Shalom!


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Weekly Shabbat Service (Worship and Torah)
is held every Shabbat (Saturday) at 10am!

New Members classes have begun… please contact our elders if you interested in these classes in the future.

ברכות ,בשם ישו,המשיח!

Brachot, b’shem YESHUA ha Mashiach!
Blessings, in the name of Yeshua the Messiah!

Parashot

December 2017

Kislev — Tevet  5778

December 2
VaYishlach (And he sent)
Genesis 32:4-36:43
Obadiah 1:1-21
Matthew 13:1-58; 26:36-46; John 1:19-2:12
Reader(s) Stuart
December 9
VaYeshev (And he dwelt)
Genesis 37:1-40:23
Amos 2:6-3:8
Matthew 14:1-15:39; John 2:13-4:42; Acts 7:9-16
Reader(s) Brophy
December 16
HANUKKAH CELEBRATION
Miketz (At the end of)
Genesis 41:1-44:17
I Kings 3:15-4:1
Matthew 16:1-17:27; Luke 4:16-31; I Corinthians 2:1-5
December 23
VaYigash (And he drew near)
Genesis 44:18-47:27
Ezekiel 37:15-28
Matthew 18:1-19:30; Luke 6:9-16; John 5:1-47
Reader(s) Mehling
December 30
VaYechi (And he lived)
Genesis 47:28-50:26
I Kings 2:1-12
Matthew 20:1-21:46; Luke 4:31-5:11; I Peter 1:3-9
Reader(s) Scott

A Hanukkah Blessing

These [Hanukkah] lights we kindle upon the miracles, the wonders, the salvation, and the battles which You performed for our forefathers in those days at this season through Your holy priests.  During all eight days of Hanukkah these lights are sacred, and we are not permitted to make ordinary use of them, but to look at them in order to express thanks and praise to Your great Name for Your miracles, Your wonders and salvation…  For Your miracles are with us every day—-Your wonders and favors in every season—-evening, morning, and afternoon.

Three Reasons Why Israel Missed the First Coming of the Messiah:

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First Century Judaism was preoccupied with concepts of Messiah as King-Deliverer. Roman occupation provided the “perfect storm” for which to see Messiah as only a Rescuer. Their “apocalyptic consciousness” caused them to be inundated with thoughts of deliverance and even how to inaugurate that deliverance, therefore, they missed the office of Messiah as Suffering servant and sin-bearer.

First Century Judaism found no place for the priestly office of Messiah. As rabbinic tradition teaches, it is completely within the power of each to wholly overcome sin and gain eternal life by study and good works. Original-Sin and the Total Depravity of the human nature are not in Jewish thought processes. Whatever happened in the garden, say the rabbis, was not bad enough to warrant the need for a “Second Adam” to come and undo what the first Adam could not. If our condition is not that bad, than “Savior” terminology makes no sense in Jewish thinking. Original sin and the sinfulness of our whole nature is a fundamental difference between rabbinic Judaism and Scripture.

The problem of rabbinic authority: the claim of the rabbis to establish their own authority by stating that the Oral Law goes back to Moses so that the Oral Law has more authority than the Written Law. Rabbinical authority supersedes the authority of the Word of God, so when the Spirit convicts or brings enlightenment to the original meaning of the text it is dismissed in favor of halachic ruling.

– adapted from Nathaniel Puro, congregational leader Shoresh David