Maundy Thursday: April 1st 2021

 

 

  Christ washing the feet of St Peter: Sadao Watanbe

March 28th 2021: Palm Sunday

 

Woodfield Team prayer. God our Father, you long to draw all people into your love; increase in number your church   throughout the Woodfield Team, deepen us as followers and learners of Christ and give us courage to share the good news of your kingdom. We pray this in the power of your Spirit, to the glory of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

  A service for Maundy Thursday can be accessed here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-1tIh2U4IY

 

 The Collect

God our Father, you have invited us to share in the supper

which your Son gave to his Church to proclaim his death until he comes:

may he nourish us by his presence, and unite us in his love;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.   Amen.

Gospel: John 13:1-15

It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel round his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped round him.

He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’ Jesus replied, ‘You do not realise now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’‘No,’ said Peter, ‘you shall never wash my feet.’

Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.’ ‘Then, Lord,’ Simon Peter replied, ‘not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!’

10 Jesus answered, ‘Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.’ 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean. 12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. ‘Do you understand what I have done for you?’ he asked them. 13 ‘You call me “Teacher” and “Lord”, and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.

A suggestion:

  • Imagine yourself as one of those arriving in the upper room with Jesus, taking your place with the others. What is your reaction when Jesus takes the position of the lowest servant of all and washes your feet?
  • Do you have any sense of what awaits the next day? Jerusalem is a seething turmoil of rumour and counter rumours and you know Jesus is hated by many. What does this mean to you?
  • Read this poem

A poem:  I WASH YOUR FEET JUST BECAUSE     (Author unknown)                                                                     
In the middle of the meal -
not when they came in the door
not before the meal -
but in the middle of the meal
 
Jesus fell on his knees
and washed their feet,
not even looking up
to see which foot goes with which face!
He washed them all, one by one.
 
He washes the feet of all of us,
believers and unbelievers,
old and young,
saints and sinners,
women and men,
rulers and ruled,
rich and poor,
filled and hungry,
dressed and naked.
 
Can it be possible that Jesus washed                  
The feet not because they were dirty
but just because … 
”I want to wash your feet                                          
 because I want to wash your feet.
For no other reason except
that I love you.”