On the night before he died, Jesus came together with his disciples in an upstairs room to share a meal. There he broke bread with them and shared the cup of wine before kneeling in humble service to wash their feet. In remembrance of this, it has been our custom on Maundy Thursday over the last few years to share in a Eucharist during which feet have been washed. We know from all four Gospels that Jesus and his disciples, along with many other Jews, had come to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. I wonder how many of us have paused long enough to consider the significance of this Passover meal in the light of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
In a departure from our usual custom, this year on Maundy Thursday you are all invited to a ‘Passover Seder’, a meal in which we reflect on the Exodus from Egypt, the setting free of God’s people, an act which for Christians finds resonance in the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
This will be a proper meal, based as closely as possible on the food eaten by those celebrating the Passover. The great story of salvation is told through the various elements of the meal and through the blessings given at various stages of the meal.
I took part in a shorter form of the Passover Seder a few years ago and was amazed by the new insights it brought not only to the Last Supper that Jesus shared with his disciples in the Upper Room but also to the centrality of Christ’s death on the cross in terms of our own salvation.
Tickets will be available soon in all G7 churches. A ticket is essential for catering purposes but there is no cost to yourselves. We will invite donations on the night to help towards the cost. I look forward to seeing you all there.