what love you showed to your disciples
and what humility in your service.
You are the Life of life, Son of God,
yet you stooped down
to take off the grimy sandals
and to wash their dusty feet.
With loving care you dried them with the towel
make them fresh and cool.
Since you, our Lord and Savior,
did such lowly service for us,
ought we not humbly to serve others also?
it is not easy to walk in your way
when we seek peace among the nations.
We find there are many who hate peace
and prefer to seek the victory in war.
Even amongst our neighbors and friends
are those who want to prepare for war.
I am for peace;
but when I speak, they are for war.
In my distress I call to you, O Lord;
give me the courage and the faith
to speak for peace.
Spirit of God,
you call your people to patient endurance
that we might not fail in time of testing,
that we might not grow weary in well-doing.
that we should not abandon our first love.
Help us to find our constant inspiration in you
that the lamp may be kept burning
as we witness by your grace.
John Johansen-Berg, 1935- , English Minister
When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.