As a declaration of faith and love in our one God the Shama is recited at the end of most services:
The first line of the Shema,
"Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One"
(Shema Yisrael Adonai eloheinu Adonai ehad)
The second line,
"Blessed is the name of His Glorious Majesty forever and ever" (Barukh shem kvod malkhuto l'olam va-ed).
What is a shofar and why do we blow it every Sabbath service?
The shofar is nearly always made from the horn of a ram, never a cow or an ox, which would be a reminder of the sin of Israel in the wilderness when the golden calf was worshipped. The horns of other clean animals, such as the ibex or kudu, are used for the shofar gadol(large shofar). Occasionally, as in Numbers 10:2-9, silver trumpets were used.
Numbers 10:10. The celebration of Feasts, Sabbaths, and New Moons will continue even into the Messianic Era, when Messiah Yeshua sets up his kingdom, as foretold by the prophet Isaiah*. So get your shofar out!
The shofar makes an awesome sound when played properly. Its primitive sound seems to pierce even the soul. However, it is kind of hard to think of it as a real musical instrument. Yet it was part of the worship services in days of old. The Psalmist wrote, “Praise Him with the blasts of the shofar. Praise Him with harp and lyre. Praise Him with timbrel and dance. Praise Him with lute and pipe. Praise Him with resounding cymbals... Let everything that has breath, praise YHWH.” and since we still have breath we praise God with the Shofar to begin every service.
* Isaiah 66:22-23.
Originally, the Menorah was a seven-branched candelabra beaten out of a solid piece of gold that God had commanded to serve as one of the sacred vessels in the Holy Temple. It was lit every day by the High Priest. Only pure, fresh olive oil of the highest quality was suitable to light the Menorah.
As its unique design communicates, the Menorah endures as a symbol of Divine light spreading throughout the world. To this end, God commanded that the Menorah’s goblets be turned upside down on their stems, emphasizing the importance of spreading light to others. This design reflects the Menorah’s exact purpose in the Holy Temple, which was to spread the light of Godliness to the entire world.
We celebrate and honor The Moedim "Appointed Times", which are typically called, "Jewish holidays" but in the Bible are referred to as God's feast days.
A Feast of Salvation. Delivered from Egypt then and from sin now.
Matzah (Unleavened Bread),
Removal of sin, Leavening is symbolized as sin in the Bible that we need to remove from our lives.
Yom Habikkurim (First Fruits),
Celebrate the harvest then and now the resurrection of Yeshua *(Jesus) as first fruits from the dead.
Fifty days then the giving of the Law and the giving of the Holy Spirit
Yom Teruah (day of trumpets),
A festival given as a warning cry for us to wake up and repent a reminder that Yeshua will return.
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement),
It is time to teshuvah a time to repent, turn back to YHVH God)
He will return, to make our temporary home into a permanent one with him.
Also the weekly Shabbat (Sabbath) As a day of rest.
Welcome to a service unlike any other! Come join us every Shabbat (Saturday) for great worship, in-depth teaching and discussion, as well as a time of prayer, with fellowship and a meal to follow! We are a relaxed community and look forward to gathering together for spiritual growth and joy in the Lord!
At the blowing of the shofar, worship begins! We don't have a rock band, but focus rather on the simplicity and elegance of praising Yeshua!
We play unplugged and sing from the heart, allowing for Yahweh's people to first be led into worship, but never drowned out! There's no showing out, just showing up for Him!
The purpose of midrash was to resolve problems in the interpretation of difficult passages of the text of the Hebrew Bible, using Rabbinic principles of hermeneutics and philology to align them with the religious and ethical values of religious teachers.
Translation? Our unique time of teaching isn't limited to a teacher or preacher simply giving a word, but that word being discussed among the congregation. Our pastors are not control freaks, but strongly encourage a time of response from the fellowship! If you have a scripture on your heart or feel led by the Holy Spirit to respond to the teaching at any point with a statement or question, (within reason) the floor can be yours!
We believe the power of prayer is, quite simply, the power of God, who hears and answers prayer. We do use the A.C.T.S. acronym an easy way to remember key elements of prayer. It’s simply prayer in four parts:
Adoration – “Praise be to God!” -Psalms 68:35Tell God how much you appreciate Him. Express your love for Him. Praise His power and majesty. This is a great way to begin your prayer time. You should never run out of praise.
“How awesome are your deeds!” -Psalms 66:3
Confession – “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just, and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” -1 John 1:9 Tell Him where you have fallen short. Be specific. I thank Him for the forgiveness I have in Christ, and ask for help and strength to turn away from future temptations.
Thanksgiving – Always “glorify him with thanksgiving” -Psalms 69:30You have plenty of reasons to be thankful. Thank God for His love, His faithfulness, His patience and a million other things. Express gratitude for what He’s doing in your life. Thank Yeshua (Jesus) for dying on the cross for you. Thank the Holy Spirit for indwelling you, and never leaving. Thank Him for being your conscience, your counselor and that “still small voice.”
Supplication – He supplys our needs “Make your requests known to God.” -Philippians 4:6 Tell God what you need, no matter how small it seems to you. Do you really think any of your requests are big to God the Creator? You should have lots of intercessory prayer here.
Remember: The needs of others, your congregation, friends, and the shephards of MLF.
Giving or Tzedakah: Charity
Charity is a fundamental part of the Torah way of life. We have a box designated for giving marked "Tzedakah Box" this money will go to spreding the word of Yeshua, giving aid, assistance, and money to the poor and needy or to other worthy causes. Please be generous.
We understand the spiritual benefit of giving is so great that when we do an act of charity the person who receives actually does the giver a favor by giving a person the opportunity to perform tzedakah.
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