Chag Sameach L’Pesach! Yes, it is still Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread as we have now entered the time of the Counting of the Omer. What an awesome evening we had last Friday as we celebrated our Seder, re-telling the amazing story of the Israelites deliverance from slavery in Egypt, and our deliverance from sin and death by the blood of Yeshua! The presence of The Lord was powerful as we worshipped our King, ate special foods, drank the four cups, laughed and fellowshipped with each other in a memorable evening. So many folks were involved in making this evening so special and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Millie will be returning from Israel this Friday so, believe me, I am a happy man, and if she’s not too jetlagged looks forward to sharing her amazing and productive journey to Israel!
This Shabbat, April 27th, I will begin a couple of messages on the POWER OF DECLARATION, and some of the objections that people have because of past abuses. Are declarations transformative, or just a bunch of religious babble? Let us look at what the Word Of God says! WE WILL HAVE A POT-LUCK ONEG FOLLOWING THE SERVICE, SO BRING A DISH TO SHARE AND STAY FOR FELLOWSHIP.
Next Thursday, May 2nd at 11am, I want to invite everyone to attend THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER, taking place at the State Capitol. The theme this year is LOVE ONE ANOTHER, and this is an opportunity for the entire church to come together, in unity, to pray for our government, families, media and entertainment, businesses, children and many other things. Churches and Congregations from all over the metro area will be joining together at the west steps of the capitol and proclaim that Yeshua (Jesus) is Lord of all! This event was first proclaimed in 1952 by President Truman as a way to mobilize public prayer for our nation. We will be blowing the shofar, and I have been invited to pray over Churches and Congregations! So I want to encourage all of you to come on out and pray with others so that the blessings on this country will continue!
Many other things are happening at Or Chaim! Hebrew study, Messianic dance, Torah Club all resume this Shabbat after the Passover break.There are many areas to get involved with Congregational life including worship, evangelism, audio-visual production, website maintenance and many other things! Please ask The Lord how you can serve and bless others! We look forward to seeing you this Shabbat!Blessings and Shabbat Shalom!Stewart and Millie