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Today we give thanks to God for the servant ministry of Jesus Christ. As Jesus makes his way to the cross he continues to teach his disciples to carry on his mission of loving God and others.
Maundy Thursday is the first of the three days of solemn remembrance of the events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus. The English word "Maundy" comes from the Latin mandatum, which means "commandment." On his last night before his betrayal and arrest, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, and gave them a new commandment to love one another. He also instituted the practice of communion as he shared, “Do this in remembrance of me.”
PREPARE FOR WORSHIP
Set upon a table a pitcher of water, a bowl and a towel. Set the table like you would for an important guest with the color purple if you have it to mark that someone royal is coming. Light a candle to welcome your guest Jesus Christ. Leave an empty seat at the table for Jesus. Gather some bread or crackers and some juice, water or wine and a cup or drinking glass for each person at your table.
I think that one of the most important things to consider during this time is that not all people have the privilege of being "bored" right now. A lot of people are struggling without work, food, and basic needs. Some, who are more vulnerable to infection, may be isolating and avoiding public places to shop for essential items. God calls us to look after one another. Here are some ideas for serving others today: