Sukkot Shabbat Shalom!
Welcome to the AT THE CROSS Shabbat Service.
You will need the following:
Bible (e-book or hard copy) ai??i?? for reading The Word; verses will be noted but not necessarily copied down.
Worship music (CD, vinyl, tape, streamed, sung, whistled or hummed) ai??i?? any number of tracks but generally two.
Red drink (wine, fruit juice, grape juice) ai??i?? for Breaking Matzah (see Mini Study on Breaking Matzah). This will be referred to as ai???wineai??i??.
Matzah (cracker, wafer or matzah) ai??i?? for Breaking Matzah (see mini study on Breaking Matzah). This will be referred to as ai???matzahai??i??.
Any required action will be shown in italic script.
As you work through this Service on-line, you will be joining in with other like-minded people who will be following the Service wherever the Internet is available.
Father, we thank you that you have a Remnant scattered throughout the world and we pray that this service helps to unite them in praising and glorifying you. Let your Spirit touch readers and draw all to you through your Son, Messiah Yahshua. Ameyn.
Play the first music track:
35:15) But in my adversity, they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together.
The attackers gathered themselves together against me and I did not know it.
They tore at me and did not cease.
35:16) Like the profane mockers in feasts,
They gnashed their teeth at me.
35:17) Yahua, how long will you look on?
Rescue my soul from their destruction,
My precious life from the lions.
35:18) I will give you thanks in the great assembly.
I will praise you among many people.
35:19) Do not let those who are my enemies wrongfully rejoice over me;
Neither let them wink with the eye who hate me without a cause.
35:20) For they do not speal shalom,
But devise deceitful words against those who are quiet in the land.
35:21) Yes, they opened thir mouth wide against me.
They said, ai???Aha! Aha! Our eye has seen it!ai???
35:22) You have seen it, Yahua.
Do not keep silent.
Yahua, do not be far from me.
35:23) Wake up! Rise up to defend me, my `Elohiym!
My Master, contend for me!
35:24) Vindicate me, Yahua my `Elohiym, according to your righteousness;
Do not gloat over me.
35:25) Do not let them say in their heart, ai???Aha! That is the way we want it!ai???
Do not let them say, ai???We have swallowed him up!ai???
35:26) Let them be disappointed and confounded together who rejoice at my calamity.
Let them be clothed with shame and dishonour who magnify themselves against me.
35:27) Let them shout for joy and be glad who favour my righteous cause.
Yes, let them say continually, ai???Yahua be magnified,
Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant!ai???
35:28) My tongue shall talk about your righteousness and about your praise all day long.
Oh what a glorious day!
The first day of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles). Sukkot is a reminder of the time the Isra`elites spent in the wilderness where they had no permanent dwelling. Traditionally, Jews celebrate this week by constructing temporary shelters out of branches and leaves. It was this day that the very presence of Yahua can down to dwell (tabernacle) with His people and took up residence in the sanctuary of the tabernacle (Exod. 40:34).
ai???Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a Son. They shall call His name ai???Immanu`elai??i?? which is being translated as, ai???`El with usai??i??.Ai?? (Matt. 1:23). This verse tells us of the birth of Messiah Yahshua. There is no account of Yahshua ever answering to the name Immanu`el. It was not His name, but who He was; `El with us. There are many websites that describe in detail the exact timing of the Masterai??i??s birth. It takes into account the birth details of Yochanan the Immerser (John the Baptiser) and the shepherds being in the fields. Sukkot is also called The Time of Our Joy. What can give us greater joy than to celebrate the birth of our Saviour!
HIS BIRTH DAY IS NOT IN DECEMBER. THIS IS A PAGAN FESTIVAL THAT EMPEROR CONSTANTINE USED TO AMMALGUMATE CHRISTIAN AND PAGAN CELEBRATIONS.
On many occasions Yahua uses the anniversaries of events to foreshadow other great events, and it is so with this first day of Sukkot. The day is a memorial of the first day Yahua as His Ruach came to dwell amongst His people and a memorial of the birth of Yahshua when Yahua came to dwell amongst His people in the flesh. It is the belief of ATC that some time in the future, Yahua as Messiah Yahshua will once again come to dwell on earth with His people. Seven years prior to His return to earth, He will return in the clouds to snatch away all Believers, ushering in the final events of this age.
Beloved, we have not been snatched away today (although there is still time!), so we may look forward to another year in His service. Imagine if you knew that Messiah will return exactly this day next year. How would you spend the time? If you knew for sure, would you not spend the time with unsaved family, friends, colleagues, neighbours telling them of the urgency and explain the Good News to them? Of course you would. Everything else is totally insignificant.
Beloved, you or your family friends, colleagues and neighbours may not see next week, let alone next year. The urgency is that no time at all should be wasted but that the Good News is given to those that do not know and have accepted Yahuaai??i??s salvation, through His Son. Messiah Yahshua.
When Messiah returns to earth, all those who have not accepted the offer of salvation will perish; both physically on this earth and pass away into an eternal perishing of body, soul and spirit. Once He returns, here will be no second chance. Do not put off you seeking His mercy for tomorrow may be too late.
If you want to acceptAi??Fatherai??i??s offer of salvation through Messiah Yahshua, you need to ask Him in prayer along these lines. Use your own words but they must be genuine asAi??FatherAi??knows our very hearts and nothing is hidden from Him.
ai???Father, I am a sinner who needs forgiveness through your Son, Messiah Yahshua. Please forgive me of all my past sins as I accept that, Messiah Yahshua my Saviour, has taken upon Himself my punishment. By your Spirit, help me to live a life worthy of His sacrifice. Thank you,Ai??Father, for making this way back to you.ai???Ai??
Our Saviour welcomes all His Family to join in this memorial. If you have accepted Messiah Yahshua as your Master and Saviour please take the next few moments to seek Father and to ensure that all is right between Him and you and between you and your Brothers and Sisters. If not, please put this right before continuing.
WARNING! By taking the matzah and wine in an unworthy manner, the participant brings condemnation upon themselves.
If you have not yet accepted Him into your life, then we encourage you to seek Him while it is still possible, as time is running out. When He returns or if you pass away then it will be too late. Please do not partake of the matzah and wine as in doing so, it gives thanks for the broken body (matzah) and shed blood (wine) for our salvation.
On the night of the Masterai??i??s betrayal, He took the matzah, blessed it and broke it saying ai???This is my Body broken for you; take and eat it as a memorial to Me.ai??i??
Bless the matzah saying: Blessed are you, O Yahua our `Elohiym, King of the universe, who brings forth matzah from the earth.
Break and eat the matzah (sharing it if within a group setting):
After the meal He took the Cup of Blessing, blessed it saying ai???This is my Blood poured out for you for the remission of sins; take and drink it as a memorial to me.ai??i??
Bless the wine saying: Blessed are you, O Yahua our `Elohiym, King of the universe, who creates the fruit of the vine.
Drink the wine (sharing it if within a group setting):
Thanksgiving prayer: Blessed are you, O Yahua our `Elohiym, King of the universe, who gives us, in Yahshua, all that we will ever need. In your lovingkindness and mercy, you rebuild broken lives. You bless us, in Yahshua, with a perfect blessing. Ameyn.
Play the second music track:
Father, we thank you for the power of your Word and that Word was made flesh in Messiah Yahshua so that in believing in His Life, Death and Resurrection we may have eternal life with you.
ai???But whoever listens to me will dwell securely,
And will be at ease without fear of harm.ai??? (Pro. 1:33).
Please note the coming special day of Yahua.
24/10/2016 Shemini Atzeret (Eighth Day) – Shabbat
Father willing, we will gather again next Shabbat.