In the Church of the Brethren we celebrate what the earliest Christians called agape: the outflowing love that seeks not to receive but to give. Jesus taught us this practice, sharing with His disciples a last loving meal the night before He died. He washed the disciples’ feet, ate supper with them, sought to draw them closer into the fold of His love, and offered them the symbolic bread and cup.
During Love Feast, we repeat these simple meaningful acts. In a time of preparation, we meet in the Sanctuary, seeking to reconcile any discord among ourselves. We then move to the Fellowship Hall where we wash each other’s feet and enjoy a meal together. Thoughtfully, we share communion, the bread and the cup, which reminds us of Jesus’ great gift, and we renew our commitment to follow His example of sacrificial love.
Our Love Feast is celebrated twice a year on a Sunday evening (usually Palm Sunday and the first Sunday in October). We also observe bread-and-cup communion on select Sunday mornings.