The Thursday before Easter saw the first combined churches worship night. Six different churches from various denominations joined together to celebrate the great love of Jesus. Often the Thursday night before Easter is called Maundy Thursday by mainline protestant churches (The word “Maundy” comes to us as an Anglo-French word derived from the Latin “mandatum,” which means “commandment.” It refers to when Jesus, in the Upper Room during the Last Supper, said to the disciples: “A new commandment I give you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” (John 13:34, Revised Standard Version)1). This reference to the new commandment of love which is at the heart of the Last Supper and the washing of the disciples’ feet as a demonstration of love was the focus for the Thursday night before Good Friday. Rather than following the ancient traditions of candles and darkness (Tenebrae), with the events of the last supper being told through readings and prayers, the Love like Jesus combined churches worship night shared the events and challenge to love like Jesus through worship, praise and reflections geared towards young adults.
It is amazing to see churches from different denominations working together. The spirit of God was moving powerfully during this time.
Keep an eye out for the next combined churches worship night, as it will be a time of amazing worship and praise that will leave you full of hope and joy, praising our amazing God.