Love Feast is a sacred tradition in the Church of the Brethren that Green Tree partakes in twice a year – once in the fall, and once on Maundy Thursday. During the Love Feast service, we come together as brothers and sisters to remember the Passover meal that Jesus shared with his disciples.
There are three parts to this service. The first is the feet washing ceremony. During his last meal with his disciples, Jesus knelt before each of his disciples and washed their feet. Following this act of service and love, Jesus instructed his disciples to do the same for each other. The Brethren church takes this charge seriously. In the act of washing each other’s’ feet, we display the humility and love that Jesus expected from his followers. This part in the Love Feast service also reminds us of our need for God to cleanse us of our sins.
The service also includes a fellowship meal, which the congregation eats together. By sharing a meal, we are able to come together as brothers and sisters in fellowship, just as Jesus and his disciples did. The Love Feast service culminates in the partaking of communion, which serves both as a memorial of Christ’s death as well as a reminder of the grace we have received.
This beautiful yet simple service connects us both to each other and to our God. It is an opportunity to remember the love our Savior has for us and the work He calls us to do.