Love Like Jesus – Combined Churches Worship Night

Worship team from multiple churches bringing an amazing experience of praise and worship

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.

Love Like Jesus – Combined Worship Night
The worship team
The worship team

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.

Staying Connected

Staying connected is an important part of being part of the church, the body of Christ. Actually, I would go, as far as to say it is a vital part of the Christian life. Just look at the scriptures, John 15:5. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” It is important that we stay connected with God and the body of Christ, the church. It helps us to stay focused on the important things in life. It also allows us to have somebody who cares about us as a person. I think that it is such a great thing in a Christian’s life, actually, in life generally, for somebody to care about you as a person.

 

So I would like to ask you this week how are you connected, with your fellow believers?

Do you spend time in prayer with each other? Praying with each other is such a vital part of being a church. It allows us to share one another’s concerns and joys, with each other and with God.

Have you meet somebody from the church outside of the buildings of the church? It can become so easy for us to only meet people from the church in an activity of the church or within the buildings of the church. Do we ever spend time with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, outside of church?

When was the last time that you made a time to catch up with somebody? I love the song – “They’ll know we are Christians by our love.” What better way to show love than to give time to another person, not out of duty or obligation, but because you genuinely have the other person’s interest at heart. To give time to another person is a wonderful gift. I am reminded that my kids love it when I am able to give them my full and undivided attention (not to do with school work or church work, but just for them and about them). It is so important to show love by giving of your time.

 

So if you are feeling a little unconnected with the body of Christ, the church, then maybe you should make a point of catching up with somebody from the church. What does the scripture promise us in Matthew 18:20, For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”