In our Maundy Thursday service this evening we will focus again on Jesus’ new commandment to “love one another even as I have loved you”.

Dear Congregation,

As I write this on Maundy Thursday, we are, of course, still living under the “Safe at Home” order during the coronavirus pandemic. I pray you are all doing well, as we weather this storm together, trusting that God is with us.

One of the very down-to-earth ways this has affected my daily life is the reality that I can’t go to the bank to get the quarters I need to do my wash in the coin-operated machines in my building’s laundry room. Heavy rolls of quarters don’t do well in the bank’s drive-through window mechanism apparently, and so, aren’t allowed!

And so, as I’m scrounging around for quarters, this piece by Rev. Fred Craddock spoke to me in a new way. He writes, “We think giving our all to the Lord is like taking a $1000 bill out of the bank and laying it on the table, ‘Here’s my life, Lord. I’m giving it all.’ But the reality for most of us is that he sends us to the bank and has us cash in the $1000 bill for quarters. We go through life putting out 25 cents here and 50 cents there… Usually giving our life to Christ isn’t glorious. It’s done in all those little acts of love, 25 cents at a time.”

In our Maundy Thursday service this evening we will focus again on Jesus’ new commandment to “love one another even as I have loved you”. That love is demonstrated in Jesus’ example of servanthood, as he washes his disciples’ feet. We are called to respond to his commandment by spending the quarters of our life

in little, and, once in a while, bigger acts of love.

May God bless us all as we travel through the end of this Holy Week toward the great Easter celebration.

In Christ’s love,

Pastor Candy

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