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Thursday April 17 Holy Thursday Pot Luck Supper and Service

We will start at 6:00 pm with gathering and a very short worship before supper.

Background for Thursday’s Supper and Service

The Last Supper is a key event in the faith and practices of Christian Churches. This year, if we were to follow the Jewish practice, we would be celebrating this meal on Tuesday, the first day of the first month of the year in the old Jewish calendar. However, we celebrate it the day before Good Friday, one of the ways we make it an event for us as followers of Jesus.

In respect for the roots of our celebration in a Jewish feast day, food brought to the pot-luck supper should have no dairy products including butter or margarine with milk solids, no pork products or derivatives of pork such as lard, and no bread products leavened with yeast or baking powder or baking soda.

Our service and meal on Thursday will be limited to those parts of the Passover meal that are especially important to us as Christians. The meal and service will be held in Fitzgerald Hall, and we will aim for the same feeling as a happy Christmas or Easter family dinner.

The meal for us will celebrate both the liberation experienced by the Hebrew people in the time of Moses, and the liberation made possible for us through Jesus. The special foods that are key to a Jewish Passover meal will be included and given both their Jewish significance and our Christian significance. These special foods include wine (grade juice for us), Charoset, a boiled egg, maroir (bitter herbs), matzah, and salt water.

The plan for the evening will begin with a short opening worship at one end of Fitzgerald Hall, the supper beginning with an opening based on the Passover meal, a closing to the supper based on our Gospel stories, and a closing service where we started. We will begin at 6:00 pm, and the service part will total about 45 minutes with supper in the middle.

If you are planning to come, please let Jim know by Wednesday evening so there will be time to have enough tables and chairs in place.

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