Good morning family,

We are entering into the heart of Holy Week in the church.  A time we as a church reflect and gather to remember the events that are at the core of our faith.  Please set aside time these next few days for your own personal reflection and to join in your church we reflect on them in community. 

 Today is Maundy Thursday. “Maundy” is Latin for “Mandate.”  It is the day we remember Jesus’ institution of The Lord’s Supper and his mandate to “Do this in remembrance of me.”

The Lord's Supper first took place in the context of the Jewish Celebration of Passover. It flows out of it and is rooted in it.  Read Exodus 12:1-14 then read 1 Corinthians 11:23-34.  Scriptures tell us that when the supper was over Jesus took the cup of wine.  This would be the third cup of 4 cups of wine drank during the Passover or Seder as it is called today.  The third cup is referred to as the cup of redemption or the cup of blessing. It is the cup that represents the deliverance and redemption of the Jews by the blood of the lambs put on the door lentils of homes.  It is with this cup and all it represents that Jesus declares that it is by his blood that now true deliverance and redemption will be made possible. 

In the Lords Supper, Christ brings His passion to our remembrance and draws us into wonderful communion, Holy Communion, with the Father and with Himself and one another, proleptic of our life in the Kingdom of God, nourishing our faith “till He comes” (Lk 11:2).

In the Lord’s Supper we remember.  Jesus said to His disciples, “I will pray the Father and he will give you another Comforter… and He will bring all things to your remembrance” (Jn 14:26).  At the Last Supper, Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of me” (Lk 22:19).  We remember in such a way that we see our participation in the past event and see our destiny and future bound up in it.  We remember in such a way that we know by the grace of God we are the people for whom the Savior died and rose again; we are the people whose sins Jesus confessed on the cross; we are the people with whom God has made a new covenant in the blood of Christ; we are the Israel of God to whom God said, “I will be your God and you shall be my people” (Ex 6:7).  The work of memory, of realizing our participation and fellowship in the sufferings of Christ, is the work of the Holy Spirit.  We remember Christ, yet it is not so much we who remind ourselves of these events, but Jesus Christ, who brings his passion to our remembrance through the Holy Spirit, as our ever-living and ever present Lord.

Read Exodus 12:1-14 and 1 Corinthians 11:23-34.  Reflect on the hope, redemption, and deliverance that was made possible for you when you drink of the cup.  Attend a Maundy Thursday gathering at you church or find one that is hosting one, as well as Good Friday and Easter Sunday gatherings.  The Lord's Supper was instituted in community, and needs to be remembered in community.  

One Direction Community's Holy Week Schedule:

• April 13, Thursday: Maundy Thursday Service: 6:30pm-8:00pm at Wayne and Brandy Stephen’s home located at 106 Champions Green Drive, Madison, Al 35758. “Maundy”comes from the Latin word “mandatum” meaning mandate or commandment. On his last night before his betrayal and arrest, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples In John’s Gospel and then gave them a new commandment to love one another as he had loved them (John 13:34). He instituted the Lord’s Supper in Mark, Matthew and Luke and the commandment to “Do this in remembrance of me.” This service remembers both. https://www.onedirection.community/events/2017/4/13/maundy-thursday-service

• April 14, Friday: Good Friday Service: 6:00pm-7:30pm: at Indian Creek Greenway located behind Creekwood subdivision off Slaughter Road in Madison just north of the Farrow Rd / Slaughter Rd intersection. This service remembers God loving and redeeming the world through the cross of our Lord, Jesus Christ, https://www.onedirection.community/events/2017/4/14/good-friday-service

• April 16, Sunday: Easter Sunday Service: Our gathering will take place at Terranovas Italian Restaurant 1420 Paramount Dr Huntsville, AL 35806 United States. It will be an informal, friendly gathering. It will begin at 11:30am. After the service we will share a meal together. BBQ provided. Bring a side dish if you can and join us! https://www.onedirection.community/events/2017/4/16/easter-sunday-community-outreach

• To RSVP or for more info contact Gary Liederbach at garyl@onedirection.community

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