CUMC has again been invited to participate with the UCC family in the Holy Thursday Seder (pronounced SAY-der, which means “prescribed order”) or the Passover ceremony. In the Seder, we reflect upon how God delivered his people from slavery in Egypt. Each part of the Seder points also to Jesus as the means by which God has delivered us from slavery to sin.
A typical Jewish Seder, will not make that connection, of course. But those of us who have come to faith in Jesus see the significance of these things, especially because it was the Passover which Jesus was celebrating with his disciples in the upper room on the night that he was betrayed. It was the middle matzah which Jesus broke and proclaimed, “This is my body given for you.” It was the third cup of wine, the Cup of Redemption, that Jesus lifted up when he said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” When one understands what Jesus was saying with these Passover elements, the significance is staggering. Christians cannot fully understand and appreciate Holy Communion until we have celebrated Passover. Only then do we know what Jesus was saying to his disciples on that night.
Passover combines most of the ingredients of a wonderful celebration: family and friends gathered together, good food, rich spiritual significance and biblical truth, meaningful traditions, rituals, and song.
Our meal last year consisted of matzah soup, chicken, roasted potatoes, carrots, applesauce, and macaroons. Communion will also served.
This special service is for everyone, adults and children, alike. Last year CUMC roasted the potatoes, applesauce, took grape juice, paper products, and we had two adult readers and two children readers, We had a very good representation from the church and everyone enjoyed themselves. We will again help with the preparation of the meal and readers and we will be in touch to line up readers for the meal. A signup sheet is in the Social Hall for you to sign. Hope to see you at the Seder meal!