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MAUNDY THURSDAY -online Agape Meal Through Zoom At 7:00 Pm + Material To Worship At Home In German

MAUNDY THURSDAY -online agape meal through Zoom at 7:00 pm + Material to Worship at Home in German

Date(s) - Apr 9
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(The  German material is available on the German version of this page.)
On Maundy Thursday we are celebrating a English worship service with an agape meal live through Zoom at 7:00 pm. An agape meal is similar to Holy Communion, but as it isn’t considered a sacrament, it is something we can celebrate ecumenically.
You can find the service outline below. As you can see there are a lot of prayers and instead of a sermon we’re going to have a conversation about a short Bible text. If you’d like to read a Bible text or prayer let Vicar Silke know by emailing
In preparation for the service you need some bread, a cup of wine/grape juice for each person celebrating and, if you’d like, some dinner so we can eat together and chat after the service.
You can join the Zoom Meeting online with a computer, laptop or smartphone with audio and visual capabilities.  
You can also join by phoning in with meeting ID: 841 280 289
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[PDF]   Online Agape Meal on Maundy Thursday – April 9, 2020
From St. Pauls, New York; translated & adjusted for Martin Luther Church
Informal start / Arrival phase
Greeting and  Check in
English Worship Service
Liturgical opening
In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Opening song: O Lord hear my prayer (ELW751)
Psalm 116
I love the Lord, because he has heard
my voice and my supplications.
Because he inclined his ear to me,
therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
The snares of death encompassed me;
the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
I suffered distress and anguish.
Then I called on the name of the Lord:
“O Lord, I pray, save my life!”
Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
our God is merciful.
The Lord protects the simple;
when I was brought low, he saved me.
Return, O my soul, to your rest,
for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.
For you have delivered my soul from death,
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling.
I walk before the Lord
in the land of the living.
I kept my faith, even when I said,
“I am greatly afflicted”;
I said in my consternation,
“Everyone is a liar.”
What shall I return to the Lord
for all his bounty to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation
and call on the name of the Lord,
I will pay my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people.
Precious in the sight of the Lord
is the death of his faithful ones.
O Lord, I am your servant;
I am your servant, the child of your serving girl.
You have loosed my bonds.
I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice
and call on the name of the Lord.
I will pay my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people,
in the courts of the house of the Lord,
in your midst, O Jerusalem.
Reading (1 Corinthians 11:23-26) and Reflection (Lectio Divina)
Lectio Divina is a medieval spiritual practice. It is a four-step reading practice with the traditional steps being: Lectio, Meditatio, Oratio, Contemplatio (reading, meditating, praying and contemplating).
The four steps we are going to do are: Narrative, Allegory, Reflection and Invitation. The text is read four times and after each time there are different questions. There are no right or wrong answers.
23For 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, 24and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25In 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.” 26For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
Step 1: Narrative
What stuck out to you when you heard the reading?
Step 2: Allegory
What metaphors are hidden in the text?
What symbols can we find in the words that are used?
Step 3: Reflection
How does this text speak to you in your life today?
Step 4: Invitation
What actions are you going to take?
What does the text call you to do?
Song: Eat This Bread (ELW348)
Thanksgiving over the bread
Thanksgiving over the wine
Blessings on the assembled
Prayer of the people
Each prayer ends with: “Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.”
Lord’s Prayer
Gathered into one by the Holy Spirit, let us pray as Jesus taught us.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power,
and the glory,
forever and ever.
Bless the bread together
Bless the wine / grape juice together
Song: Stay with me / Bleibet hier und wachet mit mir (ELW348)
Thereby: Follow-up discussion (with flexible length of participation)
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