Example of Our Weekly Agenda
Shalom brothers and sisters,
I thought I would put up an example of what we do on a weekly basis as part of our Sabbath service to give you an idea of what to expect if you happen to be in our area and want to fellowship. Also, I though it would be beneficial for someone who is unable to attend and would either like to follow along or start a fellowship in their area. We follow the Parashah reading schedule and the companion scriptures and always end up with great conversations doing so. You can find a link to the schedule here. I believe that Yah is raising up his people in this time and is bringing them back to small home fellowships where everyone can discuss Torah together and grow together, instead of sitting silent is a building being told what to think.
We are pretty fast and loose with the times on this agenda, but it helps to have some sort of structure to keep things moving and a motivation to move on (there are a lot of rabbits on them trails). Everything is pretty static on this agenda. Songs are based on whatever we are in the mood for, psalms we are just progressing by one each week, and we read the Shema each week and somehow always have a good conversation about it. The Torah portion changes each week according to the schedule. The weekly discussion topics are based on conversations we had the previous week that we wanted to get more information on or based on upcoming feast days or anything I am particularly interested in that week. A lot of the time it is just a printed article that has some good information. We close with the reading of the priests' blessing, another song, and a closing prayer.
When we are done I feel like we have accomplished something, it feels like a complete three course meal. You might be wondering at the length of time our meeting takes, at three and a half hours it is a lot of fellowship. I put in an intermission for food and discussion which helps break it up; but after you have been doing the Sabbath for some time, really, what else do you have to do on this day? Things that fill up my Shabbat are a blessing, especially when you have great people to fellowship with.
I hope this information blesses you and helps you with your walk.
8/13/2017 08:22:50 am
In comparing the two, I've always found the home fellowship to be much more enjoyable, personal and more likely to meet my needs than the institutional "church." It also often gives me the opportunity to share and contribute to the edification of others, while larger church bodies seemed less personal and interactive, and quite frankly, a rather lonely place. I felt more like a spectator there, than a participant. I think there is great wisdom in Paul's simple phrase found four times in his letters: "Greet,... and the church that meets in their home." Rom. 16:5, 1 Cor. 16:19, Col. 4:15, Phil. 1:2 The word "church," here, as well is in the rest of the bible, refers to the people and never to a building.
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