April 6 2023

Holy Thursday

(Maundy Thursday)


Notes on the Liturgy

Our Liturgy this evening focuses on the institution of Holy Communion by Christ at the Last Supper and Jesus’ commandment to love one another. The Creed and the Peace are omitted from this service to emphasize its solemn nature and in commemoration of Judas the Betrayer’s kiss of greeting. No Post-Communion Canticle will be sung as we make the transition from Eucharistic celebration to sober meditation on Christ’s Passion. Following the Communion, the Altar is stripped while Psalm 22 is presented symbolizing Christ being stripped of His power and glory. There is no Benediction because the service this evening really does not end; it continues through tomorrow as we remember our Savior’s death on Good Friday, and climaxes with our celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection on Easter Morning.

Ringing of the Bell

The bell rings as the call to worship, reminding us to discontinue conversation and reverently prepare for worship.

Welcome and Announcements


The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

P In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

P I will go to the altar of God,

C to God my exceeding joy.

P Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C who made heaven and earth.

431 Not All the Blood of Beasts LSB 431

1 Not all the blood of beasts
On Jewish altars slain
Could give the guilty conscience peace
Or wash away the stain.

2 But Christ, the heavnly Lamb,
Takes all our sins away;
A sacrifice of nobler name
And richer blood than they.

3 My faith would lay its hand
On that dear head of Thine,
While as a penitent I stand,
And there confess my sin.

4 My soul looks back to see
The burden Thou didst bear
When hanging on the cursèd tree;
I know my guilt was there.

5 Believing, we rejoice
To see the curse remove;
We bless the Lamb with cheerful voice
And sing His bleeding love.

Text: Isaac Watts, 1674–1748, alt.
Text: Public domain


P During this Lenten season we have heard our Lords call to intensify our struggle against sin, death, and the devil—all that prevents us from trusting in God and loving each other. Since it is our intention to receive the Holy Supper of our Lord Jesus Christ on this night when He instituted this blessed meal for our salvation, it is proper that we complete our Lenten discipline by diligently examining ourselves, as St. Paul urges us to do. This holy Sacrament has been instituted for the special comfort of those who are troubled because of their sin and who humbly confess their sins, fear Gods wrath, and hunger and thirst for righteousness.

But when we examine our hearts and consciences, we find nothing in us but sin and death, from which we are incapable of delivering ourselves. Therefore, our Lord Jesus Christ has had mercy on us. For our benefit He became man so that He might fulfill for us the whole will and law of God and, to deliver us, took upon Himself our sin and the punishment we deserve.

So that we may more confidently believe this and be strengthened in the faith and in holy living, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread, broke it, and gave it to His disciples and said: Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you.It is as if He said, I became man, and all that I do and suffer is for your good. As a pledge of this, I give you My body to eat.

In the same way also He took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying: Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.Again, it is as if He said, I have had mercy on you by taking into Myself all your iniquities. I give Myself into death, shedding My blood to obtain grace and forgiveness of sins, and to comfort and establish the new testament, which gives forgiveness and everlasting salvation. As a pledge of this, I give you My blood to drink.

Therefore, whoever eats this bread and drinks this cup, confidently believing this Word and promise of Christ, dwells in Christ and Christ in him and has eternal life.

We should also do this in remembrance of Him, showing His death—that He was delivered for our offenses and raised for our justification. Giving Him our most heartfelt thanks, we take up our cross and follow Him and, according to His commandment, love one another as He has loved us. As our Lord on this night exemplified this love by washing His disciplesfeet, so we by our words and actions serve one another in love. For we are all one bread and one body, even as we are all partakers of this one bread and drink from the one cup. For just as the one cup is filled with the wine of many grapes and one bread made from countless grains, so also we, being many, are one body in Christ. Because of Him, we love one another, not only in word, but in deed and in truth.

May the almighty and merciful God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, by His Holy Spirit, accomplish this in us.

C Amen.

P Having heard the Word of God, let us confess our sins, imploring God our Father for the sake of His Son, Jesus Christ, to grant us forgiveness.


Silence for reflection on Gods Word and for self-examination.

Confession of Sins

P O almighty God, merciful Father,

C I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being.

P God be merciful to you and strengthen your faith.

C Amen.

P Do you believe that the forgiveness I speak is not my forgiveness but Gods?

C Yes.

P Let it be done for you as you believe.

P In the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

P Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; He will surely do it. Go in T peace.

C Amen.


Salutation and Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Let us pray.

O Lord, in this wondrous Sacrament You have left us a remembrance of Your passion. Grant that we may so receive the sacred mystery of Your body and blood that the fruits of Your redemption may continually be manifest in us; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Psalm Psalm 116:1219; antiphon: v. 17

What shall I render to the Lord
for all his benefits 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 saints.
O Lord, I am your servant;
I am your servant, the son of your maidservant.
You have loosed my bonds.
I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving
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. Praise the Lord!

Old Testament Reading Exodus 24:3–11

Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord and all the just decrees. And all the people answered with one voice and said, All the words that the Lord has spoken we will do.And Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord. He rose early in the morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel. And he sent young men of the people of Israel, who offered burnt offerings and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen to the Lord. And Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins, and half of the blood he threw against the altar. Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people. And they said, All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.And Moses took the blood and threw it on the people and said, Behold the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.

Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up, and they saw the God of Israel. There was under his feet as it were a pavement of sapphire stone, like the very heaven for clearness. And he did not lay his hand on the chief men of the people of Israel; they beheld God, and ate and drank.

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Epistle 1 Corinthians 11:23–32

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lords death until he comes.

Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.


Verse John 13:1b

Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

Holy Gospel Matthew 26:17–30

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the twenty-sixth chapter.

C Glory to You, O Lord.

Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the Passover?He said, Go into the city to a certain man and say to him, The Teacher says, My time is at hand. I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.’” And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover.

When it was evening, he reclined at table with the twelve. And as they were eating, he said, Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.And they were very sorrowful and began to say to him one after another, Is it I, Lord?He answered, He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me will betray me. The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.Judas, who would betray him, answered, Is it I, Rabbi?He said to him, You have said so.

Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.


433 Glory Be to Jesus LSB 433

1 Glory be to Jesus,
Who in bitter pains
Poured for me the lifeblood
From His sacred veins!

2 Grace and life eternal
In that blood I find;
Blest be His compassion,
Infinitely kind!

3 Blest through endless ages
Be the precious stream
Which from endless torment
Did the world redeem!

4 Abels blood for vengeance
Pleaded to the skies;
But the blood of Jesus
For our pardon cries.

5 Oft as earth exulting
Wafts its praise on high,
Angel hosts rejoicing
Make their glad reply.

6 Lift we, then, our voices,
Swell the mighty flood;
Louder still and louder
Praise the precious blood!

Text: Italian, c. 18th cent.; tr. Edward Caswall, 1814–78, alt.
Text: Public domain


Maundy Thursday April 7, 2023 1 Cor. 11:23-32

Have It Christ’s Way

Today, which in the Christian tradition is called Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday, is the day we commemorate Christ our Lord instituting the Sacrament of the Altar, also known as the Holy Communion, the Lord’s Supper, and the Eucharist. In his Small Catechism, Martin Luther defines the Sacrament of the Altar this way: “It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine… for us Christians to eat and drink.” He goes on to say that “… forgiveness of sins, life and salvation” are given to us in the Sacrament.” The biblical references for that can be found in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, and Paul’s epistles.

It is also true that, as we read in John’s gospel, on the night when he was betrayed, before the Last Supper, Jesus gave his disciples -- and us -- a new commandment. He told us to love one another. To demonstrate the self-giving, self-sacrificing, humble type of loving service Christ calls us to, he took on the role of a servant and washed the disciples’ feet. Additionally, on that night, after the Last Supper, as we also read in John, that Jesus prayed to his Father that all of His followers might be one. Christ wills that all Christian believers be united.

The sad reality is that all Christians are not one, we are not united. On one hand, we embrace as brothers and sisters in Christ all who name Jesus as Lord. On the other hand, we cannot deny that there are differences in how we understand the Bible, how we worship, and what we discern God’s will for us to be. These differences are not insignificant.

The Lord’s Supper is intended to be a sacrament of unity. We are meant to come together in fellowship with Christ and with one another to be nourished and sustained by our Lord. But among Christians, and the denominations we have divided ourselves into, the Sacrament has become a point of division. Or, I should say, more accurately, that because of human sin, people have made their opinions on the Sacrament a point of division. If we all just took Christ at his Word and adhered to the faith delivered once and for all to the saints, we would live in harmony and celebrate the Sacrament together. But sin and error permeate and corrupt everything.

I’ll share an example with you. In between my first and second year of seminary, I was required to participate in a training program called Clinical Pastoral Education. For a summer I served as a Chaplain at a state psychiatric hospital four days a week and at Johns Hopkins Hospital one day a week. It was a very intense, grueling experience that I called “Boot Camp for Pastors.” There were three supervisors: A Presbyterian minister, a United Church of Christ pastor, and a Catholic priest. Among the students there were four Methodists, three Lutherans, one Presbyterian, a Roman Catholic, and an Evangelical.

At the end of the program, we students thought it would be nice to celebrate with a picnic on the last day. It seemed very natural that at a picnic with 13 pastors and pastors in training (13 being the number present at the beginning of the Last Supper)… it would be natural to have Holy Communion as part of the celebration. We knew that our various traditions had different opinions regarding Holy Communion and that was an issue.

There are some recurring issues that often arise around celebrations of Holy Communion. These include:

  • The type of bread: leavened, or unleavened, or wafers; white or wheat; whole loaf or scored or cubed.

  • The type of wine: real wine, grape juice, or non-alcoholic wine; red or white; sweet or dry.

  • How to distribute the bread: in the mouth or in the hand.

  • How to distribute the wine: Common cup, little glasses, or a pouring chalice; or intinction, that is, dipping the bread into the wine and consuming both together.

  • Where and how to receive Communion: at the altar rail or in the pew; standing or kneeling.

Issues like these are often (inadequately) resolved by having several stations with every conceivable option offered. This is what we referred to in seminary as a “Burger King Communion”. That name coming from the old Burger King TV commercial, “Have it your way.” Shouldn’t we have it Christ’s way instead?

I would think about things differently today, but we decided that rather than go for “the lowest common denominator” (all puns intended) and a Burger King Communion, we would go with “the highest common denominator” and have the Catholic priest consecrate the elements in the most traditional way That would be a legitimate consecration for those of sacramental faiths, and those who perceive the Eucharist in other ways could make of it what they will. As I said, I would be of a different mind about that today (but I was ELCA, not LCMS, at the time).

It looked like we had a solution to our problem until we presented it to the Catholic priest. By Cannon Law, he cannot give the Sacrament to someone who is not in Communion with the Church of Rome. He could be disciplined or defrocked for that infraction. It’s true, people receive Communion in the Catholic Church who are not Catholic all the time. Most parishes have an unwritten “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. As a seminary student, I went to Catholic masses often. But in this situation, the priest needed to follow the rules.

As some of you may have experienced, some Missouri Synod churches will only share Holy Communion with people who are members of that particular parish or members of another church in the Synod. We are not nearly that strict here at Trinity. But we do have the policy, as our bulletins say, that to receive Communion here one should be a baptized adult believer who agrees with us that Christ is truly present in the Sacrament for the forgiveness of sins. There are good biblical and confessional reasons for that being our belief and teaching.

But, getting back to the picnic, the Priest said that if we wanted to pass around bread and wine that would be fine with him, but he would NOT consider that the Eucharist. After that remark, the student coalition broke down. We decided to just to have the picnic without Communion. It didn’t feel like it at the time, but maybe that was for the best.

In the Missouri Synod we call our policy about the Sacrament “Close Communion “or “Closed Communion.” People often think that makes us exclusive or elitist, but that’s not what’s it all about. We take Christ seriously. We take his death seriously. We are careful about what we believe and teach. We love our brothers and sisters in Christ. We respect their freedom as Americans to believe whatever they believe.

But love does not mean unconditional affirmation and agreement. We love them enough to disagree with them. We are obligated to proclaim to them the truth God has revealed in His Word. I cannot participate in most ecumenical worship services because I cannot give tacit agreement and support to beliefs and doctrines that are not what the Holy Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions teach.

Here's an extreme example. One of the members of my church was in a nursing home. A church group came in and did a worship service. At the end they did what they called “Holy Communion.” Without any prayers or explanation, they passed out cookies and red soda. A faithful member on my congregation, in Christ’s nearer presence now, asked if the drink was the Blood of Christ. “No,” she said, “That’s cherry pop.” I cannot put myself in a situation where it appears that I approve of cherry pop for Communion. I cannot put myself is a situation where I might seem to be confessing that the Sacrament of the Altar, which must consist of bread and wine, are anything less than Christ’s true body and blood. I cannot be in Altar and Pulpit Fellowship with those who do not share with us the basic teachings of our Christian faith.

St Paul said that if we take the Sacrament unworthily, we take it to our judgment, not to our benefit. What is “unworthily?” We’re all sinners, so he cannot mean that. Paul says we must discern the body. That means we must recognize that Christ is present. We would not want to admit to the altar a non-believer, or someone who mocks and scorns Christ, or someone who’s publicly known words and actions make a scandal of the church, for fear that people might assume that God and we condone such things. If unworthy reception of Sacrament incurs God’s judgment, we are doing a favor, not a disservice, by denying Communion to such people. In that case, it’s the loving thing to do.

I love the sacrament. Preaching and celebrating Holy Communion are the most important things I do. But I won’t do them in Heaven. Why? We won’t need preaching in Heaven, everyone there will already be Christian. And we won’t need sacraments in Heaven. Sacraments mediate God’s presence to us here; there we will have God’s unmediated, face-to-face presence for eternity.

In the meantime, let us worship in spirit and in truth. Let us partake of this foretaste of the heavenly Messianic Banquet which this Sacrament is. And especially let us recall that these things are only possible because of what happened on this night so long ago. That Christ was betrayed, and arrested, and went to the cross the next day for our salvation. That is where we will continue our worship tomorrow, Good Friday. Amen.


Prayer of the Church

In peace, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

For the deliverance of our souls, which are precious in God’s sight; and for confidence to pray, knowing that Christ Himself prays with us, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

For newness and holiness of life, that Christ, who offered Himself through the eternal Spirit, would purify our consciences from dead works to serve the living God, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

For those who make and administer our laws amid plagues and threats, in a world filled with conflict and terror, that they may act in timely and prudent ways, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

For [_____________ and] all who are sick, that God would refresh, comfort and nourish them in the midst of the wilderness of this world, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

For cleansing from sin through Christ’s body and blood, that set free from slavery to this world, we may be gathered into His New Testament, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend ourselves, our bodies and souls and all things; redeem us, O Lord, faithful God; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


Offertory Invitation

The Psalmist wrote, "Ascribe to the Lord the honor due his Name; bring offerings and come into this courts." Therefore, we now make our offerings to God.

The Choir sings as the offerings are collected


Offertory LSB 192

C Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.

Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, and uphold me with Thy free spirit. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

Heavenly Father, your Son offered Himself to you on the altar of the Cross. Receive and bless these gifts which we bring to your altar here in praise of the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Preface LSB 160

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Lift up your hearts.

C We lift them to the Lord.

P Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C It is right to give Him thanks and praise.

Proper Preface

P It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who accomplished the salvation of mankind by the tree of the cross that, where death arose, there life also might rise again and that the serpent who overcame by the tree of the garden might likewise by the tree of the cross be overcome. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying:

Sanctus LSB 161

C Holy, holy, holy Lord God of powr and might:

Heaven and earth are full of Your glory.

Hosanna. Hosanna.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

P Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, for You have had mercy on those whom You created and sent Your only-begotten Son into our flesh to bear our sin and be our Savior. With repentant joy we receive the salvation accomplished for us by the all-availing sacrifice of His body and His blood on the cross.

Gathered in the name and the remembrance of Jesus, we beg You, O Lord, to forgive, renew, and strengthen us with Your Word and Spirit. Grant us faithfully to eat His body and drink His blood as He bids us do in His own testament. Gather us together, we pray, from the ends of the earth to celebrate with all the faithful the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end. Graciously receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us. To You alone, O Father, be all glory, honor, and worship, with the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

The Words of Our Lord

P Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: Take, eat; this is My T body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.

In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My T blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.

Proclamation of Christ

P As often as we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim the Lords death until He comes.

C Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

P O Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, in giving us Your body and blood to eat and to drink, You lead us to remember and confess Your holy cross and passion, Your blessed death, Your rest in the tomb, Your resurrection from the dead, Your ascension into heaven, and Your coming for the final judgment. So remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

Lords Prayer

C 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. Amen.

Agnus Dei LSB 163

C Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; grant us peace.


Distribution 164

Take, eat; the body of Christ, given for you.


Take, drink; the blood of Christ shed for you.



In dismissing the communicants, the following is said:

The Dismissal LSB 199

P The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen and preserve you in body and soul to life everlasting. Depart T in peace.

C Amen.

Post-Communion Prayer

P: Almighty God, you gave your Son both as a sacrifice for sin and a model of the godly life. Enable us to receive him always with thanksgiving and to conform our lives to his; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

C: Amen



As he congregation reads Psalm 22 together, the communion vessels are reverently removed from the altar, the altar is stripped, and the chancel is cleared in preparation for the solemn services of Good Friday.

C My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?
O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,
and by night, but I find no rest.

Yet you are holy,
enthroned on the praises of Israel.
In you our fathers trusted;
they trusted, and you delivered them.
To you they cried and were rescued;
in you they trusted and were not put to shame.

But I am a worm and not a man,
scorned by mankind and despised by the people.
All who see me mock me;
they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;
He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him;
let him rescue him, for he delights in him!

Yet you are he who took me from the womb;
you made me trust you at my mothers breasts.
On you was I cast from my birth,
and from my mothers womb you have been my God.
Be not far from me,
for trouble is near,
and there is none to help.

Many bulls encompass me;
strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
they open wide their mouths at me,
like a ravening and roaring lion.

I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
it is melted within my breast;
my strength is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
you lay me in the dust of death.

For dogs encompass me;
a company of evildoers encircles me;
they have pierced my hands and feet—
I can count all my bones—
they stare and gloat over me;

they divide my garments among them,
and for my clothing they cast lots.

But you, O Lord, do not be far off!
O you my help, come quickly to my aid!
Deliver my soul from the sword,
my precious life from the power of the dog!
Save me from the mouth of the lion!
You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!

I will tell of your name to my brothers;
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
You who fear the Lord, praise him!
All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him,
and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
For he has not despised or abhorred
the affliction of the afflicted,
and he has not hidden his face from him,
but has heard, when he cried to him.

From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
my vows I will perform before those who fear him.
The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied;
those who seek him shall praise the Lord!
May your hearts live forever!

All the ends of the earth shall remember
and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
shall worship before you.
For kingship belongs to the Lord,
and he rules over the nations.

All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship;
before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
even the one who could not keep himself alive.
Posterity shall serve him;
it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation;
they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn,
that he has done it.

All leave the church in silence.


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