New councillors wash feet
Matthew Moloney, Parish Priest, Emerald Queensland, was asked to officiate at the inauguration of the newly elected local Council. He suggested a foot washing ceremony with surprising results.
“...he got up from table, removed his outer garments and, taking a towel, wrapped it round his waist; he then poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel he was wearing. When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments again he went back to the table. ‘Do you understand’, he said, ‘what I have done to you? You call me Master and Lord, and rightly; so I am. If I, then, the Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you must wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example so that you may copy what I have done to you...” John 13:3-15 (NJB)
The Local Council elections had just been completed and it was only a few weeks after Easter of 2016. The Central Highlands results came in reasonably quickly and the final results were called and the time had come for the first meeting and induction of the local Regional Council. The Council Chambers are centred in Emerald, approximately 300 kilometres west of Rockhampton in Central Queensland.