Once or twice a year, Brethren celebrate what the earliest Christians called agape: the out flowing love that seeks not to receive but to give. Jesus taught us this practice, sharing with his disciples a last, loving meal the night before he died. He washed the disciples’ feet, ate supper with them, sought to draw them closer into the fold of his love, and offered them the symbolic bread and cup.
During love feast, we repeat these simple, meaningful acts of Jesus. We gather at tables for a service of remembrance on Maundy Thursday at 6:30 PM which includes the act of lovingly washing each other’s feet. At Northview, we give options for feet washing by gender and mixed genders or hand washing. After this loving act, we enjoy a meal together of traditional sop (beef and bread in broth) as well as vegetarian and gluten free options.
Quietly we share communion, the bread and the cup that remind us of Jesus’ great gift. The service ends as we renew our commitment to follow his example of sacrificial love. A second Love Feast is on World Communion Sunday in October during our regular worship service. All parts of the traditional service are observed for those who wish to experience any or all the traditional practices.
Before these services, one of the deacons will lead a short time of instruction for those who would like more information.