Easter is a very special time in the Christian calendar. Many of you may have attended the Sunrise Service at the Dingle in recent years. Again, this year, St. Paul’s United Church in Spryfield will be celebrating with a Sunrise Service at the bandstand at the Dingle. Please note, this is not quite the same spot as in other years. Don’t feel you have to be a member of the church in order to attend. Dress warmly and bring a lawnchair if you wish The service will be held rain or shine. After the service, join us for a light breakfast at the church.
Of course, Easter Sunday is the celebration of the risen Christ. Leading up to this is a week of services that remind us of the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem, the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday and the crucifixion on Good Friday.
The Maundy Thursday Service is a communion service. Although the exact origins of this name are unclear, some believe the word maundy is derived from the Latin word mandatum which means command. On Maundy Thursday we remember the new commandment Jesus gave to his disciples, to love one another. Others say it stems from the Latin word mundo meaning wash recalling how Jesus washed the disciples feet at the Last Supper. At the Maundy Thursday service, we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper and we will also re-enact Jesus’ symbolic gesture of washing the disciples’ feet. At this service you will have the opportunity to participate in hand washing or foot washing if you wish. You might want to dress appropriately, eg pants, sandals or shoes with socks.