I read something the other day that I want to share with you from Wayne Hilsden, a friend of ours who lives in Jerusalem: “TO SERVE THE LORD SOUNDS LIKE WORK. BUT WHEN THE LORD HIMSELF IS AT WORK IN AND THROUGH YOU, THE BURDEN IS LIGHT”, wow, can we embrace that truth and let Him do what He wants in us? The hardest thing for many of us to do is to ‘cease and desist” from striving and submit ourselves to the work of the Ruach in us, and give praise and be thankful to Him in the midst of the journey! When we do that, it is at that point we realize the truth that the burden is light! This Shabbat, January 13th, we will be continuing on the journey through Romans, and enter into 3 chapters that theologians for centuries have tried to figure out why they were put there. Chapters 9-11 confuses many, as they try to figure out why Rav Shaul ‘changes the subject’ in the midst of what we have been studying over the last months! Now, we are hearing about Israel and the Jews, why the change? We will discover this week how this section is so central to us understanding, not just the book, but the entire gospel!
WE WILL HAVE A POTLUCK ONEG FOLLOWING THE SERVICE, SO BRING A DISH AND STAY FOR FELLOWSHIP AND MIDRASH!
Some upcoming events you need to be aware of: On Shabbat, January 20th, at 10:30am, we will be welcoming George and Baht Rivka Whitten to Or Chaim all the way from the Southern Israel city of Arad! Rivka is Israeli born (Sabra), who is an incredibly anointed worship leader and songwriter, will bring her unique music ministry that has reached many with the good news of Yeshua. George, her American-born husband, will bring his unique perspective on the news concerning the Middle East. Believe me, this is not the “News” you hear on CNN or the rest of the fake news media! You don’t want to miss this service, and you will also want to invite friends and families!
On Shabbat, January 27th, we will have an important congregation community Core meeting following the service for those who consider Or Chaim Congregation as their community or spiritual home. This will be an annual meeting, where we will share the vision, mission statement and values of the congregation as we come into this new year. We will also update you on the financial well-being of the congregation. It will also be an opportunity to ask questions of leadership, and bring suggestions that would bless the “Mishpacha” or community! All who love Or Chaim are welcome to attend. It will follow our Oneg, at approximately 1:45pm.
We look forward to seeing you this Shabbat, we miss you when you are gone!
Blessings and Shabbat Shalom!
Stewart and Millie
Or Chaim Congregation
116 S Lookout Mountain
Golden CO 80401