Shalom Life April-June 2023
Chag Pesach Sameach! The feast of Pesach is upon us again. Are you prepared?
Â As it is the season, itâ€™s time for our annual YBOL Community Passover Seder. Itâ€™s our biggest event of the year that you wonâ€™t want to miss. Weâ€™ll recount the story of deliverance from the first Passover in Egypt to Yeshuaâ€™s redemptive sacrifice. There will also be special performances from the dance and flag teams, the choir, and much more! The Seder will be held on Sunday, April 2nd at 3pm at the Florida Hotel and Conference Center. The feast of Pesach officially begins Wednesday, April 5th, at sundown and ends the evening of April 13th.
Chesed Womenâ€™s Ministry
Attention YBOL ladies! Chesed Womenâ€™s ministry will be having a meeting to discuss Creative Bible Journaling. This will be an educational session exploring artistic ways to engage with the Scriptures. Sessions will discuss journaling through the books of the Bible. If you are a lady who loves to create and design, this is for you. This will be held on April 8th, after service in the conference room. Grab your lunch and bring it to the meeting. Please see Lorella for more details.
May twenty-fifth will mark seven weeks since Pesach began which means it will be time for Shavuot. Our Shavuot service will be on May 25th at 7pm. More details to be announced soon.
â€œCome, let us worship and bow down./Let us kneel before Adonai our Maker.â€ Psalm 95:6 (TLV).
How do we worship God?
Worship is often associated with music and prayer, hence the term â€œpraiseâ€, tends to become synonymous with the term â€œworshipâ€. After all it may sound rather odd to simply call it a Praise service. However, worship is not limited to singing for God.
First letâ€™s examine what worship means. Imagine, if you will, a marriage. A husband and wife share a complete devotion to one another, doing things for the other they would do for no one else all out of the deep love they have for their spouse. This is expressed on a regular basis, for example, in spending quality time together, going on dates, remaining faithful, and even in doing chores and bringing home a paycheck. Now imagine God and Israel in this role of husband and wife. God chose Israel to be His bride and out of His love for her, He gave her a home and a lack of nothing. In return, He expects respect and devotion to Him alone.
This is the meaning of worship: to express a great love or reverence for someone especially through acts of devotion. If we bind ourselves to Israel, thus becoming part of the bride, we are called to love God and thereby worship Him. We convey this love by obeying the laws He has set forth for us in the Torah. We worship Him in our daily lives by caring for one another, by teaching our children, by fulfilling our roles in our households, and in so many other ways (Deut. 6:4-9).
While it is still worshiping God with song, let us remember that worship is so much more. Worship is ultimately an expression of love and since we love God, it is our duty to convey that love in what we do, wherever we are.
â€œBut an hour is comingâ€”it is here nowâ€”when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people as His worshipers. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.â€ (John 4:23&24).
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Until next time, Shalom!