Maundy Thursday

Christians are those who remember the story of Jesus within the community of the church, in and for their own time and in their own lives. — Nicola Sleejudas-iscariot1

Join us on Holy Thursday for our own remembering of Jesus and Jesus’ victory, even in death.  We will share a potluck meal together, and theologically enact the events of that night.  We will gather for worship in the dining room at 6:00, share a ritual meal together and witness a play, reenacting that night.

When Jesus gathered his disciples together to celebrate the feast of the Passover in Jerusalem on the  fateful weekend of his arrest and execution, he did so following a tradition that has had Jews remembering, around a ritual meal, their deliverance out of Egypt.  It is hard for us moderns to understand what this means exactly, but the gathering of family around the Seder meal was not just a remembering but an actual participation in, the exodus.  As the family recited the passages from the Haggadah, they spoke with urgency in their voices because they were actually preparing to leave.  When the ate bread, they ate unleavened bread because they had no time.  What is interesting, then, about these seder meals is that the time/space continuum is somehow collapsed and the events of the past are now witnessed firsthand.  In a second century liturgical handbook, the families were instructed: “In each generation, you shall regard yourself as if you personally had been taken out of Egypt.”

When Jesus gathered his disciples together in that upper room, he implied that they should continue doing this, but that now they should understand their gathering to be an expression of the victory of Jesus against imperial forces —  forces that would act in unjust ways in an attempt to protect and perpetuate their power.  Those forces, he had already testified in word and deed, would be impotent to the power of love and their unjust actions would be met with a continued confidence in a life lived with God.

Our play this night ends with this line from Mary Magdalene: “I will never betray his truth.  Maybe that’s what love is.”

Please join us for a evening of fellowship and worship in a new key.


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