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Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan Service
October 18, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Beginning of new Hebrew month of Marcheshvan more commonly known and Cheshvan. Cheshvan is the second month of the civil year and the eighth month of the ecclesiastical year Hebrew year. It occurs on the Gregorian calendar around October–November. Referred to in the Pre-Exile scriptures as Yerach Bul, and it is also known as Hachodesh HaShmini. Rosh Chodesh Elul begins at sundown on Sunday, October 18, 2020 ending at sundown on Monday, October 19, 2020.
Time: 8:00pm EST, 7:00pm CST, 6:00pm MST, 5:00pm PT
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ראש חודש Rosh Chodesh is Hebrew for “beginning of the Month,” literally meaning “the head of the month.” It is the term used for the minor Jewish holiday marking the first day of every month in the Hebrew calendar. The day is set by the birth of a new moon. Read more about Roch Chodesh here.
Program/Order of Service
Introductory Hymn: Sounding of the Shofar
Opening Prayer: Seventy Matthew Wheeler
Welcome and Announcements: Apostle Alexei
Brothers and Sisters, I greet you in the Name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Ghost. We want to welcome new members and visitors worshipping with us as we gather to meet on this holy day of Rosh Chodesh, according to the commandment given to Moses:
In the Book of Shemot, we read: And the LORD spoke unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying: This month shall mark for you the beginning of the month; it shall be the first of the month of the year for you. (Exodus 12:1-2)
In the Book of Bemidbar, we read: And on your joyous occasions – your fixed festivals and new moon days – you shall sound the shofar over your burnt offerings and your sacrifices of well-being. (Numbers 10:10)
In the 81st Psalm, we read: Blow the shofar at the time of the New Moon, at the full moon, on our solemn feast day. For this is a statute for Israel, a law of the God of Yakov. (Psalm 81:3)
This day we cease the businesses of the world and all commercial endeavors to focus upon the business of the heart, which is prayer to YHVH our Eloheim.
Declaration of the Witness
Alexei: In ancient times, the astrologers would camp atop the mountain to observe the sky, and be the first to observe the new moon. They blew the shofar, declaring the beginning of the month. David, being the elder, shall now declare that it is the new moon and the new month.
David: It is declared.
Opening hymn: You are Holy
Because this is a new moon, and the start of a new month in the Lord, it is also a time for new beginnings and refreshing. Therefore, let us take a moment to ponder teshuvah, the way back, and cast our hearts upon YHVH, to purify our tabernacles as a dwelling place for the Holy Ghost throughout this month of MarCheshvan, beginning October 18th in the year of our Lord 2020. Let us ponder on renewing our baptismal covenants as we partake of the supper of the Lord this evening.
This is the beginning of the month called MarCheshvan, the Eighth Month. It is designated to our Mashiach, who shall come, according to rabbinic tradition, in this month to restore the Temple in Zion. This was the month of the Great Flood in the time of Noach, and therefore it was the month of the salvation of the Saints that Noach gathered, and also the month that he left the ark and reclaimed the land of promise the following year.
In MarCheshvan, we seek the Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit) to help us assimilate all we have learned in the month of Tishrei in its many Holy Days and to integrate that knowledge into our lives, in the balance of our temporal and spiritual lives.
Reading and Prayer
A Reading from the Psalms: Apostle Victoria
Psalms for Praying #106
- Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
- Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD? who can shew forth all his praise?
- Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times.
- Remember me, O LORD, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me with thy salvation;
- That I may see the good of thy chosen, that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation, that I may glory with thine inheritance.
- We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly.
- Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the multitude of thy mercies; but provoked him at the sea, even at the Red sea.
- Nevertheless he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known.
- He rebuked the Red sea also, and it was dried up: so he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness.
- And he saved them from the hand of him that hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.
- And the waters covered their enemies: there was not one of them left.
- Then believed they his words; they sang his praise.
- They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel:
- But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert.
- And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.
- They envied Moses also in the camp, and Aaron the saint of the LORD.
- The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan, and covered the company of Abiram.
- And a fire was kindled in their company; the flame burned up the wicked.
- They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image.
- Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass.
- They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt;
- Wondrous works in the land of Ham, and terrible things by the Red sea.
- Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach, to turn away his wrath, lest he should destroy them.
- Yea, they despised the pleasant land, they believed not his word:
- But murmured in their tents, and hearkened not unto the voice of the LORD.
- Therefore he lifted up his hand against them, to overthrow them in the wilderness:
- To overthrow their seed also among the nations, and to scatter them in the lands.
- They joined themselves also unto Baalpeor, and ate the sacrifices of the dead.
- Thus they provoked him to anger with their inventions: and the plague brake in upon them.
- Then stood up Phinehas, and executed judgment: and so the plague was stayed.
- And that was counted unto him for righteousness unto all generations for evermore.
- They angered him also at the waters of strife, so that it went ill with Moses for their sakes:
- Because they provoked his spirit, so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips.
- They did not destroy the nations, concerning whom the LORD commanded them:
- But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works.
- And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them.
- Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils,
- And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood.
- Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions.
- Therefore was the wrath of the LORD kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance.
- And he gave them into the hand of the heathen; and they that hated them ruled over them.
- Their enemies also oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand.
- Many times did he deliver them; but they provoked him with their counsel, and were brought low for their iniquity.
- Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry:
- And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to the multitude of his mercies.
- He made them also to be pitied of all those that carried them captives.
- Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the heathen, to give thanks unto thy holy name, and to triumph in thy praise.
- Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD.
Prayer of Blessings: Seventy Christian Amparano
Praises to the God of Abraham, God of Isaac and God of Jacob. Praise Him for His power and might. It is His will to heal the sick and resurrect the dead. Praise Him for his holiness! God, grant unto us wisdom and understanding. We pray unto you to guide both the Jews of old and Modern Israel back to a life based on Torah, for you are a God of repentance and atonement. We ask for forgiveness for all sins, both ours, and all the fallen tribes of your people scattered throughout the world. We ask you to reunite us as one people. Praise and glory unto you for your tender forgiveness.
Rescue thy servants Israel, O Lord! Heal us body and spirit. We ask you to bless the produce of the earth. Let it rain on the produce, and let it find its way to the mouths of the hungry. Gather us back to our holy land, O Lord, even Zion. Restore righteous judges as in the days of old. Redeem and rescue our persecutors and those who distort your religion. Have mercy on all who trust in you and support those with righteous intent. Rebuild your city, even Jerusalem and to restore the Kingdom of David. Send the descendant of King David, our Messiah.
God, O God, even the glorious! Accept our prayers; have mercy and be compassionate. Restore the Temple services and the proper order of sacrificial services. We thank you, our God, for our lives, for our souls, and for your mighty miracles that are with us every day. We ask for peace, goodness, blessings, kindness and compassion.
We acknowledge to You, O Lord, that You are our God, as You were the God of our ancestors, forever and ever. Rock of our life, Shield of our help, You are immutable from age to age. We thank You and utter Your praise, for our lives that are delivered into Your hands, and for our souls that are entrusted to You; and for Your miracles that are with us every day and for your marvelously kind deeds that are of every time; evening and morning and noon-tide.
Thou art good, for Thy mercies are endless: Thou art merciful, for Thy kindnesses never are complete: from everlasting we have hoped in You. And for all these things may Thy name be blessed and exalted always and forevermore. And all the living will give thanks unto Thee and praise Thy great name in truth, God, our salvation and help. Selah. Blessed be Thou, O Lord, Thy name is good, and to Thee it is meet to give thanks.
Consecration and Renewal at the Altar
Sacramental Prayers and passing of the sacrament: Ruth Mauldin
Scripture/prayer: Moroni 4:4 RAV, 4:3 OPV; Avahr 34:21
“O God, the eternal Father, we ask thee, in the name of thy Son Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it, that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son and witness unto thee, O God, the eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he hath given them, that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.”
Scripture/prayer: Moroni 5:3 RAV, 5:2 OPV; Avahr 34:23
“O God, the eternal Father, we ask thee, in the name of thy Son Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this wine or water to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son which was shed for them, that they may witness unto thee, O God, the eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.”
Sacrament Hymn: Fire of Your Spirit
Alexei: We shall now have the Blessing of the First Elder.
The Prophetic Blessing: First Elder David Ferriman
[blessing upon the heads of all in attendance as the Spirit directs.]
Alexei: We now open the meeting for personal testimonies, prophecies, revelations, songs, lessons and shares as moved by the Holy Spirit. The time is now yours.
Concluding meditation: Apostle Fayellen
Benediction: Apostle Alexei
My God, keep my tongue and my lips from speaking deceit, and to them that curse me let my soul be silent, and like dust to all. Open my heart in Your Torah, and after [in] Thy commandments let my soul pursue. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Eternal, my rock and my redeemer.
May it be your will, O my God, the God of my fathers, that the Temple be rebuilt speedily in our days, and give us our portion in your Torah, and there we will worship you with reverence as in ancient days and former years. And may the Levites make an acceptable offering as in ancient days and former years.
Closing Prayer: Benjamin Shaffer
[Offer thanks for new members and visitors for joining us and bless them in their pursuit of a closer relationship with God].
Closing Hymn: Elihana – Halleluiah, Psalm 146