Just as Jesus sent the disciples to prepare for the Passover, so we need your help to prepare!
Dr. Smith 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’s needed. The presentation takes approximately 30-45 minutes depending on whether it is part of a regularly scheduled service or for a special event. 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.
(Photo Credit: Molly, http://almostmakesperfect.com/2014/04/14/passover-four-questions-printables/)
While we desire to have things as they’re shown in the video and photos, we know there are times when this is not possible. (Clear plastic cups-vs-clear bowls. Or shorter candles-vs-12-inch candles.) Call us if you have any questions about this list. Thank you for making this a special time of ministry!
The food items should be placed in clear bowls on the leader’s table as pictured below. Clear containers allow everyone to see the contents easily.
The Leader’s Table
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-inch 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 a 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.
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. Please leave the stems for easy dipping.
An unpeeled onion.
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.