Lent begins February 14
Easter is March 31
Passover begins the evening of April 22 and ends April 30 at sundown
The Passover Experience is an interactive presentation that takes participants through a traditional Passover Seder through the lens of the Jewish sages and the writers of the New Testament.
Participants will gain a greater understanding for Jesus and his teachings within his Jewish context and a deeper appreciation for the relationship between Judaism and Christianity.
The presentation can be done for a home group or as part of a worship service (with or without Communion) or in a venue that enables participants to partake of the elements at stations, pre-packed in individual boxes, or while sitting at tables.
The more adventurous can incorporate a traditional Passover meal, complete with matzoh ball soup, roasted chicken, and all the fixings (preparation instructions and recipes are provided below).
No matter what format you chose, participants will gain a greater understanding of the Jewish heritage of their faith and have the opportunity to engage with God’s story of redemption that was provided through “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).
I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer...
-Jesus (Luke 22:15)
THESE ARE THE 5 PROGRAM OPTIONS YOU CAN CHOOSE FROM
1. Passover presentation only (45-50 minutes)
2. Passover presentation with Communion (50-55 minutes)
3. Passover presentation with Seder elements in boxes (55-60 minutes)
4. Passover presentation with congregational participation at tables (60-65 minutes)
5. Passover presentation with congregational participation at tables with dinner (2 hours)
The Passover Experience Preparation Checklist (head and participant table set-up instructions)
Haggadah Program (copy front to back and fold) | You can also project this onto your screens
Suggested Service Order if this presentation is being done during your regular worship service (instructions are included for the individual Seder box option)
If you’re incorporating dinner into your program, here are tips and recommended recipes for your menu
Wondering if Christians should be celebrating Passover?
Read Yes, Seders Are For Christians* by Michelle Van Loon
Exploring the Passover story helps us learn more about the context of Jesus’ own religious and spiritual life, and it sheds light on Easter, the resurrection of Jesus, and the meaning of redemption. But the magnificent drama and depth of the Passover story also gives us a powerful framework to understand the journey of our own lives.
-Rabbi Evan Moffic, What Every Christian Needs to Know About Passover
Justin is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the Seder meal and how it relates to the Christian faith. I would encourage anyone and everyone to have him in to teach on the subject of Christ and his Jewish roots.
-Pastor Bryan Padgett, Redeemer Church, Stillwater, OK