Opening ReflectionNow 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. John 13:1 (NRSV)
When we know that a relationship is coming to an end or we are getting ready for the next season in our lives, it is easy to move on emotionally before you do so physically.
How can you love the people you are with “to the end?”
Song of Praise: “Unfailing Love,” Chris Tomlin
Words of Scripture: John 13
Interpreting God’s Word Together
Take time to wash one another’s feet. You can do this during or after the Scripture reading. If you do the foot washing during the Scripture reading, continue to read it until each person has had a chance to both wash and be washed.
- What emotions and thoughts did you have as your feet were washed? While you washed the other’s feet?
- Were you embarrassed about your feet or worried they would smell?
- Were you more comfortable washing the feet or having yours washed? Why?
- Why do you think Jesus chose to wash the disciples’ feet on this final night he was with them?
Prayer of Confession and Assurance: from John 13, 17
Cleansing Lord, like Peter we are not comfortable having you wash our feet – but at the same time we want to be washed by you. Like the disciples, we wonder in what way we might betray you with our actions or our words. We want to believe that our love for you will not fail. Wash us so that we may have a place with you.
Humble Lord, we believe that we can follow where you will go. We believe that we can love those we serve. We believe that surely we would not turn you in for money or flee from your side because of fear. These are not humble thoughts. Teach us so that we may put our pride to death and follow you with humble hearts.
Jesus Christ our Saving Lord has made himself know to us. Washed by the waters of baptism, God created a place for us. Cleansed by the blood of sacrifice, Jesus made a way for us to remain in him. Taught by the Spirit, we are able to love one another. In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
Benediction“I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other.” John 13:34-35 (CEB)