with you.

The people may greet one another in the name of our Lord


Birthday and Anniversary Celebrations:


The Children’s Homily:

-children are invited forward to participate


Offertory sentence: I appeal to you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present yourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. (Romans 12:1)


Offertory Hymn: B 512 - Come, Gracious Spirit, Heavenly Dove

Please remember to mail in your stewardship offerings.

The church needs to maintain our normal operations and without your offerings we will not be able to do so.

Please mail to: Christ Church Po Box 345 Gilbertsville, NY 13776

The celebrant receives the people’s offering as the doxology is sung:

Praise God from whom all blessings flow

Praise Him all creatures here below

Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts

Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost



All things come from you, O Lord, and of your own have we given you. AMEN

(1 Chronicles 29:14)


And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to pray:


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, for ever and ever. Amen.



The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty Father, Son and Holy Spirit be among you and remain with you forever. AMEN


Closing Hymn (Full verse intro): B 665 - All My Hope on God is Founded

Celebrant: Let us go forth in the name of Christ.


People: Thanks be to God.


Bulletin Notices:



April 9, 2020

Maundy Thursday

April 10, 2020

Good Friday

April 12, 2020

Easter Sunday

Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14

Isaiah 52:13-53:12

Acts 10:34-43

Psalm 116:1, 10-17

Psalm 22

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Hebrews 10:16-25

Colossians 3:1-4

John 13:1-17, 31b-35

John 18:1-19:42

Matthew 28:1-10




Vestry Meetings: are held on the third Sunday of the month after coffee hour.

Next meets: TBD


Holy Week: We continue to change the Altar hangings as per usual, so the altar will be stripped Thurs. for Good Friday and we will see the stark emptiness visibly as we feel this with the loss of our Savior on the cross. Then we will change the hangings for Easter on Saturday morning. If you would like your Easter Foods blessed, please contact Mtr. Donna at 783-2878.


Easter Flowers: we will NOT be able to gather for our Easter services as planned, however once we have the ‘all clear’ we will gather for a jubilant celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord. Please send your flower donations annotating clearly, who you would like remembered.



Lenten Prayer Challenge: reminder to send their Easter Card and note to the person for whom they have been praying. If you have e-mail and have not received the new directory of addresses, please let Mtr. Donna or Gail know.


Bible Studies and Stations are cancelled until further notice

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