On Jesus' last night with his friends, they ate together, they told the story of being God's chosen people, they sang hymns, and through it all Jesus changed simple things into new meaning. While the evening did not end the way the disciples expected, it became a centerpiece of their story in the weeks, years, and millennia afterward.
The word "Maundy" comes from the Latin Mandatum--commandment. On this night we are reminded yet again of the new commandment Jesus gives--to love one another as he loves us--and we go back to that same story, that same table, and the hymns of our tradition as we seek to be strengthened to live that commandment.
The service centers around the communion table. We practice open communion--all are welcome, of any age or background.
This service is suitable for children as well.