Watchword for Maundy Thursday — He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds; the Lord is gracious and merciful. Psalm 111:4
Thursday, April 9
Come, let us go to entreat the favor of the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts; I myself am going. Zechariah 8:21
The Barbados “Vision 2020: We Gatherin” shares something slightly different, but that which connects with our text for today. The idea is to invite Barbadians to a global celebration in honour of their heritage and recommit to their country’s successful future and core values that have defined them as a nation.
In Zechariah 8:21, the universality of this gathering of nations was for prayer. It was a cultural and religious experience, deemed necessary for the people of Israel to seek doctrine from the Lord, to learn the truths of His Word, to know His will, and be informed of the right way of worshipping Him. It was ultimately to seek God for life and salvation.
The Provincial theme of the Moravian Church Eastern West Indies Province, “Advance the kingdom: S.H.I.F.T.”, presents an appeal for God’s guidance, inviting each individual to the following considerations: Seek and Submit, Heed and Hear, Imagine and Insight, Focus and Function and Totally Transformed. As we commemorate the Last Supper, are we ready to commit, not only to ourselves, and to our God, but also to each other, to join in the journey, whether it be Barbados’ “We Gatherin”, Zechariah’s search for God’s way and will, or the Province’s vision to ‘Shift’?
O Lord, as we show our concern for the spiritual welfare of each other and especially for your church, give us the zeal to honour and glorify You that our readiness to serve You will show in our divine worship to You. Amen.