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Why attend a Passover Seder?

3/30/23 | The Weekly | by Eric Wakeling

    Dear Calvary Family,

    Why attend a Passover Seder?

    You have probably seen over the years that we do a Passover Seder every year on what is traditionally called Maundy Thursday, the day before Good Friday. Why do we have a Passover dinner on that day? Well, this is the day that Jesus celebrated the Passover with his disciples. It was his last Passover with them before he died and so it is called The Last Supper.

    But what was Jesus doing in that meal?

    Why did that meal end up becoming communion practiced in churches around the world for 2,000 years?

    How do the different elements of the most traditional, Jewish Passover Seder - that is still practiced among the most orthodox and the most liberal Jewish people - point to Jesus as the Messiah?

    Why is Passover important for Christians to remember and celebrate as well as Jewish people?

    I would like to invite you to join us at our Passover Seder on Thursday, April 6th from 6:00-9:00 pm where you will learn and experience all the elements of this special holiday. This interactive and fun evening is $40/person which includes a delicious, full meal in addition to the Passover plate items.  I will be leading you through this Seder along with David Seidman, CCS Head of School, who grew up in a Jewish home practicing all these rich traditions regularly.

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    Finally, here are a few reminders for the week leading up to Easter:

    Make plans to join us for Easter at Calvary on Sunday, April 9 with services in English at 6:30 am on the Patio and 9:00am in the Worship Center, plus a service in Spanish at 11:00am in the Chapel.

    Be prayerfully considering now who you can invite to one of these joy-filled worship services. Invite Cards will be available for you to take in the Worship Center Lobby this Sunday. Grab one or a bunch and share them with those God puts on your heart.

    Baptism is a symbol of what Jesus has done for us, a proclamation of our faith, a supernatural mystery, and a chance to celebrate together. And on Easter! Come learn more at a Baptism class this Sunday at 11:00am in the Worship Center Lobby. Learn more and RSVP at CalvaryLife.org/Baptism.

    Our Good Friday communion service is an important time to be still and remember the cost of the crucifixion through scripture readings, prayer, and reflective music. Join us Friday, April 7 at 7:00pm - English in the Worship Center and Spanish in the Chapel.

    Finally, we have a devotional resource of Holy Week Prayers. We invite you to pick up a Prayer Guide at Calvary on this Sunday or follow along on our social media each day for a set of prayers, scriptures, and reflections to connect you more deeply to Jesus and the hope-filled good news found in him.

    May the Lord bless you and keep you,
    Eric Wakeling