Today is historically called "Maundy Thursday" in the Church Calendar around the world. It focuses on the meal Jesus shared with his disciples just before he was arrested, the meal that we call "The Last Supper", but also the meal at which Jesus washes the disciples feet and gives them a new commandment - "Love one another, as I have loved you." (John 13:34). "Maundy" comes from the Latin word "Mandatum" meaning command (or "mandate") and invites the People of God to make a fresh commitment to living out this command of Christ.
Why not take time today to read through the whole chapter of John 13, and invite the Holy Spirit to speak to you and strengthen you through the Word of God and through the example and teaching of Jesus. "Lord, show us Your love, teach us Your ways, form us to Your likeness, through Christ and the Holy Spirit, Amen."
Well as we head to the Easter Weekend, let me remind you of our services:
- GOOD FRIDAY (15 April): While our Good Friday service starts at 7.30pm, the Church will be open for prayer from 6pm until 7.30pm, and then after the service until 10pm. We have set up a number of "prayer stations" which help to guide our prayer as we reflect on the Cross of Christ. We hope you can find some time to use the prayer stations. However, at 7.30pm, we will come together for our service of worship as we ponder both the pain, but also the power of the Cross. And why not begin the day by joining our Friday morning prayer time on Zoom at 7.30am - here's the details:
- Meeting ID: 597 136 389
- Password: 527787
- EASTER SUNDAY (17 April): We are so excited to have out first Baptismal Service in the new building this Sunday (10.30am) - and what a great day to be baptising as we celebrate "Christ is Risen! Hallelujah!" We will also be dedicating a number of babies, toddlers, and children during the service, as their parents bring them for dedication. What a joy as we give thanks to God for these little ones. It is a family service on Sunday - so there won't be any Trinity Kids, Juniors or Creche... but we will have tea and coffee available after the service, so don't rush away!
Thanks everyone - looking forward to worshipping and celebrating with you as we survey the cross and behold the empty tomb!
Grace and Peace