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 day begins with Torah Study at 9:30am.
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-. Childcare is not currently provided during Torah Study, but that is subject to change as the need arises.
On the first week of each month, we encorporate the Torah study and discussion into our regular Shabbat service. On those weeks, we do not have Torah Study at 9:30am.
Shabbat Morning Prayers & Main Service
At 10:30am, between Torah Study and our main service, we have a liturgical prayer time. We do include some liturgical prayers in our main service, but if liturgy is especially meaningful to you, you will enjoy our morning prayer time. This prayer time is still developing and includes many of the prayers and readings from the Shacharit prayer service. Childcare is not provided.
We begin our main Shabbat worship service at 11:00am. 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.
Shabbat service begins with Modeh Ani and the Sh'ma, and then we sing or read a few liturgical blessings. After that we have our Torah service which includes 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 message from Mark and a contemporary worship time. 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!
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!