If you knew that a certain night would be the last of your earthly life, I am sure you would spend your time doing what you thought was most important. This is why Jesus spent some intimate time with his twelve disciples the night before his crucifixion. He loved them and wanted to give them a special gift that would remind them (and all of his followers to come) of his love for them. So Jesus gathered the Twelve around a table in a Jerusalem upper room. The disciples thought they were there to celebrate the Jewish Passover meal. But Jesus had something more in mind. As the events of that evening unfolded, Jesus did some things that confused the disciples then, but would make sense to them later on. He washed their feet. And as they ate the Passover meal together, he gave new meaning to the Passover bread and cup. Everything Jesus did that night was to serve as a reminder of him and the ultimate sacrifice he was about to make.
On Thursday evening, March 24th, our church family will gather to walk through the events of what is often called “The Last Supper.” We do so in obedience to Jesus’ command to “do this in remembrance of me.” It is an hour and a half of intimate worship of our savior and warm relationship with one another. For those who are not from our faith tradition (Grace Brethren), I have included below three basic questions (and three basic answers) concerning the three portions of what we call “Three-fold Communion.”
I can think of no better way to prepare for the joy of the resurrection which we celebrate on Easter than to participate in this beautiful reminder of just how much Jesus Christ loves us! I hope you can join us for this celebration of God’s love!
FOOT WASHING? WHAT’S THAT ABOUT?
“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you should also wash one another’s feet” (John 13:14).
We practice foot washing to remember our need for daily cleansing from sin. Foot washing is a symbol of love and a very meaningful time for believers. (The men and women separate for the foot washing; although we encourage participation, we welcome those who wish only to observe this portion of the service)
WHAT IS A LOVE FEAST?
“Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb” (Revelation 19:9).
The Love Feast is a simple meal as everyone brings some sort of “finger food” to share around their table. We practice the Love Feast because Jesus shared it with his disciples at the Last Supper. Eating together reminds us that one day we will enjoy the ultimate love feast with Jesus in the dining halls of heaven (Revelation 19:6-9)!
WHY PARTAKE OF THE BREAD & CUP?
“For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (1 Cor. 11:26).
The bread and the cup are symbols of Christ’s broken body and shed blood. We practice the Bread and the Cup in obedience to Christ, observing this symbol of his sacrificial love until he returns. This act reminds each believer of the price He paid for us.
If you have any more questions please contact the church office at 464-2782 or firstname.lastname@example.org.