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musings from linda 2/24/23

When guests arrive at your home for dinner, do you greet them with a basin and towel and proceed to wash their feet Probably NOT!

Customs have changed since Biblical times when folks arriving for dinner had traveled in sandals over dusty roads and their feet were filthy. Servants were on hand to bathe them before everyone reclined at low tables to eat.

At the Last Supper, Jesus shocked his disciples by bathing THEIR feet! There was no servant in the room to do the washing and it never occurred to them that one of THEM might do it…

His humble attitude was in direct contrast to the noisy argument the disciples had just had about which one of them was the greatest. He told them (and us) “I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.”

We are to FOLLOW His example — serving each other humbly, offering forgiveness and building one another up in LOVE. As we face decisions about how to act in our daily lives, a good question to ask is: “WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?”

In 1977, as an amateur musician, New Zealander Richard Gillard jotted down some words on a scrap of paper which eventually became THE SERVANT SONG — one of the best-known and most well-loved hymns in today’s hymnals. Perfectly describing Jesus’ idea of servanthood, it begins:

Won’t you let me be your servant , let me be as Christ to you?

Pray that I may have the grace to let me be your servant too…

This Sunday is a highlight in any church’s life — NEW MEMBER SUNDAY!

Several folks have decided to join our community as we strive to follow Jesus’ example

of loving servanthood.

We are pilgrims on a journey, we are travelers on the road;

We are here to help each other go the mile and bear the load.

I will hold the Christ-light for you in the shadow of your fear;

I will hold my hand out to you, speak the peace you long to hear.

I will weep when you are weeping; when you laugh, I’ll laugh with you.

I will share your joy and sorrow till we’ve seen this journey through.

Click here to listen and THEN plan to come to church on Sunday to sing the hymn along with our new members and plan to stay for lunch after the service to greet them all by name!

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