Maundy Thursday Preparations

From Webster's:

Main Entry: Maun·dy Thursday

Pronunciation: 'mon-dE-, 'män-

Function: noun

Middle English maunde ceremony of washing the feet of the poor on Maundy Thursday, from Old French mandé, from Latin mandatum command; from Jesus' words in John 13:34 -- more at MANDATE

: the Thursday before Easter observed in commemoration of the institution of the Eucharist.

The three PCA churches in the area (my own Faith Presbyterian, our daughter church Grace Community, and Christ Community) are joining for a Maundy Thursday worship service here at Faith next week. The couple of Maundy Thursday services I've had the opportunity to attend here have been, with Christmas time, the highlight of the ecclesiastical year. We in the PCA generally don't celebrate much of the calendar outside Sunday (for its Sundayness). I'm looking forward to this service, and to communion, which generally we take every six weeks.

What a wonderful idea: a celebration of the Lord's command to us to love each other as he loves us.

So I'm very excited about this service. I'm calling the elders and other pastors and the piano players, etc., to prepare for the service, and I'm making the calls with an extra titch of zeal.