Virtual Shabbat Online
Welcome to our first ever Online Shabbat Service.
We’re pretty new at this whole “virtual church’ thing…
Having to cancel last week’s Shabbat Service at the Jewish Community Centre may have been the responsible thing to do, but we needed to find a way to come together… separately!
While we willingly submit to the ruling Authorities during this time of trial (COVID-19), and we recognise the present need for social distancing to prevent the virus from spreading to those who are most vulnerable in our Community, the prospect of another week without a proper Shabbat Service is unthinkable.
… NO SHABBAT? NO WAY!
Order of Service
We begin each service with the sounding of Silver Trumpets. Why silver trumpets and not the shofar typically blown in many Messianic circles?
In Numbers 10:2, God commanded the people of Israel to make 2 silver trumpets to summon the community. When both trumpets are sounded in long blasts, the entire community was to gather at the entrance to the tent of the meeting.
As we read in Numbers 23, Shabbat is the first of the 7 Feasts of the Lord – a holy convocation – and Yeshua is Lord of the Sabbath.
Many churches have different styles of Liturgy and the Messianic Community has its own variation of the traditional liturgy used in Congregations and Synagogues worldwide.
What is Liturgy? Simply put, it is speaking, or singing the Word of God back to The LORD. It is a mixture of statements of Faith, Praise, and public Declaration of Biblical Truth.
The Liturgy at Beth Yeshua Australia is sung in both Hebrew and English. The Hebrew is transliterated for ease of pronounciation.
News & Giving
The NEWS at Beth Yeshua is reported each Shabbat by our intrepid news-hound: Carina. She keeps us up to date on ways to get involved in the local community and in the wider Christian Community as well.
You’ll find a PDF of this week’s News HERE
The giving of Tithes and Offerings is normally done by Direct Deposit into Beth Yeshua Australia’s Bank Account (details on our GIVING page) or placed in the MASSIVE Silver Box (pictured above – Courtesy of Alan – thank you Alan) before or after the Service.
Children's Blessing / Lesson
This is the time during the service when we pray for our children and bless them before sending them upstairs for Shabbat School.
We are concerned with the well-being and spiritual development of our children. We feel it is our duty and obligation to teach them about God and His WORD as commanded. (Deuteronomy 4:9-10; Deuteronomy 6:6-25). Our intent is to supplement what parents teach their children at home as well as provide a place where our children can have social interaction with their peers while learning Truth. You will find a LESSON to do with your own kids HERE.
The Psalms are ancient Israel’s Prayer Book. This beautiful collection of prose, poetry and songs of worship and praise are beloved by Jew and Christian alike.
Each week, just prior to Praise & Worship we have a short teaching from one of the 150 Psalms found in the 5 smaller books we know collectively as Psalms.
This is an excellent way of preparing our hearts for worship, and to receive insight and a deeper understanding of The Word of God.
Praise & Worship
We have a musical faith. Whether it is Moses singing the praises of God in Deuteronomy 32, King Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20:21, or Paul urging the Ephesians to sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, lifting our voices to heaven with praises to our Creator is demonstrated throughout our Bible.
Our worship in modern times may take the form of musicians playing and singing as they lead the congregation in contemporary versions of God’s word set to new tunes , but the heart’s cry extolling the greatness of God is timeless.
Our approach to The Message is an expository one. In other words, we “dig deep” into the text to expose the meaning, relevance, and application. This is how the Prophet Ezra taught The People.
This kind of Digging Deep is not something one can do in a 20-minute motivational pep talk. Consequently, our teaching may extend to an hour or more – which was not uncommon in days past. We encourage our Believers to take notes right on the “Berean Call” that is printed ahead of time for just this purpose so that each person can search the scriptures daily, whether those things were so . (Acts 17:11)
Also known as The Aaronic Benediction, we conclude each service with a blessing spoken and sung over the Congregation by the Congregational Leader.
It is found in Numbers 6:23-26 where God is saying: “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them,
The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.”
Shabbat Service for 28 March 2020
Start with the video on the Left and work your way across the page … left to right and top to bottom…
As much as I would love to have spliced this all together into one lovely media file, the Technicial Challenges have forced us into this work-around.
PDF of the lyrics to the Liturgy (CLICK HERE)
The Message today is called “You will have Tribulation” and is a very timely message.
You can download the PDF of the Powerpoint Slides HERE