March 29 - Pastor Lee Cunningham

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Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14

Psalm 116:1, 10-17

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

John 13:1-17, 31b-35

 

For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.”

– John 13:15

 

Marjorie stood at the sacristy sink, propped up by her two crutches. She had used crutches since she was crippled by polio as a child. Yet there she stood in her early 70s, lovingly and vigorously scrubbing the communion linens until they gleamed. “I can’t do much, but I serve where I can,” she told me. She started a ministry of phoning “the old people who live alone” on a daily basis just to check on them. No one recruited her to do this: she saw a need and did something. She lived on social security and yet she tithed her small monthly check. “When you tithe, you always have enough.”

The Gospel reading for Maundy Thursday is a scandalous and powerful call to the church to develop the heart of a servant. I was in my first year of ministry right out of seminary when I met Marjorie, and her quiet discipleship had a profound effect on my developing ministry. Here was a Christian with the true heart of a servant! I have met many others over the years, but Marjorie was the first.

O God, your voice is like a trumpet calling us to your service; enable us by your grace to answer that call and to give ourselves completely to your gracious will. In the name of the eternally blessed and holy Trinity. Amen. [Prayer by Daniel Taylor Benedict, OSL]

- Lee Cunningham