Praise and Worship was powerful as always, but this week it included vocals from Mya, who at the age of nine, proudly sang “Glory, glory, hallelujah, He reigns!” Amen. In the torah portion, Pastor Harry covered Ekev or Consequence, from Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25. Where Moses again gave Israel instructions from God, but notable is grace after meals, the golden cow incident, and a reminder to fear the Lord. Then after a little praise reports and prayer requests, Rabbi Jonathan covered the first part of our Mission and Vision at Messiah Echad, showing people how to love God. Spoiler alert; loving God starts in the home. Finally, R. Jonathan would like to thank our special guest, John Wayne Walding, a fellow wounded veteran who is a powerful testimony to never giving up. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/27-Aug-2016-Slides.pdf .
We began praise and worship with gadol Elohai, shiru ki gadol Elohai, which means how great is our God, sing with me how great is our God! Amen… Our God is so great, and never leaves us alone. In the parsha, Rabbi Jonathan covered Va’etchanan, I Pleaded, Deuteronomy 3:23 – 7:11. Our focus was Moses not being permitted to cross into the Promised Land, but Moses was allowed to see it. Further, Moses prepared Israel by leveraging the three data point model. Next, we had praise reports about new jobs and prayer requests for continued blessings, after which our special guest, Pastor Whit Anderson from Christ Presbyterian Church, brought a message on righteousness. Everything we do should be for the glory of God, not for the public exaltation of ourselves. And the direct slide link is http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/20-Aug-2016-Slides.pdf .
Link for slides is http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/13-Aug-2016-Slides.pdf . With special guests in from all over the nation, we were pleased to witness Rabbi Jonathan and Rebbetzin Melinda dedicate their newly adopted children, Karissa (5) and Tristen (3), to Adonai (The Lord). Praise and worship finished with a song very near to the Dades; a song which says we are all children of God. Next, Brother Chris opened up Devarim, Words, with the parsha from Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:2. We focused on trusting God and obeying His Word. Then after some praise reports and a little prayer, Rabbi Jonathan delivered a heartfelt sermon on identifying, then loving our neighbor. And after laying that foundation, The Dades dedicated their children to Adonai, while also vowing to be their forever parents. Amen!
The direct slides link is http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/06-Aug-2016-Slides.pdf and audio is http://messiahechad.org/blog/06-aug-2016-b6n/ . As we concluded praise and worship, Rabbi Jonathan and Worship Leader Danaë, felt a nudge to heal those who were hurting. So no matter what the pain, and even to those online, we pray Adonai provides healing, and gives you His Shalom (Peace). As for the parsha, Brother Chris summarized Matot, Tribes, and Masei, Journeys of, from Numbers 30:2 – 36:13. The focus was on the inheritance we strive to receive, which is a function of our obedience and interestingly, also our humility. Praise reports and prayer requests were great, after which Rabbi Jonathan brought a (non-political) message on animals. Whether you support Elephants, Donkeys, or Gulls, this is not the message to miss, as it will help you choose!