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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A Christ-Centered Passover (part 3)

A Christ-Centered Passover Script from In Our Pond

It's Wednesday, and it's time to look at Passover again!  Part 1 was a general introduction to Passover traditions and Part 2 was all about Jesus.  This week, I'm going to share a sample script that can be used at a Messianic Passover Seder (say-der).

Just a reminder, the text from this script comes from the booklet I wrote years ago.  A really easy way to think of the Passover Seder is to approach it like a play with four acts based on the four cups (explained in Part 1).  I have linked a PDF at the end of this post with the same text for ease of printing.

I think it's really important to say that it's not absolutely necessary to do this script exactly as written.  It's also not necessary to do all the elements expressed in this Passover Haggadah.  Some years, we've done a full Passover with all the details.  Others years, we've simply read the Exodus story and eaten lamb and matah.  It just depends on our circumstances any particular year.  There is a lot of learn from Passover, but no one should feel obligated to do it all.

A Christ-Centered Passover Script from In Our Pond

KEY:
normal- things leader says
italics and underlined- things leader does
highlighted- words everyone says
bold- things the leader doesn't say

Act One: Setting the Scene

Prologue: Welcome and Candle Lighting
Welcome. We're very happy that you have decided to join us today for our Christ centered Passover Seder. In Biblical times, eating together was an important part of community and fellowship. Jesus said in Revelation, “I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him.” Just as I opened my door to welcome you into our home today, let's open the door to our hearts and invite Jesus to be at this Passover feast with us. Please pray with me.... pray

The purpose of Passover is twofold. First, we tell the story of the Israelites' release from slavery, and second we celebrate the new life found in Jesus, which is lasting freedom. The Seder is broken into four parts, like acts of a play, which coincide with four special cups of grape juice. Nothing is done by accident; everything is a physical picture of something spiritual.

I've asked _____ to light the candles and recite the blessing. Their presence signifies God's presence in our lives and at this Seder. The first candle is lit to commemorate the things God has done, and the second is lit to remember that we are a set apart people. The prayer ______ will say is similar to the one Jews say every time they light these special candles.

She says: “Blessed are you. Oh Lord, our God, King of the Universe, who sent the Light into the world that we may know Him. Who calls us to come out and be separate, and who commands us to be light in His world. Who has sanctified us through faith in Yeshua, the Messiah, The Light of the world, and in His name we kindle the Passover flames. Amen.

Scene One- “I Have Seen and Heard” Cup
Please fill your cups with juice. Fill and Wait. This is the first of four times that we will fill our cups with grape juice tonight. This cup is called, “I Have Seen and Heard the Sufferings of My People.” Through our blessing, we remember that God saw our suffering under sin and moved in to redeem us, just as He saw the Israelites many years ago. Please raise your cups and join me for the blessing....

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. Who has chosen us before the beginning of creation to be set apart for adoption through Your son, Jesus, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of our sins. Thank You for choosing us out of all the nations, making us holy, and giving us Your commandments. You have given us so much. You have given us life and freedom, which we celebrate today on Passover, the anniversary of the Jews release from slavery in Egypt and our freedom from slavery to sin. Blessed are You, O Lord, who made the Sabbaths, the people, and the festivals holy.

Please drink.

Scene Two- First Hand Washing

We will now do a symbolic hand washing, in the same spirit as Yeshua (yeh-SHOE-ah) the Messiah washed the disciples' feet. The washing is a symbol of cleansing, like baptism. Jews must be cleansed before each festival; believers are cleansed once at baptism.

Leader's wife will wash (pour water on) leaders' hands. Then, leader and wife go around the table and wash everyone else's hands.

Scene Three- Karpas

Just as the water is red like the blood of the Lamb, so the greens represent the hyssop, which was used to place the blood on the door frames of their houses of the Israelites in Egypt. Salt water represents the tears shed for Egypt because she would not turn to know God, and for the Red Sea, both of which are salty.

Please dip your parsley in the salt water. Dip. And, raise the parsley for the blessing. Lift. Blessed are You, O Lord, our God, King of the Universe, Creator of the fruits of the earth. Eat parsley.

Scene Four- Breaking the Matzo
Hold up the stack of three matzo for everyone to see. This bread, called matzo (ma-TZOH), has no yeast because yeast is a symbol of sin. There are three pieces of bread, which have always represented God, the mediating priest, and the people. For centuries, the middle matzo (take out middle matzo) has been broken (break in half) and buried (wrap one half in white cloth) without anyone knowing why. Now we know that Jesus is the mediating priest who was broken for us. This broken, buried piece of matzo is called “Afikoman,” which will be our special Passover dessert.

Please fill your cup for the second time, but don't drink it yet.

Act Two: Reflecting on the Way Things Were

Scene One- Telling Through Questions
It's now time to tell the story of the Israelites redemption from slavery in Egypt. The bulk of Passover is spent on these three different tellings of the event. First, we tell the story by inviting the children to ask questions of the leader, either from the list in the program or one of their own. Call on each child, one at a time. Answer their questions the best you can. Ask the opinion of another adult if you get stuck.

Program Questions:
Q: Why is this night different from all other nights?
A: We gather to celebrate the freedom of the Israelites. If the Holy and Blessed One had not taken them out of slavery, then they would still be slaves today. Tonight, we tell the story to you that you may tell it to your children someday.

Q: On all other nights, we eat leavened bread, why on this night do we eat only unleavened bread?
A: When pharaoh released the Israelites, they had to leave quickly. They had no time to bake their bread, so the sun beat it down into a flat bread. Also, leavening is like sin, so on this night, the bread is unleavened to be a picture of Yeshua (YEH-shu-ah), the sinless Bread of Life.

Q: On all other nights, we never dip herbs in water or anything else, why do we dip tonight?
A: We dip parsley in salt water because the Israelites were slaves. The salt water reminds us of tears and the parsley reminds us of the greens used to put the lamb's blood on their doors.

Q: Why do we eat lamb tonight?
A: It's to remember the lambs who died so that their blood could cover the door posts of Hebrew homes in Egypt. We also remember the Lamb of God whose shed blood covers us.

Scene Two- Telling Through the Wonders

Now, we tell the story through the wonders that God did for the Israelites. Please join me in reciting the ten plagues. As we say each plague, use your finger to drip some juice onto your plate.

These are the the plagues, which the Most High, blessed by He, brought on the Egyptians:
Blood, Frogs, Gnats, Flies, Pestilence, Boils, Hail, Locusts, Darkness, Death of the firstborn.

It is now traditional to refill your cup again, because some of our happiness was poured out when we remembered the plagues. Praise be to God, who continues to refill our cup in joy or in sorrow. Put a little more into your cup (optional)

The second set of wonders we tell are listed in a call-and-response format. How thankful we must be to God, the All Knowing, All Loving, for all the good He has done for us. If God had only delivered the Israelites from slavery, it would have been enough, it would have been sufficient. At the end of each statement, please say, “that would have been enough.”
  1. Had God brought the Israelites out of Egypt and not executed judgment against the Egyptians....
  2. Had God executed judgment against the Egyptians and not done justice to their idols....
  3. Had God done justice to their idols and not slain their firstborn....
  4. Had God slain their firstborn and not given the Israelites their property....
  5. Had God given the Israelites the Egyptians' property, but not divided the sea for them....
  6. And, of course, it could have been enough for us, if through Jesus, we received eternal salvation and not received the Holy Spirit....
  7. Had God given us His Holy Spirit and not bestowed us with the fruit of the Spirit....
  8. Had He bestowed us with the fruit of the Spirit and not given us His peace....

For each blessing, we give thanks! Amen.

Scene Three- Telling The Story

Listen, now, to the telling of the story of God's mercy toward the Israelites and His judgment toward the Egyptians. During this part of the story, I want you to follow along in your program and yell Pharaoh's answer loudly. Let's try it- what was Pharaoh's answer?
No!

Many years ago, about 4,000, the Hebrews were living in Egypt. They had arrived as honored guests under the leadership of Joseph, but now they found themselves in the lowest position, slavery. The Israelites were suffering, but God had not forgotten about them. He heard their moaning and saw their tears. He promised His people that He would redeem them with great acts of judgment and with outstretched hands. God send a man, named Moses, to Pharaoh to tell him to release the Jews. What was Pharaoh's answer?
No!

In Pharaoh's court, God changed a plain wooden staff into a snake, but what was Pharaoh's answer?
No!

So, God turned all the waters of Egypt into blood. Even water already collected for the day and in pots and buckets became blood. Pharaoh's magicians could do the same thing, so Pharaoh refused to be impressed by God. The fish died and stank, but what was Pharaoh's answer?
No!

Then, God sent frogs all over the land. They hopped and jumped everywhere: in houses, beds, food, and on people. The magicians could also make more frogs, but they couldn't make them go away. So, Pharaoh pleaded with Moses to pray for God to take them away. God caused all the frogs everywhere, except the Nile, to die. Once again, the whole country stunk, but, what was Pharaoh's answer?
No!

God sent gnats next. All the dust of Egypt swarmed with them. The magicians couldn't imitate God on this one, but what was Pharaoh's answer?
No!

God sent flies to the lands where the Egyptians lived, but not where the Israelites lived. God wanted to show the people that He could not only bring in flies, but He could control where they went. Pharaoh's entire palace buzzed with flies, but what was Pharaoh's answer?
No!

God sent pestilence onto the animals of the Egyptians. All the Egyptians' livestock died, but the Israelites' livestock lived. Still, what was Pharaoh's answer?
No!

God sent boils. They were everywhere, making a royal pain of themselves in Pharaoh's court and all over Egypt. No one could serve Pharaoh because they were in too much pain, but what was Pharaoh's answer?
No!

God sent hail, the worst hail storm in Egyptian history. All the trees got striped bare and every plant beaten down. More men and livestock died, but what was Pharaoh's answer?
No!

Next, God sent locusts. They ate and ate and ate everything in sight. While the land where the Israelites lived remained lush and green, Egypt continued to become a wasteland. Very little of what made Egypt great was left, but what was Pharaoh's answer?
No!

God sent an oppressive darkness, only where the Egyptians lived. Everywhere that the Israelites lived had light. No Egyptian could go anywhere or do anything for three days, but what was Pharaoh's answer?
No!

The last plague was given with a warning and a way out for the Israelites. God told them to take a lamb, kill it, and swipe its blood across their door frames. Please break off a piece of your matzo, dip your second sprig of parsley into your grape juice and paint the juice over your matzo. Do it. Please eat.
They, then, were to feast on the lamb, with matzo, and bitter herbs, dressed and ready to travel. Only the houses that followed God's instructions would be spared a visit by the angel of death. On that special night, God would pass over the land and kill any firstborn male, human or animal, who wasn't protected by the blood of the lamb.
Pass around the roasted lamb shank.

As Christians, we know that this Passover night foreshadowed Jesus, the ultimate Passover Lamb. Only people who have applied the blood of the Lamb of God onto their hearts, minds, bodies, and souls will be spared from eternal death in hell. Please consider whether you have done so; it is a decision worth your life.

Back to Egypt. After Pharaoh's firstborn son was killed by God, what was Pharaoh's answer?
Get out!

Scene Four- “I Know Their Sufferings” Cup

We are now at the second cup, which is a reminder that God knew the sufferings of His people when they were in bondage. Let us recite the blessing together:
Blessed are You, O Lord, our God, King of the Universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine, Father of Compassion and God of all comfort. Thank You Jesus, our Passover Lamb, for knowing our afflictions. And, blessed are You, our Suffering Servant, for comforting us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort others with the comfort that You have given us. Teach us Your compassion. Amen.

Please drink.

Scene Five- Songs of Praise

We end this section with some praise music in celebration and remembrance of who we are in Christ.

Put in your own choices here

Act Three: Feasting on the Present

Scene One- Second Hand Washing with Blessing

We will now have a second hand washing ceremony. The Jews do this particular washing every meal, just before eating bread. As you wash your hands this time, please recite this traditional Jewish blessing:
Blessed are You, O LORD, our God, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us through the commandments and commanded us concerning the washing of hands.

Leader's wife will wash (pour water on) leaders' hands. Then, leader and wife go around the table and wash everyone else's hands.

Scene Two- Eating the Feast

In the book of Exodus, God commanded His people to eat their Passover lamb with two other things: unleavened bread and bitter herbs. Since it's almost feast time, we'll eat those two items first.

Please lift up your matzo and join me for the traditional explanation of the bread:
This is the bread of affliction, which the Israelites ate in the land of Egypt. Let all those who are hungry and in distress come and celebrate Passover. This year, we celebrate on earth; next year we hope to celebrate in heaven.

We eat this matzo because there was no time to bake the bread when the King of kings redeemed them from Egypt. The matzo is unleavened, pierced, and striped. As we said before, Jesus is the real matzo. He says of Himself in John 6,
I am the bread of life; whoever comes to Me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in Me shall never thirst... For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will but the will of Him who sent Me. And this is the will of him who sent Me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given Me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in Him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day (35-36, 38-40).

This promise from Jesus is a true promise. He is faithful to fulfill His word. Let all who are hungry come to the Bread of Life and those who are thirsty to the Living Water. Come to the true Passover Lamb and be satisfied.
Now, please break off a piece of matzo and dip it in your horseradish. Dip. The bitter herbs remind us of the suffering of the Israelites under the hand of Pharaoh. Just as slavery brought tears to their eyes, the bitter herbs bring tears to ours. Please join me for the blessing:
Blessed are You, O Lord, our God, King of the Universe, who sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us concerning the eating of bitter herbs.

This next part wasn't commanded in Exodus, but was added later by the rabbis. Please take your last piece of matzo and put haroset on it. Dip. Even in their slavery, the Israelites' lives were sweet with the hope of freedom. Please eat.

We will now break for dinner. Jews bless their meal after they've eaten, so today, we'll do the same.

During dinner, hide the Afikoman (the broken and wrapped piece of matzo).

Scene Three- Afikoman

While everyone was eating, the Afikoman, the broken and wrapped piece of matzo has disappeared. Our Passover celebration cannot continue until that piece has been found. Kids, when you bring the Afikoman back to me, I will give you a prize.

Wait.

You found it! Here is your prize- 30 pieces of silver (30 dimes).

It is this piece of matzo, representing the mediating priest, which is striped, pierced, broken, buried, and resurrected, that Jesus probably used during His last Passover Seder. Scripture says that Jesus took the matzo, gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to them. Break the matzo into enough pieces for everyone at your table. Jesus said, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” Please eat.

Scene Four- Blessing the Food

The Jewish tradition of praying after the meal comes from Deuteronomy 8:10, where God commands, “When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good lands He has given you (NIV).” The rabbis say that the prayer should contain these four parts. First, they thank God for the food and our ability to make it. Then, they thank Him for their freedom from Egypt, for His covenant with them, and for the land of Israel. Thirdly, they ask Him to rebuild Jerusalem and to give them Messiah. Fourthly, they bless God for who He is and what He does. Since we are not Jewish, we won't follow the outline exactly, but most of it can be borrowed. So, let's pray:
Blessed are You, O Lord, our God, King of the Universe, who has caused food to so abundantly grow over the earth and has given us the knowledge to gather, hunt, prepare, and cook it. Thank You for rescuing the Israelites out of Egypt and for redeeming us from the empty way of life, which we formally walked. Blessed are You, O LORD, for making a covenant with us through the blood of Yeshua (yeh-SHOE-ah) the Messiah and making for Yourself a people for Your glory. Thank You for giving us an imperishable inheritance in heaven. May Your kingdom come, and Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven, in Jerusalem as it is in New Jerusalem. Thanks You that we are no longer looking for our Messiah. Help the Jews, who are celebrating Passover tonight, to see the meaningless of this holiday apart from Jesus. Show them their Messiah through the elements of lamb, unleavened bread, wine, and the others. Give us opportunities to use this Passover Seder as a bridge into our Jewish neighbors and coworkers lives. Lastly, Lord, we thank You for everything that You are: Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer, Ruler. Amen.

Scene Five- “I Have Come Down To Deliver” Cup

Please fill your cups for the third time... Fill them up. This is the “I have come down to deliver My people” cup. In Exodus, God promised to redeem His people with great acts of judgment and with outstretched hands. He fulfilled that promise once, but He knew that there was a deeper kind of bondage than physical slavery- our spiritual slavery to sin. Through Jesus' outstretched hands on the cross, and the great act of mercy He showed us, we have been freed. It might have been this cup that Jesus told us was His blood shed for us. May we drink in remembrance of Him. Please join me for the blessing.
Blessed are You, O Lord, our God, King of the Universe, creator of the fruit of the vine, who “according to Your great mercy, has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading.”

Act Four: Rejoicing in our Redemption

Scene One- Elijah the Prophet

It's time to see if Elijah has joined us today. Everyone please rise. _______, could you see if he's at the door...? Is he out there? No. Please sit down, everyone, our special guest isn't here. No one really expected him to show up, did we? So, why did we look?

Elijah is the bearer of good new of joy and peace. Malachi 4:4-6 says, “I will send you the prophet, Elijah, before the great and dreadful day of the Lord. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers.”
The Jewish people set a special place for their table each Passover, since legend says that he will sip from his cup to announce the Messiah's coming. We fill the cup today to remind us of the Jewish people who don't know that their Messiah has come.

Remember that in Jesus' time, people were also wondering about Elijah's return also. The disciples asked Jesus, “Why do the teachers of the Law say that Elijah must come first?” Jesus replied, “Elijah must come first to restore all things, but I tell you that Elijah has come. The have done to him everything they wished, as it is written about him.” Then, the disciples understood that Jesus was talking about John the Baptist, the last prophet.

John the Baptist is the figurative Elijah, but the original Elijah also came during Jesus' lifetime. During Jesus' transfiguration, both Moses and Elijah came down from heaven to visit with Him. They talked about Jesus' departure, His exodus. I wonder if Peter, James, and John thought about that moment during Jesus' last Passover as Moses and Elijah were talked about as part of the service, just as we're doing today.

Scene Two- Roasted Egg
Hold up the roasted egg. The egg was probably added during Roman times. It has come to symbolize sacrifice, which not only means death but also life. It is only in dying to ourselves that we can find life in Jesus.

Scene Three- “I Will Bring Them to a Good Land” Cup

Please fill your cup for the fourth time. Fill cup. This in the last time we drink from the Passover cup until next year. The name of this cup is, “I will bring them to a good land,” which reminds us of our future home in heaven and Jesus' immanent return. This is also the cup of covenant, most likely the one Jesus referred to as the cup of the New Covenant in His blood. During Jesus' final meal, He told His disciples that He would not leave them orphans, but would come for them. This is a promise from God, more binding than any that we will ever make on earth. The only promise we have that even comes close to Jesus' promise is marriage. Several times in the Bible, God uses the imagery of marriage to emphasize His love for us. Ephesians 1:14 tells us that just as prospective grooms give their finances an engagement ring, Jesus has given us His guarantee in the person of the Holy Spirit. Take heart, Jesus will come back for us, that where He is, there we may be also. In drinking this cup, we symbolize entering into an eternal covenant with the LORD that cannot be broken.

Please lift your cup and join me for the blessing.
Blessed are You, O Lord, our God, King of the Universe, creator of the fruit of the vine, who is and who was and who is to come. And, praise be to Jesus Christ, the Faithful Witness, the Firstborn of the Dead, and the Ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and who released us from slavery to sin by His blood be all glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Behold, He is coming soon!

Scene Four- Hallel

It is now traditional to read Psalm 113-118 to end our Seder. assign readers

Psalm 113
Praise the LORD! Praise, O servants of the LORD, Praise the name of the LORD! Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the LORD is to be praised! The LORD is high above all the nations, and His glory above the heavens! Who is like the LORD our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the head of the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people. He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the LORD!


Psalm 114
When Israel went out from Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language, Judah became His sanctuary, Israel His dominion. The sea looked and fled; Jordan turned back. The mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs. What ails you, O sea, that you flee? O Jordan, that you turn back? O mountains, that you skip like rams? O hills, like lambs? Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob, who turns the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a spring of water.

Psalm 115
Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to Your name give glory, for the sake of Your steadfast love and faithfulness! Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Our God is in the heavens; He does all that He pleases. Their idols are silver and gold, the work of humans hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see. They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell. They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; and they do not make a sound in their throats. Those who make them become like them; so do all who trust in them. O Israel, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield. O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield. The LORD has remembered us; He will bless us; He will bless the house of Israel; He will bless the house of Aaron; He will bless those who fear the LORD, both the small and the great. May the LORD give you increase, you and your children! May you be blessed of the LORD, who made heaven and earth! The heavens are the LORD's heavens, but the earth, He has given to the children of man. The dead do not praise the LORD, nor do any who go down into silence. But we will bless the LORD from this time and forevermore. Praise the LORD!

Psalm 116
I love the LORD, because He has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. Because He inclined His ear to me, therefore I will call on Him as long as I live. The snares of death encompass me: the pangs of Sheol laid hold of me; I suffered distress and anguish. Then I called on the name of the LORD: “O LORD, I pray, deliver my soul!” Gracious is the LORD and righteous; our God is merciful. The LORD preserves the simple; when I was brought low, He saved me. Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you. For You have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling; I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living. I believed even when I spoke, “I am greatly afflicted,” I said in my alarm, “All men are liars.” What shall I render to the LORD for all his benefits to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD, I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all His people. Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints. LORD, I am Your servant, I am Your servant, the son of Your maidservant. You have loosed my bonds. I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving and will call on the name of the LORD. I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all His people, in the courts of the house of the LORD, in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the LORD!

Psalm 117
Praise the LORD, all the nations! Extol Him, all peoples! For great is His steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD!

Psalm 118
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever! Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Let the house of Aaron say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Let those who fear the LORD say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Out of my distress I called to the LORD; the LORD answered me and set me free. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The LORD is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me. It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes. All nations surround me; in the name of the LORD I cut them off! They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side; in the name of the LORD I cut them off! They surrounded me like bees; they went out like fire among thorns; in the name of the LORD I cut them off! I was pushing hard, so that I was falling, but the LORD helped me. The LORD is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. Glad songs of salvation are in the tents of the righteous: “The right hand of the LORD does valiantly, the right hand of the LORD exalts, the right hand of the LORD does valiantly!” I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the LORD. The LORD has disciplined me severely, but He has not given me over to death. Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the LORD. This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous shall enter through it. I thank You that You have answered me and have become my salvation. The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is the LORD's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Save us, we pray, O LORD! O LORD, we pray, give us success! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD! We bless you from the house of the LORD. The LORD is God, and He has made His light to shine upon us. Bind the festal sacrifice with cords, up to the horns of the alter! You are my God, and I will give thanks to You; You are my God; I will extol you. Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever!


Scene Five- More Praise Songs

Now that the formal time of remembering is over, the mood shifts to informal singing time. We specifically rejoice in God's character and Jesus' return.
Choose some before hand or ask for suggestions.

A Christ-Centered Passover Script from In Our Pond

For a PDF version of this Passover script, click here.


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