My first year at Pullen there were two worship services that left a lasting impression on me. One was the Easter baptism service. The other was the Maundy Thursday service of communion. At that point in my faith journey I had never kneeled to receive communion. I can still remember the depth of feeling in my heart and soul as I knelt beside Greg Moore on the steps of the chancel to receive the bread of life and the cup of grace. There was something about the posture of kneeling that deepened my understanding of the meaning of Maundy Thursday in a way that I had not experienced before.
Maundy Thursday invites us to contemplate God’s mandate “to love one another as God loves us.” We meditate on the image of Jesus washing the feet of the disciples as an example of what it means to serve and love one another. The story tells us that Jesus, taking a towel and a basin of water, knelt down and washed the feet of his friends. It is a powerful image.
This year we will not be washing one another’s feet. We will, however, in a posture of humility and servanthood kneel on the chancel steps to receive communion.
You can view the worship guide for this year’s Maundy Thursday service below. It is my hope that you will make time in your busy schedule to come and worship with your fellow Pullenites as we move through the events of this Holy Week.