Friday, April 6, 2012

Seder with our Small Group (TOG helped)

We had a  Christian Seder tonight with our Small Group.  There were 5 families and my mom who is visiting.  The local military chapel let us use their kitchen and fellowship area- it was a perfect place for us.  The Seder lasted about an hour with adults taking turns reading and everyone tasting from the seder plate.  When the formal part was over everyone ate some finger foods and hung out.  The adults sat and talked and the kids were running around and having a good time.

I was thinking that the next time our Small Group gets together, after we all the kids and adults meet together and we say, "OK, we're done", the adults should run outside and do something that kids play Man Hunt, or kick the soccer ball around, or jump on the trampoline.  I would love to see the kids' faces. 

Steve cut and pasted a few different Seder ceremonies.  There is a short one on Tapestry of Grace's (TOG) website

As the Jews needed the blood of a lamb on their doorpost for the angel of death to Passover them, so we need the blood of the lamb on our hearts for the angel of death to Passover our souls. And we have a lamb… as John the Baptist proclaimed, “Look, the Lamb of God who
takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29). And he was a voluntary sacrificial lamb for Jesus
said: “No one takes my life from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.” (John 10:17-18)
“What does that mean? It means that Jesus planned His own sacrifice. It means that Jesus
intentionally planted the tree from which His Cross would be carved. It means He willingly
placed the iron ore in the heart of the earth from which the nails would be cast. It means he
voluntarily placed his Judas in the womb of a woman. It means Christ was the one who set
in motion the political machinery that would send Pilate to Jerusalem. And it also means that
He didn’t have to do it--- but He did. This is the ropes used to tie His hands and the
soldiers used to lead Him were unnecessary. Had they not been there, had there been not
trail, no Pilate, no crowd, the very same crucifixion would have occurred. Had Jesus been
forced to nail Himself to the Cross, He would have done it. For is was not the soldiers who
killed Him, nor the screams of the mob. It was His devotion to us.” (~ Max Lucado, God
Came Near, pg 79-81)

Oma reading a part...Sophia and Josh being attentive ( :

And speaking of TOG...
There are a ton of great links that anyone can access on the TOG website

When you are on the home page you will have an option to click on Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 or Year 4.  The years are chronological- Year 1 creation to 500 AD; Year 2 500 AD to 1800; Year 3 1800's; Year 4 1900's until current time.  

When you click on one of the years above, you will have a choice of history, literature, arts and activities, government, worldview, geography and field trips.  When you click on one of those there are a ton of links to that time period in that subject.  So, if you click on Year 1, Arts and Activities, then scroll down to week 9, you will find information about the Seder and Passover.  It's a helpful FREE resource. 

Linking up with Kris for The Weekly Wrap-Up .