April 18 is Maundy Thursday.
The word “Maundy” comes from the Latin phrase “mandatum novum.” It means “new commandment” and refers to what Jesus said in John 13:34: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” So that is the main Bible passage for the service.
This year our service is “candlelit.” In 2016 there was an ice storm. The lights when out so we had to hold the service by candlelight. We liked the experience so much that we decided to do it again every year since — but this time on purpose!
So as you come in you’ll be given a small candle, just like on Christmas Eve.
We’ll celebrate the Lord’s Supper, and sing and pray together. At the end of the service we’ll turn low all the candles and leave in silence as we prepare for the cross and Good Friday.
Since it is an evening service there will be no nursery care.
Join in. This is a moving, meaningful service during Holy Week.