April 17, 2025 – Maundy Thursday

Lectionary Readings   -   Gathering   -  Word  -   Eucharist   -   Sending   -   Music and Art

Lectionary Readings

Exodus 12:1–4 (5–10), 11–14
Before the exodus, the Lord gives instructions for the Passover.

Psalm 116:1–2, 12–19
What shall I return to the Lord? I will lift the cup of salvation.

1 Corinthians 11:23–26
Paul recounts and interprets the tradition of the Lord’s Supper.

John 13:1–17, 31b–35
Jesus washes the disciples’ feet and gives a new commandment.

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

The Lord hears our cries for mercy.
Because God listens to our cries,
we will call on God as long as we live.
What can we give back to God
for God’s faithfulness?
We lift up the cup of salvation.
We call on God’s name.
We make promises to God
in the presence of all God’s people.
Let us worship God!

Prayer of the Day

Humble God,
you are the creator of the universe, and yet,
in Christ you became a servant to all.
You offered yourself to us, washed our feet,
and called us to follow you.
In our effort to heed your call,
we ask that you wash us clean
and grant us the courage to give ourselves to others
just as you have done for us,
that your love might be known
and your story of sacrifice told. Amen.

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song

Thanksgiving for Baptism

At the baptismal font:
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
God of ancient covenants,
who never breaks trust,
we thank you for baptismal waters
that pour out your steadfast love
for all creation.
Thank you for the salvation promise
you have kept.
In the name of Jesus,
the Living Water, we pray. Amen.

Confession and Pardon

At the baptismal font:
With extravagant love and generous hospitality,
Jesus Christ invites us to confess our sins
and set down our burdens,
so that we may receive the fullness
of all he seeks to give.

O God,
in the breaking of the bread
and the pouring of the wine,
we become aware of the depth
of your self-giving love;
we see our own failures
to live as people fed by you.
In a world hungry for food
and thirsty for compassion,
we are often stingy and hard-hearted.
We make our tables exclusive
and share only with those we like.
Forgive our selfishness
and have mercy upon us.
Give us glad and generous hearts,
so that we may give freely,
following the example of Jesus.

Lifting water from the font:
In word, in deed, in love that never quits,
Jesus Christ has done for us
what we could never do for ourselves.
This is good news!
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven!

— Word —

Prayer for Illumination

At the lectern or pulpit:
O Lord of light and salvation,
let these words of Scripture
live not only in our mouths,
but in our hearts,
that we will embody your truth
and confess with our lives
that Jesus is Lord. Amen.


Before the readings:
The Word is near to us, 
on our lips and in our hearts. 
Romans 10:8

After the readings:
This is the Word of faith 
that we proclaim. 
Thanks be to God.
Romans 10:8


Ascription of Praise

After the sermon:
Let every tongue confess 
that Jesus Christ is Lord. Amen.
Philippians 2:11

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song

Affirmation of Faith

To be reconciled to God
is to be sent into the world
as God’s reconciling community.
This community, the church universal,
is entrusted with God’s message of reconciliation
and shares God’s labor of healing the enmities
which separate people from God
and from each other.
Christ has called the church to this mission
and given it the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The church maintains continuity
with the apostles and with Israel
by faithful obedience to his call.
Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.31

NOTE: The washing of feet may be included here.

Prayers of Intercession

Let us have the same mind that was in Christ Jesus

as we pray for the world he came to save,

saying: Have mercy, O God; hear our prayer.


We pray for the church . . .

Make us bold in love and humble in service,

according to the example of Christ Jesus,

our teacher and Lord.

Have mercy, O God; hear our prayer.


We pray for the world . . .

Deliver the oppressed; set captives free.

Lead them safely out of bondage

into your land of promise, plenty, and peace.

Have mercy, O God; hear our prayer.


We pray for this community . . .

Keep watch in every heart and home,

so that we may live in peace and safety

and be delivered from all evil.

Have mercy, O God; hear our prayer.


We pray for loved ones . . .

Be near to all who are in trouble,

those who are sick, and those who face death.

Hold them close and love them to the end. 

Have mercy, O God; hear our prayer.


As we pour out our hearts in prayer, O God,

lead us to pour out our lives in service to you—

ever seeking your will, ever following your way;

all in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

— Eucharist —

Invitation to Offering

At the communion table:
Through the grace of God,
we have gifts in abundance
and pour them out
like perfume from a flask,
not for our sakes,
but to worship the One who
lavishes love on the world.

Prayer of Dedication

At the communion table:
You have shown us, O God,
the sacrifice that you desire.
Now use these gifts—
and use our lives—
to liberate the oppressed,
to break the bonds of injustice,
to feed the hungry,
welcome the poor,
and unite the human family;
all in the name and for the sake
of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Isaiah 58:6–7

Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Blessed are you, O Lord our God:
With your people Israel,
we remember how you have saved us—
sheltering us from the plagues of sin and death,
leading us through the waters to deliver us.  

Therefore we praise you, joining the song
of the universal church and the heavenly choir:
A Sanctus (“Holy, holy, holy”) is sung.

Blessed is Jesus Christ, our Savior:
Kneeling down in humility
to wash his disciples’ feet,
Jesus gave us a new commandment:
to love one another.
By this love, the world will know
that we are his disciples. 

The words of institution are included here.

Remembering your goodness and grace,
we offer ourselves to you with gratitude
as we share this joyful feast.
A Memorial Acclamation
(e.g., “Christ has died”) is sung.

Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us
and upon this bread and cup;
make us one in the body and blood
of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Help us to hand on to others
what we have received from you:
the gift of your grace
and the promise of salvation in Christ. 
As often as we do this,
let our lives proclaim your love.

Through the Lord Jesus Christ,
in the unity of the Spirit,
we bless you, God of glory,
now and forever.
An Amen is sung.

Lord’s Prayer


Breaking the Bread


Communion of the People


Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song


Prayer after Communion

At the communion table:
We give you thanks, Holy One,
for the body and blood of our Lord,
given with love for the world.
Send us out in your Spirit
to share the good news of salvation
and give ourselves for others;
in the name of Christ our Savior. Amen.

— Sending —

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song


Blessing and Charge

NOTE: In the service for Maundy Thursday the Blessing and Charge may be omitted.

At the doors of the church: 
May the Spirit of the triune God 
strengthen and sustain you, 
all throughout these forty days 
and into the life that is to come. Amen.
Luke 4:1–2

Go in peace, 
proclaiming the message of reconciliation 
God has entrusted to us. Amen.
2 Corinthians 5:19

Last Supper

Károly Kernstok

Additional Materials

Congregational Song


  • This is the Night (EG) MY NEIGHBOR GTG 206

  • Sharing Paschal Bread and Wine (G) TENEBRAE GTG 207


  • O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go (OEG) ST. MARGARET GTG 833, PH 384

  • In Deepest Night (OEG) ROSE MARY GTG 785


  • In My Life (G) LORD, BE GLORIFIED GTG 468, STF 2150

  • Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love (G) CHEREPONI GTG 203, PH 367

  • Live in Charity (G) UBI CARITAS (Taizé) GTG 205, STF 2179


  • Here, O Lord, Your Servants Gather (OG) TOKYO GTG 311, PH 465

  • Within Our Darkest Night (OE) DANS NOS OBSCURITÉS GTG 294

  • In Remembrance of Me (EG) RED GTG 521, STF 2254


  • What Wondrous Love Is This (OEG) WONDROUS LOVE GTG 215, PH 85

  • Abide with Me (OG) EVENTIDE GTG 836, PH 543

  • Nothing Can Trouble (OG) NADA TE TURBE GTG 820, STF 2054

Psalms and Canticles

Psalm 116:1–2, 12–19

  • What Shall I Render to the Lord [MARTYRDOM, ROCKINGHAM, MORNING SONG/CONSOLATION]; GTG 655, PAS 116B, LUYH 871, PP 218 (with refrain)

  • I Love You, Lord [GENEVAN 116]; PAS 116A, LUYH 735

  • We Love You, Lord [CMD]; SGP 170


  • I Love the Lord Who Heard My Cry [I LOVE THE LORD (Smallwood)]; PAS 116D; LUYH 152

  • I Love the Lord; He Is Filled with Compassion [I LOVE THE LORD (Aquino)]; LUYH 819

  • I Will Call upon the Name of the Lord [LET US BREAK BREAD]; HTP1 116

Organ Music

  • “My Song Is Love Unknown,” LOVE UNKNOWN, Journey to the Cross, James Biery, CON (M)

  • “Prelude on Ubi caritas,” Oxford Hymn Settings: Lent and Passiontide, Alan Bullard, OUP (ME)

  • “Le banquet celeste,” Olivier Messiaen, AL (M)

Piano Music

  • “Abide with Me,” EVENTIDE, Hymns with Style, Jerry Ray, ALF (ME)

  • “God Be with You Till We Meet Again,” GOD BE WITH YOU, The Church Pianist’s Library, vol. 34, Tracey Craig McKibben, LOR (M)

  • “For Communion,” EUCHARISTIC HYMN, The Pianist under Pressure, Gilbert Martin, LOR (M)

Anthems for Adult Choirs

  • “Love’s Great Price,” Mary McDonald, LOR, SATB, keybd, opt orch (M)

  • “Dona Nobis Pacem,” Mark A. Miller, CGA, SSAATTBB, acap (MA)

  • “Abba,” Craig Courtney, BP, SATB, pno (ME)

  • “A Call to Communion,” Patti Drennan, Daybreak Music, SATB, pno, opt vln (ME)

  • “Bread and Wine, Wine and Bread,” John Carter, JM, 2 pt mx, keybd, opt vc (E)

  • “Love Consecrates the Humblest Act,” arr. Robert J. Powell, AF, SATB, org (ME)


  • The Last Supper, Brian Whelan, 2017 (VCS)

  • Crucifixion by a Table, illustration from Speculum Passionis, Hans Baldung (Grien), 1507 (PD) (MET)

  • Last Supper, Károly Kernstok, 1921 (VDL)

  • Last Supper, John August Swanson, 2009 (VDL)

  • Maundy Thursday Foot-Washing, Cara B. Hochhalter, 2019 (VDL)

  • 1 Corinthians 11:26, Timothy R. Botts, 2016 (EYE)

  • Communion_87, Wayne Forte, 2016 (EYE)

  • Last Supper 2, Lucinda Naylor, 2016 (EYE)