Monday, March 8, 2010

Messiah in the Passover

Monday after the Third Sunday in Lent
March 8, 2010

The Lord be with you

On the night he was betrayed, our Lord celebrated the Passover with his disciples. At this meal, he established the Lord’s Supper. To this day the Church continues to celebrate this sacred meal, but often the roots of the meal are forgotten.

To help us understand the background to Communion, and thereby better understand this Sacrament, we are having a full Passover meal Saturday, March 20. Guiding us will be Klaudia Zhelezny from Chosen People Ministries. The meal will last from two to two and a half hours, beginning at 6:00 PM. The official name of Zhelezny's presentation is "The Messian in the Passover."

Such meals are also called “Seder” banquets. “Seder” means “order” and refers to the liturgy used during the meal. It is this liturgy which explains each part of the meal. Our Seder will incorporate not only traditional Jewish explanations, but also Christian understandings of how these traditions pointed to our Lord Jesus.

The meal is FREE. However, because it is a full meal, we need to have a good idea of how many people will be attending. Therefore we ask you to RSVP. You can e-mail Kitty ( with your intention to attend. There will also be an opportunity to sign-up at church this Sunday (especially handy for those who do not have internet access).

This experience is open to the community. If you are not a member of Lamb of God, but would like to attend, you may. We do need you to RSVP. If you have a Jewish friend who might be interested in a way Christians might understand their traditional Seder meal, they would be welcome. One of the Jewish traditions concerning the Passover meal is to invite a non-Jewish person to share the meal with them. Reversing the process and inviting a Jewish friend to this Seder meal, then, seems only hospitable.

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Rickert

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