Walking towards Easter
April 18th is Maundy Thursday. If you usually go from Palm Sunday to Good Friday, or if you do not usually even go to church, why don’t you join us?
Maundy Thursday Service.
7pm at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer,
502. W. Sumter Street, Shelby, NC. 28150
Maundy Thursday is the Thursday between Palm Sunday and Easter. On this day we remember Jesus with his Disciples at the Last Supper as he breaks bread with them and washes their feet. In The Gospel of John, Judas makes a dramatic exit into the night to arrange Jesus arrest. After the meal Jesus and his friends go to the Garden of Gethsemane where in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew there is the heart-wrenching story of his prayers as he struggles with what is to come and his Disciples sleep.
Our liturgy (the service which we use) covers all these things as we gather and wash one another’s feet. As we remember our own turning away from God and are offered holy bread and wine in the Eucharist (Communion). Then we move to the Garden, a place set up in Church where we can watch and wait with Jesus for as much of the night as we choose.
It is a beautiful service and can really help us get ready for Easter as we enter into the whole story of the week. You are welcome, no exceptions. If you usually go to another church, we respect that. Feel free to join us anyway, we are offering an open invitation. If you have been rejected or hurt by other churches, you will find a welcome here. We welcome those who are often marginalized without expecting you to sign up for anything or to change who God made you to be.