Full to the Brim: Take Off Your Shoes
INVOCATION/PROCESSION— “Come to Me, All Pilgrims Thirsty,” ELW #777
L: We join a solemn journey of three days that has changed the world and our own lives. Followers of Jesus have been taking this journey since his first followers took it, long ago. As we prepare for this journey, we pray…
All: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
L: On this night Jesus took a towel and basin, and washed his disciples' feet. He told them to do the same for others to show their love for him and for one another. Let us prepare for the journey.
All: “Come to Me,” vs. 1
L: On this night, Jesus broke bread and shared wine with his followers for the last time, and invited them to remember him and encounter him anew, whenever they did the same. Let us prepare for the journey.
All: “Come to Me,” vs. 2
L: On this night, followers of Jesus have welcomed those who have returned to the way of Jesus after a time of wandering and a journey of returning. Let us prepare for the journey.
All: “Come to Me,” vs. 4
L: This night begins our journey to the cross. And so, on this night, we welcome the penitent, for all here have wandered. We invite all who seek, for all here are still learning. We join in hearing and obeying the commandment of our God and to feast at the Lord’s table, that we may love one another as Christ has loved us.
All: Come, all who sin.
L: Come, all who seek.
All: Come, all who thirst.
L: Come, take off your shoes.
All: We enter holy ground as our journey begins.
“Come to Me,” vs. 6
*PRAYER OF THE DAY
L: Holy God, source of all love, on the night he was handed over, Jesus gave us a new commandment, to love one another as he loves us. Write this commandment in our hearts, and give us the will to serve others as he was the servant of all, your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
*CONFESSION & FORGIVENESS
L: Let us come to God, confessing our sin and hearing the good news of life full to the brim. God of abundance,
All: We confess that we don’t return to you fully. We share with you the pieces of our lives that are convenient. We put on different hats in different rooms, hiding our true selves. We forget that we are called, invited, and loved with all that we are—including our mess, our beauty, our faith, and our doubt. Forgive us, and give us hearts that long to return.
HYMN OF RESPONSE— “Change My Heart, O God,” ELW #801
L: Friends, God sees you. God hears you. God loves you. God runs to meet you. You are forgiven and claimed with all that you are. Rest in that good news.
All: Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION— “Let Your Steadfast Love,” ELW (front), pg. 189
L: The Gospel of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.
WASHING OF FEET & HANDS
Congregation is welcome to join students in having feet washed. Or, you may wait and make your way to a hand-washing station to have your hands washed.
First Communicants: Haylee Flink, Tilley Vech
Bells Voluntary: “Calvary Melody,” by Brian Childers
Set Free—We Will Feast at the Table of Zion”
“Lord Jesus, You Shall be My Song,” ELW #808
MESSAGE—Pastor Tobi White
*HYMN— “As We Gather at Your Table,” ELW #522
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
L: Let us affirm our faith together:
All: We believe in an expansive love that heals the sick, welcomes the children, and sees this world as it could be. We believe in the God of expansive love, who paves the way in the wilderness, and drenches us in mercy. We believe in the God who opens wings of shelter amid the clamor of to-do lists, deadlines, and wor- ries about tomorrow. We believe in the God who calls us worthy and longs for us as a tree longs for water. We believe in the God of relentless pursuit, who refuses to let us stay lost, even when finding us means encountering death, itself. We believe in the God who proclaims, ‘you are beautiful,’ even on our ugliest days. We believe in the God who takes the cup of sorrow from us, who waits in mystery with us, and who calls us forth from our tombs to proclaim a living and abundant grace over all creation. Amen.
*PASSING OF PEACE | DEDICATION OF GIFTS
L: The peace of Christ be with you always.
All: And also with you.
L: Extravagant God, you have blessed us with the fullness of creation. Now we gather at your feast where you offer us the food that satisfies. Take and use what we offer here, come among us, and feed us with the body and blood of Christ, in whose name we pray,
L: We pray…
All: Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
L: That night, the night you were betrayed…
That night you took a towel and basin, washed your disciples’ feet, and taught them to do likewise.
All: They took off their shoes, and you showed them how to serve and to receive care.
L: That same night, you gathered your disciples for a ‘first feast;’ you took the bread, blessed it and broke it, and gave it to your disciples and told them, "This is my body broken for you. Remember what this moment feels like."
All: Leave us hungry for your kin-dom.
L: That night, you took the cup, praised God, shared it, and said, "This is my blood of the new covenant for you. Remember what this meal means."
All: Leave us thirsty for justice.
L: We remember that night, as we gather around your first feast of love.
All: Let us encounter the bodies around us and see your face in strangers and friends.
L: One in heart, one in mind, one in you, Holy Spirit, full to the brim with your love, as you move us to pray for the church and the world:
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
R/: Hear us, Lord.
L: Even so, come and fill this feast, Holy Spirit, on this night, and every night until we eat it new at the marriage supper of the Lamb!
All: All blessing, honor, glory and power be yours, Holy God, now and forever. Amen!
DISTRIBUTION OF HOLY COMMUNION
“O Lamb of God,” ELW #197
(12:00) “Come to the Table, “ELW #481
Bells Voluntary—”Come to the Table” by Anna Laura Page
L: We pray…
All: And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. STRIPPING OF THE ALTAR
Luke 22:39-62/ “O God, Why Are You Silent,” ELW #703
L: We pray…
All: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
All leave in silence.