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April 5, 2014

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Interfaith Passover Seder tomorrow at synagogue

Newburyport’s religious communities and leaders will gather tomorrow afternoon at 4 for an interfaith, community-wide celebration and observance of the Passover Seder. The Jewish holiday of Passover celebrates the Biblical story of the Exodus: the freeing and deliverance of the Israelite slaves from their Egyptian slave masters. The Seder, being held at Congregation Ahavas Achim on the corner of Washington and Olive streets, will be led by Rabbi Avi Poupko.

The Seder will include a sharing of rituals, teachings and prayers along with the traditional Matzah and Charoset. According to many Christian scholars, Jesus’ Last Supper was a Passover Seder and thus a celebration of the Seder is important both for Christians and Jews.

The Interfaith Passover Seder is being sponsored by the synagogue and the Greater Newburyport Clergy Association. There is request $5 donation per person. Contact rabbi@caanewburyport.org for more information.

Arrison to preach at ecumenical service tomorrow

The Rev. Gwyneth Arrison of the Merrimacport United Methodist Church will preach at the Church of the Nativity, Holy Redeemer Parish tomorrow at 2 p.m. The two churches will host worship together with music led by the Merrimac Praise Band, which plays at both churches. This is the third ecumenical service hosted by the churches of Merrimac in an effort to promote unity between Protestants and Catholics. This will be the first time that a Protestant clergy has been invited to preach in a Catholic pulpit in Merrimac. All are welcome. The Church of the Nativity is located at 4 Green St. in Merrimac

Kirkin of the Tartan service tomorrow

There will be a Kirkin of the Tartan Service and Celebration at St. Paul’s Church, 166 High St., Newburyport, tomorrow at 10:15 a.m. The service will feature several Scottish clans in attendance to have their clan tartan flags blessed. There will also be a meet and greet with the attending clans in the church hall after the service.

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