The audio recording is http://messiahechad.org/blog/25-jun-2016-h3m/ and the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/25-Jun-2016-Slides.pdf . After an awesome praise and worship set, to include vocals from a guest worship singer, Pastor Duane summarized the torah portion Behaalotecha, In your making go up, Numbers 8:1 – 12:16. The key points were setting the Levites apart, observing the commandments, and not complaining as Miriam did… God does not like complaining. We then thanked God for our praise reports, and humbly submitted a few prayer requests. Lastly, Rabbi Jonathan spoke on the recent shooting at a gay club in Orlando, and Rabbi reminded us to embrace the person, yet shun the sin. Spoiler Alert… we do not take a stance on homosexuality. We take a stance on sin.
The audio recording is http://messiahechad.org/blog/18-june-2016-t7h/ and the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/18-Jun-2016-Slides.pdf . Oh how great is our God, and lively the praise and worship at Messiah Echad! It is worth every minute, of the drive you will make. This past Shabbat, Brother Chris spoke on parsha, Naso, Elevate, Numbers 4:21 – 7:89. This was a power packed section on; placing the defiled outside the camp, accused women drinking bitter waters, the Nazarene vow, the Aaronic benediction, and the dedication offering. Then in the drash, Rabbi Jonathan delineated between salvation and sanctification, after which we explored various commandments surrounding the Shabbat. Yet it was the concluding admonition, on being pastoral or motherly, like a broody hen (Luke 13:34), which reached so many hearts. Amen.
Master of the universe, ha tov shimcha; we gratefully acknowledge you in worship and in praise! We also heard a reading prompted by Brother Alex, along with a new song. Next, Bamidbar, In The Wilderness, Numbers 1:1 – 4:20, was covered by Brother Chris. Our focus was on our bodies, like the temple, belonging to The Master of The Universe. Then after praise reports and prayer requests, Rabbi Jonathan led us in a fun, scriptural, Shavuot or Pentecost Service. We also don’t care if you observe yours differently. Those passages again, were (1) Leviticus 23:16-22, (2) Acts 2:1-5, (3) Exodus 19:1, 34:27, 40:17, (4) 1 Corinthians 15:20, (5) Ruth 1:4-22, (6) Galatians 5:22-23, (7) Deuteronomy 26:9-10, and (8) Colossians 2:16-17. The audio is http://messiahechad.org/blog/11-june-2016-nhb/ and the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/11-Jun-2016-Slides.pdf .
Healing is here, and I believe it! And we were so blessed as S. Danaë led us into a healing time of praise and worship, after which B. Alex felt God wanted to heal someone on the spot, which he did! Amen! The parsha was presented by Rabbi Jonathan, Bechukotai, In My statutes, Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34. Walking in the statues of The Lord brings blessings, while dismissing them brings oppression. We also explored redemption, and the tithe, before counting more blessings, then submitting praying requests. Lastly, Pastor Duane delivered a powerful sermon on Messiah Echad’s sixth statement of faith – unity. After hearing it, you will abhor disunity or discord. The audio is http://messiahechad.org/blog/04-june-2016-g5m/ and the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/04-Jun-2016-Slides.pdf . See you next week for Shavuot (Pentecost) Shabbat and Monthly Oneg.