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Foot-Washing Ceremony Taught by Jesus
Before participating in the Passover ceremony (partaking of the bread and wine), we must first participate in the Foot-Washing ceremony which was conducted by Jesus as an example for us. With biblical records we can confirm that no one can participate in the Passover before washing the feet.
John 13:1-7 “It was just before the Passover Festival…he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
John 13:12-15 “When he had finished washing their feet…I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”
At first, Apostle Peter who faithfully followed Jesus did not understand why Jesus had to wash his feet.
John 13:8-10 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!” Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean…””
Nevertheless, Jesus taught Peter that He had to wash Peter’s feet to let him participate in the Passover. Meaning, there is no exception to this rule. If we call ourselves faithful, we definitely must follow the examples set by Jesus and by participating in the foot-washing ceremony, we can become actual followers of Christ.
Foot-Washing Took Place in the Old Testament Times
The Old Testament describes the ceremony of the priests having to wash both hands and feet from a basin before they entered the tent of meeting to carry out their work of ministry. With no exception, only the priests who washed could enter.
Ex. 30:17-20 “Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a bronze basin, with its bronze stand, for washing. Place it between the tent of meeting and the altar, and put water in it. Aaron and his sons are to wash their hands and feet with water from it. Whenever they enter the tent of meeting, they shall wash with water…”
The priests who disobeyed could never enter the tent of meeting once again and were put to death.
Ex. 30:20-21 “Whenever they enter the tent of meeting, they shall wash with water so that they will not die. Also, when they approach the altar to minister by presenting a food offering to the Lord, they shall wash their hands and feet so that they will not die. This is to be a lasting ordinance for Aaron and his descendants for the generations to come.””
God kept it as a very strict ceremony that could not be broken. In the New Testament, Jesus, God in the flesh, came and said just washing the feet is enough. To enter the temple which represents Christ through the Passover, we must observe the foot-washing ceremony according to the New Testament regulations. What matters more is the New Testament regulations taught directly by Jesus. If we do not wash our feet, we can imagine what will happen to us spiritually with Jesus’ words:
John 6:63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.
Observing Passover in an Unworthy Manner?
During the apostolic age, there were some saints who kept the Passover in an unworthy manner which the Apostle Paul criticized that they brought judgment upon themselves. If we don’t examine ourselves before participating in the Passover, then, in the end, we will be guilty of a greater sin that causes death.
1 Cor. 11:23-30 “For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you…So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep.”
The Passover is a holy feast that grants us eternal life, the seal of God and the Tree of life. If we wish to receive such blessings from God, we must participate in the foot-washing sacred ceremony which has procedures and regulations which we must obey. This is a way how we can participate in the Passover in a “worthy manner.” With this ceremony we can also discern that is only the World Mission Society Church of God that actually follows the direct teachings of Jesus.Category Awards The President’s Volunteer Service Award – Barack Obama
The World Mission Society Church of God in San Diego is awarded with one of the highest volunteer service awards from the President of the United States of America, Barak Obama. The award was presented in recognition of the many volunteer services conducted in 2015, which made various impacts on the communities within the San Diego County.Category Awards Certificate of Appreciation – Blood Drive with American Red Cross
The American Red Cross awarded the World Mission society Church of God in San Diego with a certificate of appreciation for the successful blood drive. Within a few hours the members from the Church of God were able to help the community and save lives by donating 79 pints of blood, which impacts a total of 237 patients.Category Awards City of San Diego Proclamation
The World Mission Society Church of God in Santee is awarded with the City of San Diego Proclamation by the Mayor of San Diego, Kevin Faulconer. 2015 marked the Centennial year – 100th year- for Balboa park. Volunteers from the Church of God assisted in many efforts throughout the year to restore the park to its original condition. Many San Diego natives were very touched and expressed their gratitude after seeing the work completed.Category Awards Letter of Appreciation – San Diego Food Bank
Throughout the year the volunteer members for the World Mission Society Church of God in San Diego assisted with sorting and repackaging food for distribution by the San Diego Food Bank. The volunteer services conducted throughout the year totaled 87 hours.Category Awards City of Santee Proclamation
August 27, 2014 is named as World Mission Society Church of God day in the City of Santee for the many volunteer services conducted in the area. The award highlights the many volunteer services worldwide and also focuses on the big impact that was made during a volunteer service at Forrester Creek in the City of Santee. The cleanup helped prevent over 3,500 pounds of trash from entering the San Diego River.Category Awards Letter of Appreciation – United States Department of the Interior
The World Mission Society Church of God in San Diego is recognized by the United States Department of the Interior for the cleanup in the City of Santee. The volunteers from the Church of God assisted in collecting 3,500 pounds of trash and debris and more than 100 pounds of recyclable material.Category Awards Letter of Appreciation – San Diego River Park Foundation
159 proactive volunteers from the World Mission Society Church of God in San Diego gathered together to be proactive in the effort to help stop sewage buildup in the river. The volunteers where able to remove carpets, grocery carts, needles, clothes, cans, tires and many other things from Forrester creek in the City of Santee, which ultimately flows into the San Diego River.Category Activities>Activities>Blood Drive Blood Drive in Commemoration of Upcoming Passover
The World Mission Society Church of God accomplished a record of 261 units of Blood in only 5 hours!
The WMSCOG holds a blood drive in commemoration of the upcoming Passover, and they did not disappoint! The Churches of God in San Diego partnered once again with Lifestream to hold the 665th Worldwide Blood Drive. This was part of a worldwide blood drive relay held throughout 175 different countries. The church members came together cheering each other and their community on, joining a much needed cause. Unfortunately, there are constant blood shortages across the nation, understanding this they wanted to help. One pint of blood can save 3 lives, so the caring Church of God volunteers were greatly motivated to help out. Motivated to beat last year’s record of 172 units of blood collected, they made a new goal of 250 units. Amazingly by the end of the drive a total of 261 units were collected! More than 300 registered donors came to support the blood drive, and many more to enjoy the entertainment provided.
WMSCOG holds blood drive in commemoration of upcoming Passover
Why does the World Mission Society Church hold these blood drives? It is with good reason! To emphasize the teaching of Jesus, the way to eternal life is by eating and drinking His flesh and blood. He taught this can be done through the bread and wine of The Passover, commonly known as the Last Supper. In order to raise awareness about the Passover, the Church of God hosts the Worldwide blood drive every year. Giving their own blood to save physical lives, they hope that people can understand the importance of receiving spiritual life through the Passover. “We really want to follow the example of Christ, helping our neighbors and sharing the love of God through our actions”. Even more important than our physical life, and the true love of God is receiving eternal life. Please come and study about God the Father and God the Mother who give us life through the Passover.
The Members of the Church of God are a perfect resemblance of the Lifestream slogan “Blead by Example”
“What you’ve done giving of your own self to help other people is a real credit to your church.” “We’ve noticed a huge difference between some other places we go and here”, stated the Lifestream nurses. Church members were moved to learn that many of the Lifestream staff were supposed to have the day off. Upon hearing that this drive would be held at the World Mission Society Church of God they eagerly volunteered. Despite the two hour drive to San Diego and a very long day for them, they were so excited! They couldn’t stop thanking everyone for being so friendly and helpful, expressing how grateful they were for our efforts! It was truly a successful event for the staff, church and the community. Following the example of Christ, the WMSCOG sets an outstanding example in their communities!
Donors truly felt the love of God the Mother through various entertainment and food
Putting their hearts and souls into serving their neighbors in every way, the Church of God prepared all kinds of entertainment. Some of these were cultural performances such as Mariachi and Japanese drums, as well as a special orchestra and choir for the event. Their energy was so amazing, even the children were dancing to the music! While the guests were enjoying the entertainment, other church members were practicing the teachings of Christ serving them with delicious appetizers that all of the church members prepared themselves. Everyone who attended was so surprised at all of the time and effort that went into each and every aspect of the blood drive, many people commented that they had never seen a blood drive like this.