Maundy Thursday

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Washing

John 13:1-17, 31-35

Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself.

Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’ Jesus answered, ‘You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’ Peter said to him, ‘You will never wash my feet.’ Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.’ Simon Peter said to him, ‘Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!’ Jesus said to him, ‘One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.’ For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, ‘Not all of you are clean.’

After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord— and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.

These days our paths are not so dusty & our feet not so exposed.

So as an act of service we will wash each others hands.

God of dirty hands and tired feet,
Taking people as they come,
Kneeling and healing,
Touching where others turn away,
Forgive us when we want to be too clean.
Forgive us when we despise life
For the messy business it is.

If we are too proud
To own up to our brokenness,
If we keep hidden
What needs refreshment,
How can you care for us?

You can care – and this is how:
When we are ready to move
From distance to involvement,
From intent to touch,
Then you will wash the feet
That tire on rocky roads;
You will care and heal
Beyond our expectation.

Thanks be to God. AMEN.

Meal

No one comes as a stranger to this holy meal.
All of us are honoured and expected guests.
Each of us is invited to come as we are,
Holding nothing in our hands
Other than these humble offerings of bread and wine,
The food and drink of ordinary life made with human hands
From the gifts which lie in God’s creation.

O God, we give you grateful thanks
For all that lies within this sacred feast.
May our lives show the signs
That love is possible,
Grace is believable
And compassion is our way of life.
This we pray in your name.
Amen.

Broken

John 13: 31-35

When Judas had gone out, Jesus said,

‘Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, “Where I am going, you cannot come.” I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’

 

Our Brokenness

We are human with frailities, we don’t always get in right, are works in progress, make mistakes, hurt others or are hurt by others.

God does not wait till we are perfect.

God loves us as we are, has purpose for us as we are and we are commanded to love one another as we are

 

After the meal Jesus and his disciples sang a hymn and they went out to the Mount of Olives. Jesus said to them, ‘All of you will run away and leave me, for the scripture says, “ The shepherd will be killed and the sheep of the flock will be scattered”.

Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane.

He was arrested and they all foresook him and fled…