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Pesach/Passover 2006

Pesach/Passover is one of the seven festivals of the Lord mentioned in Leviticus 23.  It is the first of the Spring festivals, occurring in March or April each year.  In scripture, this date would be Nissan 14.

Pesach is the festival that brings to remembrance the deliverance of the Children of Israel from their slavery in Egypt.

Pastor Bill Shupp graciously allowed us to do our Pesach Seder at THE RIVER this year.  It was a real blessing to us, and allowed us to share our fifth annual Pesach with his congregation.
We had 70+ people signed up to come, so there was much to do in preparation.  We did most of our shopping at Wal-Mart.  We found the material for our tablecloths for $1-a-yard, and purchased three bolts of the fabric. 
We needed wine glasses for 70 people, but didn't really want to purchase glass ones, thinking they wouldn't store well from year-to-year and could easily break.  Wal-Mart had hard, thick plastic 8-inch wine glasses for $2 each.  The only problem, the store in Hickory only had fourteen.  By the time we had all the wine glasses we needed, we had been to Wal-Marts in Hickory, Lincolnton, Statesville, Mooresville, Gastonia and Mocksville.  We picked up some smaller disposable ones for the kids at Party City in Hickory.
We didn't have enough Seder plates, so we used small bowls for the different components of the Seder meal.  This was also the largest crowd we'd had in 5 years, so we need additional copies of our Haggadah.

We had decided to use broomstraw as part of our decoration for the room where we would be having our Seder meal.  Doug, his grandchildren and son, Lance, went out into the fields to cut some.  You can imagine the questions that came from the kids in the process.  "Papaw, why are we cutting this stuff?" "Passover?  What's that?"  Doug had numerous questions to answer.

Exodus 12:
     26  And when your children ask you, "What does this ceremony mean to you?"
     27  Then tell them, "It is the Passover sacrifice to the LORD, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians."  Then the people bowed down and worshiped.

Kate, Myrl and Becky work on hemming the material for the table cloths.
This was the material we found at Wal-Mart for $1-a-yard.

Low tables are set and the decorating begins.                          Doris Blount is busy putting out the wine glasses.
Guests were given a choice of low/reclining tables or regular tables.
Doug cut plywood into 2ft. x 8ft. pieces for the low tables.

To soften the bright-white walls, Curtis decided to paint a mural of Jerusalem to go on the wall behind the low tables.
The mural was painted on thick paper so that it could be put up, taken down and used for several years. 
Yossi and Curtis look over the finished product.

At the end of the evening, the set-up crew poses for a photo.  It actually only took two hours to set up the room, including making the table cloths, hanging the wall mural, and putting out all the glasses, bowls, candles, baskets, Haggadas, broomstraw & place-cards.


Yeshua (Jesus), himself, participated in Pesach each year.
Matthew 26
     17 Now the first day of the feast of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the Passover?
It was also during this Pesach Seder meal that Yeshua instituted communion.

Matthew 26
     26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave to the disciples and said, Take eat; this is my body.
     27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it.
     28 For this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.


Curtis sitting at the low tables.  Some had requested to wear Biblical-type costumes on the night of the Seder.



Blood (cardboard) was applied to the top & sides of the doorway.     Curtis & Doug make last minute plans.


Doug & Lynda pose in front of the beautiful hand-painted silk flag by Spencer Williams.

Carolyn & Curtis with their daughter, Beth, & her husband, Brad, and granddaughter, Savanna.




Shofarot were blown as we began our evening.                          Can you see four shofarot in the two photos?

Curtis & Doug led the Seder

Passover is a story that has been told for thousands of years.  Just as God cared for the children of Israel in ancient times, He cares for all who are His today.

We pause for the Passover meal.
Yossi & Jesse                                                            Duke & Myrl - Bruce, Becky, Kate & Helen
          The RIVER folk                         The Fordhams came from South Carolina.          Part of the Gates of Praise Group.
Patrick, Julie & Joseph drove down from Boone.                                                             Barry & Melba

 Families, children & teens

Savanna & Beth                                                                                  Andy & Jane


L'Shana HaBa'ah B'Yerushalayim!

Next Year in Jerusalem!



A time of Praise, Worship & Dance followed the Seder.

Dancing to "It is Good to Praise the Lord", by Paul Wilbur