Lent: Maundy Thursday
Maundy Thursday commemorates the night Jesus shared the Last Supper with his disciples and was betrayed. It was on this day that Jesus inaugurated Communion as an on-going practice for Jesus-Followers to remember his death, and anticipate his return (Mark 14:12-21). Maundy (from Latin “mandatum,” meaning “commandment,”) Thursday also commemorates the night that Jesus washed his disciples’ feet, commanding them to follow his example (John 13:1-20).
We have created a resource to help you celebrate communion in your homes this Maundy Thursday (Download Communion Guide). At some point during your feast and communion celebration, you may also want to wash one another’s feet. This act of physical, practical service—though not meeting a practical need today as it did in Jesus’ day—reminds Christians that being spiritually washed by Jesus is the sole basis for belonging to him (John 13:8). If you choose to engage in this practice this Thursday, may your short and simple act of service cause you to think of Jesus and exclaim with Peter, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” For each of us desperately needs Jesus to wash each part of us, making each part of us his.
On Friday, April 19, you are invited to join us for dinner at 6:00 p.m. in the basement at the West Linn Campus. The Good Friday service will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary, and we will reflect upon Jesus’ death and all it accomplished as we sing, pray, retell the story, and celebrate the Lord’s Supper together.
On Saturday, April 20, the Church celebrates “Holy Saturday,” somberly remembering the day that Jesus spent in the tomb, while He—by his death—was breaking the power of sin, Satan, and demons. Consider spending the day, or part of the day, fasting or in silence, lamenting Jesus’ death and the sealed tomb and growing in expectation of Jesus’ resurrection.