March 29: Vulnerability With God

by Stacey Carpenter

Today, Maundy Thursday, is by far my favorite service of the year. The way we replicate the act of having our feet washed, the stripping of the altar, and the setting of the reserve sacrament in the side chapel for the overnight watch takes place. It is a service that I feel closest to what it must have been like in the earliest days of being a Christ follower, before the church was ever officially formed, before the government co-opted the faith for its purpose. On this day, I feel a vulnerability with God and therefore with each of you, because during the service we experience our own last supper with God and we get to sit watch with God. This year, while sitting watch, I will meditate on “For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you,” and the new commandment Jesus gave us, “Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” I would love to hear what word or words speak to you as we celebrate Maundy Thursday together.