Photo of people searching for the new moon

 Friends of Tree of Life Congregation Spot the New Moon

Not only are these days steeped in Jewish heritage, they are rife with Messianic significance: the Messiah of all people clearly shines through! We invite you to come and visit with us as we describe and apply the deep Messianic significance of Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot.

Rosh Chodesh / Rosh Hashana – Sunday Evening September 29th,  6:00 pm

Our celebration of Rosh Chodesh and Rosh Hashana begin Sunday Evening with Oneg (pot-luck fellowship) at 6 pm.  By the way, this new moon is a ‘super moon.’  Super Moon details, below.*  With the moon being new at 11:26 am Saturday, there is a chance we may get to sight this new moon!

At 7 pm Sunday we will worship and praise our Great God who continually grants us new beginnings!  It is the start of a new month in the Jewish calendar, as well as the head of a New Year!

Yom Kippur – Worship Service at 7:00 pm, October 8th

No fellowship meal as we start a 24 hour fast on the Holiest day of the Jewish worship year. We will have a 24-hr prayer chain at Tree of Life.  For Messianics, this is a time of pure celebration.  We needn’t wonder whether the Most High’s books are going to close without our names written in the ‘making it’ column.  Messianic believers recognize we can deliver ourselves as effectively as the Hebrews could deliver themselves from Pharaoh’s army. Consider what a slaughter that might have been – a ragtag bunch of escaped slaves at the hands of an experienced army with weapons and chariots.  However, Moses said to his people at the Red Sea, ”Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today … The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.” (Exodus 14:13-14)  Messianics have seen the salvation of the Lord.  Yeshua was prophetically proclaimed by John the Baptizer as “The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” This is God’s own salvation from the curse of human wickedness for everyone who places their trust in Him.

Sukkot Services – Sunday, October 13th – Monday, October 21st 2019

Sukkot or Feast of Booths is part of the rich cultural heritage of Jewish people that commemorates the 40 years ‘our’ people spent in the desert wilderness.  It also remembers God’s gracious dealings with His people, as Moses recalled for the people in Deuteronomy, chapter 8. “Your clothing did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years” is just one reminder. (Chapter 8 is within the parsha ‘Ekev.’)

At Tree of Life Congregation we will begin our Sukkot celebrations Sunday evening October 13th with an Oneg fellowship meal at 6 pm, and worship service at 7.  Not only will we recall our rich cultural heritage reaching back to the wilderness wanderings, but also looking forward.  Our Savior Yeshua (whose very Name means ‘salvation,’) ‘tabernacled’ with us for 33 yrs.  We cannot say with absolute certainty, but probabilities point strongly to Yeshua being born during Sukkot.  We also anticipate that time when Yeshua returns.  This time not as a ‘Suffering Servant’ (see Isaiah 53), but as the prophesied ‘King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.’  He will take all His people who have trusted in Him, to tabernacle with Him and the Father and the Spirit.  “And He will be our God; and we shall be His people.”  Forever.  How great is that?  And YOU can get in on it!  Come and be with us.

During the week of Sukkot various Tree of Life members will be hosting Sukkot at their homes.  We conclude our celebration of Sukkot with an Oneg fellowship meal Monday October 21st at 6 pm;  and then at 7 pm Monday, we celebrate Simchat Torah – the rolling back of the Torah scroll to its beginning.  We’re ready for a New Year under the gracious lead of our Great God!

 

*  “Super moon” describes the moon’s being either new or full at the point in its orbit where it is at perigee, or its closest to the earth.  A “super moon” is 14% bigger and 30% brighter than when it is at apogee, it’s furthest distance from the earth.  Thus, its name.