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Rosh Chodesh Elul Service
August 20, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Beginning of new Hebrew month of Elul. Elul is the twelfth month of the civil year and the six month of the ecclesiastical year Hebrew year. It occurs on the Gregorian calendar around August-September. Rosh Chodesh Elul begins at sundown on Thursday, August 20, 2020 ending at sundown on Friday, August 21, 2020.
Time: 8:00pm EST, 7:00pm CST, 6:00pm MST, 5:00pm PT
Meeting ID: 472 555 063
Zoom password: 123456
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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
“Ani L’dodi V’dodi Li” – “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine”.
Introductory Hymn: Sounding of the Shofar
Opening Prayer: Matthew Wheeler
Welcome and Announcements: 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.”
Opening hymn: SHEMA YISRAEL
“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 Elul, beginning August 21st 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.
“When we enter [the month of] Elul, this is the beginning of the month called Elul, the Harvest.
“The Chessedic kabbalah teaches that the physical reality is a mirror of the spiritual reality. Thus, the Jewish agricultural festivals are a multi-layered commemoration. They come to celebrate material bounty of the harvest, but they also celebrate a spiritual harvest. The reaping of the spiritual produce. They get us back into the natural rhythm of nature and that’s their purpose.
“The highlight of the holy days:
“Virtually all the ancient cultures and festivals celebrating the agricultural harvest pays tribute to nature’s bounty. Judaism includes 3 pilgrimage festivals that capture a deeper perspective. On one hand the festivals coincide with it, within Judaism, where the natural and miraculous are not a dichotomy. In the Natural agricultural cycles, Passover is a celebration of the Spring. Shavuot of the festival of the harvest. And to Sukkot the ingathering of the produce. Yet these same agricultural festivals also commemorate historic events that celebrate not nature, but rather the miraculous relationship between the Jewish people and God As was given at the start of this service.”Ani L’dodi V’dodi Li” – “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine”. Passover is a commemoration of the miraculous Exodus. Shavuot, a commemoration of the divine revelation at Sinai. And Sukkot is a celebration that follows, of the Divine Atonement of Yom Kippur.”
A Reading from the Psalms: Apostle Victoria
PSALM 108 from “Psalms for praying”
Prayer of Blessings: 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, Oh 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: (TBA)
Sacrament Hymn: In Christ Alone
Blessing of the Congregation
Alexei: We shall now have the Blessing of the First Elder.
The Prophetic Blessing: David Ferriman
[blessing upon the heads of all in attendance as the Spirit directs.
Closing Psalm: Apostle Victoria
Declaration of the Witness
Alexei: “In ancient times, the astrologers campted atop the mountain to observe the sky, and were 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.”
Alexei: We now open the meeting for personal testimonies/lesson.
Concluding meditation: Apostle Fayellen
“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.”
Silent Prayer and Meditation
“We shall now have 2 minutes of silent prayer and meditation to ponder on the sacrifices of our forebears and the restoration of the temple.”
Closing Prayer: Jeff Foli
[Offer thanks for new members and visitors for joining us and bless them in their pursuit of a closer relationship with God].
Closing Hymn: Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow