Pesach and a Year of Recovery and Restoration

Pesach and a Year of Recovery and Restoration Paul Wilbur

The year 2022, or 5782 if you prefer (just don’t note that at the top of your checkbook!) is proving to be a year of recovery and restoration, I believe. We also have the opportunity this year, as we did in 2018, to enjoy the overlap of the Gregorian and Rabbinic calendars for Passover and Easter. The first night of Passover is also Good Friday, and First Fruits (Bikkurim) is the same day as Easter Sunday.

As many of you may have heard, the celebration of this “calendar collision” brought with it some amazing events and understanding here at Celebration Church in Jacksonville, Florida that continue to play out four years later.

Just in case you are not familiar with the events I am referring to, let me briefly summarize here for the sake of context. In 2018 I was following my usual ministry schedule of travel when I was extended an invitation to speak at the mega-church we had attended for some years. It was Passover/Good Friday evening and I was asked to minister in the main service. We had been doing our “First Friday” Erev Shabbat service there for some years but had never been able to engage the Senior Pastor in the services. This year, however, would prove to be very different!

Read the full article here: April ’22 Issue 8

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