Maundy Thursday

 

Maundy Thursday Service

April 18th at 6:30 pm in the Sanctuary

 

Maundy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter, remembered as the day when Jesus celebrated his final Passover with His disciples. Join us for a thought-provoking service exploring the events of the evening before Jesus was arrested. The service will include the sharing of Holy Communion and music offerings from the Chancel Choir.
 
 

What does “Maundy” mean? The English word “Maundy” comes from the Latin mandatum, which means “commandment.” It was on the Thursday of Christ’s final week before being crucified and resurrected that He said these words to his disciples:

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” (John 13:34).
 

What was the “New Commandment”? It raised the definition of love to a new and higher standard. Jesus sacrificially met His followers’ deepest need – that of new spiritual life and the forgiveness of sins. He even loved His enemies. Jesus calls us to show love to all people just as He did, even to those who do not appear to deserve it.

“Beloved, let us love one another. For love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (1 John 4:7-8)