Manchester Community Church
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Maundy Thursday Service of Tenebrae 4-14-22




April 14, 2022 – 7:00 p.m.

  Pastors Donald Stanley Davenport & Alec Rogers


Prelude                                                                       Lisa Harding

Greeting and the Vigil of Maundy Thursday

                                                          Explained by Reverend Davenport


*Opening Hymn#183           “Beneath the Cross of Jesus”


Prayer of Humble Access and Lord’s Prayer        Pastor Don  

Father, we enter the quiet stillness of the Garden of Decision tonight, where Jesus agonized the long night before Love’s greatest day.  We each have a cross to bear, so encourage us in this hour of power to change our will from mine to Thine.  We know our true joy lies in bringing self-will to its knees in the spirit of the Man from Galilee. Hear us now as we pray as our Lord taught us to pray…


Offering         Plates are left at the door as you leave, money to be used by the Deacons to help those in need.


Anthem                 “That Wondrous Cross”              MCC Choir


Invitation to Holy Communion and Prayer of Confession (unison)                                                                                Pastor Alec

            Most merciful God, I confess that I have sinned against You

                        in thought, word and deed,

                        By what I have done, and by what I have left undone.

            I have not loved You with my whole heart;

                        I have not loved my neighbor as myself.

            For the sake of Your Son, Jesus,

                        have mercy on me and forgive me,

                        that I may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways,

                        to the glory of Your Name.   AMEN


Promise of Absolution                                              Pastor Don

Almighty God, in His mercy, has given His Son to die for us and, for His sake forgives us all our sins.  As a called and ordained minister of the Church of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN


Distribution of the Bread and the Cup – “How Beautiful”          

                                                Sung & played by Lisa Harding  


Prayer of Thanksgiving                                           Pastor Don



                        EXTINGUISHING OF THE LIGHTS 

Song of Lament      “Lamb of God”       Sung by Deacon Joan Morgan


Shadow of the Betrayal         Mark 14:12-21       Sr Deacon R Benner

Shadow of the Desertion        Matt 26:31-35            Deacon Strout

Comfort for the Disciples       John 14:1-6                Deacon Morgan

Glorify Your Son                    John 17:1-5                Deacon Harrington

Agony of the Soul                  Luke 22:39-44            Deacon W Benner

Unshared Vigil                       Mark 14:37-42           Deacon Farrington

Arrest at Night                                Matt 26:47-50, 55-56     Deacon Morse


Song of the Cross#185      “When I survey the Wondrous Cross” 



Prayer for Light & Benediction                              Pastor Alec



A moment to reflect on days to come: Good Friday, Holy Saturday & Blessed Easter!



Please stay in your seat until the lights come on and you depart in silence.  Thank you and we hope to see you on

Good Friday and Easter Morning.




Barbara Morse

Joan Morgan



Bud Ware

Julie Rogers



Senior Deacon Rose Benner

Barbara Morse

Teresa Farrington

Warren Benner

Margaret Harrington

Joan Morgan

Randy Burnham  

Leon Strout



Lisa Harding


Manchester Community Church

21 Readfield Road, Manchester, Maine 04351



Pastor Alec Rogers

Pastor Emeritus Don Davenport

Office 207-622-0738








                     WITH HOLY COMMUNION”


                   April 14, 2022 – 7:00 p.m.



                          Pastor Alec Rogers

            Pastor Emeritus Donald Stanley Davenport