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Easter - 2021

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A Meditation of Preparation for Easter

 

Lord of all life and power, who through the mighty resurrection of your Son overcame the old order of sin and death to make all things new in him: grant that we, being dead to sin and alive to you in Jesus Christ, may reign with him in glory; to whom with you and the Holy Spirit be praise and honour, glory and might, now and in all eternity. Amen!

The Ringing of the Bells and the Welcome Light of Christ

Las Campanas Y La Bienvenida

The congregation stands and faces the back of the sanctuary. As we process in

the cross leads the way - representing our baptismal journey from death to life. Some bow as the cross passes, honoring the mystery of salvation

 

I Know That My Redeemer Lives

I know that my Redeemer lives; What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, He lives, who once was dead; He lives, my ever-living head.

He lives triumphant from the grave; He lives eternally to save;
He lives all-glorious in the sky; He lives exalted there on high.

He lives to silence all my fears; He lives to wipe away my tears;
He lives to calm my troubled heart; He lives all blessings to impart.

He lives and grants me daily breath; He lives, and I shall conquer death;
He lives my mansion to prepare; He lives to bring me safely there.

He lives, all glory to His name! He lives, my Jesus, still the same;
Oh, the sweet joy this sentence gives; I know that my Redeemer lives!

Entrance Rite

La Invocación

 

En el nombre del Padre, y del Hijo, y del Espíritu Santo.

All Amen.

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

All He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Lord Jesus Christ, our Paschal Lamb who was offered for us and has taken away the

sins of the world:

All have mercy on us.

Lord Jesus Christ, who by Your death has destroyed death, and by Your rising to life

again has restored to us eternal life:

All have mercy on us.

Lord Jesus Christ, who rose early in the morning on the first day of the week and did

first appear to Mary Magdalene:

All have mercy on us.

Lord Jesus Christ, who appeared to Your disciples proclaiming peace and breathed on them the Holy Spirit:

All have mercy on us.

Lord Jesus Christ, who revealed Yourself to Thomas with the marks of Your suffering

and who commended the faith of those who have not seen and yet believed:

All have mercy on us.

By Your suffering and dying:

All deliver us from sin, its guilt, and its punishment.

By Your glorious resurrection:

All deliver us from this body of death.

By the majesty of Your risen body:

All deliver us from the weakness of this mortal life and lead us to eternity.

Set our minds on things above, that we may walk in love in this earthly journey and

that we may dwell with You forever in the heavenly places of light and life.

All Grant that we may live in Easter joy today and all the days of our lives until we

attain its eternal joys in heaven; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

 

The Easter Proclamation

 

All Rejoice now, all you heavenly choirs of angels; Rejoice now, all creation; Sound forth, trumpet of salvation, And proclaim the triumph of our King. Rejoice too, all the earth, In the radiance of the light now poured upon you and made brilliant by the brightness of the everlasting King; Know that the ancient darkness has been forever banished. Rejoice, O Church of Christ clothed in the brightness of this light; Let all this house of God ring out with rejoicing, With the praises of all God's faithful people!

 

Light of Christ

 

Luz De Cristo.

All Gracias a Dios.

Luz de Cristo.

All Gracias a Dios.

Luz de Cristo.

All Gracias a Dios.

 

Prayer of the Day

 

The Lord be with you.

All And also with you.

All God of glory, by the raising of your Son you have broken the chains of death and hell: fill your Church with faith and hope; for a new day has dawned and the way to life stands open in our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen!

 

Alleluia! Jesus is Risen!

 

Alleluia! Jesus is risen! Trumpets resounding in glorious light!

Splendor, the Lamb, heaven forever! Oh, what a miracle God has in sight!

Jesus is risen and we shall arise: give God the glory! Alleluia!

 

Walking the way, Christ in the center, telling the story to open our eyes;

breaking our bread, giving us glory: Jesus, our blessing, our constant surprise.

Jesus is risen and we shall arise: give God the glory! Alleluia!

 

Jesus the vine, we are the branches; life in the Spirit the fruit of the tree;

heaven to earth, Christ to the people, gift of the future now flowing to me.

Jesus is risen and we shall arise: give God the glory! Alleluia!

 

Weeping, be gone; sorrow be silent: death put asunder, and Easter is bright.

Cherubim sing: "O grave, be open!" Clothe us in wonder, adorn us in light.

Jesus is risen and we shall arise: give God the glory! Alleluia!

 

City of God, Easter forever, golden Jerusalem, Jesus the Lamb,

river of life, saints and archangels, sing with creation to God the I AM!

Jesus is risen and we shall arise: give God the glory! Alleluia!

 

The Liturgy of the Word

La Liturgia del Palabra

 

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First Reading

Isaiah 25:6-9

 

Here on Mount Zion the Lord Almighty will prepare a banquet for all the nations of the world—a banquet of the richest food and the finest wine. 7Here he will suddenly remove the cloud of sorrow that has been hanging over all the nations. The Sovereign Lord will destroy death for ever! He will wipe away the tears from everyone’s eyes and take away the disgrace his people have suffered throughout the world. The Lord himself has spoken! 9 When it happens, everyone will say, “He is our God! We have put our trust in him, and he has rescued us. He is the Lord! We have put our trust in him, and now we are happy and joyful because he has saved us.”

 

This is the word of the Lord.

All Thanks be to God.

 

Second Reading

Colosenses 3:1-4

 

1 Por lo tanto, ya que ustedes han sido resucitados con Cristo, busquen las cosas del cielo, donde Cristo está sentado a la derecha de Dios. 2Piensen en las cosas del cielo, no en las de la tierra. 3Pues ustedes murieron, y Dios les tiene reservado el vivir con Cristo. 4Cristo mismo es la vida de ustedes. Cuando él aparezca, ustedes también aparecerán con él llenos de gloria.

 

This is the word of the Lord.

All Thanks be to God.

 

Stand

 

Gospel Reading

Mark 16:1-8

 

The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the sixteenth chapter.

All Glory to You, O Lord.

 

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’” Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

 

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

All Praise to you, O Christ.

 

The Creed

 

All 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
of the world to come. Amen.

 

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In Christ Alone

 

In Christ alone my hope is found, He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground, Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace, When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All, Here in the love of Christ I stand.

 

In Christ alone! - who took on flesh, Fullness of God in helpless babe.
This gift of love and righteousness, Scorned by the ones He came to save
Till on that cross as Jesus died, The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid, Here in the death of Christ I live.

 

There in the ground His body lay, Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious day, Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory, Sin's curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine, Bought with the precious blood of Christ

 

No guilt in life, no fear in death, This is the power of Christ in me
From life's first cry to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man, Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home, Here in the power of Christ I'll stand.

 

Children’s Sermon

 

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Now all the Vault of Heaven Resounds

 

Now all the vault of Heav'n resounds in praise of love that still abounds:
"Christ has triumphed!  He is living!"
Sing, choirs of angels, loud and clear!  Repeat their song of glory here:
"Christ has triumphed!  Christ has triumphed!"
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

 

Eternal is the gift he brings, therefore our heart with rapture sings:
"Christ has triumphed!  He is living!"
Now still he comes to give us life and by his presence stills all strife.
Christ has triumphed!  He is living!
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

 

Oh, fill us, Lord, with dauntless love; set heart and will on things above
That we conquer through your triumph;
Grant grace sufficient for life's day that by our lives we truly say:
"Christ has triumphed!  He is living!"
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

 

Adoring praises now we bring and with the heav'nly blessed sing:
"Christ has triumphed!  Alleluia!"
Be to the Father and our Lord, to Spirit blest, most holy God,
All the glory, never ending!
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

 

Prayers

 

Padre Nuestro

 

All Padre nuestro que estás en los cielos, santificado sea tu nombre; Venga a nos tu reino; Hágase tu volutad, así en la tierra como en el cielo; El pan de cada día, dánoslo hoy; Y perdónanos nuestras deudas, así como nosotros perdonamos a nuestros deudores; Y no nos dejes caer en tentación; mas líbranos del mal; Porque tuyo es el reino, el poder y la gloria, por los siglos de los siglos. Amén

 

 

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

La Liturgia del Sacramento

 

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Merciful and loving Father, we confess that we have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by our sinful actions and our failure to do the good You desire. Grant to us the forgiveness and peace that you alone offer; that having been made free from the burden of guilt we may live in your love and grace forever.

All Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, that we may delight in your will and walk in Your

ways, to the glory of Your holy name.

Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

All Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.

All Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.

Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

All Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. As we delight in God’s forgiving love, let us be reconciled to one another and share the peace of the Lord.

La paz del Señor sea con ustedes.

All Y también contigo.

 

The Lord be with you

All and also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

All We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All It is right to give thanks and praise.

It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, always and everywhere to give you thanks, almighty and eternal Father, and on this day of our redemption to celebrate with joyful hearts the memory of your wonderful works. For by the mystery of his passion Jesus Christ, your risen Son, has conquered the powers of death and hell and restored in all people the image of your glory. He has placed them once more in paradise and opened to them the gate of life eternal. And so, in the joy of this Passover, earth and heaven resound with gladness, while angels and archangels and the powers of all creation tell forever of your glory:

All Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

We proclaim the mystery of faith:

All Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again! Amen!

Prayer of Thanksgiving

 

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 to faithfully eat His body and drink His blood as He bids us to in His own testament. Gather us together 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. Receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us. To You alone be all glory, honor, and worship, now and forever. Amen

 

Lamb of God

 

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, grant us peace.

 

Consecration and Distribution

 

Thank the Lord

 

Thank the Lord and sing His praise; tell everyone what He has done.

Let everyone who seeks the Lord, rejoice and proudly bear His name.

He recalls His promises, and leads His people forth in joy

with shouts of thanksgiving. Alleluia, alleluia.

 

Prayer after Communion

 

All We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this salutary gift, and we implore You, that of Your mercy, You would strengthen us in faith toward You and in fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

 

 

 

 

The Dismissal

Despedida

 

Announcements

 

The Blessing

 

La gracia del nuestro Señor Jesucristo, el amor de Dios, y la comunión del Espíritu Santo siempre sean con todos ustedes.

All Amen.

 

Jesus Christ is Risen Today

Jesus Christ is ris'n today, Alleluia! Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia! Suffer to redeem our loss, Alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia! Unto Christ, our heav'nly king, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia! Sinners to redeem and save, Alleluia!

But the pains which He endured, Alleluia! Our salvation have procured; Alleluia!
Now above the sky He’s king, Alleluia! Where the angels ever sing, Alleluia!

Sing we to our God above, Alleluia! Praise eternal as His love; Alleluia!
Praise Him, all ye heav'nly host, Alleluia! Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!

 

 

Prayer as You Go

 

Christ is Risen: The world below lies desolate
Christ is Risen: The spirits of evil are fallen
Christ is Risen: The angels of God are rejoicing
Christ is Risen: The tombs of the dead are empty
Christ is Risen indeed from the dead,
the first of the sleepers,
Glory and power are his forever and ever.

Amen

Good Friday - 2021

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The Ringing of the Bells and The Welcome

The Invocation

Pastor:            En el nombre del Padre, y del Hijo, y del Espíritu Santo.

People:         Amen.

 

Entrance Hymn(Lamb of God)

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

have mercy on us. 

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

grant us peace.

 


The Confession of Sins

Pastor:           Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.

People:         Amen.

Pastor:           If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  But if we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

All:                 O most merciful God, we confess that we are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves.  We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have  not loved our neighbors as ourselves.  For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us, forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name.

 


Pastor:           Señor, ten piedad de nosotros. 

People:         Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

Pastor:           Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros

People:         Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.

Pastor:           Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

People:         Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

The Forgiveness

Pastor:           Almighty God, in his mercy, has given his Son to die for us and for his sake, forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister in the Church of Jesus Christ, and by his authority, I declare to you the forgiveness of your sins, in the name of the Father,  and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

People:          Amen.

The Readings   

Isaiah (Isaías) 53:4-8


But he endured the suffering that should have been ours, the pain that we should have borne.  All the while we thought that his suffering was punishment sent by God. But because of our sins he was wounded, beaten because of the evil we did. We are healed by the punishment he suffered, made whole by the blows he received. All of us were like sheep that were lost, each of us going his own way. But the Lord made the punishment fall on him, the punishment all of us deserved.  “He was treated harshly, but endured it humbly; he never said a word.  Like a lamb about to be slaughtered, like a sheep about to be sheared he never said a word. He was arrested and sentenced and led off to die, and no one cared about his fate. He was put to death for the sins of our people.

 


Hebrews (Hebreos) 4:14-16; 5:7-9

Let us, then, hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we have a great High Priest who has gone into the very presence of God—Jesus, the Son of God. 15Our High Priest is not one who cannot feel sympathy for our weaknesses. On the contrary, we have a High Priest who was tempted in every way    that we are, but did not sin. 16Let us have confidence, then, and approach God’s throne, where there is grace. There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it. In his life on earth Jesus made his prayers and requests with loud cries and tears to God, who could save him from death. Because he was humble and devoted, God heard him. 8 But even though he was God’s Son, he learned through his sufferings to be obedient. 9 When he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him.

 

Luke (San Lucas) 23:26-27, 32-43


26 The soldiers led Jesus away, and as they were going, they met a man from Cyrene named Simon who was coming into the city from the country. They seized him, put the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus. 27 A large crowd of people followed him; among them were some women who were weeping and wailing for him. 32 Two other men, both of them criminals, were also led out to be put to death with Jesus. 33When they came to the place called “The Skull”, they crucified Jesus there, and the two criminals, one on his right and the other on his left. Jesus said, “Forgive them, Father! They don’t know what they are doihis clothes among themselves by throwing dice. The people stood there watching while the Jewish leaders jeered at him: “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah whom God has chosen!” 36 The soldiers also mocked him: they came up to him and offered him cheap wine, 37and said, “Save yourself if you are the king of the Jews!” 38 Above him were written these words: “This      is the King of the Jews.”  One of the criminals hanging there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” 40The other one, however, rebuked him, saying, “Don’t you fear God? You received the same sentence he did. 41Ours, however, is only right, because we are getting what we deserve for what we did; but he has done no wrong.” 42And he said to Jesus, “Remember me, Jesus, when you come into your kingdom!”   43 Jesus said to him, “I promise you that today you will be in Paradise with me.”


 

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

When I survey the wondrous cross

on which the prince of glory died,

my richest gain I count but loss

and pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast

save in the death of Christ, my God;

all the vain things that charm me most,  

I sacrifice them to his blood.

 


See, from his head, his hands, his feet

sorrow and love flow mingled down.

Did e'er such love and sorrow meet

or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine,

that were a tribute far too small;

love so amazing, so divine,

demands my soul, my life, my all!

The Sermon

 

The Litany

Pastor:           God the Father, in heaven,

People:          have mercy.

Pastor:           God the Son, Redeemer of the world,

People:          have mercy.

Pastor:           God the Holy Spirit,

People:          have mercy.

Pastor:           Be gracious to us.

People:          Spare us, good Lord.

Pastor:           Be gracious to us.

People:          Help us, good Lord.

Pastor:           By the mystery of Your holy Incarnation; by Your holy Nativity; by Your Baptism, fasting, and temptation; by Your agony and bloody sweat; by Your Cross and Passion; by Your precious Death and Burial; by Your glorious Resurrection and Ascension; and by the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter:

People:          Help us, good Lord.

Pastor:           In all our time of tribulation; in all our time of prosperity; in the hour of death; and in the day of judgment:

People:          Help us, good Lord.

Pastor:           We poor sinners implore You

People:          to hear us, O Lord.


Pastor:           To prosper the preaching of Your Word; to bless our prayer and meditation; to strengthen and preserve us; to give heart to our sorrow and strength to our repentance:

People:          We implore You to hear us, good Lord.

Pastor:           To draw us to Yourself; to bless those who are instructed in the faith; to watch over and console the poor, the sick, the distressed, the lonely, the forsaken, the abandoned, and all who stand in need of our prayers; to give abundant blessing to all our works of mercy; to have mercy on us all:

People:          We implore You to hear us, good Lord.

Pastor:           To turn our hearts to You; to turn the hearts of our enemies, persecutors, and slanderers; and graciously to hear our prayers:

People:          We implore You to hear us, good Lord.

Pastor:           Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God,

People:          we implore you to hear us.

Pastor:           Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,

People:          have mercy.

Pastor:           Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,

People:          have mercy.

Pastor:           Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, grant us Your peace. O Christ,

People:          hear us.

Pastor:           O Lord,

People:          have mercy.

Pastor:           O Christ,

People:          have mercy.

Pastor:           O Lord,

People:          have mercy.

All:                  Amen.

 

The Lords Prayer (Prayed quietly by all)

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

 

Lamb of God (550)

Your only Son no sin to hide

But You have sent Him from Your side

To walk upon this guilty sod

And to become the Lamb of God

Oh Lamb of God sweet Lamb of God

I love the holy Lamb of God

Oh wash me in His precious blood

My Jesus Christ the Lamb of God

Your gift of love they crucified

They laughed and scorned Him as He died

The humble King they named a fraud

And sacrificed the Lamb of God

Oh Lamb of God sweet Lamb of God

I love the holy Lamb of God

Oh wash me in His precious blood

My Jesus Christ the Lamb of God

I was so lost I should have died

But You have brought me to Your side

To be led by Your staff and rod

And to be called a lamb of God

Oh Lamb of God sweet Lamb of God

I love the holy Lamb of God

Oh wash me in His precious blood

My Jesus Christ the Lamb of God

 

Readings Continued   Luke (San Lucas) 23:44-46

44-45 It was about twelve o’clock when the sun stopped shining and darkness covered the whole country until three o’clock; and the curtain hanging in the Temple was torn in two. 46Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father! In your hands I place my spirit!” He said this and died.

 

The Removal of the Christ Candle 


The Final Reading   Luke (San Lucas)  23:47-56

47 The army officer saw what had happened, and he praised God, saying, “Certainly he was a good man!” When the people who had gathered there to watch the spectacle saw what happened, they all went back home, beating their breasts in sorrow. All those who knew Jesus personally, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance to watch.  50-51 There was a man named Joseph from Arimathea, a town in Judea. He was a good and honorable man, who was waiting for the coming of the Kingdom of God. Although he was a member of the Council, he had not agreed with their decision and action. 52He went into the presence of Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53Then he took the body down, wrapped it in a linen sheet, and placed it in a tomb which had been dug out of solid rock and which had never been used. 54 It was Friday, and the Sabbath was about to begin. 55 The women who had Jesus’ body was placed in it. Then they went back home and prepared the spices and perfumes for the body.

 

Were You There?

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?

Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?

Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.

Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?

Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?

Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?

Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.

Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?

Depart In Silence

Tonight’s service is part of one continuous service called the Triduum (The Three Days). There is no Benediction or greeting as our worship continues with the services of Easter.

Holy Thursday - 2021

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The Ringing of the Bells and The Welcome

Opening Hymn: Christ be My Leader (861)

Christ be my leader by night as by day;

Safe through the darkness, for He is the way.

Gladly I follow, my future His care,

Darkness is daylight when Jesus is there.

Christ be my teacher in age as in youth,

Drifting or doubting, for He is the truth.

Grant me to trust Him; though shifting as sand,

Doubt cannot daunt me; in Jesus I stand.

Christ be my Saviour in calm as in strife;

Death cannot hold me, for He is the Life.

Nor darkness nor doubting nor sin and its stain

Can touch my salvation: with Jesus I reign.

Invocation and Opening Sentences

Pastor:            En el nombre del Padre, y del Hijo, y del Espíritu Santo.

People:         Amen.

Pastor:            I will go to the altar of God,

People:          to God my exceeding joy.

Pastor:            Our help is in the name of the Lord,

People:          who made heaven and earth.

Confession and Forgiveness


Pastor:            During this Lenten season we have heard our Lord’s call to intensify our fight against sin, death, and the devil; all that prevents us from trusting in God and loving one another. Since it is our intention to receive the Holy Supper of our Lord on this night on which He instituted this Sacrament, it is proper that we examine ourselves since this Sacrament has been instituted for the comfort of those who are troubled because of sin and hunger and thirst for righteousness. This Holy Eucharist was instituted by our Lord so that we might receive forgiveness and be strengthened in faith. Whoever eats this bread and drinks this cup, believing the Word of Christ, has eternal life. May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, by His Spirit, accomplish this in us.

People:          Amen.

Pastor:            Let us then confess our sins, imploring God our Father for the sake of His Son, Jesus Christ, to grant us forgiveness.

Pastor:           Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

People:         Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

Pastor:           Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.

People:         Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.

Pastor:           Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

People:         Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

(Silent Prayer) (Momento de Oración Personal)

Pastor:            O almighty God, merciful Father,

People:          I, a poor, sinner, confess to You all my sins and iniquities with which I have offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being.

Pastor:           In the stead and by the command of our Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

People:          Amen.

 

Prayer of the Day

Pastor:            The Lord be with you.

People:          And also with you.

Pastor:            Let us pray;

People:          Father, you have invited us to share in the supper which your Son gave to his Church to proclaim his death until he comes: may he nourish us by his presence, and unite us in his love. Amen.

 

Be unto Your Name

We are a moment. You are forever.

Lord of the ages, God before time.

We are a vapor.  You are eternal.

Love everlasting, reigning on high

Holy, holy, Lord God Almighty.

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain.

Highest praises, honor and glory.

Be unto Your name.  Be unto Your name.

We are the broken.  You are the healer.

Jesus Redeemer, mighty to save.

You are the love song we’ll sing forever.

Bowing before you, blessing Your name.

Holy, holy, Lord God Almighty.

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain.

Highest praises, honor and glory.

Be unto Your name.  Be unto Your name.  (repeated)

Holy, holy, Lord God Almighty.

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain.

Highest praises, honor and glory.

Be unto Your name.

Be unto Your name.

Be unto Your name

 

Holy Thursday, Scene 1–  John 13:1-17

   13 It was now the day before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. He had always loved those in the world who were his own, and now he would show the full extent of his love. 2 Jesus and his disciples were at supper. The Devil had already put into the heart of Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, the thought of betraying Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had given him complete power; he knew that he had come from God and was going to God. 4 So he rose from the table, took off his outer garment, and tied a towel around his waist. 5 Then he poured some water into a washbasin and began to wash the disciples' feet and dry them with the towel around his waist. 6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Are you going to wash my feet, Lord?” 7 Jesus answered him, “You do not understand now what I am doing, but you will understand later.” 8 Peter declared, “Never at any time will you wash my feet!”  “If I do not wash your feet,” Jesus answered, “you cannot be my disciple.”  9 Simon Peter answered, “Lord, do not wash only my feet, then! Wash my hands and head, too!”  10 Jesus said, “Those who have taken a bath are completely clean and do not have to wash themselves, except for their feet.  All of you are clean—all except one.” (11 Jesus already knew who was going to betray him; that is why he said, “All of you, except one, are clean.”)  After Jesus had washed their feet, he put his outer garment back on and returned to his place at the table. “Do you understand what I have just done to you?” he asked. 13 “You call me Teacher and Lord, and it is right that you do so, because that is what I am. 14 I, your Lord and Teacher, have just washed your feet. You, then, should wash one another's feet. 15 I have set an example for you, so that you will do just what I have done for you. 16 I am telling you the truth: no slaves are greater than their master, and no messengers are greater than the one who sent them. 17 Now that you know this truth, how happy you will be if you put it into practice!

 

Reflections

 


Holy Thursday, Scene 2 – Matthew 26:26-30

26 While they were eating, Jesus took a piece of bread, gave a prayer of thanks, broke it, and gave it to his disciples. “Take and eat it,” he said; “this is my body.”  27 Then he took a cup, gave thanks to God, and gave it to them. “Drink it, all of you,” he said; 28 “this is my blood, which seals God's covenant, my blood poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you, I will never again drink this wine until the day I drink the new wine with you in my Father's Kingdom.”  30 Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives.

 

Reflections

 

Holy Thursday, Scene 3 – Matthew 26:36-46

36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee. Grief and anguish came over him, 38 and he said to them, “The sorrow in my heart is so great that it almost crushes me. Stay here and keep watch with me.”  39 He went a little farther on, threw himself face downward on the ground, and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, take this cup of suffering from me! Yet not what I want, but what you want.”  40 Then he returned to the three disciples and found them asleep; and he said to Peter, “How is it that you three were not able to keep watch with me for even one hour? 41 Keep watch and pray that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”  42 Once more Jesus went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cup of suffering cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done.” 43 He returned once more and found the disciples asleep; they could not keep their eyes open. Again Jesus left them, went away, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. 45 Then he returned to the disciples and said, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look! The hour has come for the Son of Man to be handed over to the power of sinners. 46 Get up, let us go. Look, here is the man who is betraying me!”

 

Reflections

 

Prayers

 

Lords Prayer

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

 

Rite of First Communion

Four kids from St. Paul have been studying and preparing to begin receiving the blessings that the Lord gives us in the sacred meal of Holy Communion. They are Riley Cruz, Juan Munoz, Jasmine Segovia, and Moriah Windhorst. We give thanks to God!!

 

Service of the Sacrament

Pastor:            The Lord be with you.

People:          And also with you.

Pastor:            Lift up your hearts.

People:          We lift them to the Lord. 

Pastor:            Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People:         It is right to give Him thanks and praise.       

Pastor:            And now we give you thanks because, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end; and on the night before he suffered, sitting at table with his disciples, he instituted these holy mysteries, that we, redeemed by his death and restored to life by his resurrection, might be partakers of his divine nature. As we prepare to celebrate this Easter feast, with joyful hearts and minds, we bless you for your mercy and join with saints and angels forever praising you!

People:         Amen.

 


Prayer of Thanksgiving

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 to faithfully eat His body and drink His blood as He bids us to in His own testament. Gather us together 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. Receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us. To You alone be all glory, honor, and worship, now and forever. Amen.

 

Pastor:  La paz del Señor sea con ustedes.

People:  Y también contigo.

 

Lamb of God

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world;

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world;

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world;

grant us peace.

Consecration and Distribution

Silent Prayer after Communion:

Father of all, we give you thanks and praise that, when we were still far off, you met us in your Son and brought us home. Dying and living, he declared your love, gave us grace and opened the gate of glory. May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life; we who drink his cup bring life to others; we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world. Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us so we and all your children shall be free and the whole earth live to praise your name, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 


Post-Communion Prayer

We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this salutary gift, and we implore You, that of Your mercy, You would strengthen us in faith toward You and in fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

Closing Hymn: My Hope is Built On Nothing Less (575)

My hope is built on nothing less

Than Jesus' blood and righteousness;

No merit of my own I claim,

But wholly lean on Jesus' name.

Refrain:

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;

All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness veils His lovely face,

I rest on His unchanging grace;

In ev'ry high and stormy gale

My anchor holds within the veil. [Refrain]

His oath, His covenant and blood

Support me in the raging flood;

When ev'ry earthly prop gives way,

He then is all my hope and stay. [Refrain]

When He shall come with trumpet sound,

Oh, may I then in Him be found,

Clothed in His righteousness alone,

Redeemed to stand before His throne! [Refrain]

 

The Blessing

 

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