There are times, there are seasons, good days, bad days, but what if today was our last day, and we knew it?
If we were given a choice how would we spend it?
With family, friends, with those we love and with those who love us, I suppose that is the answer most would give, and there can be no better. It is what our Lord Jesus did, and at the end of it he shared in the Passover Meal, as he had so greatly desired to do with his friends and disciples .Many thousand, thousands will be sharing in Holy Communion, simply to remember on this Maundy Thursday
My church, St Giles, Rowley Regis will be doing just that, gathering together with brothers and sisters from nearby Knowle Methodist Church and other free churches we shall remember, and let our Saviours words, his encouragement to serve, wash each other’s feet and, to love one another settle deeply, more surely into our hearts.
Me? I’m simply a pew filler, not a preacher, not a server at the altar, but I like to think I also serve.
Soon my church will be celebrating its 100th birthday, it has known lots of times and seasons, good days, bad days but in 1923 it knew a special day, it’s day of consecration, the day when those gathered, dedicated this special building to the worship of God.
Just as it is with buildings so it is with people, if we sit and think about it we also had a ‘consecration’ day – a special day when we gave ourself to God. some might say, ah yes, the day I was confirmed or baptised, the day I was licensed as a lay reader, ordained, the day I was married. Please share your special day with “Tides and Tidings’ if you wish, I am sure the editors would love to hear about it.
Maundy Thursday reminds us of the Consecration, the Sanctification of the Lord Jesus, just as clearly as his desire that pew fillers and followers should love one anther, just as he was consecrated and sanctified in the Truth and to his Father’s will and purpose, so he prayed that we should be.
“Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth” – John 17:17</strong
Today's world is a busy world, time rushes on, gathering together as church, grows less important to many, who no longer feel the need to make time or to belong, could it be they are forgetful of their Consecration Day, the purpose to which their life was dedicated?
I abandon myself into your hands,
Do with me what you will,
Whatever you may do,
I thank you.
I am ready for all.
I accept all,
Let only your will be done in me
And all your creatures –
I wish no more than this, O Lord,
Into your hands I commend my soul;
I offer it to you
With the love of my heart, for I love you Lord,
And need to give you myself,
To surrender myself
Into your hands without reserve,
And with boundless confidence,
For you are my Father.
(Charles De Foucauld 1858-1916)
From a Rowley Church Pew Filler and lover of Jesus