In the Christian tradition, we remember that Jesus gathered for a Passover feast the night before he died. We call it “Maundy Thursday” – “Maundy” means “commandment” – as it was on that night that Jesus gave his disciples the commandment to “love one another.” It was also at that meal that Jesus shared the bread and cup in a new way, which became the Christian practice of communion.
This year, we invite you to join us for a Passover Seder on Thursday, April 17, at 7:00 p.m. Quite different from our usual Maundy Thursday services, this service will give us a chance to understand the Jewish tradition of the Passover, through which we remember the liberation from slavery and reflect on the ways God still frees us from bondage.
There will not be a full meal served at this event. Readings, symbols, and choir music will lead us through the story and help us remember.
We will be using a resource called Let us Break Bread Together: A Passover Haggadah for Christians, written collaboratively by a Christian pastor and a Jewish rabbi. In their introduction, they write:
“Because Jesus was an observant Jew, Passover was a central part of his life…Renewed interest in the Jewishness of Jesus has led many Christians to reclaim the Pssover seder as part of their heritage. Christian and Jewish seders, however, differ from one another. For Christians the Passover seder connects them to Jesus the Jew and thus deepens their understanding of Jesus the Christ. For Jews the Passover seder is a global family reunion focusing on the retelling of the core story of the Jewish people: their liberation from slavery in Egypt. The Passover story is the key to Jewish self-understanding…
“While borrowing heavily from the original seder of the Jews, this Christian haggadah does not pretend to be in any way Jewish. Participants in this seder are not imitating the Jews, but learning from them.”
We hope you will join us.