Q: How May One or More Persons Keep the Lord’s
Supper & the Passover Feast?
LORD’S SUPPER & PASSOVER FEAST
A. Those who keep an early 14th “Passover” perform foot
washing, drink wine, and eat unleavened bread.  They also read
several New Testament Scriptures surrounding the Messiah’s last
meal with His disciples before His death.  Although they call this
the Passover, they are really keeping the Lord’s Supper – a
different meal to the Passover Feast.  When they gather the next
evening, in some assemblies, to keep “The Night to be Much
Remembered” they are eating the Passover Feast, although they
believe it to be a different celebratory feast to the Passover.

One may perform the Lord’s Supper throughout the year.  The
Messiah did not set a date for the Lord’s Supper and the Apostle
Paul specified that one could observe it “as often as”.  Those who
observe the Lord’s Supper at the beginning of the 14th Nisan
believe it to be the Passover and believe that the Messiah ate it at
the beginning of the 14th – in truth it was at the beginning of the
13th when He sat down with His disciples, ate an evening meal, and
initiated the ceremony of the bread and wine.  Moreover, the Lord’
s Supper shows the Lord’s death – in all of its significance – until
He returns.  The Passover only shows the Lord’s death in one
aspect – as paying our ransom out of the world of Satan’s making,
in which Satan is the god.  In other words, the Passover Feast
celebrates the beginning of our salvation – whereas, the Lord’s
Supper represents all aspects of our salvation from beginning to
end.

1Corinthians 11:26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye
do shew the Lord’s death till he come.

2Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of
them, which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who
is the image of God, should shine unto them.

LXE:
Exodus 6:6 Go, speak to the children of Israel, saying, I [am] the Lord; and
I will lead you forth from the tyranny of the Egyptians, and I will deliver
you from bondage, and
I will ransom you with a high arm, and great
judgment.

Those of us, who have kept the early 14th “Passover” and “The
Night to be Much Remembered” the following evening of the early
15th, now combine these two into one evening.  We proclaim the
Messiah’s death in the first part of the evening and we remember
His sacrifice as our Passover – our Ransom – out of Satan’s
society, in the second part of the evening.  

1Corinthians 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new
lump, as ye are unleavened.  For even
Christ our Passover is sacrificed for
us:
8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven
of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and
truth.

Therefore, on the 15th, we include a meal (feast) in addition to the
wine and bread ceremony.  However, we celebrate the Passover
Feast after the Lord’s Supper, not before as did the Corinthians.  
In this way, we are alert during the Lord’s Supper rather than dull
and insensitive like the early Christians of 1Corinthians 11.

Since so many believers now assemble in their homes as in the first
century church, we have rethought the Passover Feast format.  
There is no command to keep the Passover Feast at some large
assembly.  Today, the various organizations require that their
members drive, sometimes long distances, to the place where many
others keep the "Passover".  This is not Biblical – either for the
Lord’s Supper or the Passover Feast.

We try to arrive sometime before sunset so that the host can
organize the part each is going to carry out during the evening.  
The format can be shorter or longer depending on the number of
people attending.  You can add your favorite Scriptures about the
Passover or those surrounding the Lord’s Supper.  One can change
this format in a number of ways.  The following is only an example.  
However, the evening should be one of joy.  It should be something
to anticipate!  However, it should not be an evening of hilarity.

We do not try to follow the Jewish Format for several reasons.  
First, the Jews of today are keeping a remembrance ceremony,
which is a memorial of the Passover Feast, not a real Passover
Feast.  The reason being that there is no temple, and many do not
reside in Jerusalem.  So they will not forget, they continue to do
the present ceremony.  However, those who were of the Diaspora
probably developed the Seder plate.  The Jerusalem Passover, as
pointed out by the Gospel writers was different to that of the
Diaspora.

John 6.4 (JNT), "Now the Judean festival of Passover was coming up..."

Another reason we do not keep the Jewish Passover Feast of the
dispersion is that they do not recognize Christ as the Passover.  
We keep the Passover with the true Passover, (Yahshua – Joshua,
the Messiah) not a physical lamb of the field.

We provide all of the scriptures here so that one can print and bind
for use.
LORD’S SUPPER & PASSOVER FEAST
FORMAT
Evening begins: The beginning of the 15th of Nisan at sunset ending
the 14th.

Opening Prayer: Give thanks for the opportunity to keep the Lord’s
Supper and Passover Feast once again.  Ask God for His blessings
and protection on the evening.

Song:  In Thy Loving Kindness, Lord
The Lord’s Supper
Scriptures To Read Before Foot
Washing
(The Service of Humility)
Reading: Phil. 2:5-8 "Let this mind be in you which was also in <Christ
Jesus> (Joshua, the Messiah), who, <being in the form of God> (being in
the likeness of God) did not consider it <robbery to be equal with God>
(something to hold on to); but made Himself of no reputation, taking the
form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.  And being
found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient
to the point of death, even the death of the <cross> (stake)."

Reading: 2Chronicles 7:14  "If My people who are called by My name
will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their
wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and
heal their land."

Reading: Matthew 18.1-4 "At that time the disciples came to Jesus,
saying, 'Who then is <greatest> (greater) in the kingdom of heaven?'  
Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and
said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as
little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.  
Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the <greatest>
(greater) in the kingdom of heaven.'"

Reading: James 4.6-10 "...Therefore He says:  'God resists the proud, But
gives grace to the humble.'  Therefore, submit to God.  Resist the devil and
he will flee from you.  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.  
Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-
minded.  Lament, mourn, and weep!  Let your laughter be turned to
mourning and your joy to gloom.  Humble yourselves in the sight of the
Lord, and He will lift you up."

Reading: 1Peter 5.5-6 "...Yes, all of you be submissive to one another,
and be clothed with humility, for 'God resists the proud, But gives grace to
the humble.'"

NKJV:
Reading: John 13:1-17 Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus
knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the
Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the
end.  And supper being <ended> (prepared), the devil having already put
it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him, Jesus,
knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He
had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper (table) and
laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself.  After that, He
poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to
wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.  Then He came to
Simon Peter.  And Peter said to Him, "Lord, are You washing my feet?"  
Jesus answered and said to him, "What I am doing you do not understand
now, but you will know after this."  Peter said to Him, "You shall never
wash my feet!”  Jesus answered him, "If I do not wash you, you have no
part with Me."  Simon Peter said to Him, "Lord, not my feet only, but also
my hands and my head!"  Jesus said to him, "He who is bathed needs only
to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of
you."  For He knew who would betray Him; therefore He said, "You are
not all clean."  So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and
sat down again, He said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you?  
You call me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.  If I then,
your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one
another’s feet.  For I have given you an example that you should do as I
have done to you.  Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater
than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.  If
you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.”

Foot Washing Service Directions: If two or more people (Husband
and wife or two people of the same sex) are participating, they should
wash one another’s feet.  If four or more people are participating, two
of each sex, the men may move to a different room for this part of the
service for the sake of modesty.  If  one must observe this evening by
himself, he omits this part of the service.  In that case, he should read
and meditate on the verses above.  He could pray and ask God to
provide someone with whom to keep this evening, next year.
After the Humility Service (Foot-washing)
Go to the Table Set up for eating the Lord’s
Supper
Scriptures One May Read Before
Eating the Bread
(The Bread – Symbol of Christ's Body)
(Christ = Our Bread of Life)
Read Together: John 3.16, "For God so loved the world that He gave
His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish
but have everlasting life."  

(Notice that everyone reads this together.  The effect is very moving
when everyone reads a passage together – especially if the group is
made up of several people.  More of these "together" passages could
be included.)(We read some of the longer passages in the NKJV,
which makes it easier to read.)

NKJV:
Reading: Isaiah 53 1 Who has believed our report?  And to whom has
the arm of the LORD been revealed?  For He shall grow up before Him
as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground.  He has no form or
comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should
desire Him.  He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and
acquainted with grief.  And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He
was despised, and we did not esteem Him.  Surely, He has borne our
griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet, we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten
by God, and afflicted.  But He was wounded for our transgressions, He
was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon
Him, And by His stripes, we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone
astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has
laid on Him the iniquity of us all.  He was oppressed and He was
afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the
slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not
His mouth.  He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will
declare His generation?  For He was cut off from the land of the living;
For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.  And they made His
grave with the wicked—But with the rich at His death, Because He had
done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth.

Yet, it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief.  When
You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall
prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His
hand.  He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied.  By His
knowledge, My righteous Servant shall justify many; For He shall bear
their iniquities.  Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great,
And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His
soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He
bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.

Reading: 1Corinthians 11:23-26 "For I received from the Lord that
which I also delivered to you:  that the Lord Jesus on the night in which
He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it
and said, 'Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in
remembrance of Me.’ In the same manner He also took the cup after
supper, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in My blood.  This do, as
often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.’ For as often as you eat this
bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes."

NKJV:
Reading: John 6:32-58 Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say
to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father
gives you the true bread from heaven.  “  For the bread of God is He
who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."  Then they
said to Him, "Lord, give us this bread always."  And Jesus said to them,
"I am the bread of life.  He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he
who believes in Me shall never thirst.  But I said to you that you have
seen Me and yet do not believe.  All that the Father gives Me will come
to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.  For I
have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him
who sent Me.  This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He
has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last
day.  And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the
Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him
up at the last day."  The Jews then complained about Him, because He
said, "I am the bread which came down from heaven."  And they said, "Is
not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know?  
How is it then that He says, ‘I have come down from heaven’?"  Jesus
therefore answered and said to them, "Do not murmur among
yourselves.  No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws
him; and I will raise him up at the last day.  It is written in the prophets,
‘And they shall all be taught by God.’  Therefore, everyone who has
heard and learned from the Father comes to Me.  Not that anyone has
seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father.  
Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.  
I am the bread of life.  Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and
are dead.  This is the bread, which comes down from heaven that one
may eat of it and not die.  I am the living bread, which came down from
heaven.  If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread
that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world."  
The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, "How can this
Man give us His flesh to eat?"  Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly,
I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His
blood, you have no life in you.  Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My
blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.  For My
flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.  He who eats My
flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.  As the living
Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me
will live because of Me.  This is the bread, which came down from
heaven – not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead.  He who eats
this bread will live forever."

Reading: 1Corinthians 10.16-17 "The cup of blessing which we bless, is
it not the communion of the blood of Christ?  The bread which we break,
is it not the communion of the body of Christ?  For we, though many, are
one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread."

Reading: Matthew 26.26 "And as they were eating, Jesus took bread,
blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, 'Take, eat;
this is My body.'"

Directions for The Bread:  Remove the napkin from the bread and
pray over it, giving God thanks for it as a symbol of Christ's broken
body.  Break the unleavened bread into small pieces, after the
prayer, and pass to everyone.  Try to provide only the amount of
bread that the group will eat.  One should burn the leftovers.  This
pertains only to the bread prayed over and uneaten.  One does not
burn the unleavened bread left in the kitchen, which is not a part of
the Lord’s Supper.  While the following verse refers to the
Passover, yet the bread of the Lord’s Supper represents the body of
Christ just as the lamb of the Passover represented Christ – Christ is
our Passover sacrificed for us.  Burning the bread indicates proper
respect for Christ – the bread’s representation.

Exodus 12:10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning;
and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.

1Corinthians 5:7  Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a
new lump, as ye are unleavened.  For even Christ our Passover is
sacrificed for us:
Scriptures To Be Read Before Drinking the Wine
The Wine (Christ's Blood) Our Ransom &
Reconciliation
Reading: Hebrews 9:11-15 "But Christ came as High Priest of the good
things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made
with hands, that is, not of this creation.  Not with the blood of goats and
calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for
all, having obtained eternal redemption.  For if the blood of bulls and
goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the
purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who
through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse
your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?  And for this
reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the
redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who
are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

Reading: 1John 1:7 "But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we
have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son
cleanses us from all sin."

Reading: Ephesians 1:7 "In Him we have redemption through His
blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace."

Reading: Matthew 26.27-28 "Then He took the cup, and gave thanks,
and gave it to them, saying, 'Drink from it, all of you.'"

Directions for The Wine: Uncover the wine and give thanks for it
as a symbol of Christ's blood, shed as our ransom out of the world
and for the remission of all our sins.  Give God thanks for His only
begotten Son who died for us, washing us clean that we might be
reconciled to Him.  Thank Him for Christ's willingness to submit to
His Father's will, even to death.  Pass a glass of wine to everyone.  
(Note:  We use small wine glasses and pour enough wine so that
each person can take several sips while thinking about the wine’s
representation.)  (Note: It is best to provide, at the table, only the
wine that one will drink.  Any leftover wine should be poured out on
the ground, as Christ poured out His soul (life – blood) upon the
ground.)

Matthew 26:27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave [it] to
them, saying,
Drink ye all of it;

Isaiah 53:12 Therefore will I divide him [a portion] with the great, and
he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because
he hath poured out his
soul unto death:
and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he
bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
SCRIPTURES ONE MAY READ AFTER
THE WINE CEREMONY
Read Together: Psalms 117 "Praise, the Lord, all you Gentiles!  Laud
Him, all you peoples!  For His merciful kindness is great toward us, And
the truth of the Lord endures forever.  Praise the Lord!

NKJV:
Reading: Psalms 118 Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!  For
His mercy endures forever.  Let Israel now say, "His mercy endures
forever."  Let the house of Aaron now say, "His mercy endures forever."  
Let those who fear the LORD now say, "His mercy endures forever."  I
called on the LORD in distress; The LORD answered me and set me in a
broad place.  The LORD is on my side; I will not fear.  What can man do
to me?  The LORD is for me among those who help me; Therefore, I shall
see my desire on those who hate me.  It is better to trust in the LORD
Than to put confidence in man.  It is better to trust in the LORD Than to
put confidence in princes.  All nations surrounded me, But in the name of
the LORD, I will destroy them.  They surrounded me, Yes, they
surrounded me; But in the name of the LORD, I will destroy them.  They
surrounded me like bees; They were quenched like a fire of thorns; For in
the name of the LORD I will destroy them.  You pushed me violently, that
I might fall, But the LORD helped me.  The LORD is my strength and
song, And He has become my salvation.  The voice of rejoicing and
salvation Is in the tents of the righteous; The right hand of the LORD
does valiantly.  The right hand of the LORD is exalted; The right hand of
the LORD does valiantly.  I shall not die, but live, And declare the works
of the LORD.  The LORD has chastened me severely, But He has not
given me over to death.  Open to me the gates of righteousness; I will go
through them, And I will praise the LORD.  This is the gate of the LORD,
Through which the righteous shall enter.  I will praise You, For You have
answered me, And have become my salvation.  The stone, which the
builders rejected, Has become the chief cornerstone.  This was the LORD’
S doing; It is marvelous in our eyes.  This is the day the LORD has
made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.  Save now, I pray, O LORD; O
LORD, I pray, send now prosperity.  Blessed is he who comes in the
name of the LORD!  We have blessed you from the house of the LORD.  
God is the LORD, And He has given us light; Bind the sacrifice with
cords to the horns of the altar.  You are my God, and I will praise You;
You are my God, I will exalt You.  Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He
is good!  For His mercy endures forever.
Some of Christ's Last Words
Before His Death
NKJV:
Reading: John 13:1-38 Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus
knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the
Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to
the end.  And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the
heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him, Jesus, knowing that
the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come
from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His
garments, took a towel and girded Himself.  After that, He poured water
into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with
the towel with which He was girded.  Then He came to Simon Peter.  And
Peter said to Him, "Lord, are You washing my feet?"  Jesus answered and
said to him, "What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will
know after this."  Peter said to Him, "You shall never wash my feet!”  
Jesus answered him, "If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me."  
Simon Peter said to Him, "Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and
my head!"  Jesus said to him, "He who is bathed needs only to wash his
feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you."  For
He knew who would betray Him; therefore He said, "You are not all
clean."  So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat
down again, He said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you?  
You call me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.  If I then,
your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash
one another’s feet.  For I have given you an example that you should do
as I have done to you.  Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not
greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent
him.  If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.  I do not
speak concerning all of you.  I know whom I have chosen; but that the
Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eats bread with Me has lifted up his
heel against Me.’ Now I tell you before it comes, that when it does come
to pass, you may believe that I am He.  Most assuredly, I say to you, he
who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me
receives Him who sent Me."  When Jesus had said these things, He was
troubled in spirit, and testified and said, "Most assuredly, I say to you,
one of you will betray Me."  Then the disciples looked at one another,
perplexed about whom He spoke.  Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom
one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved.  Simon Peter therefore motioned
to him to ask who it was of whom He spoke.  Then, leaning back on Jesus’
breast, he said to Him, "Lord, who is it?"  Jesus answered, "It is he to
whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it."  And having
dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.  Now
after the piece of bread, Satan entered him.  Then Jesus said to him,
"What you do, do quickly."  But no one at the table knew for what reason
He said this to him.  For some thought, because Judas had the moneybox,
that Jesus had said to him, "Buy those things we need for the feast," or
that he should give something to the poor.  Having received the piece of
bread, he then went out immediately.  And it was night.  So, when he had
gone out, Jesus said, "Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is
glorified in Him.  If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in
Himself, and glorify Him immediately.  Little children, I shall be with you
a little while longer.  You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, ‘Where
I am going, you cannot come,’ so now I say to you.  A new commandment
I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also
love one another.  By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you
have love for one another."  Simon Peter said to Him, "Lord, where are
You going?”  Jesus answered him, "Where I am going you cannot follow
Me now, but you shall follow Me afterward."  Peter said to Him, "Lord,
why can I not follow You now?  I will lay down my life for Your sake."  
Jesus answered him, "Will you lay down your life for My sake?  Most
assuredly, I say to you, the rooster shall not crow till you have denied Me
three times.

Reading: John 14:1-31 "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in
God, believe also in Me.  In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it
were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.  And
if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to
Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.  And where I go you
know, and the way you know."  Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not
know where You are going, and how can we know the way?"  Jesus said
to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father
except through Me.  If you had known Me, you would have known My
Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him."  Philip
said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us."  Jesus
said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known
Me, Philip?  He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you
say, ‘Show us the Father’?  Do you not believe that I am in the Father,
and the Father in Me?  The words that I speak to you I do not speak on
My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.  
Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe
Me for the sake of the works themselves.  Most assuredly, I say to you, he
who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works
than these he will do, because I go to My Father.  And whatever you ask
in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If
you ask anything in My name, I will do it.  If you love Me, keep My
commandments.  And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another
Helper, that He may abide with you forever – the Spirit of truth, whom the
world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but
you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.  I will not leave
you orphans; I will come to you.  A little while longer and the world will
see Me no more, but you will see Me.  Because I live, you will live also.  
At that day, you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I
in you.  He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves
Me.  And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him
and manifest Myself to him."  Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, "Lord,
how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?"  
Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My
word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make
Our home with him.  He who does not love Me does not keep My words;
and the word, which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.  
These things I have spoken to you while being present with you.  But the
Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will
teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said
to you.  Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world
gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be
afraid.  You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming
back to you.’  If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am
going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I.  And now I have told
you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe.  I
will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming,
and he has nothing in Me.  But that the world may know that I love the
Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do.  Arise, let us
go from here.

Reading: John 15:1-27 "I am the true vine, and My Father is the
vinedresser.  Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away;
and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.  
You are already clean because of the word, which I have spoken to you.  
Abide in Me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself,
unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.  I
am the vine, you are the branches.  He who abides in Me, and I in him,
bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.  If anyone does not
abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather
them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.  If you abide in
Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall
be done for you.  By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit;
so you will be My disciples.  As the Father loved Me, I also have loved
you; abide in My love.  If you keep My commandments, you will abide in
My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His
love.  These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you,
and that your joy may be full.  This is My commandment, that you love
one another as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, than
to lay down one’s life for his friends.  You are My friends if you do
whatever I command you.  No longer do I call you servants, for a servant
does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for
all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.  You
did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go
and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask
the Father in My name He may give you.  These things I command you,
that you love one another.  If the world hates you, you know that it hated
Me before it hated you.  If you were of the world, the world would love its
own.  Yet, because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the
world, therefore the world hates you.  Remember the word that I said to
you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’  If they persecuted Me,
they will also persecute you.  If they kept My word, they will keep yours
also.  But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because
they do not know Him who sent Me.  If I had not come and spoken to
them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.  
He who hates Me hates My Father also.  If I had not done among them the
works, which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have
seen and also hated both Me and My Father.  But this happened that the
word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, ‘They hated Me
without a cause.’  But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you
from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will
testify of Me.  And you also will bear witness, because you have been with
Me from the beginning.             

Reading: John 16:1-33 "These things I have spoken to you, that you
should not be made to stumble.  They will put you out of the synagogues;
yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God
service.  And these things they will do to you because they have not known
the Father nor Me.  But these things I have told you, that when the time
comes, you may remember that I told you of them.  And these things I did
not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you.  But now I go
away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You
going?’  But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled
your heart.  Nevertheless, I tell you the truth.  It is to your advantage that
I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if
I depart, I will send Him to you.  And when He has come, He will convict
the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because
they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father
and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is
judged.  I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them
now.  However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you
into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever
He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.  He will
glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.  All
things that the Father has are Mine.  Therefore, I said that He will take of
Mine and declare it to you.  A little while, and you will not see Me; and
again a little while, and you will see Me, because I go to the Father."  
Then some of His disciples said among themselves, "What is this that He
says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little
while, and you will see Me’; and, ‘because I go to the Father’?"  They
said therefore, "What is this that He says, ‘A little while’?  We do not
know what He is saying."  Now Jesus knew that they desired to ask Him,
and He said to them, "Are you inquiring among yourselves about what I
said, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and
you will see Me’?  Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and
lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your
sorrow will be turned into joy.  A woman, when she is in labor, has
sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to
the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human
being has been born into the world.  Therefore, you now have sorrow; but
I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will
take from you.  And in that day, you will ask Me nothing.  Most assuredly,
I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.  
Until now, you have asked nothing in My name.  Ask, and you will
receive, that your joy may be full.  These things I have spoken to you in
figurative language; but the time is coming when I will no longer speak to
you in figurative language, but I will tell you plainly about the Father.  In
that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray
the Father for you; for the Father Himself loves you, because you have
loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God.  I came forth
from the Father and have come into the world.  Again, I leave the world
and go to the Father."  His disciples said to Him, "See, now You are
speaking plainly, and using no figure of speech!  Now we are sure that
You know all things, and have no need that anyone should question You.  
By this we believe that You came forth from God."  Jesus answered them,
"Do you now believe?  Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that
you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone.  And yet,
I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.  These things I have
spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.  In the world you will have
tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."

Reading: John 17:1-26 Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to
heaven, and said: "Father, the hour has come.  Glorify Your Son, that
Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all
flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.  
And this is eternal life that they may know You, the only true God, and
Jesus Christ whom You have sent.  I have glorified You on the earth.  I
have finished the work, which You have given Me to do.  And now, O
Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory, which I had
with You before the world was.  I have manifested Your name to the men
whom You have given Me out of the world.  They were Yours, You gave
them to Me, and they have kept Your word.  Now they have known that all
things, which You have given Me, are from You.  For I have given to them
the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and
have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that
You sent Me.  I pray for them.  I do not pray for the world but for those
whom You have given Me, for they are Yours.  And all Mine are Yours,
and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them.
 Now I am no longer in
the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You.  Holy Father,
keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be
one as We are.  While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your
name.  Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost
except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.  But now
I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have
My joy fulfilled in themselves.  I have given them Your word; and the
world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of
the world.  I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but
that You should keep them from the evil one.  They are not of the world,
just as I am not of the world.  Sanctify them by Your truth.  Your word is
truth.  As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the
world.  And for their sakes, I sanctify Myself, that they also may be
sanctified by the truth.  I do not pray for these alone, but also for those
who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as
You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us,
that the world may believe that You sent Me.  And the glory which You
gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in
them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the
world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have
loved Me.  Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with
Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me;
for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.  O righteous
Father!  The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these
have known that You sent Me.  And I have declared to them Your name,
and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in
them, and I in them."

Reading: John 18:1  When Jesus (Joshua) had spoken these words, he
went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden,
into the which he entered, and his disciples.

Song: To Thee I Lift My Soul
Setting The Tone For The Passover Feast
(Its History and Roots)
NKJV:
Reading: Exodus 12:1-51 Now the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron in
the land of Egypt, saying, "This month shall be your beginning of months;
it shall be the first month of the year to you.  Speak to all the
congregation of Israel, saying: ‘On the tenth day of this month every man
shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb
for a household.  And if the household is too small for the lamb, let him
and his neighbor next to his house take it according to the number of the
persons; according to each man’s need, you shall make your count for the
lamb.  Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year.  You
may take it from the sheep or from the goats.  Now you shall keep it until
the fourteenth day of the same month.  Then the whole assembly of the
congregation of Israel shall kill it at <twilight> (between the two
evenings).  And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two
doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it.  Then they
shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread
and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.  Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all
with water, but roasted in fire—its head with its legs and its entrails.  
You shall let none of it remain until morning, and what remains of it until
morning you shall burn with fire.  And thus, you shall eat it: with a belt
on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand.  So,
you shall eat it in haste.  It is the LORD’S Passover.  For I will pass
through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in
the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I
will execute judgment: I am the LORD.  Now the blood shall be a sign for
you on the houses where you are.  And when I see the blood, I will pass
over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike
the land of Egypt.  So, this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall
keep it as a feast to the LORD throughout your generations.  You shall
keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance.  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.’"  Then Moses called for all the elders of
Israel and said to them, "Pick out and take lambs for yourselves
according to your families, and kill the Passover lamb.  And you shall
take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike
the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin.  And
none of you shall go out of the door of his house until morning.  For the
LORD will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the
blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the
door and not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike you.  
And you shall observe this thing as an ordinance for you and your sons
forever.  It will come to pass when you come to the land, which the LORD
will give you, just as He promised, that you shall keep this service.  And
it shall be, when your children say to you, ‘What do you mean by this
service?’  That you shall say, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice of the LORD,
who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt when He
struck the Egyptians and delivered our households.’”  So, the people
bowed their heads and worshiped.  Then the children of Israel went away
and did so; just as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron, so they
did.  And it came to pass at midnight that the LORD struck all the
firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on
his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all
the firstborn of livestock.  So, Pharaoh rose in the night, he, all his
servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt, for
there was not a house where there was not one dead.  Then he called for
Moses and Aaron by night, and said, "Rise, go out from among my
people, both you and the children of Israel.  And go, serve the LORD as
you have said.  Also take your flocks and your herds, as you have said,
and be gone; and bless me also."  And the Egyptians urged the people,
that they might send them out of the land in haste.  For they said, "We
shall all be dead."  So, the people took their dough before it was leavened,
having their kneading bowls bound up in their clothes on their shoulders.  
Now the children of Israel had done according to the word of Moses, and
they had asked from the Egyptians articles of silver, articles of gold, and
clothing.  And the LORD had given the people favor in the sight of the
Egyptians, so that they granted them what they requested.  Thus, they
plundered the Egyptians.  Then the children of Israel journeyed from
Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides
children.  A mixed multitude went up with them also, and flocks and
herds—a great deal of livestock.  And they baked unleavened cakes of the
dough which they had brought out of Egypt; for it was not leavened,
because they were driven out of Egypt and could not wait, nor had they
prepared provisions for themselves.  Now the sojourn of the children of
Israel who lived in Egypt was four hundred and thirty years.  And it came
to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years—on that very same
day—it came to pass that all the armies of the LORD went out from the
land of Egypt.  It is a night of solemn observance to the LORD for
bringing them out of the land of Egypt.  This is that night of the LORD, a
solemn observance for all the children of Israel throughout their
generations.  And the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, "This is the
ordinance of the Passover: No foreigner shall eat it.  But every man’s
servant who is bought for money, when you have circumcised him, then
he may eat it.  A sojourner and a hired servant shall not eat it.  In one
house, it shall be eaten; you shall not carry any of the flesh outside the
house, nor shall you break one of its bones.  All the congregation of Israel
shall keep it.  And when a stranger dwells with you and wants to keep the
Passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him
come near and keep it; and he shall be as a native of the land.  For no
uncircumcised person shall eat it.  One law shall be for the native-born
and for the stranger who dwells among you."  Thus all the children of
Israel did; as the LORD commanded Moses and Aaron, so they did.  And
it came to pass, on that very same day, that the LORD brought the
children of Israel out of the land of Egypt according to their armies.

Reading: Psalms 114 When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob
from a people of strange language; Judah was his sanctuary, and Israel
his dominion.  The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back.  The
mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs.  What ailed
thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest?  thou Jordan that thou wast driven
back?  Ye mountains that ye skipped like rams; and ye little hills, like
lambs?  Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence
of the God of Jacob;  Which turned the rock into a standing water, the
flint into a fountain of waters.

Prayer: Give Thanks For the Passover Feast Just When it is Ready to
Eat.

The Evening Meal: This can be as elaborate as you wish – it is a
feast!  We tend to talk about the events of the evening, a
conversation that will enhance our understanding of what we are
doing.  Children of the family who are not yet Christians can
participate in this meal.  We use candles, incense, and
background music to enhance this part of the evening.  Make it a
candlelight Feast!  That will more resemble the way it was in
Egypt.  Linger after the meal with appropriate conversation.  
Remember the focus of the occasion: The Messiah is our
Passover – our Ransom out of the evil society of Satan’s making.
At the End of the Passover Feast
Final Prayer: This is a concluding prayer – a prayer of thanksgiving
for the events and inspiration of the evening.  One could pray for the
safety of those who must travel home, if this is applicable.  

Final Song: "Israel Awaken From Your Slumber"
Questions & Answers