What is Maundy Thursday?
The meal is red wine and bread. Before you eat we recall that Jesus shared the same meal with his closest companions the day before he was arrested, two days before he died on a cross. On that day Jesus surprised his disciples before dinner by washing their feet in an act of perfect love as a reminder to them, and by extension us, that love demands time spent on our knees.
For Maundy Thursday we move our table from 701 Whaley to The Spot on Blanding. Back where it all began, this is where the church met when it first started out, and now it’s our office space--the program says, it’s where we dream. Coming into a place that’s been part of the rhythm of this community’s life for years provides a tangible link to the people who have come and gone as part of Downtown Church, and reminds us that we’re part of a bigger community throughout time and space.
In the Gospel of John, the events of the Last Supper include a description of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. It is an intimate expression of humility. For the master to wash the feet of his disciples reversed the order of things. Imagine if you went to the home of your housekeeper and cleaned it for free. This year, a foot washing station will be set up in the main room, with Rev. Emily attending it. Don't expect soap, a callous rasp, or nail clippers. The ritual isn't a pedicure. Emily will lead you through the experience, all you’ve got to do is take your shoes off and allow your feet to be washed. There is no expectation that you participate, but the opportunity is available if you want to try letting yourself be taken care of by somebody else in this intimate act of service.
Drop-in for Maundy Thursday on March 24th between 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at 1415 Blanding St, Suite 6.