There was a Lord’s Supper/Maundy Thursday Service on 18 April 2019

The Service was in Garston Community Church at 7:45pm.

OPENING PRAYER: George Henderson welcomed everyone to this special service and opened in prayer. He continued with a HYMN, Meekness And Majesty.

READING: Linda Halford read two passages from the Bible—Luke 7:36-50 Jesus’ feet anointed with precious ointment, and Luke 22:1-6 Judas betrays Jesus

FOOTWASHING: Mr. Francis Bergin introduced the footwashing ceremony, saying Jesus came not to be served, but to serve.  Philippians 2:7 says he humbled himself on the cross as a selfless sacrifice.  At the Last Supper with his Disciples in John 13 he washed their feet, setting an example of service and instructing us to follow his example.  Footwashing does not cleanse our sins—Jesus does that.  Remember that our humility includes washing and being washed.  We are privileged to participate and it is as if we did it for Jesus himself (remember the passage that whatever you have done to the least of these, you have done it to me).

The men then went into the back room and the ladies into the small room to wash each other’s feet.

George led another HYMN, The Servant King

READING: Irene Wilson read Mark 14:12-21 where the disciples prepare for the Passover and Lord’s Supper

BREAD AND WINE: David Silcox introduced the elements.  It is these elements of bread, representing the Body of Christ given for us and the wine, representing the Blood of Christ which washing away our sins, which bring such a diverse group together and unites us.  It is our belief that Jesus is the Son of God, the Messiah and our Saviour. We read 1 John 4:15-21 the love of God binds us together; Luke 22:14- the hour had come—that event that all history looks to for salvation; and 1 Corinthians 11:23-24 about taking the Bread of Life, the body of Christ given for you

Mr. Francis Bergin joined David to break the bread and Mike Barlow asked a blessing on the taking of the bread.  Richard Fowler and James Esom took the bread around to everyone

David Silcox continued with Luke 22:20 the cup of wine representing the blood shed for ALL, forever, the New Covenant of salvation to all who come to believe on Him.

Mike Barlow again asked a blessing upon the taking of the wine and Richard Fowler and James Esom took the wine around to the congregation.

REFLECTIONS: David read excerpts from John 13 & 14 reflecting about the new commandment—to love one another as the loved us, and that by this love, all will know that we are His disciples.  Jesus left another comforter and his peace with us

Mr. Bergin read excerpts from John 16 & 17 commenting on the important of remembering.  John 17 is the last prayer of Jesus, recorded for our consecration and santification

George dismissed the group with another HYMNThere Is A Redeemer

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