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Maundy Thursday service, 5:30 pm
Thursday, March 29, 2018, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
The Maundy Thursday service will take place on March 29, this year starting early, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. A simple table Eucharist will be offered along with foot-washing to be hosted by Holy Spirit families. This service offers an intimate experience of the Last Supper and powerful visual images poointing to Jesus' sacrifice. The altar is stripped at the end of the service, reminding us of the starkness of what will occur on Friday.
Think of Maundy Thursday as a moment of great intimacy, Jesus' last meal with his disciples, his dearest friends, followed by betrayal and arrest. How close they must have become after so many miles together, so many shared experiences, so much learning and hope for what was yet to come. He continues to teach them, washing their feet as a sign that they are to serve others in the same way. We will offer the opportunity to wash one another's feet as a sign of humility and the call to serve inherent in our baptism. The liturgy continues with the celebration of the Eucharist, the stripping of the altar in silence, and the vigil of prayer throughout the night by those who wish to do so.