Bethany Lutheran Church
Maundy Thursday Holy Communion
7 PM Central
Pastor Gregory L. Jackson
Link after the service
The melodies are linked in the hymn name.
The lyrics are linked in the hymn number.
The Confession of Sins
The Introit p. 16
The Gloria Patri
The Kyrie p. 17
The Gloria in Excelsis
The Salutation and Collect p. 19
The Epistle and Gradual
Glory be to Thee, O Lord!
Praise be to Thee, O Christ!
The Nicene Creed p. 22
Faith Based on God's Actions
The Preface p. 24
The Sanctus p. 26
The Lord's Prayer p. 27
The Words of Institution
The Agnus Dei p. 28
The Nunc Dimittis p. 29
The Benediction p. 31
Prayers and Announcements
- Ongoing Treatment - Kermit and Maria Way, Pastor Shrader and his wife Chris, Callie and her mother Peggy, C., and many others
- Pray for our country as the major trials continue. And help all those suffering from economic difficulties.
- Good Friday Vespers, 7 PM
- Easter Sunday Holy Communion, 10 AM
1 Corinthians 11
So many people want to turn Christianity into a philosophy, borrowing from various intellectuals of the past, down to Aristotle and Plato. The trouble with that foundation is the need to agree with the ancient or modern wise person rather than basing everything on the Word of God itself.
St. Paul, following the four Evangelists, did not start with a philosophy but with an action, one with a specific date and place. When did this happen - On the night in which He was betrayed. Where? - In the upper room. Who was there as witnesses? - The disciples.
How did Paul know all this - because the disciples were witnesses and participants. When? - During Passover, which is by itself a major holy day.
The Old Testament is based upon everything God did, from the Creation to that time between Testaments. The Exodus is the pivotal point, often elaborated upon in the Gospel of John.
Before that, Abraham's faith was shown in his trust in God to give him a son, and his faith in a kingdom that would never stop growing - the Kingdom of God, with members as numerous as the stars in the sky. These were all actions by God for humanity, for those who would listen to what the Almighty has done in the past and proof for the future.
One writer about the KJV pointed out that hardly anyone can read the Old Testament in its original language, so God gave the foundation of the Bible to a world where that language would be overwhelmed by the Scriptures in many other languages. That proved to be even more overwhelming with Greek, a language very few people know or read - especially the pastors, professors, and synodical presidents.
Britain's conquest of the world brought Christianity to every corner and the KJV with it. The British were not angels in how they conducted themselves, but they gave the entire world a path to freedom.
Rome's conquests played a part in spreading Christianity, too. They paved 50,000 miles of road, some of it still be used. They had modest sea journeys. Both were significant in making the world open up to Rome and to Christianity.
The sincere believers always created and translated Bibles to be used, studied, and preserved in every language. The heretic Bibles were very scarce, so much that people invented fake ones, like Vaticanus and Sinaiticus to fill the void.
So we can see here that Jesus' actions were something to be repeated far into the future. He blessed the elements, similar to the Feeding of the Multitudes, which by itself teaches us that God can infinitely provide the Body of Christ and His blood. The miracles go together and go back the the Bread of Life from heaven, the manna.
These are all things we can visualize, which is why Christian art is so powerful. They may have attracted symbols, but they are primarily the actions of God.
This is what the Son of God did, and we have certainty, because the miracles and teachings and actions go together of one purpose - to plant faith in us, growing in that faith, and bearing fruit because of that faith.