Estes Park United Methodist Church

April 1, 2021

Maundy Thursday

Order of Worship






Call to Worship

Leader: Jesus said: I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. ​​Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. On this day, Christ the Lamb of God gave himself into the hands of those who would slay him.

People: On this day, Christ gathered with his disciples in the upper room.

Leader: On this day, Christ took a towel and washed his disciples’ feet, giving us an example that we should do unto others as he has done to us.
People:​ On this day, Christ our Lord gave us this holy feast, that we who ​​eat this bread and drink this cup may proclaim his holy sacrifice ​​and be partakers of his resurrection.


Opening Prayer (Unison)

Ever-gracious God, we gather in this evening hour as friends ​​gathered with Jesus in an Upper Room long ago. We come bearing the marks and burdens of a bitter and broken world. We come ​​from anonymous places, with dry and thirsty spirits. Remind us, in the breaking of the bread, of our need and of your great ​​​sufficiency. Refresh us and make us whole with the cup of ​​​forgiveness. Draw us nearer to each other in mutual service and ​​closer to you in the covenant of faithfulness and thanksgiving. As ​​the night advances, deepen in us a sense of your steadfast love ​​for us in Jesus Christ, our friend and Redeemer. AMEN.


Opening Hymn​ – Love that Will Not Let Me Go


Prayer of Confession

Leader:​ My sisters and brothers, Christ shows us his love by becoming a humble ​​servant. Let us draw near to God and confess our sin in the truth of ​​​God’s Spirit.

People:​ Most merciful God, we your Church confess that often our spirit ​​​has not been that of Christ.  Where we have failed to love one ​​​another as he loves us, where we have pledged loyalty to him with ​​​our lips and then betrayed, deserted, or denied him, forgive us, we ​​​pray; and by your Spirit make us faithful in every time of trial;

​​through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Silent Prayer


Assurance of Pardon

Leader: Who is in a position to condemn? Only Christ. But Christ suffered and ​​died for us, was raised from the dead and ascended on high for us, and ​​continues to intercede for us.  Believe the good news:  In the name of ​​Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!

People:​ Thanks be to God!  Amen!


Scripture Lesson​ – John 13:1-17, 31b-35


Sermon​ – Love One Another


Holy Communion


Prayer After Receiving


Closing Hymn ​- Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service




Postlude​ – ‘Tis Midnight and On Olive’s Brow


Service Participants:

Pastor:​ Rev. Ann Steiner Lantz

Recorded Worship Liturgist:​ Cay Lacey

Zoom Worship Liturgist:​ Barbara Bailey

Director of Music:​ Jim Flanigan

Pianist:​ Nancy Gunter

Videographer:​ Jim Ecklund