This Shabbat, we sang Holy, is the Lord of glory. It was also our honor to lift our voice, and sing, to You, our King. From the Torah, Rabbi Jonathan covered Vezot Habracha, This Is The Blessing, Deuteronomy 33:1 – 34:12. Each tribe, and their lineage, was given a blessing… have you cashed in on yours? Have you researched the tribe(s) you are from? Our Rabbi learned he might hail from Gad, meaning his blessings will come indirectly when people bless him. And Israel, to include the boundaries outlined in Scripture, was made by God to man… let us support Israel! Blessings were for abated rains, and we prayed against cancer, before welcoming our guest Jeremy Dawson, from Thrivent Financial. If you follow the simple Biblical directions that are outlined, you will reach the desired end in your life. Align your values and finances. Model Biblical stewardship to your children. Start a budget. View the uploaded slides https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/29-Sept-2018.pdf .
During praise and worship, we proclaimed that we belong to God. All that we are, we place into His loving hands. Here we are, we stand, with arms wide open, to the One, the Son, the Everlasting God. Amen. We also heard a prophetic word, before Rebbetzin Melinda delivered Ha’azinu, Listen, Deuteronomy 32:1 – 32:52. Moses’ Song reminded us to respect God by listening to His Laws. And instead of just missing God’s face or favor, we need to actively seek it, by doing His will. Praise reports included the right words to speak, and we prayed for healings, after which Rabbi Jonathan revealed a personal word he received from God. Finally, the message was on why we should observe Sukkot. By obeying Leviticus 23:34-43, we are given perspective and appreciation for modern comforts. Sukkot allows us to rest, and God multiplies fellowships that convene together in unity. Many great reasons; we pray you observed and enjoyed Sukkot. And the slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/22-Sept-2018-Slides.pdf
As we wrapped up our fifth cycle of holy days, and successful year as a church plant, Rabbi Jonathan was honored to kick off with a beautiful Tashlich Service, in observance of Rosh Hashanah. During the head of the year, festival of trumpets, we began 10 Days of Awe or reflecting. Sounds of the shofar celebrate our return to God, and we symbolically casted our sins into a river. Thank you God for removing our sins to the depths of the sea. On Shabbat Shavuh, Chris covered Vayelech, He Went, Deuteronomy 31:1-30. As Moses neared the end of his life, he reminded Israel to be courageous, then he read the Torah. After praise reports for saved babies, and prayer for our fathers, Rabbi Jonathan implored everyone to t’shuva, turn away from sin. Will you walk upright in the Word, or stumble by it? Finally, on Yom Kippur, we made al chet confessions, then presented ourselves in a worthy (repentant) manner to God. And the slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/HHD-Sept-2018-Slides.pdf
Always a pleasure when young Mya leads us in worship… when I’m standing in the fire, I will not be overcome. Even through the valley of the shadow, I will not fear, because I am not alone. From the Torah, Brandon covered Nitzavim, Standing, Deuteronomy 29:9 – 30:20. The commandments are not mandatory, rather an invitation to receive the blessings from obedience, or the curses from disobedience. And in the end, blessed are those who see, because many have longed to do so, but can not. Praise reports included miraculously healed backs, and we prayed for continued health victories, after which Rabbi Jonathan came up to teach. There are things we do that block our prayers from reaching God, or block His from Him reaching us… a big one is works of the flesh. Idolatry, being unequally yoked with unbelievers, and unforgiveness can also keep us from receiving blessings… turn away from these things. And the slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/08-Sept-2018-Slides.pdf
As we finish uploading the backlogged audio recordings, it was good to sing about the Great I Am. Lord, I want to be near; near to Your heart… loving the world and hating the dark. Help our dry bones live again, enabling us to worship as one body in Messiah. Rabbi Jonathan covered Parsha Ki Tavo, When you come in, Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8. All scripture, to include the Torah, is God breathed and profitable to our lives. Specifically in this section, we see Israel respond with “amen” to curses, if they disobey scripture… would you be brave enough to do that? We get blessings when we obey the Word, and curses when we do not. Choose you this day. Praised reports included healed backs, and we prayed for heart surgery, before Rabbi Jonathan was up to teach again. We know the second greatest commandment is to love our neighbor… who is our neighbor? What does love look like? And do you pour out your love? Great message and the slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/01-Sept-2018-Slides.pdf