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Lent reflection 3

Lent 3 Wednesday 3 March

by Deacon Selina

These two paintings – The Last Supper and Jesus washes Peter's feet – are both by the German priest and artist, Sieger Koder. They reflect the two aspects of Jesus' own ministry: the sacramental ministry (sharing in the bread and wine), and the servant ministry (attending to the needs of others). As I pondered upon these two paintings, I discerned that we in the Methodist church are so blessed to have these two aspects of ministry reflected in the orders of presbyters and deacons. The two are complementary and together they demonstrate more fully the ministry of Christ.

These verses from a wonderful hymn by Brian Wren reflect the two ministries of service and sacrament beautifully :

Great God, your love has called us here
as we, by love for love were made.
Your living likeness still we bear,
though marred, dishonoured, disobeyed;
we come, with all our heart and mind,
your call to hear, your love to find.

Then take the towel, and break the bread,
and humble us, and call us friends;
suffer and serve till all are fed,
and show how grandly love intends
to work till all creation sings,
to fill all worlds, to crown all things.

Lord Jesus, Servant King, you set aside your glory, coming to live amongst humanity as one of us. You did not fear humility, and became as a slave, washing the feet of your disciples. Touch us with your intimate love. Help us to know you in the humble service of others, in their service to us, and in the breaking of bread. Amen.

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