A Sinaite’s Sabbath Liturgy – 3rd Sabbath in November

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KINDLE THE SABBATH LIGHTS

 

As sundown is once again upon our earth, 

signalling the beginning of Your 7th Day,

our anticipated Day of Rest, our Shabbat —-

As  earthly time continues to march on,

moving from season to season,

according to Your natural design

in forecast-able weather patterns

and predictable climate changes–

We reflect on You “WHO CHANGEST NOT”

and thankfully depend

on Your UNCHANGING NATURE:

not wondering and guessing

according to limitations of our imagination

which brings You down to our level of understanding.

Forgive us LORD YHWH,

for recreating YOU in our image,

for truly,  how could we even begin to fathom 

what You the One True God is like? . . .

when all we could go by is our experiential knowledge

and limited understanding of 

how man could possibly be  created in Your ‘image’?

Forgive us for failing to understand

that none of your omni-attributes

are shared with humankind, 

and yet You chose to take the risk

to grant us

what You in Your Divine Wisdom

determined as an attribute

that best reflects You as GOD —

that precious gift of CHOICE, 

indeed, of FREE WILL!

Could humanity responsibly wield this gift,

within our human limitations,

with no foreknowledge such as Yours,

but with full control only

over our very use of this Divine gift;

Truly a Godly prerogative,

which no other created living breathing being

has been endowed with,

certainly none of the beasts

and down to the tiniest life-form

have any more than instinct and natural inclination, 

by Divine Design.

How privileged is humankind, 

to be created in Your Image!

 

Indeed, You are GOD, there is no other —

GOD Who has declared Yourself in no uncertain terms,

so that no one need remain in ignorance,

except by choice,

in this day and age

when knowledge is so readily available, 

if any earnest seeker of You wishes to know and learn

and be certain beyond this world full of man-sourced belief systems,

imagining and inventing gods made in the image of man . . .

Living in an age of information technology

when no one can claim any more excuse

not to know of You,

not to know You,

not to know Your Name,

O YHWH!

Your Sinai Revelation enshrined in the TORAH,

has long been  recorded

and made known to the nations,

beyond the nation-custodian Israel,

thanks to the recognition given to its Divine Source

by three major world religions — Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Thank You, Lord YHWH, 

for being patient with any and every individual,

born in ignorance of You,

yet aware and acknowledging that a Creator God exists,

and chooses to start a search for the One True God,

though diverted by man-made religions,

but eventually, according to Your promise,

finds You,

because he/she  seeks You with all heart and soul:

“I will be found by you.”

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WORDS OF THANKSGIVING

FROM THE PSALMS

[Take turns reciting the following excerpts.]

Open for me the gates of the righteous;

I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.

Psalm 118:19

 

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;

let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come before him with thanksgiving

and extol him with music and song.

Psalm 95:1-2

 

Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love

and his wonderful deeds for mankind,

9 for he satisfies the thirsty

and fills the hungry with good things.

Psalm 107:8-9

 

I will give thanks to the Lord

because of his righteousness;

I will sing the name of the Lord Most High.

Psalm 7:17

 

I thank you, Lord, with all my heart;

I sing praise to you before the gods.

I face your holy Temple, bow down, and praise your name

because of your constant love and faithfulness,

because you have shown that your name

and your commands are supreme.

Psalm 138: 1-2

 

I will extol the Lord at all times;

His praise will always be on my lips.

I will glory in the Lord;

let the afflicted hear and rejoice.

Glorify the Lord with me;

let us exalt his name together.

Psalm 34:1-3

 

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;

make known among the nations what he has done.

Sing to him, sing praise to him;

tell of all his wonderful acts.

Glory in his holy name;

let the hearts of those who seek the Lord

rejoice!

Psalm 105:1-3

 

Here are the top 10 Biblical verses about Thanksgiving:

 

When you have eaten your fill,

give thanks to Hashem your God

for the good land which He has given you.” 

 – Deuteronomy 8:10

 

“In that day, you shall say:

‘I give thanks to You, Hashem!’”

– Isaiah 12:1

 

“The living, only the living

can give thanks to You.

Fathers relate to children

Your acts of grace.”

– Isaiah 38:19

 

“Gladness and joy shall abide there,

Thanksgiving and the sound of music.”

– Isaiah 51:3

 

“From them shall issue thanksgiving

and the sound of dancers.” 

– Jeremiah 30:19

“Give thanks to God of Hosts,

for Hashem is good,

for His kindness is everlasting!”

– Jeremiah 33:11

 

“I wash my hands in innocence,

and walk around Your mizbayach,

Hashem,

raising my voice in thanksgiving,

and telling all Your wonders.”

– Psalms 26:6

 

“I, with loud thanksgiving,

Will sacrifice to You.” 

 Yonah 2:10

 

“I acknowledge and praise You,

O God of my fathers,

You who have given me wisdom and power.

 Daniel 2:23

 

“Praise Hashem for He is good;

His steadfast love is eternal.” 

 Chronicles 16:24

 

 

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 BLESSINGS

 

Lord God YHWH,
In this season of ‘Thanksgiving’,
we simply repeat the prayer we recite every Sabbath—
Thanking You for our knowledge of You,
for discovering Your Name, YHWH,
and having the privilege of declaring Your Name
to all who would listen and believe
and join us in worshipping You,
as the One and Only True God!

 

 

 

 

We thank You for birthing us in our individual family —
[name them] —
father, mother,
sisters-brothers,
extended kin.
We thank You for the family
we each participated in recreating—with our spouse,
and the gift of children — sons and daughters,
and on to the generations that issued from us:
grandchildren, great grandchildren.
We thank You for friendships
we have cultivated in our lifetime–
for those who have gone ahead of us,
for those who are still with us.
We thank You for working relationships,
in our occupations,
our employers
and employees,
our co-workers—
Please bless them all
in the ways that matter to them,
meeting their specific needs.
But most specially,
please bless them
the way You have blessed us:
with  knowledge of You,
and Your blessed Name, O YHWH!
May all of them discover You
in the same way we have,
first in Your Created world,
and ultimately in Your TORAH.
Amen!
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HAVDALAH
How abundant are the good things
that you have stored up for those who fear you,
that you bestow in the sight of all,
on those who take refuge in you.
In the shelter of your presence
you hide them from all human intrigues;
you keep them safe in your dwelling
from accusing tongues.
— Psalm 31:19-20

 

 

 

O nations of the world,

recognize the Lord,

recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong.

Give to the Lord the glory he deserves!

Bring your offering and come into his presence.

Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor.

Let all the earth  tremble before him.

The world stands firm and cannot be shaken.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!

His faithful love endures forever.

– 1 Chronicles 16:28-30,34.

 

 

Yours, O LORD,

is the greatness and the power

and the glory and the majesty

and the splendor,

for everything in heaven and earth is yours.

Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom;

you are exalted as head over all.

– Chronicles 29:11-13.

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Shabbat Shalom to all Sinaites

and our Messianic/Christian/Unaffiliated friends,

worshippers of the One True God,

YHWH is His Name!

 

In behalf of Sinai 6000 Core Community,

 

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