It was a very meaningful service.
In fact, I have never attended anything quite like it before.
After having a time of reflection, we were each given a small piece of paper.
What was to be written on it?
Anything in our lives that separated us from God.
A little later, we all walked outside.
A fire was near the entrance to the building.
Each piece of paper was to be thrown into the flames, signifying the defeat (through God’s power) of the items listed.
Next, we sat in groups out in the grass.
It was sunset, and the sky was steadily darkening.
Three wooden crosses had been erected on the property.
The one in the middle was draped with purple material.
The groups were given a bowl of water and a cloth.
Each participant washed the feet of the one sitting to the left of them.
Our cloth was yellow.
My feet were washed, then I washed another’s feet.
When we were finished, the cloth was to be torn into strips, equal to the number of people in our group.
We all wore our cloth strips wrapped around our wrists as a reminder that we are never alone because God is with us.
We sang songs of praise and encouragement, prayed together, and then went out into our own communities.
As Christians, God wants us to care for others’ needs.
Jesus gave instructions to His disciples:
When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. —John 13:12-17