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Maundy Thursday

"He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.' Luke 22:19‭-‬20 NLT

Many of us will attend Maundy Thursday services today. We commemorate Christ's final evening with his disciples before his arrest, trial, persecution, and crucifixion. Some may reenact Jesus' actions of servitude in washing the disciples' feet. It's certain, though, that we will share at Christ's table. Each time we celebrate the Lord's Supper, it is beautiful and holy; however, tonight is especially meaningful as we recall that final gathering.

While the form of our liturgies for the service may differ, we meet with a common purpose, to remember God's healing gift of salvation given to us through Jesus Christ. Though we meet in different places and worship in other languages, we celebrate God's presence at the table in unity with God and each other. We rejoice in this foretaste of heaven, gathered with a singular purpose to worship and praise God.

Gracious Heavenly Father, today, as we remember this final act of Jesus' sharing with his disciples, we recall His willing sacrifice that would follow so that we might receive spiritual healing. As we share in the bread and cup, we celebrate your presence and join the past, present, and future saints as one body worshiping you. Thank you for sending the Holy Spirit to prepare us for the day we join together at the heavenly banquet at your heavenly throne in praise and worship. Amen.


Pastor Tim

You are invited to join us this evening for the joint Maundy Thursday worship service at First UMC, 103 Pleasant Street, Stoughton, at 7:00 p.m.

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