Shavuot/Pentecost has come and gone. A
re we any different compared to before Passover? Have we been growing in understanding of Yeshua,
His Word and the Ruach Hakodesh
? It is some times hard to see the fruit of the Spirit in ourselves and we depend on others to see the growth in us.
On Saturday the 31 May, we had a blessed time of fellowship and worship as we celebrated Shavuot
with up to thirty people who attended. Penny gave some insights to the Book of Ruth. It was good to come together as mispochah
, family, one in the Lord as we celebrated the breaking of bread, the two challah
loaves that were waved before the Lord. The afternoon tea would make anyone who did not attend jealous as we ate blintzes, cheese cake, quiches etc. We ended the afternoon off with the lighting of the Havdalah
candle and passing around of the sweet fragrance of spices to end off the Shabbat
. The lighting of the Sabbath and the Havdalah
candles separates the mundane from the holy, hence time is sanctified.
Some of us ended the evening off around a fire pit over which we 'braaied' (BBQ). It was a beautiful evening and a fitting way to end Shavuot
with the fire reminding us of the Lord coming down with fire at Mt Sinai and then onto the disciples in Jerusalem. We could only praise the Lord just as the black birds in the trees were! We had a good laugh as one of us communicated with the birds with whistles and they answered back.
The Sunday morning we took part in a Pentecostal service with a local congregation where Penny gave a teaching on the Book of Ruth. The book is traditionally read at Shavuot. We waved the two challah loaves before the Lord before going into the breaking of bread and coming around the Communion table.
The next weekend we tooks some friends with us to Northallerton to hold our first Shabbat evening in the area. It also turned out to be a beautiful sunny day for a drive through the Western Dales. There were ten of us around the Sabbath table enjoying a stunning meal of smoked salmon with bagels followed with baked fish,vegetables and then cheese and bicuits and finally dessert. Everyone had a blessed time of sharing the truths of Scripture together; so we were feed physically and spiritually. I'm sure this could become a regular event.
On 21st June we are starting what we pray will be a monthly afternoon Sabbath celebration in Chorley generally at the end of the month. If anybody is interested in coming to the meeting could they please make contact so that we can give them the details of where we will be meeting or check events
on our website. We are also planning to start up a monthly home based 'Bring & Share' Shabbat Friday evening meal celebration starting in Chorley.
On our weekly Torah study evenings we look at the weekly Parashah Torah and HavTorah readings
together with the applicable readings from the Gospels and Epistles. Any one is more than welcome to join us on a Thursday in Chorley or a Monday evening in Lancaster
The first article on the Book of Judges
and an article continuing the Torah journey with the challenge "Two Laws or One Torah?
" have been loaded onto our website. Penny has done a short article on Ruth the person below. Ian continues in the sidebar below with One Covenant or Many?
Please give comment on both articles
We would encourage you to visit our present website: www.alephomegaministries.com
which continues to be developed.
Shalom in Yeshua
Ian & Penny McDonald
24 The Oaks
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