On Maundy Thursday, the church remembers the last evening Jesus shared with His disciples in the upper room before His arrest and crucifixion. Maundy Thursday marks three key events in Jesus’ last week: His washing of His disciples’ feet, His institution of the Lord’s Supper, and His new commandment to love one another. The name “Maundy Thursday” comes from the Latin mandatum novum, referring to the “new commandment” Jesus taught His disciples (John 13:34; in other words, this is “New Commandment Thursday”). Our focus on this Maundy Thursday is upon the renewal that comes as we partake of the feast which God sets before us, the Lord’s Supper, which is also a foretaste of the feast to come in heaven.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” — Romans 12:2
Our Lenten journey towards the cross gives us an opportunity to be renewed by the power of God as His Spirit works through the Word and Sacraments. Invite someone to join you as together are we are transformed during this “Time for Renewal.”