Passover for 2019 begins at sundown, April 19th and ends at sundown, April 20th. This feast celebrates the Israelites’ deliverance from Egypt through Moses and humanity’s deliverance from sin and death through Jesus Christ. Passover is observed through the Passover Seder Meal.
The Passover Seder Meal is a family gathering established by God to celebrate the liberation of Israel from Egyptian captivity and humanity’s redemption from sin and death. It is a celebration meal to be shared by family members and friends. The Pastors Caldwell will host the Windsor Village Church Family Virtual Seder on Friday, April 19th at 7 PM. Members will host their own Seder Dinner in their home and tune in to the Virtual Seder via Facebook Live, the Windsor App or kingdombuilders.com. During the broadcast, the pastors will lead the congregation through the worship liturgy while we eat the symbolic foods of Passover. Members can visit the Passover Pop-Up Shop after each Worship Celebration to purchase juice and matzah, Click here to pre-order your Symbolic Food Kit by Wednesday, April 10th. Stop by the Passover Pop-Up Shop after service this weekend or before Victory Wednesday to pre-order your Symbolic Foods Kit, purchase juice and matzah, receive resources and information. View the Passover Planning Guide. Email Council on Ministries for more details.
Preparing for Passover 2019
- Make your guest list
- Decide if your Seder will be formal or casual
- Plan your menu. Consider making some of your family’s favorite celebratory foods for your dinner. Make sure all leavened items are consumed or thrown out before sundown on Saturday, April 20th
- Invite your guests to bring a side dish
- Make sure you have all of your dinner party supplies
- Shop for your Passover items. Don’t forget your juice and matzah!
- Invite your family and friends who cannot attend in person to join us online at kingdombuilders.com or the Windsor Village Church Family Facebook page on April 19th at 7PM so they can follow along and participate in the Seder.
- Assign your guests speaking parts based on the Home Haggadah
- Share your experience with us. Post photos and videos of your Seder on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #WVSEDER19. Tag us in your Facebook photos and videos (wvchurchfamily). Use the Windsor app to upload your photos (click on the Ministry Moment icon and upload your photos).
The Feast of Unleavened Bread
Exodus 12:14-20 and Leviticus 23:5-8 explains the origin and purpose of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The Feast of Unleavened Bread begins the day after Passover and continues for seven days (sundown, April 20th – sundown, April 27th). The observance of the Feast of Unleavened Bread is a symbol of our commitment to turn towards righteousness and turn away from sin. During this week-long feast, nothing with leaven in it may be eaten. Abstaining from leavened bread for seven days is symbolic of God’s people separating themselves from sin and turning towards a holy relationship with the Lord. The Lord requires us to clean our homes of any food products that contain leaven, yeast, baking powder, baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate. Foods with leaven include breads, cereals, cakes, pies, crackers, and soups. Read the labels on all of your foods, especially in the pantry and freezer.
Preparing for the Feast of the Unleavened Bread
The observance of the Feast of Unleavened Bread offers us an intentional time to “spring clean” our lives. Explain to your friends and family that as we celebrate Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, we ask God for the power to choose a life not dominated by sin and live in the freedom found in obedience to His Kingdom ways.
LET’S GET THE LEAVEN OUT! You may eat leavened products through the afternoon of Friday, April 19th, 2019. However, please begin to remove them from your home (by eating or discarding them), now thru Thursday, April 18th.
On Friday evening, April 19th, conduct a final inspection of your home for any leavened products. Traditionally, the head of the household does this final inspection. By sundown on the evening of April 20th, all leavened products should absolutely be out of your home and not eaten for the next seven (7) days. You may begin to purchase and consume them again after sundown on April 27th.
What is Leaven?
Leaven is yeast or any “fermenting” substance used to make dough or other foods rise or sour. Some yeast derivatives are added to foods for flavor or nutritional purposes. The rules of leavening also apply to foods prepared from five types of grain: barley, wheat, rye, oats and spelt.
Removing food products that contain leaven (yeast, baking soda, baking powder, sodium bicarbonate, autolyzed yeast, & yeast extract) has its roots in ancient Passover preparation. Thirty days before the Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread, the women of every household began removing all leaven (known as “chametz” in Hebrew) from their homes. Removing leaven is a spiritual as well as a physical cleansing. Jesus spoke of leaven as a symbol of sin in the gospels (i.e., Luke 12:1), and the apostle Paul did likewise in I Corinthians 5:6-8.
Instructions for Removing Leavened Food Products
Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses. For whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel. On the first day there shall be a holy convocation, and on the seventh day there shall be a holy convocation for you. No manner of work shall be done on them; but that which everyone must eat–that only may be prepared by you. So you shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this same day I will have brought your armies out of the land of Egypt. Therefore you shall observe this day throughout your generations as an everlasting ordinance. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread until the twenty-first day of the month at evening. For seven days no leaven shall be found in your houses, since whoever eats what is leavened, that same person shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is a stranger or a native of the land. You shall eat nothing leavened; in all your dwellings you shall eat unleavened bread. Exodus 12: 15-19 (NKJV)
The Lord requires us to clean our homes of any food products that contain any kind of leaven: yeast, baking powder, baking soda, sodium bicarbonate, autolyzed yeast, or yeast extract. Also, traditionally most foods that contain wheat, barley, rye, oats, or spelt, except for matzah, are refrained from during Passover, as they are often processed in mills where leaven is present. Foods with leaven include most breads, cereals, cakes, pies, crackers, and soups. Read the labels on all of your foods, especially in the pantry and freezer. You may be surprised about the foods that contain leaven. It is easy to identify packaged foods that are usable during the Feast of Unleavened Bread by looking for product packages bearing one of these symbols:
Here is a suggested leavening removal guide. Try to eat these foods during this removal time period:
The general idea is to symbolize a purified life in Jesus by “eating clean” for the 7 days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. This diet is also a healthier way to eat.
Here are some examples of items you should remove from your home.