Led by Pastor Eric Hullstrom, Mary Kaye Own and Sharon Johnson, Musicians
(The term “Maundy” comes from the Latin “mandatum”; it is from a verb that means “to give” or “to order” – command. On the first Maundy Thursday, after they had eaten, Jesus gave the disciples His body and blood together with the bread and wine for the forgiveness of their sins. This gift from God is called Holy Communion or the Eucharist. After Jesus and the disciples finished the Last Supper, Jesus said to them– “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34) Stripping of the Alta while Psalm 22* is read: The altar symbolizes Christ; stripping the altar symbolizes the abuse our LORD endured this night – the abandonment of Jesus by his disciples and the stripping of Jesus by the soldiers before His crucifixion. It represents the humiliation of Jesus and the consequences of sin as a preparation for the celebration of new Life. *Psalm 22 is the prophecy of Christ, the Son of David, dying on the cross at the hands of wicked men. It describes Jesus’ emotional, spiritual, and physical suffering and anguish as He pours out His soul before God on the cross, and the glory that will follow.