March 29, 2018
John 13:1-17, 31b-35
for Sunday, April 1
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
REFLECTION for Maundy Thursday
Receiving and Handing On
Paul writes to the Corinthians, “For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you.” He refers to the institution of the Lord’s supper, but the pattern of receiving and handing on applies to so much more in Christian faith and practice: We hand on the faith, hope, love, and understanding we have received. Conversely, we cannot give what has not first been given to us.
Jesus’ first disciples learn this in the last supper according to John. As John 13 begins, Jesus’ “hour” has arrived. At the meal Jesus washes his disciples’ feet and commands them to pass on the loving service to others: “You also should do as I have done to you.” Jesus too hands on to his disciples what he has first received from God: “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you” (John 15:9). Jesus does not just command servant love, nor does he merely exemplify it. Through his death and resurrection, Jesus enables his followers to love. Jesus’ example of servant love in washing his disciples’ feet literally grounds them for all that is to come and all that disciples are called to do.
This potent image helps us interpret Jesus’ giving of himself in death, and it undergirds the community of loving service formed in Christ. As Peter discovers, Jesus’ disciples must first receive from Jesus in order to have a “share” with him (John 13:8). Then disciples are called to follow him in giving themselves away—not just for the sake of serving, but also for the sake of being drawn into relationship with Jesus and with his Father. Through that relationship we are drawn into the community of disciples, where we receive and hand on Christ’s meal and the gift of servant love.
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Pastor Ivy Gauvin is sick with the flu this week. We look forward to her reflection next week. Get well soon, Pastor
The story of the last supper in John’s gospel recalls a remarkable event not mentioned elsewhere: Jesus performs the duty of a slave, washing the feet of his disciples and urging them to do the same for one another.
1Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper 3Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, 4got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. 5Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. 6He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” 7Jesus answered, “You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” 8Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.” 9Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” 10Jesus said to him, “One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.” 11For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, “Not all of you are clean.”
12After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? 13You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. 14So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. 16Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. 17If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.”
31b“Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. 33Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ 34I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Names will remain of the Prayer List for a month - at which
time it will be taken off unless, or course, there is still a continued need
for our prayers and we’re asked to keep the name on.
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***Twelve bins of food have been collected for the above mentioned 5 Loaves and 2 Fish Ministry (referred to as the 5 & 2 Ministry, http://www.5and2minisry.com). Thank you to everyone who is supporting this ministry! We are only 2 bins away from the goal of reaching 14 bins by next Sunday, April 8th. Let’s hit or surpass that goal!
***Healthy Bones Exercise Class continues to meet Monday and Wednesday at 9:00 am in the fellowship hall of St. Timothy.
***TODAY ---- Maundy Thursday, March 29 at St. Timothy Lutheran
Ø St. Timothy will host the combined worship/luncheon with Bemus Point United Methodist Church in St. Timothy’s Fellowship Hall at 12:00 pm.
Ø Maundy Thursday worship service with communion at 7:00 pm in our sanctuary.
▪ for our community of faith as we seek to do God’s work in the world;
▪ for those in our congregation and community who suffer silently with illness,
financial burdens, and family obligation
▪ for victims of violence and their families in all places.
▪ Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Rochester due a fire on February 18th.
▪ for Pastor Ivy Gauvin, Karen Johnson, Ross Gardner, Dan Caruso, Alex
Daniels, Mike Krott, Maj-Britt Traynor, Dee Gould, Bonnie Christoferson,
John Scorse, Trudi Fetzner, Pastor Tara Eastman, Bryan Brown, Zachary
Stewart, Al Lamb, Arden Johnson, JoLynn Stearns, Scott Stearns, Zachary
Frazier, Matt Isaacson and Thom Shagla.
* for people serving in the military, including Ben Wickerham, and their
families, those caught up in violence and war who have no safe home to live
▪ for all children, that the love of Christ may reach them through all of us who
have resources to love, protect, pray and provide for them.