Well, we are in the middle of the Hebrew month of Av, which means Elul is just around the corner! Why am I reminding us about this? According to the “calendar of the kingdom”, Elul is the month of preparation of our hearts through repentance in readiness for the High Holy Days from Yom Teruah (Rosh Hashana) through Yom Kippur. Wow, hard to believe these special days are coming up so quickly! I love how The Holy One is so intentional about these special times of the year, and directs us to prepare for them, like a loving Father would do with a son looking forward to a Bar Mitzvah or a wedding. They are not just random days thrown haphazardly into some obscure, obsolete calendar! As we open our hearts, seeks right alignment with our heavenly Father, expect God to reveal more of Himself to you. Ask him, in preparation for the Fall Appointed Times, to show attitudes, behaviors, mindsets, and fears that are contrary to His Kingdom values and purposes, and trust Him for deliverance!
Because of our special guest last week, I will be starting a series on the epistle of Romans this Shabbat, August 12th. I am excited about what Father has been showing me in this dynamic and incredibly important book. Not only is it important, it is also one of the most misunderstood letters in the scriptures. We want to explore how Rav Shaul, a Torah observant lawyer/Pharisee masterfully lays out the key doctrine of righteousness by faith. It’s not just another theology to stimulate the intellect, but it is dynamic and transforming! Our service begins at 10:30am, AND WE WILL BE HAVING A POTLUCK ONEG FOLLOWING THE SERVICE, SO BRING A DISH TO SHARE AND STAY FOR FELLOWSHIP!
Please, do put on your calendar that Yom Teruah begins on Wednesday evening, September 20th, and we will be having an Erev Yom Teruah service at Or Chaim (located at Gateway on Mt Zion) at 7pm. Our Yom Kippur Kol Nidre service will be Friday evening, September 29th, at 7pm, same location. We have our mid-week Torah/Bible study on Wednesday evenings at Terry and Lynne McDowells’ home at 7pm. These are great times of study and Midrash and everyone is welcome!
Look forward to seeing you all this Shabbat!
Stewart and Millie
Or Chaim Congregation
166 S Lookout Mtn Rd
Golden CO 80401