The cornerstone of our community life is Shabbat.
As a Messianic congregation, we enjoy a relaxed, God-and-community focused Shabbat. We come on Saturday without an agenda, simply a desire to meet with HaShem and His body on His appointed time of gathering and rest.
Our Shabbat service combines some of the traditional liturgy and Torah service of the synagogue with a worship service and a message. The result is a kind of hybrid service that includes some of the richest and most powerful dynamics of both the traditional and modern.
We begin at 10:30am with liturgy and praise. As a Messianic congregation, we are liturgical, though we do not do the entire synagogue liturgical service. Ours is an abbreviated version, lasting around 20 minutes. We begin with Modeh Ani, the Shema, the Amidah, and the Avinu. These are done primarily in English, or in Hebrew then translated.
Then we have our Torah service which includes blessings, both a kids and adults drash (a short sharing/teaching) on the weekly Torah portion from one of our members, and a blessing prayed over the children.
After this, we have a longer worship time (in song) and a message from Mark. We end our service around 12:30pm.
Our congregation is a type of family-integrated community, and children join us in service. There are crayons and coloring pages available to keep their hands busy. We also have a nursery available for our babies and toddlers after the kids drash.
After service, we enjoy a meal, traditionally called "Oneg" which means delight. This is done potluck-style, and everyone is welcome to attend. Please read here for more information and dietary guidelines.
Oneg is one of the best times to get to know our community, so if you're visiting to check us out and see if we're a good fit for you, make sure to plan on staying! We want to get to know you!
Our Torah study begins after lunch, around 2pm. Synagogues all over the world read through the Torah annually, divided into readings that traditionally date back to Ezra. In our study, we take turns reading sections of the Torah portion and discussing what it means and how it applies to our lives today. If you have the desire and ability to study the portion ahead of time, that's great - but if not, that's fine too. You will get a lot out of the study either way. For the weekly portion, click -here-. We are going through the Torah on a 3-year cycle; this year we are studying the first third of each portion. Printed schedules are available.
We do not currently have children's classes available during the Torah study, but would like to add that when we have enough volunteers to make it happen.
Here at Kehilat Yeshua, we enjoy the unrushed spirit of Shabbat. We come together on Saturday with no agenda except to rest in the presence of the Lord, learn more about Him, and enjoy fellowship with each other. That said, we understand that everyone is at a different place in life, and sometimes lingering on Shabbat isn't an option. You are welcome to stay as long as you'd like - whether that means leaving before or after lunch, and staying for Torah study or just service.
We look forward to getting to know you!