This Sunday Paul was preaching on Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. Bruce was overseeing the music and response times. He brought towels and set up chairs at the front of the service. I thought, “What is he going to make us do this time?”
Well, after an amazing worship based prayer time Paul spoke on John 13 where Jesus washed His followers’ feet. He really focused on how we are to FOLLOW Jesus in His self-sacrifice. (We keep telling people to be leaders when the Bible simply and clearly tells us exactly how to be good Jesus followers.) It was great to be reminded that its not the exact act of bathing someone that Jesus wanted us to copy Him in. But to serve one another. To not consider any task too low for us or any person too high or low for us to care for.
Afterwards, instead of just playing a song and praying. Bruce encouraged us (music soft, lights all on, everyone aware) to come forward if you would like prayer and someone would wash their feet with prayer and encouragement. The towel was a symbol as we sat at one anothers’ feet and prayed a blessing over them, speaking words of encouragement to them and giving them love. When we were done, we were to pass the towel to the next person waiting to pray. There was so much prayer this night! We were hard pressed to get everyone to be done (we did not want to rush this precious time) so we could move on to the birthday party that was ready for us all in the next room. But what a wonderful time of communing with the Lord and each other!
I encourage you to be a follower. Be a true follower of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and enjoy the sweet fellowship of community.