Everything I once held dear, I count it all as loss… lead me to the cross, where Your love poured out. Yes, and may many people be similarly led, to surrender to You Lord. In the torah portion, Watchman Alex covered Acharei Mot and Kedoshim, After the death and Holy People, from Leviticus 16:1 – 20:27. Some key points were to respect how life is in the blood, which neither Israel nor Sojourners should consume, and we also discussed the nature of Azazael. Then after praise reports and prayer, Rabbi Jonathan spoke on how we can make the devil scared. To grow the congregation emotionally, physically connect with other believers. To grow the congregation physically, give milk or easily digestible messages, to the new people. And to grow spiritually, put off things of the world, then put on things of God! And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/06-May-2017-Slides.pdf
April is packed with events, so be sure to visit https://messiahechad.org/services/, to get details on our Passover Seder, Spring Mikveh (Baptism), and more. You might also enjoy watching The Passover Movie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1tRF4HfsHc. In this past week’s service, it was so great to declare that through the valley of the shadow, and in the midst of deep sorrows, we are not alone! Next, Rebbetzin Melinda covered Vayakhel (And he assembled), and Pekudei (Accountings Of), from Exodus 35:1 – 40:38. Its all about the relationship with God, so make sure to take a Shabbat rest and keep your living temple (body) clean. Finally, Rabbi Jonathan spoke on our third statement of faith; belief in the Holy Spirit Gift from God. And the Spirit, can enable us believers to get along. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/25-Mar-2017-Slides.pdf
There is power, in the name Yeshua (Jesus), and when we declare this, every chain of bondage in our life, is able to be broken. Amen. In the torah portion, Rabbi Jonathan spoke on Vayishlach, He Sent, from Genesis 32:3 – 36:43. God values unity, and He loves our seeking Him in rock bottom moments, but did you know “doing the right thing”, can become a form of idolatry? Simeon and Levi fell to this wickedness, over the Dinah incident, but don’t let it happen to you. Repent. After praise reports and prayer, First Lady Laura shared her heart for the Jewish People, First Lady Delilah talked about prayer and fasting, and Rebbetzin Melinda said we are all in this journey together. So stay with us, check out our redesigned mobile and desktop websites, then prepare for Chanukah! And the slides are attached https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/17-Dec-2016-Slides.pdf.
O come to the altar. The Father’s arms are open wide. Forgiveness was bought with the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Praise and Worship at Messiah Echad was awesome, as always. Pastor Duane covered Torah Portion Family History, Toldot, Genesis 25:19 – 28:9. Esau the red haired hunter, and Jacob the conniving mommy’s boy, fought in the womb, and continued to do so through their life. Yet the focus this year, was seeking God first, to receive the blessings God promised. Then after praise reports and prayer requests, Rabbi Jonathan taught Part Three of Planting A Church. Even after you have the items necessary to succeed, and the culture is established, you need to capture people’s hearts. Amen. Lastly, as a bonus, we had a vow renewal, which we pray you enjoy. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/03-Dec-2016-Slides.pdf
For all your goodness, I will keep on singing; ten thousand reasons for my heart to find. Bless the Lord, oh my soul. We will worship Your Holy Name, at Messiah Echad! Torah Portion Chayei Sarah, Life of Sarah, from Genesis 23:1 – 25:18, was presented by our Shabbat School Coordinator (Paula). The focus was on Rebekah readying herself for her bridegroom, as should we for Yeshua. Then after praise reports and prayer requests, may we all continue with intercession for the health of every member, visitor, and guest of our congregation. Finally, Rabbi Jonathan taught Part Two of Planting A Church; establishing and shaping the culture. It has taken us three years to form our flavor, but thankfully, our culture is biblical, and aligned with the planter’s vision. Come join it. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/26-Nov-2016-Slides.pdf
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders… wherever You would call me, take me deeper… and my faith will be made stronger, in the presence of my Savior. The words from Oceans were so powerful during praise and worship, and it connected perfectly with Vayera, He Appeared, Genesis 18:1 – 22:4. God wants us to guard torah, and protect our faith. Brother Mitch reminded us that we cannot do it all, but we should do what we can, lest the progression of evil continue, and God cease to refresh our heart. Then after a little praise reports and prayer requests, Rabbi Jonathan took a walk down memory lane. The best part about the three-year history of Messiah Echad is that it is just the beginning of what we are about to do. All we need now is 50-100 people ready to help us explode. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/19-Nov-2016-Slides.pdf
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 .
The audio link is http://messiahechad.org/blog/23-july-2016-t6m/ and the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/23-July-2016-Slides.pdf . Oh how we enjoyed hosting Micah and Abby Mahoney from Congregation Zion’s Sake in Newport News VA! If you enjoyed today and want more worship like this, check out our album Awakened at Messiah Echad, and the project Heartcry of David. As for the word, P. Harry covered Balak, Destroyer, from Numbers 22:2 – 25:9. In portion, we get the beautiful Ma Tovu. Then after numerous praise reports and soulful prayer, Rabbi Jonathan proceeded with a drash on being balanced Messianic Jewish Believers, who leverage a divinely, interconnected scripture. See you next week (30 July) for monthly oneg.
The audio recording is http://messiahechad.org/blog/02-july-2016/ and the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/02-July-2016-Slides.pdf . How great is our God, and worthy of the praise we lifted up in our Service. Rabbi Jonathan started us off by asking four questions on parsha Shlach, Send For Yourself, Numbers 13:1 – 15:41. Even after the lessons learned in Numbers, on trusting and obeying, did Israel believe they could claim the land God gave them? How did Israel treat godly voice of reason? Did Israel heed Moses’ direction? There are so many things to learn from torah! Then after praise reports and prayer, with the guidance of P. Duane, Brother Phillip brought forth his inaugural sermon at Messiah Echad. The topic was doing the will of God, with what God has given you. Amen and Happy Fourth of July (Independence Day).
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.