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One: Father, take away this cup of suffering from me. It is possible for you to do that. Nevertheless, let it be not what I want, but what you want. All: Goodness and love unfailing … these will follow me all the days of my life. Men: Lord, where are you going? One: Where I am going, you cannot, for now, come. But one day you will. All: And I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. One: In my Father’s house are many rooms. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go, I will come back and take you to myself, so that where I am, you may be also.

Breaking of the Bread, Pouring of the Cup Hymn #564 Let Us Break Bread Together Closing Prayer (responsively) One: We will remember the soothing, All: and not forget the jarring. One: we will remember the sweetness, All: and not forget the sour. One: We will remember the jagged desperateness of Judas,

All: and own it; it is our story too. One: We will remember Women: the passion of love, Men: the smell of perfume, Women: the pain of rejection, Men: the stench of blood money. One: And to help us on the journey, to help us hold the tension, to help us face both the delight and the difficulty, All: We will say yes to God’s generosity in creation, We will say yes to God’s justice in Jesus.

Agape Meal

March 28, 2013 ~ 6:30 p.m. Order of Service Call to Worship: (responsively) One: We enter the place of God Quietly. All: Our hearts are Quiet. One: We seek the presence of God. All: Our hearts are searching. One: We open our lives to God. All: Our hearts are open. One: We find the love of God. All: Our hearts are full. One: We have come to worship God. All: All glory, praise and honor be to God. Amen.

Scripture Reading: Exodus 12:1-14 NRSV

Prayer: (responsively) One: Examine me, O God, and know my heart; test and judge my thoughts. All: Find any deceit in me and guide me in the way of life.

~ ~ ~ silence ~ ~ ~ One: Create in me a new heart, O God, All: and strengthen me with a constant spirit!

~ ~ ~ silence ~ ~ ~ One: All God asks of us is a humble spirit; All: God accepts a contrite heart. One: God has delivered us from death, our eyes from tears, our feet from stumbling. All: We walk with God in the land of the living.

Scripture Reading: John 13:1-17, 31b-35 NRSV Hymn #287 Were You There? (v1-3) The Lord Is My Shepherd: (responsively) All: The Lord is my Shepherd… One: I am the good shepherd, and I know my sheep and my sheep know me; and I am willing to lay down my life for them. All: He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me to water where I may rest; he revives my spirit. Men: Jesus, never at any time are you going to wash my feet! One: Peter, if I don’t wash your feet, you will no longer be my disciple. Men: Then don’t just wash my feet, Lord; wash my head and hands as well.

All: For his name’s sake, he guides me in the right paths. One: I am the way and the truth and the life: no one comes to the Father except by me. All: Even if I were to walk through a valley of deepest darkness… One: Golgotha. All: Even if I were to walk through a valley … One: Gethsemane. All: Even if I were to walk … One: They stripped him and whipped him and spat upon him and hit him over the head and led him out…

~ ~ ~ pause ~ ~ ~ I will fear no harm, for you are with me; your staff and crook strengthen me. All: You spread a table before me in the presence of my enemies. One: One of you sitting here is going to betray me. Men: Lord, is it me? Women: Lord, is it me? One: Do what you have to do, but do it quickly.

~ ~ ~ pause ~ ~ ~ You have richly bathed my head with oil. Women: It’s a waste! It could have been sold for a fortune, and the money given to the poor. One: You’ll always have the poor with you but you won’t always have me. What this woman has done was to prepare me for my burial, ahead of time. She has done something fine and beautiful. All: You have richly bathed my head with oil and my cup runs over.

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