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Tu BiShvat Service

January 27 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST

“And it came to pass that the Spirit said unto me: Look! And I looked and beheld a tree; and it was like unto the tree which my father had seen; and the beauty thereof was far beyond, yea, exceeding of all beauty; and the whiteness thereof did exceed the whiteness of the driven snow.” -1 Nephi 3:46 RAV, 11:8 OPV

Tu BiShvat (Hebrew: ט״ו בשבט‎) is the holy day originally celebrating the Mother Goddess, Asherah, who’s symbol is the tree and the full moon, and so this holy day is known as Rosh HaShanah La’Ilanot (Hebrew: ראש השנה לאילנות‎), literally “New Year of the Trees.”

Time: 27, 2021 at 8pm ET, 7pm CT, 6pm MT, 5pm PT

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Program/Order of Service

Opening

Shofar: Shofar

Opening Prayer: David Ferriman

Scripture 1: Psalm 1:3
Reader: Alexei Christopher Mattanovich

“Blessed are they that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful, but their delight is in the Law of YHVH; and in His Law doth he meditate day and night; and they shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth fruit in its season; their leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

Scripture 2: Revelation 22:1-2
Reader: Alexei Christopher Mattanovich

“And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”

Scripture 3: I Nephi 2:49-53 RAV, 8:10-12 OPV
Reader: Alexei Christopher Mattanovich

“And it came to pass that I beheld a tree, whose fruit was desirable to make one happy. And it came to pass that I did go forth and partake of the fruit thereof; and I beheld that it was most sweet above all that I ever before tasted. Yea, and I beheld that the fruit thereof was white, to exceed all the whiteness that I had ever seen. And as I partook of the fruit thereof, it filled my soul with exceeding great joy; wherefore, I began to be desirous that my family should partake of it also; for I knew that it was desirable above all other fruit.”

Hymn: Un Lugar Celestial

Tu Bishvat Seder – 4 Fruits

Those that wish to participate will need 4 glasses of grape juice or wine: 1) white, 2) white mixed with red, 3) red mixed with white, and 4) red. In addition they will need 4 bowls with 1) walnuts, coconuts and/or almonds, 2) olives, dates, peaches, and/or apricots, 3) figs, grapes, and/or raisins, 4) mangos, bananas, avocados, and/or sabra.

Leader: Victoria Ramirez
Reader: Sharen Lehman

Leader: Set up your table as for Passover: white or other nice tablecloth, good dishes, flowers, wine, and juice. There is no requirement to light candles, but scented candles add a nice touch and a festive glow. Either one person can lead the seder, reciting each reading and making the blessings, or everyone can take turns. The directions concerning which fruit to locate and the mix of the wines should be read aloud. As each piece of fruit and each cup of wine is being considered and blessed, that object is held by the reader. After each blessing, the participants taste the fruit or sip the wine.

Reader: And God said: Let the earth put forth grass, herb-yielding seed, and fruit-tree-bearing fruit after its own kind, wherein is the seed thereof, on the earth. (Genesis 1:11)

Reader: In the 16th century in northern Israel, in the spiritual town of Tzfat (Safed), the Jewish mystics created the Tu Bishvat seder. They recognized the many and varied dimensions of God’s creation and used the fruits of Israel to symbolize their existence.

The First Cup of Wine

Leader: This cup of white wine or grape juice symbolizes winter and the mystical dimension of atzilut, or emanation, at which God’s energy infused the creation process with initial life.

Leader: Barukh ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melekh ha-olam borei peri ha-gafen.

Leader: Blessed are you, Source of all life, Creator of the fruit of the vine.

Reader: For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land. A land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths springing forth in valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley and vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land wherein you shall eat without scarceness, you shall not lack anything in it; a land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you may dig brass. And you shall eat and be satisfied, and bless God for the good land, which is being given unto you (Deuteronomy 8:7-10).

The First Fruit

Leader: Fruit that is hard on the outside and soft on the inside, such as walnuts, coconuts or almonds. The hard shell symbolizes the protection that the earth gives us and reminds us to nourish the strength and healing power of our own bodies.

Leader: Barukh ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melekh ha-olam, borei peri ha-etz.

Leader: Blessed are You, Source of all life, Creator of the fruit of the tree.

The Second Cup of Wine

Leader: This cup of wine or grape juice is mostly white, with a little red mixed in, to symbolize the passing of the seasons and the mystical concept of formation and birth, often associated with water.

Leader: Barukh ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melekh ha-olam, borei peri ha-gafen.

Leader: Blessed are You, Source of all life, Creator of the fruit of the vine.

Reader: Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall you be in the fruit of your body, and the fruit of your land, and the fruit of your cattle, and the young of your flock. Blessed shall you be in your basket and your kneading trough. Blessed shall you be when you come in and blessed shall you be when you go out (Deuteronomy 28:36).

The Second Fruit

Leader: This fruit is soft with a pit in the center — olives or dates [or peaches, apricots, etc.] — and symbolizes the life-sustaining power that emanates from the earth. It reminds us of the spiritual and emotional strength that is within each of us.

Leader: Barukh ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melekh ha-olam, borei peri ha-etz.

Leader: Blessed are You, Source of all life, Creator of the fruit of the tree.

The Third Cup of Wine

Leader: This cup of wine is mostly red with a little of white mixed in and symbolizes once again the change of seasons and the mystical concept of beriah, or creation.

Leader: Barukh ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melekh ha-olam, borei peri ha-gafen.

Leader: Blessed are You, Source of all life, Creator of the fruit of the vine.

Reader: Then God formed the human from the dust of the ground, and breathed into the nostrils the breath of life; and the human became a living soul (Genesis 2:7).

The Third Fruit

Leader: This fruit is soft throughout and is completely edible, such as figs, grapes, and raisins. This type symbolizes God’s omnipresence and our own inextricable ties with the earth.

Leader: Barukh ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melekh ha-olam, borei peri ha-etz.

Leader: Blessed are You, Source of all life, Creator of the fruit of the tree.

The Fourth Cup of Wine

Leader: This cup is all red, symbolizing the mystical concept of fire and the idea that within all living things dwells a spark of God.
Reader: And the angel of God appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush; and Moses looked, and behold, the bush burned with fire and the bush was not consumed (Exodus 3:2).

The Fourth Fruit

Leader: This has a tough skin on the outside but sweet fruit within–mangos, bananas, avocados, or sabra, a desert pear–and symbolizes the mystery of the world and our study of Torah. We are constantly seeking to uncover her secrets, and are continually nourished by her fruits.

(Reprinted with permission of the authors from Jewish Family and Life: Traditions, Holidays, and Values for Today’s Parents and Children, published by Golden Boo)

Tree Watering Ceremony

Watering of the trees: Ruth Mauldin

Responsive Reading

Leader: Karel Allred

Leader: The first tree represented a choice, whereas the Second Tree represents a gift that shall no longer be taken away.
Congregation: We have chosen the better part which shall not be taken away from us.
Leader: You O’ Mother are the Tree of Life of Lehi’s Vision, bearing fruit for the healing of the nations.
Congregation: We have chosen the better part which shall not be taken away from us.
Leader: Your Wisdom, O Mother, keeps us rooted like a tree planted by the water that yields its fruit in season.
Congregation: We have chosen the better part, which shall nto be taken away from us.
Leader: As You have been hidden since the days of Ancient Israel, may the fullness of Your glory be revealed in our time, in this dispensation.
Congregation: We have chosen the better part, which shall not be taken away from us.
Leader: Mother, we call on You; for, we are ready.
Congregation: We declare ourselves ready to receive You.

Service

Message: Ruth Mauldin
Topic: Choosing the Better Part

Consecration and Renewal at the Altar

Sacrament of Communion Service

Reading of the Statement on Communion: Kristine Ferriman
Communion Prayers: Kristine Ferriman

Scripture 4: 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 5: 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.”

(Music for meditation to follow)

Hymn: I Shall Not Be Moved

Closing

Dismissal Blessing: Ruth Mauldin

Details

Date:
January 27
Time:
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST