Guidelines For Planning A Footwashing Service

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

Congregational leaders planning their first liturgical footwashing may take comfort in recognizing that the rite's traditions allow for tremendous flexibility and creativity. As with other symbolic religious acts, there is no one right way to celebrate footwashing.

Because of footwashing's cultural strangeness, pastors and other church leaders may encounter some resistance to including footwashing with the Maundy Thursday or Lord's Supper services. Some may suggest that washing the feet of...


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