As we approach Easter, our congregation is already making plans for gathering together for Communion on Maundy Thursday - March 29, 6:30PM. This year we once again have the pleasure of joining our sister congregation, Jefferson Community Church, as we remember this special night together.
As Brethren, we uniquely relive the love Jesus displayed to his disciples during their last meal together by sharing a meal together, serving each other through washing one another's feet, and finally sharing in the bread and the cup (the symbols of Christ's body and blood given for us). It’s more than just a strange tradition we preserve for fun. Sharing in the common meal, the humble service of footwashing after Jesus' example, and the remembrance of his gift for us forms us as a people when we engage in this together.
In our meal together, we celebrate the abundance of God's provision in love and the joy of his presence with us. In the service of footwashing, we enact the same servant love that bound the twelve together in that upper room. In the sharing of the bread and the cup, we remember Christ's body given and blood shed as a reminder of the love that compels us together to give up our lives as well in favor of a love still greater.
Sharing in Threefold Communion together is a physical reminder for our community that we were made to serve one another in humility, to share community in love, and to give our lives like broken bread and poured out wine for the sake of the world’s salvation - just like our Savior did for us.
I hope to see you all at our Three-fold Communion service! May the family come together to tell the story once more.