Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet
13 Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 And during supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, 4 rose from supper, laid aside his garments, and girded himself with a towel. 5 Then he poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which he was girded. 6 He came to Simon Peter; and Peter said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” 7 Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not know now, but afterward you will understand.” 8 Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part in me.” 9 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” 10 Jesus said to him, “He who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet,[a] but he is clean all over; and you[b] are clean, but not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “You are not all clean.”
Jesus took ordinary people,
fishermen and tax-gatherers
to tell of the good news.
He took the ordinary, common things of life,
to speak of your love,
a towel and a basin
some bread and a cup of wine.
we are ordinary people,
and we pray that you will use us in the service of your kingdom.
We pray you will take what we have,
our eyes and ears, our lips and hearts
and use them for your glory.
We pray for those who today,
need a gentle word of love to encourage and comfort;
for those who need a helping hand to cope;
for those who would like to talk and share their memories
with a compassionate ear.
There is no secret to following Jesus,
for we know we have been given all we need to love,
to love him and to love our neighbour.
Surround us with that love
and grant us the courage to follow where he leads.
In Jesus’ name
Hymn: Lord Jesus as the shadows
1 Lord Jesus, as the shadows long are stealing
across your path, we turn and see you kneeling
with towel in hand, the servant way revealing,
all for our healing.
2 Strange majesty we find at work before us
as we, unnerved, take up the ready chorus,
'Keep back, great Lord, we rather would revere
you than be so near you.'
3 Yet still you come, on God's low road persisting,
from force and power so quietly desisting,
your every act upon love's way insisting.
Quell our resisting!
Leith Fisher (b.1941)
And now may the blessing of almighty God
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Be with you and remain with you
And all those whom you love
Today and for evermore
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