Thank you for joining us for this very special Thursday of the year. You might be wondering why we call this day, "Maundy Thursday." John Piper explains:
The name comes from the Latin mandatum, the first word in the Latin rendering of John 13:34, “A new commandment (Mandatum novum) I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” This commandment was given by the Lord on the Thursday before his crucifixion. So Maundy Thursday is the “Thursday of the Commandment.”
One of the ways we express this love is in our spiritual communion together. It is the time that we remember Jesus' Passover meal, his last supper, with his disciples. Through this remembrance, we want to reflect all that our Lord and Savior has done for us at the cross. By taking part in this meal together, we remember both His substitutionary atoning work on our behalf and our union together as one body in Christ.
If you are planning on joining us for this meal, please let us know by signing up. For those who sign up, we will send a Zoom Invite. We plan on making this meal as interactive as possible for those joining us on Zoom.
Please note that this is an actual dinner. We will be eating "together." Again, for those who sign up, we will explain your actual dinner shortly. Because of this, the dinner will begin at 6:00 pm and end approximately 8-8:30 pm. This is all the more reason why we need you to sign up.
Also, to prepare for this time, you will need to purchase and/or prepare the following items each to be placed in its own bowl (to see pictures, you can go HERE):
Salt water, enough salt to make the water cloudy
Greens, such as parsley. Separate the parsley into small sprigs so they are easy to grab and dip
Charoseth, a sweet apple mixture. To make it, you’ll need 2 tart apples, peeled and cored, 1/2 cup walnuts, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp honey, and 1 tbsp of grape juice or a sweet wine like Manischewitz. Either in a food processor or by hand, chop apples and walnuts into small pieces. Combine with cinnamon, honey, and wine or juice until well blended. A serving size is approximately 1 tbsp, and this should yield 10-12 servings.
Ground horseradish. This is usually sold in a glass jar, available at most large grocery stores
Cup and a pitcher of grape juice and/or wine. Enough to refill the cup four times.
One large dinner napkin.
Large mixing bowl, pitcher of water, and hand towel at the table. This is for the leader of the table to demonstrate hand washing.
Matzos for each person to have half sheet of matzo
Each table will also need the six bowls of the same elements, filled with enough of the ingredients to serve each person sitting at the table. For reference, a single person’s portion would be half a hardboiled egg, one sprig of parsley, 1 tbsp of charoseth, and 1 tbsp of horseradish. You just need enough saltwater for everyone to be able to dip their parsley sprig in it. The onion won’t be eaten—it’s just used as a visual symbol.
You’ll need plain matzo at each table, enough for each person seated at the table to have half a sheet of matzo. It’s available in most large grocery stores, or even on Amazon.
Each table will need grape juice and/or wine. Each participant will refill their glass of juice/wine four times throughout the evening, so we recommend either using smaller cups for the juice/wine or instructing participants to only fill their cup halfway.