Morning Prayer: 24 March – John 13:1-15 ~ follow my example

Maundy Thursday

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Sentence

“Now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.” John 13:34

Morning Reading: John 13:1-15(NLT)

Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end. It was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.

Jesus Washing Peter's Feet by Sieger Koder

Jesus Washing Peter’s Feet
by Sieger Koder

When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”

“No,” Peter protested, “you will never ever wash my feet!”

Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.”

Simon Peter exclaimed, “Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!”

Jesus replied, “A person who has bathed all over does not need to wash, except for the feet, to be entirely clean. And you disciples are clean, but not all of you.” For Jesus knew who would betray him. That is what he meant when he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.

Morning Prayer

Christ my Savior: you have redeemed me by your life, death and resurrection, have mercy on me.

+ You washed the disciples’ feet as an example to follow; give me your servant heart.
+ You endured the passion and entered into glory; lead me by way of the cross into eternal life.
+ Your heart was pierced with a lance; heal the wounds of my human weakness.
+ You made your cross the tree of life; share your victory with me.
+ You gave salvation to the repentant thief; pardon all my sins.

Love of you with my whole heart, Lord God, is holiness. Increase, then, your gift of grace in me, so that, as in your Son’s death, you made me hope for what I believe, you may likewise, in his resurrection, make me come to you, my final end. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.

“Serve One Another” – Forest Hills Baptist Church

Closing Sentence

The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

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