How to Prepare for the Christ in the Passover Presentation
Just as Jesus sent the disciples to prepare for the Passover, so we need your help to prepare!
The speaker will arrive approximately 45 minutes before the service to set up. For the most effective presentation, we ask the church or hosting group to provide the following items, because they are difficult for the speaker to transport. We’ve included visual instructions to give you an idea of what is needed. The presentation takes approximately 30-45 minutes. Please allow sufficient time and inform your members if the service will be longer than usual. Songs on the atonement, the cross or the Lamb of God would be appropriate within the service. Unless the room is very small and intimate, make sure the leader has a microphone, preferably hands free.
Food Items and Video Instructions:
The following items should be placed on the leader’s table in clear bowls (so items can be visible to the congregation):
|A hard-boiled egg. You can use a brown egg or you can color the shell by hard-boiling in coffee.||Water and salt: Add enough salt to the water so that it appears “cloudy.”|
|Some parsley (sprigs, not chopped). See video for reference.||An unpeeled onion, or you can substitute a horseradish root (often in the produce department) if available.|
|A finely diced apple, peeled and cored. Pieces can be the size pictured so as to resemble mortar (a reminder of the Israelites’ building projects in Egypt). Allow it to stand so it turns brown. Adding a little cinnamon can help darken the color.||Ground horseradish:This item is often found in the ethnic food section of your market. Many stores will have a “Passover” area during the spring. (Morehouse or Manischewitz brands are good ones to use.) If you can’t find it, ask your grocer for help.|
Please have one large table (six feet long is the preferred length) with a white tablecloth. Place a chair and a large bed pillow with white slipcases at each end. Since this is supposed to represent the dining room in a Jewish home, it’s best not to use folding chairs. (But please don’t bring your good dining room chairs from home!)
Also, have two 12″ white dinner candles with holders and matches to light them. If you can’t find 12 inch candles slightly shorter is fine. Dripless candles are best. If there are several services, a fresh set of candles for each service will look best but is not required. (You can use a BBQ lighter if matches are not available.)
|This picture shows a typical table, food items, candles and one of the chairs with pillow.||The speaker will bring additional items that he or she will place on the table, so that the final setup will look something like this.|
• Where can I buy Matzo? In the ethnic food section of a store or online. Popular brands include, Yehuda, Manischewitz, and Streit’s. (Do not use egg Matzo as it’s not kosher for Passover.)
While we desire to have things as they’re shown in the video and photos, we know there may be times when this isn’t possible. (Clear plastic cups-vs-clear bowls. Or shorter candles-vs-12” candles.) Call us if you have any questions about this list. Thank you for making this a special time of ministry!