Rebbetzin Melinda spoke to the children on Vayeshev “And he settled” from Genesis 37:1 – 40:23. Here, Joseph’s brothers were green with envy, then black with hatred, over Joseph’s coat. So the brothers faked Joseph’s death with red goat’s blood, causing their father to be blue with sadness. Then the brothers sold Joseph into slavery, where Joseph was later imprisoned, with Pharaoh’s Chief Baker and Butler. In the main message, Rabbi Jonathan covered Chanukah; a festival not specifically commanded but one Yeshua did observe (John 10:22). And the Feast of Dedication or Festival of Lights, is about God being light (I John 1:5), Messiah being light (John 8:12) and our being lights (Mathew 5:14-16). So the audio recording is http://messiahechad.org/private/13-dec-2014-n2p/ and we invite you to join us Tuesday for the Georgetown Chanukah Lighting, then again on Saturday, with a dish and your menorah or chanukiah, for Chanukah Shabbat.
In this last month of 2014, Rabbi Jonathan covered “And He Sent”, from Genesis 32:4 – 36:43. This was where Jacob left his country with riches, Jacob literally wrestled with God and Jacob’s name was changed to Israel, which accompanied a blessing. Sadly, this section also included the Dinah Incident where we are encouraged to ask; over what actions in life does God sanction a spiritual covering or huppah? In the main message, Pastor David continued with Part II of Covenants, focusing on the Mosaic Covenant and the Shabbat, from Exodus 19-20, 23:12, 31:13, 35:1-3 and Isaiah 58. Then in that spirit of huppahs or covenants, we renewed the wedding vows for Ray and Toni Scalia, while confirming their commitment to Messiah Echad. Mazel Tov! The slides are posted and the audio recording is http://messiahechad.org/private/06-dec-2014-x4l/. See you next week with Service Team Chet on Duty and everyone gearing up for Chanukah, to include the Georgetown Chanukah Lighting!