Maundy Thursday Agape Meal and Service
2016 Maundy Thursday Agape Meal and Service
Maundy Thursday, the first of the Great Three Days leading up to Easter, has long been a time when the Christian church gathered in table fellowship and worship. This year, we will join our friends at Grace Episcopal Church for an agape meal followed by worship on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at Grace Episcopal.
The agape meal starts at 6:00 pm in the Grace Episcopal parish house. This meal is not exactly a Christian seder (Jewish meal commemorating the Passover), or a Lenten soup supper. Instead, this meal evokes the type of meal that the early Christians would share each week before worship. The fare is simple – soups, salads, dates, nuts, hummus, pita bread, and wine (or grape juice). The meal is punctuated by several toasts, and several times of reflection. This is a sit-down meal, so we do need to have a head count of those who plan to attend. If you have not signed-up in the fellowship hall and plan to attend, please call Rev. Cavanaugh at (815) 776-0253 as soon as possible.
Whether or not you attend the agape meal, all are invited to our shared Maundy Thursday service at 7 pm at Grace Episcopal. This solemn and beautiful service commemorates the last night Jesus shared with his disciples before his arrest. During this service, we will remember that Last Supper in our celebration of the Eucharist. We will remember Christ’s loving service as we are invited to participate in a footwashing. We will remember the love that Christ showed for us by enduring arrest, trial, and execution on our behalf as we journey to the cross through the hearing and reading of scripture. Please join us on Thursday evening for this solemn service of enacted prayer and remembrance.