Maundy Thursday Service, April 9, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. live on Face Book

Maundy Thursday

April 9, 2020   —   7:00 pm

Opening Acclamation  standing

Priest    Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins,
People   whose mercy endures for ever.

Priest    The Lord be with you.
People   And also with you.



Tonight we begin the Great Three Days of our Lord’s passion, death and resurrection,
the journey from the supper table to the cross, from the cross to Easter dawn.
We are followers in his way, exploring his truth, encountering his life.

This is the night when Christ the Lamb of God gave himself
into the hands of those who would betray him.

This is the night when Christ gathered with his disciples in the upper room.

This is the night when Christ our Lord gave us the Eucharist, this holy feast,
that as we break the bread and drink the cup, we may here proclaim his sacrifice
and come at the last to his table in heaven.

This is the night when Christ took a towel and washed the disciples’ feet,
showing us how to honor and serve one another in love.

This is the night for watching and prayer.

We give ourselves freely to the demands of these great days,
confident that those who die in Christ will surely live with him.

Please kneel as you are able.

Confession of Sin and Absolution

Priest    God shows great love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. Let us then confess our sins in penitence and faith.

           Silence may be kept.

All       Most merciful God, we confess that 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. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name.   Amen.


Priest   Almighty God, who has promised forgiveness to all who turn to him in faith, pardon you and set you free from all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life.

People    Amen.

Collect of the Day

Priest    Let us pray.

          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 spiritually and 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.

People   Amen.

The Lessons

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

Reader A Reading from the Book of Exodus.

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household. If a household is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join its closest neighbor in obtaining one; the lamb shall be divided in proportion to the number of people who eat of it. [Your lamb shall be without blemish, a year-old male; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month; then the whole assembled congregation of Israel shall slaughter it at twilight. They shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. They shall eat the lamb that same night; they shall eat it roasted over the fire with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted over the fire, with its head, legs, and inner organs. You shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn.] This is how you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it hurriedly. It is the passover of the Lord. For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both human beings and animals; on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord. The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live: when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance.

Reader  The Word of the Lord.

People    Thanks be to God.


Psalm 116:1, 10-17                        Dilexi, quoniam                                          BCP 759

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.


The Second Lesson                                                         1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Reader A Reading from the Second Letter of Paul to the Corinthians.

I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.


Please stand.

Sequence Hymn                         Amazing Grace      


1 Amazing grace! how sweet the sound,
that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost but now am found,
was blind but now I see.
2 ’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
and grace my fears relieved;
how precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed!
3 The Lord has promised good to me,
his word my hope secures;
he will my shield and portion be
as long as life endures.
4 Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come;
’tis grace that brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.
5 When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
bright shining as the sun,
we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
than when we’d first begun.

Words: John Newton (1725-1807), alt.; st. 5, from A Collection of Sacred Ballads, 1790; compiled by Richard Broaddus and Andrew Broaddus
Music: New Britain, from Virginia Harmony 1831; adapt. att. Edwin Othello Excell (1851-1921); harm. Austin Cole Lovelace (b. 1919)
Meter: CM

 Please remain standing.

The Holy Gospel                                                                  John 13:1-17, 31b-35

Priest    The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

People    Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus answered, “You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” Jesus said to him, “One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.” For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord —and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.

Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, `Where I am going, you cannot come.’ I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Priest    The Gospel of the Lord.

People   Praise to you, Lord Christ.


The Sermon                                            The Rev. Leslie Barnes Scoopmire


Therefore, I invite you who share in the royal priesthood of Christ, to embody Christ’s example of humble servanthood to all, especially in this time of pandemic and isolation.  With your heart and your spirit, kneel humbly before the stranger, the lonely, the outcast in our midst, and serve them in tenderness and devotion wherever you can.  May we join hands and hearts in the true spirit of Holy Communion, no matter how the space between us in measured, to be strengthened and united, giving thanks to God and interceding for the entire world and its cares.

Congregation is invited to sing

Selected Hymns                                 


Wonder Love and Praise – #831 Ubi caritas [Aia no e loa’ a]

Ubi caritas [Aia no e loa’ a]

Ubi caritas et amor, ubi caritas Deus ibi est.

Aia no e loa’a,

ke aloha,

Aia no e loa’a,

ke Akua no.


Sinfonia from Bach’s Easter Oratorio        oboe by Joy Floyd

What Wondrous Love     piano & vocal by Denise Marsh

When Jesus Wept & O Sacred Head Now Wounded        piano & vocal by Denise Marsh


 The Prayers of the People

Prayer Leader

Merciful God, on this—the night he was betrayed, your Son Jesus Christ washed his disciples’ feet. Teach us humility as we commit ourselves to following his example of love and service.    God of grace,
People   hear our prayer.

On this night Jesus prayed for his disciples to be one.
Unite us as we grieve the divisions in the church. God of grace,
People  hear our prayer.

On this night Jesus prayed for those who would come to believe through the disciples’ message.  Renew our zeal as we take up the mission of the church.   God of grace,
People   hear our prayer.


On this night Jesus commanded his friends to love, but he himself suffered rejection.
Fill us with your love as we open our hearts to the rejected and the unloved.
God of grace,
People   hear our prayer. 

On this night Jesus reminded his people that, if the world hated them, it had hated him first.  We pray for those who are persecuted for their faith.
Give us your peace as we face our own fears.   God of grace,
People   hear our prayer.

On this night Jesus loved his friends to the very end. We pray for the sick, those who mourn, and those trapped by violence, addiction, or pain:  Give healing and hope as we open our hearts to all who face darkness tonight.   God of grace,
People   hear our prayer. 

We pray especially pray for the sick:   Diana Hauser, Joan Voit, Carey Lane, Mary Mathai, Karen Nesbit, and Jim Duncan.

For the departed:  Bob Elsperman, husband of D’Arcy Elsperman, Don Ebner, brother of Judy Harbaugh, Jerry Holifield, brother-in-law of Mary K Heyde, and Phyllis Duff, former parishioner and Vestry member.

Faithful God, these are the prayers of your Church.

People   We offer them trusting and hoping in you. Hear and help us,
challenge and change us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Peace

Priest    The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People   And also with you.


Stripping of the Altar

Reading of Psalm 22 BCP pg. 10


 Psalm 22                                                                       


The linens, ornaments, and hangings are removed as Psalm 22 is read aloud (BCP p.10).


Just as the Twelve faded away and abandoned Jesus on the night of his greatest need,
the ministers and people depart in silence without a blessing or dismissal.


The Prayer Vigil begins now in your own homes. 


 Holy Week services (on St. Martin’s Facebook Page)

On April 9, Maundy Thursday, please join us  at 7 pm on our Facebook page for a Maundy Thursday service live, followed by the stripping of the altar, which Bill and I recorded last week before diocesan buildings were closed down.

On April 10, Good Friday,  at noon, we will have a virtual video tour of the Stations of the Cross, using photographs of our beautiful stations of the cross that adorn the walls of St. Martin’s.

On Saturday, April 11, we will have our Easter Vigil, broadcast at 8:00 pm.

On Resurrection Sunday morning, April 12, we will stream our own Easter service live at 8:00 am.

We hope you join us!

Diocesan worship opportunities:

Our Bishop and Bishop-elect have asked us to encourage our parishioners to also join in worshiping with the entire diocese, as well. The links for diocesan Holy Week services can be found by clicking here.

The diocese is also offering a set of resources to enable us all to worship from home. Whether or not you can take part in the diocesan online services, a beautiful practice that is being encouraged is for each of us to set up a worship space at home. The diocese has provided assistance on how to do this through  then use of this guide:
The Liturgies of Holy Week and Easter: A Ceremonial Guide for Dispersed Communities

You can also use the liturgies in this book to follow the diocesan online worship services. An additional Easter Day worship bulletin will be posted on the diocesan website when it is available.

Bishop Wayne Smith and Bishop-elect Deon Johnson also provide written meditations on Holy Week and Easter for your personal reflection.
Read their reflections.

May our Holy Week be especially blessed!


Liturgical Participants


Priest                                         The Rev. Leslie Barnes Scoopmire

Music Director                       Denise Marsh

Musicians                                  Denise Marsh, piano and vocal and Joy Floyd, oboe



St. Martin’s Episcopal Church

15764 Clayton Rd.  •  Ellisville, Missouri  63011

Phone: 636.227.1484



The Rt. Reverend George Wayne Smith, Bishop of Missouri

The Rev. Leslie Barnes Scoopmire, Priest-in-charge,

The Rev. Sally Weaver, Priest Associate,

Janet Theiss, Parish Administrator,

Denise Marsh, Music Director,

Wendy Sain, Assistant to the Clergy,

Kirt Beckman, Sunday Sexton