Bible readings: Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10) 11-14, Psalm 116: 1-2, 12-19, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, John 13:1-17, 31b-35 (same readings for Years A, B and C).
About the Images:
Upper Left: This image comes from Heartlight - a very useful free slide site (see my links in the left column)
Upper Right: This image comes from an equally helpful free slide site: Image Bank (see my links in the left column)
Middle Left: This is another Heartlight image.
Middle Right: As is this
Lower Left: And this
Have a small laminated footwashing picture for each person to hold throughout the service and take home afterwards. Either image above would work well or visit www.paulajolly.com for a couple of great pencil sketches on this theme. Please abide by all copyright rules.
This works well as a change from foot washing or when there are congregational members who have mobility difficulties. It also takes a while to do so have some meditative music playing in the background. Pass a peeled onion around and talk about how raw onions leave a nasty reminder behind. As each person takes a turn to hold the onion ask them to think of a disappointment, a hurt or an action that they have suffered or caused. Then pass a box of scented disposable towelettes around and ask each person to wash the hands of the person on their right. As they do so, ask them to pray for that person asking God to remove the pain or disappointment or hurt in that person's life. I am fairly sure this is my idea but lots of other people have had e a similar idea and there are numerous variations on this theme.
By Ruth Burgess and Chris Polhill in Eggs and Ashes, Wild Goose Publications, 2004, page 154-163 (pictured at left).