Good Friday Worship - Spring 2020
Below is a special video the FCC Elders would like to encourage you to view. Dr. Mitch Glaser of Chosen People Ministries explains the Jewish Passover Seder service and its messianic fulfillment.
One of the unique features of the Passover is that it's intended to be celebrated at home, not at the Temple or synagogue. That makes Passover a particularly relevant worship service during the COVID-19 stay-at-home quarantine.
Passover is an especially appropriate way to worship because of its relevance to Good Friday. On the night before he died, Jesus gathered his disciples together to eat the Passover meal; an event known as the Last Supper. Recall Passover was the ancient feast of Israel whereby they remembered how God redeemed them from slavery in Egypt. The death angel "passed over" the homes of Jews with lamb's blood on the door frames but executed judgment on Egyptian homes that did not. In the video, Dr. Glaser will explain the relevance of Passover to Jesus' Good Friday death on the cross.
To get the most out of the experience we recommend participating with your family as you watch. Click on the "Preparation List" link below. You'll get a shopping and supply list you can use to gather the simple and inexpensive foods and supplies you'll need for the Seder. You'll also get instructions for setting the Seder Plate.
Next, download the Messianic Haggadah. View on a tablet or print a copy for each participant. The Haggadah is the order of worship guidebook that takes you through the entire service step by step. Choose someone to preside, usually dad, who guides the family's participation. Don't worry, Dr. Glaser will lead you every step of the way! Of course, if you cannot get to the store, you can simply listen and follow along in your Haggadah without preparing the Seder Plate. But, we recommend setting the table. Passover is meant to be a multi-sensory worship experience that immerses each participant in the redemption story "as if you yourself had come out of bondage." And of course, if you're a Christian, you have come out of bondage - bondage to sin into the glorious liberty of the children of God!
"For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed." (1 Cor. 5:7 NIV)
We cannot be together for Good Friday but God has provided this stay-at-home worship service to deepen our appreciation for the Jewish roots of our faith. Sing the songs! Taste the bitter and the sweet! Touch the lamb bone! Find the Afikomen! Open the door for Elijah! Revel in the mystery and worship in wonder at the rich meaning of a Messianic Passover Seder. If you've never experienced it, you are in for a marvelous treat! Plan now to set the evening of Good Friday (April 10) aside to honor Yeshua HaMashiach (Yeh-SHOO-ah Ha-Mah-SHEE-akh), Hebrew for “Jesus the Messiah."