Saturday, March 20, 2010

Seder Celebrated

Saturday after the Fourth Sunday in Lent
March 20, 2010

The Lord be with you

About 20 people gathered at Lamb of God Lutheran Church (LCMS) this evening to experience a Seder meal. Klaudia Zhelezny from Chosen People Ministries led us through the meal. Klaudia is a Russian born Jew who has become a Christian.

A complete Jewish traditional Seder meal would last at least five hours. If each portion of the meal was given a Christian interpretation, well let us just say no one would be awake by the end. Every Christian Seder I’ve seen trims a lot and provides some Christian interpretation. Klaudia’s presentation followed this pattern, so our meal lasted about two and a half hours.

Just one of the nuggets shared deals with the unleavened bread. According to Jewish tradition the unleavened bread must be striped and have holes, as well as being unleavened. There are three pieces of unleavened bread placed in a special bag. The middle piece is withdrawn, broken in half, and half is hidden, to be found later. This has been seen as representing Jesus by whose stripes we are healed, who was pierced for our transgressions, broken on the cross, buried, and raised three days later.

The Seder meal, also known as the Passover meal, was what Jesus was celebrating when he instituted Communion. Participating in our Seder/Passover meal helped us develop a deeper understanding of this Sacrament. Below are some pictures that were taken tonight.

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor John Rickert

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