Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Passover Seder 5777

Greetings and blessings to you, sweet Gail-Friends.  I'm so thankful for our wonderful Passover week and for our seder this past weekend.  I promised you photos, so here we go:

The photo above is of the front door of our synagogue.  The red drape is symbolic of the blood of the lamb applied to the doors of the Jews before they left Egypt.   The shape of the blood on the doorposts forms the Hebrew letter dalet and tells us the blood of the lamb (Yeshua our Messiah) is the door of salvation.  (To learn more about Passover and the seder, click on this LINK.)

photo from 119 ministries, which I recommend to learn more about the Jewish roots of Christianity

This is the seder plate at the head table, with the lamb shank bone, which represents the lamb sacrificed for sin -- our Messiah Yeshua.

The seder plates were very creative, with a circular napkin on which the plagues were written.  A part of the seder is to dip one's finger in wine and shake it onto the napkin while saying, "Frogs, frogs, frogs, etc. for each of the ten plagues.  The children always enjoy that part.

Rabbi Jem and three of our young men sat at the head table and did the readings for the seder service.

We reflected on the matzah, with its stripes and piercings, which represent the stripes and piercings Yeshua endured during his crucifixion.

The four questions were asked by one of the children:

Rabbi Jem explained the affikomen, which represents Yeshua's death, burial and resurrection.

This young man found the affikomen and bargained with Rabbi Jem for a redemption price of $10.00.  He said, "OY!  Gone are the days when I could give a dollar!"  He's always joking, and we all love his sense of humor.

As always, a place was set for Elijah, in hopes that he will appear to herald the second coming of our Messiah Yeshua.

The children all went to the door to see if Elijah was coming, but there was no one there.  We long for his soon appearing and pray, "Come, Yeshua, and come soon!"

After the seder service, we danced to celebrate the joy of having Messiah Yeshua as our savior, and for the blessings of being His people.

We had an abundance of good food and drink during our feast just prior to the seder, and enjoyed fellowship with mishpocha (family).  We were delighted to have nine guests who had never experienced a Passover seder.

The decorations were beautiful, all thanks to a team of our creative young women and their families.  They did a fabulous job.

The tables were beautifully decorated, and there were items in the middle that represented the plagues.  Notice the tiny frog on the wine glass.

Passover week was a joy and a blessing as we remembered the freedom given us by Adonai and the redeeming sacrifice of our Messiah.

To read more about past celebrations, hear our traditional music,  and get some good Jewish recipes, click on this LINK.

I'd love to hear about your Passover seder.
Thankful Thursday is my day to focus on and be thankful for all the good things in my life.
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