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Maundy Thursday
Exodus 12:1-4,5-14; Ps. 116:1-2,12-19
I Cor. 11:23-26 John 13:1-17,31-35

Exodus 12
1GOD said to Moses and Aaron while still in Egypt, 2"This month is to be the first month of the year for you. 3Address the whole community of Israel; tell them that on the tenth of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one lamb to a house. 4If the family is too small for a lamb, then share it with a close neighbor, depending on the number of persons involved. Be mindful of how much each person will eat.
5Your lamb must be a healthy male, one year old; you can select it from either the sheep or the goats. 6Keep it penned until the fourteenth day of this month and then slaughter it–the entire community of Israel will do this–at dusk. 7Then take some of the blood and smear it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which you will eat it. 8You are to eat the meat, roasted in the fire, that night, along with bread, made without yeast, and bitter herbs. 9Don't eat any of it raw or boiled in water; make sure it's roasted–the whole animal, head, legs, and innards. 10Don't leave any of it until morning; if there are leftovers, burn them in the fire.
11"And here is how you are to eat it: Be fully dressed with your sandals on and your stick in your hand. Eat in a hurry; it's the Passover to GOD.
12"I will go through the land of Egypt on this night and strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, whether human or animal, and bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am GOD. 13The blood will serve as a sign on the houses where you live. When I see the blood I will pass over you–no disaster will touch you when I strike the land of Egypt.
14"This will be a memorial day for you; you will celebrate it as a festival to GOD down through the generations, a fixed festival celebration to be observed always.

The Message (MSG)
Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

Psalm 116
1I love GOD because he listened to me, listened as I begged for mercy.
2He listened so intently
as I laid out my case before him.
12What can I give back to GOD
for the blessings he's poured out on me?
13I'll lift high the cup of salvation–a toast to GOD!
I'll pray in the name of GOD;
14I'll complete what I promised GOD I'd do,
and I'll do it together with his people.
15When they arrive at the gates of death,
GOD welcomes those who love him.
16Oh, GOD, here I am, your servant,
your faithful servant: set me free for your service!
17I'm ready to offer the thanksgiving sacrifice
and pray in the name of GOD.
18I'll complete what I promised GOD I'd do,
and I'll do it in company with his people,
19In the place of worship, in GOD's house,
in Jerusalem, GOD's city.

The Message (MSG)
Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

1 Corinthians 11:23-26
23Let me go over with you again exactly what goes on in the Lord's Supper and why it is so centrally important. I received my instructions from the Master himself and passed them on to you. The Master, Jesus, on the night of his betrayal, took bread. 24Having given thanks, he broke it and said,
This is my body, broken for you.
Do this to remember me.
25After supper, he did the same thing with the cup:
This cup is my blood, my new covenant with you.
Each time you drink this cup, remember me.

26What you must solemnly realize is that every time you eat this bread and every time you drink this cup, you reenact in your words and actions the death of the Master. You will be drawn back to this meal again and again until the Master returns. You must never let familiarity breed contempt.

The Message (MSG)
Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

John 13
Washing His Disciples' Feet
1Just before the Passover Feast, Jesus knew that the time had come to leave this world to go to the Father. Having loved his dear companions, he continued to love them right to the end. 2It was suppertime. The Devil by now had Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, firmly in his grip, all set for the betrayal.
3Jesus knew that the Father had put him in complete charge of everything, that he came from God and was on his way back to God. 4So he got up from the supper table, set aside his robe, and put on an apron. 5Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the feet of the disciples, drying them with his apron. 6When he got to Simon Peter, Peter said, "Master, you wash my feet?"
7Jesus answered, "You don't understand now what I'm doing, but it will be clear enough to you later."
8Peter persisted, "You're not going to wash my feet–ever!"
Jesus said, "If I don't wash you, you can't be part of what I'm doing."
9"Master!" said Peter. "Not only my feet, then. Wash my hands! Wash my head!"
10Jesus said, "If you've had a bath in the morning, you only need your feet washed now and you're clean from head to toe. My concern, you understand, is holiness, not hygiene. So now you're clean. But not every one of you." 11(He knew who was betraying him. That's why he said, "Not every one of you.") 12After he had finished washing their feet, he took his robe, put it back on, and went back to his place at the table.
Then he said, "Do you understand what I have done to you? 13You address me as "Teacher' and "Master,' and rightly so. That is what I am. 14So if I, the Master and Teacher, washed your feet, you must now wash each other's feet. 15I've laid down a pattern for you. What I've done, you do. 16I'm only pointing out the obvious. A servant is not ranked above his master; an employee doesn't give orders to the employer. 17If you understand what I'm telling you, act like it–and live a blessed life.

A New Command
31When he had left, Jesus said, "Now the Son of Man is seen for who he is, and God seen for who he is in him. The moment God is seen in him, 32God's glory will be on display. In glorifying him, he himself is glorified–glory all around!
33"Children, I am with you for only a short time longer. You are going to look high and low for me. But just as I told the Jews, I'm telling you: "Where I go, you are not able to come.'
34"Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. 35This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples–when they see the love you have for each other."

The Message (MSG)
Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

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April 12, 2006 at 9:30 pm

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