After another taste of live praise and worship, to include a guitar bridge into the torah portion, Pastor Jonathan continued with V-Zot Ha-Berachah, And This Is The Blessing, Deuteronomy 33:1 – 34:12. One year ago, P. Jonathan covered this parsha, with the help of Bronwynn… fond memories of the lives we touch, and how we are continually blessed. The key points this year were embracing things over our lives, allowing the Ruach (Spirit) to transform us from the inside, and being mindful of those powers (and distractions) around us. And in the sermon, Pastor Elect Duane, who just entered his 3 month confirmation period, taught on the Cities of Refuge, which are now the people, and not a place. The slides are uploaded http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/03-Oct-2015-Slides.pdf and the audio recording, http://messiahechad.org/private/03-oct-2015-g2b/ is online.
Bill finished his third of three torah portions, Haazinu, Give Ear, Deuteronomy 32:1-52. The major themes in this portion were (1) the scriptures are living waters, (2) our heavenly Father protects us under His wings, and (3) atonement is vital. And not only was Bill’s drash a relevant exegesis of the section, it so beautifully connected the High Holy Day Themes. In the main message, Rabbi Jonathan showed us how The Feast of Tabernacles helps His children to remember that He brought us from Egypt, during this special time of year… Sukkot causes us to leave our comfort zones or move our cheese. Two key cross-references were I Corinthians 9:19-22a (flex to win souls) and Psalms 84:5 (life is a journey). The slides are uploaded http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/26-Sept-2015-Slides.pdf and the audio recording, http://messiahechad.org/private/26-sept-2015-f3m/, is online.