WHEN AND WHY DO WE GATHER TOGETHER ?Click for Calendar of GatheringsHome Fellowships
The Book of Acts describes how the Jewish Believers in Jesus met in each others' homes often, devoting themselves to "prayer, serving meals to each other, and learning together from the leaders of their community what Scripture says about following Yeshua - Jesus.
Please speak to Abraham at the next public gathering if you are interested in being involved in one of our Home Discipleship Fellowships.Shabbat (Sabbath) - Friday Nights
Messianic Jewish Shabbat Worship Services - 1st Fridayeach month, 7:30pm
Shabbat is one of the Ten Commandments. We try to honor this gift from God by assembling all the Home Fellowships together, and inviting the public at large to join us for a Friday night Shabbat Service twice each month.
We use traditional Jewish liturgy/songs that are Biblically based, with an enthusiastic time of worship and praise of The God of Israel and The Salvation - (in Hebrew - The Yeshua) - Jesus - He sent to redeem us. There is also a time of teaching from God's Word, tying together the Jewish Scriptrues (what Christians call the "Old Testament") and the New Testament (actually, also written by, for and about Jews!)
, showing how they are in unity pointing to The Moshiach - The Anointed One of God - Yeshua - Jesus. S.D.A.I.T.S. - Shabbat Dinner And Informal Torah Study - all other Fridays, 7:30pm
2nd & 4th Fridays will be Shabbat services, ALL OTHER FRIDAYS in the month will be a more informal gathering. Those who desire can bring a Cover Dish to share for Shabbat Dinner. Those coming right from work can just bring themselves!
The evening will formally begin around 7:30pm with Shabbat Candle Lighting and saying together a few of The Blessings of the Shabbat. Then, everyone gets some food and sits at tables arranged so we can all talk with each other over dinner. As we enjoy physical food, we'll also take in spiritual "nutrition" - Yeshua quoted the Torah which says "Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God! (Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4)."
Some weeks will feature a movie (and discussion) or other special presentation relevant and meaningful to knowing and loving God's Chosen People - the Jewish people.
Biblical Holiday Celebrations
When your rabbi or pastor gives an illustration to help us remember God's Word and motivate us to live out God's instructions, sometimes we laugh, or perhaps a poignant illustration makes us cry. Always they are beautiful, powerful, memorable, helpful for keeping in mind what God has to say.
If God wrote an illustration... would it be ALMOST as good as your rabbi or pastors? Would it be about equal, on par with what your rabbi or pastor came up with? OR... would God's illustration be a good bit BETTER !?!
Each one of the Feasts of the Lord given to Israel is an illustration, a picture that "speaks a thousand words" about the nature and character of this God of Israel, and each Feast speaks of some aspect of the Messiah's life and ministry, in the end pointing us to seeing Yeshua - Jesus - as the promised Jewish Messiah.
Our Purim, Passover, Tabernacles and other Biblical Feast Celebrations are filled with traditional Jewish songs and foods, something for the children, and a lesson from Scripture on what God is trying to tell us through The Feasts.
EVERYBODY is invited to join us in taking a closer look at these illustrations God gave us so that we could better know who He is, and how He is God our Salvation (Isaiah 12:2). The next Holiday celebration is - TO BE ANNOUNCED ! - T.B.A.Other Remembrances, Celebrations, Concerts, Seminars, etc.
There is so much to celebrate when you get to know the God who redeemed Israel out of Egypt. (In fact, God said the whole point of getting Israel out of Egypt was that we would could gather close enough to Him to get to know Him! (Exodus 6:7))
Once one "tastes and sees that The Lord is good..." there is a desire to know more of Him. Also, as The People of God - the Jewish people - there are various events that we have walked through in our 4000 year relationship with The Great "I AM" (God's name from Exodus, chapter 4).
Accordingly, we take time to stop and remember such things as Tisha b'Av (the Destruction of the Temple), Yom haShoah (Day of the Holocaust). We celebrate victories such as Yom haAtzmaut (Israeli Independence Day). We set aside time just to sing and praise our Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel, and time to wait in prayer to hear His Voice, and receive His Word which is Life itself.
We also schedule special times of learning to better understand what the Old and New Testaments, together, are saying about the God of Israel and His Messiah, and how we are to walk in His ways. The next special gathering of this type is - TO BE ANNOUNCED