Beit Yeshua






29 March


Guests Arrive


Machol Dancers

& Dance


1. Festival Candles
2. Four Cups of Wine
3. Wash Hands
4. Parsley &
Salt Water

5. Four Questions
6. Three Matzot
7. Horseradish
8. Pesach Story
9. Plagues
10. Pesach Meal
11. Afikomen
12. Fourth Cup
of Wine


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Pesach / Passover

Beit Yeshua gathered on Friday, March 29th, 2013, to observe our 12th annual Pesach/Passover Seder, in the Family Life Center at Covenant Bible Church in Lincolnton, NC.  With approximately 220 in attendance, the evening saw family and friends joining us once again to observe the Biblical Festival.  Each year we have guests that have never attended a Seder before, as well as many who return from year to year to observe Pesach with us.  A special thanks to Highway To Zion (and Cathy Hargett) for their continued support for our annual Seders.

Low tables (sitting on the floor)


A combination of low and regular seating


Jane and Carolee help guests find their table and seats


Andi tells Iliana where to place their food for the covered-dish meal


First-time guests Richard & Melody with their sons, Richard, Benjamin & Seth,
place their covered dish on the food tables while  Iline chats with Wane


Myrl helps Enoch with his kippah



We were pleased to have Barry & Jane Gaetano, as well as their daughter Ginger Small,
and granddaughters Rachel & Gracie with us for the first time


Susan, Cami, Brittany, Gloria and Jeff


(Left) Chuck chats with one of Beit Yeshua's newest member, Alex Childers, while
(Right) Dale and Doug spend some time talking with each other before the Seder



Another new member of Beit Yeshua, Cliff Wall, meets and chats with
William & Ardella Rice and their sons, William III & Lael


We had eleven members of the Cunningham family


Nancy & Bill, Terry & Enoch, Francie, Judy and Helen


As always, we're honored to have our Jewish guests join us
Fran & Robbie visit with Beth & her son (left) - as well as Zoya & Buddy (right)


Galia (left) is a sabra from Israel.  She was joined by her husband, Terry, daughter &
son-in-law, Eric & Shelly, and their grandchildren, Breaden, Eliana, Garrett & Keagan. 
They were the guests of Royce & Karen Kincaid, but had been friends of ours for years.



Pesach is always a great time to visit with friends you haven't seen in a while -
as well as those you have - Janice S., Janice A. & Myrl


Everyone settles into their seats as the evening begins



Shofarot are sounded


Curtis leads the group in the Sh'ma and the Blessing for Salvation in Messiah Yeshua
as the word are projected onto the wall


Sh'ma Yisrael

Sh’ma Yisrael, Adonai Eloheinu,
Adonai Echad,
Baruch shem kvod Malchuto,
Le’olam va’ed.

Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God,
The LORD is one!
Blessed be His Name & His glorious kingdom
forever and ever.


Blessing For Salvation in Messiah

Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu
Melech Ha’Olam,
Asher natan lanu et de-rech ha’Yeshua,
B’Mashiach Yeshua.  Baruch Hu. Amein!

Blessed are You, O Lord our God,
King of the Universe,
Who gave to us the way of salvation
in the Messiah Yeshua.  Blessed be He!  Aman!




Chuck shares pertinent announcements with the group



The Machol (Lady) Dancers dance to the song "Hoshiana" by Joshua Aaron

DANCERS: Myrl Peeler, Lynda Williams, Janice Stroup, Christi Rykhus, Biana Pitman, Janice Anthony,
Brittany Pounder, Gloria Cunningham-McCraw, Cami Cunningham, Celia Smith

Curtis leads in a time of congregational praise, worship and dance


There is always a large congregational response to dance at Pesach
with a large portion of the group being men and boys


Worshipping to songs by Paul Wilbur and Phil Wickham



Curtis and Doug led the 2013 Pesach Seder


Susan leads the ladies as they light Pesach festival candles

Blessing Over the Candles
Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheynu Melech Ha'Olam, Asher Kidshanu Bidevaro U'Vishmo
Anachnu Madlikim Haneyrot Shel Yom Tov.

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who has set up apart by His Word,
and in Whose Name we light the festival lights.


Four cups of wine are drunk during the Pesach Seder
The First Cup: The Cup of Sanctification,  The Second Cup: The Cup of Plagues
The Third Cup: The Cup of Redemption,  The Fourth Cup: The Cup of Praise

Blessing Over the Wine
Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheynu Melech Ha'Olam Borey Pri Ha'Gafen

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who created the fruit of the vine


We wash our hands during Pesach
because we are priests before the Lord and the table is His altar


Doug explains the parsley and salt water

At Passover parsley dipped in salt water is eaten - reminding us that life can be difficult and sometimes filled with tears.
Blessing Over the Parsley and Salt Water
Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheynu Melech Ha'Olam Borey Pri Ha'Adamah

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who created the fruit of the earth.


Jude Anthony asked the four questions

1. On all other nights we eat brad or matzah.
Why on this night do we eat only matzah?
2. On all other nights we eat all kinds of vegetables.
Why on this night do we eat only bitter herbs?
3. On all other nights we do not dip our vegetables even once.
Why on this night do we dip them twice?
4. On all other nights we eat our meals sitting or reclining.
Why on this night do we eat reclining?
These three matzot are wrapped together for Pesach.  Those of us who know Messiah Yeshua
can see in them the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  They are pierced and striped


Isaiah 53:5 
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities;
the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.
Blessing Over the Bread
Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheynu, Melech Ha'Olam Ha'Motzi Lechem min Ha'Aretz.

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who brings forth bread from the earth.


The middle piece of matzah is broken - just like Messiah Yeshua was afflicted and broken


Everyone shares a piece of matzah


Doug explains the maror - bitter herbs - horseradish


Matzah and Maror (Horseradish) are eaten ...


... Matzah and Maror are eaten again, but this time the sweet Kharoset is added


The Passover story is told


As each plague is recited, a finger is dipped into the cup of wine/juice allowing
a drop of liquid to fall, reducing the fullness of each cup of joy this night

Blood, Frogs, Lice, Beast, Cattle Disease, Boils, Hail, Locusts, Darkness, Death of the Firstborn

Exodus 12:3, 5-7
On the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household.
The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect ...
Take care of them until the 14th day of the month, when all the people of the community of
Israel must slaughter them at twilight.
Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the door frames
of the houses where they eat the lambs.

Another cup of wine/grape juice


Two sets of tables were set up for the covered-dish meal


Brack and Hannah pose for a photo ...


... as do Paul & Susan


After the meal, Breaden Richards redeems the Afikomen


We fill our cups for the fourth time


Our Passover Seder is now complete, just as our redemption is forever complete
in Messiah Yeshua.  Let us conclude with the traditional wish that we may
celebrate Passover next year in Jerusalem.

"La'shana Haba'ah B'Yerushalayim"
A special thanks to everyone who gives of their time, talent and finances to help make
Beit Yeshua's annual Pesach a success.  Without your help, none of this would be possible. 
May Adonai's abundant blessings abound in your lives.  B'Shem Yeshua.

Make plans now to join us for the 2014 Pesach Seder