Pray with us - A series of Easter reflections

Transforming Nottinghamshire Together is supported by the Church Urban fund (CUF). Join our national team as they reflect and pray this Holy Week and Easter. Visit throughout the weeks as we make our journey together.

Here's ADAM EDWARDS, deputy group chief executive officer

Maundy Thursday is a day that is rich in symbolism and tradition, it is the day when we celebrate Jesus’ last supper with his disciples, and the institution of the Eucharist. We also remember his betrayal by Judas, his arrest and the desertion by his closest friends and followers.

Many churches will celebrate a Eucharist this evening and in some places there will also be the washing of feet of the congregation, symbolising what Jesus himself did and also reminding us that we are called to be a Church that serves others. The word Maundy comes from the Latin mandatum or commandment, and on this day we remember Jesus’ new commandment to love one another, just as he has loved us.

Jesus’ act of washing feet, a task typically reserved for slaves, shows a far more significant act than a simple show of kindness. It shows us that God embraces us despite our weaknesses and imperfections. God meets our frailty with love, and without judgement. This is a love that has the power to touch and strengthen our hearts, and calls for us to do the same. Let us ask for God’s grace to respond to Jesus’ command and love one another.

God of love, as we remember the events of this powerful night, open our eyes to see the beauty of Jesus’ self-giving love, and by your Spirit work in our heart’s a desire and commitment to serve each other and our hurting world.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.



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