Sunday, March 24, 2013

Seder Dinner (+ Christian Haggadah)

Our Seder dinner was so meaningful and powerful.  It is a new favorite tradition and rhythm to our Easter celebration!  I just can't say enough good things about the experience.


One of our initial motivators in hosting this was to celebrate the rich tradition of Passover and to refocus our hearts on the depths to which Easter should run in our veins.  Easter is truly the celebration of the most immeasurable, unmatchable Gift of all time.  And we also initiated this yearly tradition to reject the commercialism that our culture forces on every Biblical holiday.

 So this was the absolutely perfect event.


A Seder Dinner is a traditional Jewish dinner marking the beginning of the Passover.

It's a meal that commemorates the events of Exodus and serves us with a rich and elaborate teaching experience.  Seder Dinner is a celebration and remembrance of what God did for Israel by rescuing them from Egypt.

 We remembered historical accounts in our faith of bitterness, sweetness, the coming of Jesus and all it means for us as present day Christ followers.



We encourage you to consider hosting a Seder of your own next year!  We were so filled up by the community, tradition, exploration of scripture, and a deeper meaning to our faith and Easter.



So, Happy early Easter all!  We pray this is a week not of bunnies and peeps, but of intentional focus on what the divine coming and radical resurrection of Jesus means for you and eternity.

Celebrate deeply--He is worth rejoicing over and commemorating!


To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood,  and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.

Revelations 1:5-6 

P.S.  This is the adapted script from the Haggadah that we read from for the Seder.  Don't be scared of the 19 pages.  The document has narrow margins ;)  The entire meal was about 1 hour and it is interactive with actions, group recitations, and various other elements.  A truly wonderful tool that we are grateful to have in our archives now--feel free to print it off or make use of it as you need.

2 comments:

  1. this is different! I have never heard of that sort of thing! Cool! Happy early easter! What type of food did you eat?

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    1. Vee I'm sure you would love it! It is such a rich faith experience and commemoration. For the actual meal together we ate traditional Israeli salad (cucumbers, tomatoes, etc), egg salad, charoset (apples, dates, honey, nuts), roasted chicken, and matzah ball soup.

      On the Seder plate, and what is discussed through the night about it's symbolism, is a lamb bone, parsley, charoset, maror (horseradish), an egg, and salt water. Reading through that document I provided would help clarify even more.

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