The Sinaite’s Sabbath Liturgy in Celebration of Shavuot

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[ Back in  year 2014, after much study and discussion of  the seven “My feasts” commanded in Leviticus 23,  Sinaites arrived at an understanding of which of the feasts apply to non-Israelites, that is, Gentiles like ourselves.  While all of the seven are in Israel’s national experience and historical roots, three of them are in the individual and community experience of non-Israelites/Gentiles. These are:  

(1) the weekly Sabbath modeled by the Creator Himself in Genesis 2;  

(2) Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement which every Jew or Gentile should observe since everyone is prone to violate YHWH’s Torah and should sincerely repent; and

(3) Shavuot which commemorates the giving of the Torah on Sinai, an anniversary that all humankind should celebrate.

This liturgy expresses our joyful celebration of the giving of YHWH’s LAW, an act of grace and mercy from YHWH,

  • the God of Israel,
  •  the God Who spoke on Sinai,
  • our (Sinaite’s) God
  • and the God of all gentiles who choose Him and who choose to live in conformity with His revealed will.

We believe that all humankind are under grace AND law, for by YHWH’s grace, He shared with humanity what He expects of each individual!  How else would humanity live together had not the Law-Giver commanded what is just for all, through righteous living, for the good of the other, in community with one another, where the ends of justice is served equally.  The Torah is doable, not impossible to obey; the Law-Giver is a benevolent King Who best understands that those Who would choose to live under His Kingship are capable of doing all that He commands. He specially designed humanity with freedom of choice, endowed with free will to obey Him or not.

We maintain that faith is based on divinely given truth: YHWH’s Sinai revelation and no other. Deuteronomy warns, do not add or subtract!

Indeed there is cause for celebrating for Jew and Gentile.  Shavuot is one of YHWH’s “MY” feasts, and so we Gentiles today, relate to the Gentiles in the “mixed multitude” who stood with Israelites on Sinai—

  • to embrace the God who appeared on Sinai as our GOD,
  • to acknowledge His sovereign rule over us as our chosen KING,
  • and to accept His Law because He is our declared LORD!

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 Kindle the Sabbath Lights

 

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Blessed be the Name of the Creator,

Master Designer of the universe,

Redeemer of Israel,

Revelator on Sinai,

our great and awesome God.

Blessed be Your Name,

O YHWH, the Eternal,

Who was, is, and will be,

Who chooses to be what You choose to be.

You manifested as a burning bush,

as Shekinah,

an Invisible Presence amidst thunder and lightning

at the giving of Your Torah,

though Your voice was heard by all.

 

Tonight as we kindle the sabbath lights,

 we join Your firstborn son Israel,  Your chosen people,

 in commemorating the giving of Your Torah, 

as part of Your covenant with Your chosen nation, 

a nation You formed through their patriarchs,

 Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov.

 

We claim our place with the Gentiles

among the mixed multitude gathered at Sinai,

 likewise delivered from bondage to Egypt

 seven weeks earlier, on the night of Passover.

We submit to You, YHWH as our LORD and our GOD;

We embrace Your TORAH as our Way of Life,

 for it is Your gift not only to Israel but to the nations, to all peoples; 

we celebrate with Israel this ‘feast of weeks’.

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The Ten Commandments

 

EXODUS 20   

And God spoke all these words:

2   “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, 

out of the land of slavery.

3   “You shall have no other gods before  me.

4-6   “You shall not make for yourself an image

 in the form of anything in heaven above

or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.   

You shall not bow down to them or worship them; 

for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God,

 punishing the children for the sin of the parents 

to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,  

 but showing love to a thousand generations of those

who love me and keep my commandments.

7  “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God,

for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

8 -11   “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.  

Six days you shall labor and do all your work,  

but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God.

On it you shall not do any work,

neither you, nor your son or daughter,

nor your male or female servant,

nor your animals,

nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 

 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, 

the sea, and all that is in them,

but he rested on the seventh day. 

Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

12   “Honor your father and your mother, 

so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

13   “You shall not murder.

14   “You shall not commit adultery.

15    “You shall not steal.

16    “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

17   “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house.

You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife,

or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey,

or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

18-19  When the people saw the thunder and lightning

and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, 

they trembled with fear. 

They stayed at a distance and said to Moses,

“Speak to us yourself and we will listen.

But do not have God speak to us or we will die.”

20   Moses said to the people,

“Do not be afraid.  God has come to test you,

so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.”

21   The people remained at a distance,

while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.

 

Idols and Altars

22-23  Then the Lord said to Moses, 

“Tell the Israelites this:

‘You have seen for yourselves that I have spoken to you from heaven:   

Do not make any gods to be alongside me; 

do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold.

24 “‘Make an altar of earth for me

and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings,

your sheep and goats and your cattle.

Wherever I cause my name to be honored,

I will come to you and bless you. 

25 If you make an altar of stones for me,

do not build it with dressed stones,

for you will defile it if you use a tool on it. 

26 And do not go up to my altar on steps,

or your private parts may be exposed.’

 

 

BLESSINGS

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There is no greater blessing than the knowledge of You, O YHWH,

and yet You bless us further with Your Torah, Your Tree of Life, our chosen Way of Life.

Further You bless us with one another—a small community of like-minded believers in Your Sinai revelation,

who hold steadfastly to Your declarations.

And more . . .You have blessed us with family —

beloved parents, spouses,

children, and extended relationships,

all loved ones—-

We thank You for each one of them,

and seek Your blessing upon them—

for protection, for provision, for Your saving grace,

 that they might seek You with all their heart

and all their mind and all their soul,

 and find You just as we have found You 

where You spoke Your words of life —

Your Sinai Revelation— 

may they find You in their lifetime.

We celebrate the life You have granted each generation of our family, 

may each of our beloved ones choose Your Life,

Your Torah Tree of Life, just as we have done.  

Amen.

L’chaim, to LIFE!

 

 

 

SHAVUOT MEAL/TORAH STUDY 

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HAVDALAH

O YHWH, Revelator- God on Sinai,

Thank You for giving us

a glimpse of YOU

through Your revelation on Sinai.

Thank You for giving us Your Law, Your Torah,

and teaching us Your Way;

Without Your Revelation

on how humankind should live

with one another, in community,

We  tend to resort to our own chosen way,

ignorant of what is right in Your Eyes,

following our own self-centered instincts.

Thank You for being a GOD who speaks,

A LORD Who communicates Your Will

to the only creature You chose to bear Your Image.

May we be enabled, as we enable ourselves,

to bear Your Image

in a way that others will see You

in how we live our life, from day to day,

moment  by moment,

and be worthy to have our names written

in Your Book of Life.

Amen.

 

 

 

A joyful Shavuot celebration

to all who choose to obey YHWH’s Torah . . .

it is for all humanity,

Jew and Gentile.

SHABBAT SHALOM,

in behalf our Sinai 6000 Core Community, 

meet you at YHWH’s Spiritual Sinai — His TORAH!

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The Sinaite’s Musical Liturgy – 3rd Sabbath in May

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Witness of Sabbath from Pinterest

KINDLE THE SABBATH LIGHTS

 

O Source of Light, YHWH our God–

Before You created the heavenly lights,

the sun, moon and stars,

Your LIGHT shone in the dark emptiness of space.

Then You spoke LIGHT into existence

in words that reverberate from Day One of Creation

through the ages, on to our time:

“Let there be light,

and there was light.”

 

As we kindle these Sabbath lights,

we thank You for visual light

that brightens the darkness in our world,

and spiritual light that illuminates mind, heart, and spirit!

We welcome Your Queen of days, Your Holy Sabbath,

a day of rest at the culmination of our week.

Blessed are You, YHWH our God, Lord of the Sabbath,

King over our lives.  Amen.

 

 

Original Hymn: Immortal Invisible God Only Wise

Original Lyrics by Walter Chalmers Smith
Music: Welsh melody from John Roberts’s Canaidau y Cyssegr

[Original Lyrics]
1. Immortal, invisible, God only wise, 
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.
 
2. Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,

Nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might;
Thy justice like mountains high soaring above
Thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.

 

 

3. To all, life thou givest, to both great and small;
In all life thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
And wither and perish, but naught changeth thee.

 

 

4. Thou reignest in glory; thou dwellest in light;
Thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight;
All laud we would render: O help us to see
‘Tis only the splendor of light hideth thee.

 

Watercolor art by Dan R., now based in Houston, TX

Watercolor art by Dan R., now based in Houston, TX

 

[ESV] Psalm 42
As a deer pants for flowing streams,
so pants my soul for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?
My tears have been my food day and night,
while they say to me all the day long, “Where is your God?”
These things I remember, as I pour out my soul:
how I would go with the throng
and lead them in procession to the house of God
with glad shouts and songs of praise, a multitude keeping festival.
Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.
My soul is cast down within me; therefore I remember you
from the land of Jordan and of Hermon, from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls;
all your breakers and your waves have gone over me.
By day the LORD commands his steadfast love,
and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life,
I say to God, my rock: “Why have you forgotten me?
Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”
As with a deadly wound in my bones, my adversaries taunt me,
while they say to me all the day long, “Where is your God?”
Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God:  for I shall again praise him my salvation and my God.
 

 

The Sinaite’s Hymn based on Psalm 42
Revised Lyrics
Music: Composer: Marty Nystrom
 

 “As the deer panteth for the water”

So my soul longs for You, my King;
You alone fill my heart’s desire,
Faith in You, love for You, I sing!
CHO:  You alone fill my heart, my mind;
In You alone, daily peace I find;
You alone give my life its meaning,
All my past do I leave behind!
 

I love You more than any other,
No one else matters more to me—
You’re the First, and You are the Last
the One who opens my eyes to see!
CHO:  May my deeds please You more each day,
O may my words reach You when I pray,
YAHUWAH, You’re the One and Only One
There ‘s  so much more  I can say.
 

You’re my Rock, You’re my Lord and Master,
You provide everything I need;
Manna, food for the soul and body,
On Your Torah I daily feed.
CHO:  Worship You, how I love to do,
Obeying You all my  lifetime,  too,
YAHUWAH,  how I long to see You
at the end of my life  . . .  just You!
 

 

BLESSINGS
 

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Original Music:  Blest be the Tie that Binds /Revised Lyrics
 

“Blest be the tie that binds,”

 

In  Family, lives intertwined,
Dear father and mother
Dear sister and brother,
United in  heart, and in mind.
 

The roots in each family tree,

affect and infect all the rest;

So parents be mindful,

of values you pass on to branches

be none but the best.

 

As children grow up and mature,
The Torah they learn will  ensure–
that goodness and  righteousness,
love for the ‘other’, 
bring harmony,  joy in hearts pure.
 

As time moves along in our lives,
We age and  mature  through the years,
The stages and phases 
that show in our faces,
are memories that we hold dear!
 

 

FAMILY PRAYER
 

 LORD of our Family,
the honored Guest in our Sabbath fellowship,
LORD of the Sabbath, God on Sinai,
YHWH,
We bless Your Name,
and we ask blessings upon all present at this gathering;
We remember with fondness those who are not with us:
[Name them:  parents, spouse, siblings,
children, relatives, 
dearly departed] 
As we continue our fellowship,
partaking of this Sabbath meal,
we raise our glasses to make a toast to You,
O YHWH, the Source of all Life,
Who has granted us breath of life,
on our borrowed time while on earth, 
from our birth,  to that moment
when our breath returns to You!
To LIFE,  L’Chaim!

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HAVDALAH

Original Hymn:  Breathe on Me, Breath of God/Revised Lyrics

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 1.  Breathe on me, breath of God,

Fill me with life anew,

That I may love all that You love

and do what You tell me to.

2.  Breathe on me, breath of God,

until my heart is pure,

May Your desires be my desires,

till my path to You is sure.

3.  Breathe on me, breath of God,

May I fit Your design,

May each and every part of me

be filled with Your LIFE  divine.

4.  Breathe on me, breath of God,

Be with me till the end,

Till it’s the time for one last breath,

Forever with You, I’ll spend.

 

 

 

SHABBAT SHALOM

 

In behalf of Sinai 6000 Core Community

based in Baguio City, Philippines,

 

 

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A Sinaite’s Liturgy in Celebration of Motherhood – 2nd Sabbath in May

KINDLE THE SABBATH LIGHTS

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O CREATOR of LIGHT,

in the meaningful family tradition of Your chosen people,

the matriarch of the family kindles the Sabbath lights and recites the blessing:

 

Blessed art Thou,

O LORD [YHWH],

our God, 

King of the Universe,

Who hast sanctified us by Thy commandments 

and hast commanded us to “kindle  the Sabbath-Lights.”

 

As children of all ages celebrate Motherhood, 

We reflect on the special role of woman

to the assigned function of childbearing: 

You designed the propagation of the human race

through the re-creation of new life

to include the participation of both male and female,

but granting woman–

 the unique privilege of hosting an embryo,

designing her to be the suitable vessel 

to carry and nurture a developing life to full maturity.

 

On ‘birthing’ day

 when the unborn is ready to leave the dark security of the womb,  

to finally see the light of day,

Mother continues to nurture her child with selfless dedication,

until it is time to release and entrust this beloved part of her ‘self’

 to the teaching of Your TORAH, Your guidance for life.,

divinely assigned to father.

Just as Your Words through Isaiah speak of Israel Your Firstborn,

a mother could say to each child that she births, 

 

15 Can a woman

forget her suckling child,

that she should not have compassion

on the son of her womb

yea, they may forget,

yet will I not forget thee.

 

Bless all Mothers, O GIVER and SOURCE of LIFE,

for their special place in the lives of children,

for providing never-ending unconditional love to them.

May children young and old,  see in Mothers 

that very IMAGE of You, a loving GOD Who cares

that each child fulfills the purpose for which he was created:

to know You first and foremost

yet freely choose his destiny,

with You or without You in it.

It is our prayer that our children will choose ‘Life’,  

YOUR LIFE,  for in doing so,  

their destiny is rightly directed and ultimately blessed,

and that brings great comfort to a mother’s heart.

 

It is our prayer that, while fathers are assigned

the primary responsibility of teaching Your WAY of Life, 

to our children and our children’s children,

that mothers will step in, if and only when—

fathers fail to dispense their duty and responsibility

that You have clearly commanded in the SHEMA,

initially to Israel, though intended for all humanity:

 

Hear, Israel, [O Nations],

YHWH our God, the LORD is one.

And you shall love YHWH your God

with all your heart

and with all your being

and with all your might.  

And these words that I charge you  today

will be upon your heart.  

And you shall rehearse them to your sons

and speak of them

when you sit in your house

and when you go on the way

and when you lie down

and when you rise.  

And you shall bind them

as a sign on your hand

and they shall be as circlets

between your eyes.  

And you shall write them

on the doorposts of your house

and in your gates.

[Deuteronomy 6:4-9]

 

 

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Proverbs 31:28-31

 

Her children have risen and praised her;

her husband and he extolled her:

“Many women have amassed achievement,

but you surpassed them all.”

Grace is false, and beauty vain;

a woman who fears YHWH, 

she should be praised.

Give her the fruits of her hands;

and let her be praised in the gates

by her very own deeds. 

 

 

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 Original Tune:  ‘O Mighty Cross’

[Revised Lyrics]

1.  Oh Lord of Life, Who knew my name

before I came to know Your Name,

Your very breath gives me my soul,

my very being, spirit, mind and heart, my all.

 

2.  Oh God of Truth, how could we know

the way through life, the way to You,

Your guiding Light, your Words of life,

have led me through the path, the only path to You.

 

3.  O loving God of humankind,

teach us Your Way, show us Your Mind,

Torah says all we need to know,

there is no other Source of Truth, it is just so.

 

4.  Immortal God, Who was and is,

from now through all eternity,

You are the First, You are the Last,

no other God is there on earth or heaven above.

 

 

 

BLESSINGS

 

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Image from www.sirc.org

O YHWH, 

You perfectly designed the world we live in

to sustain all life—

with sunshine and air,

water and a variety of  nourishment

and provisions for every need, 

to sustain plant, animal and human life.

 

We bless You for blessing us 

with fruit from the vine

and food from Your bountiful nature,

 ‘manna’ that nourish body, mind and spirit.

 

 In Your Tabernacle in the wilderness, 

You consistently stressed two items together:

 the Ark of the Covenant 

which contained Your revelation on two tablets of stone, 

and the table of shewbread 

which was replaced every Sabbath.

How could we miss the connection:  

that as we delight in nourishing our physical life, 

we nurture our spiritual life by ‘feeding’ on Your Torah, 

both, a joy and delight not only on Sabbath, 

but as often as we desire food for body and soul.

 

We celebrate motherhood, 

and ask for blessings upon all women  

who deliver Your gift of life to each of their children.

May they be rewarded in the desires of the heart,

that their children no matter how old, 

will find joy from the Source of all joy, 

YOU,  O YHWH, our Lord and our God,

their Creator the Source of all life.

 

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We ask for blessings upon our family:

 

[name them] fathers, mothers,  

sons and daughters, their spouses, 

grandchildren, extended kin.

 

We thank You for the blessing of lives 

that are not only well-lived but rightly-lived,

because of a special connection with You,

Who determines length of life 

and gives meaning to our being born,

to our being,  to our existence, 

and even to the ending of our lifetime.

 

May none of us waste precious time,

 for every second and every minute is forever gone,

 and none of us know the length of life 

You have allotted each of us on this earth.

 

For the precious gift of TIME, O YHWH,  we are grateful,

and we are thankful for the time we have spent

with the woman who gave birth to us, (name your mother).

We are just as thankful for surrogate mothers (name them),

and grandmothers (name them),

and all mothers among our friends and acquaintances, 

and single mothers, by choice or circumstance,

We ask for blessings upon  ‘mother figures’ among men,

whether single or married, who have undertaken a ‘mothering role’

to children who are not their own,

to their siblings, extended kin, orphans.

 As we celebrate motherhood,  we say —-

Mabuhay, to Life, L’chaim!

 

 

SABBATH MEAL

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TORAH STUDY

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HAVDALAH

 

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Shabbat shalom

in behalf of Sinai 6000 core community

based in Baguio City, Philippines,

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The Sinaite’s Musical Liturgy – 1st Sabbath in May

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[The Sinaite’s’ musical liturgy 

borrows music from Christian hymnody

but our lyrics revision reflect our Sinaite creed.  

Imitation is the best compliment;  

so we salute the composers  of Christian hymns;   

no doubt they were inspired by the God

they love and serve, 

just as we are inspired by the God

we have chosen to follow,

to serve and to worship:

His Name is YHWH.  —Admin1

 

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KINDLE THE SABBATH LIGHTS

 

Erev Shabbat by Laura Bolter

Erev Shabbat by Laura Bolter

Sing hallelu YAHUWAH LORD;   sing hallelu YAHUWAH LORD;

Sing hallelu YAH, sing hallelu YAH, sing hallelu YAHUWAH LORD!

 

[Original Tune:  Bread of the World, Revised Lyrics]

 

LIGHT of the world,  dispel the darkness

that makes men blind who see You not,

There’s unbelief, there’s skepticism,

‘There is no God’, or so they say.

Your LIGHT shines bright to all believers

who see You, listen to Your Voice,

You speak Your Word through all the ages,

from Sinai to our seeking hearts.

 

 

[Original Tune:  All Glory, Praise and Honor, Revised Lyrics]

 

1.  All glory, praise and honor, 

Yahuwah God our King!

To Whom our hymns of worship 

with loud hosannas sing!

Thou art the God of Israel,

of all humanity,

Who learn Thy guidelines in Thy Word, 

believe and worship Thee.

 

 

2.  The company of angels 

keep praising Thee no end;

We join their mighty chorus, 

our love to Thee we send!

Thy chosen people Israel, 

Thy firstborn son Thou led

As fire by night and cloud by day, 

with manna they were fed.

 

3.  To Thee they brought their offerings, 

they sang their hymns of praise.

Like them we sing our praises, 

our heartfelt thanks we raise.

Thou art the Source of all our joy, 

the source of our delight.

We thank Thee for Thy Sabbath rest, 

the day when we’re most blest!

 

 

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Psalm 119:  1-16

 

1 Blessed are those whose way is blameless,

who walk in the law of the Lord!

2  Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,

who seek him with their whole heart,

3  who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways!

4  You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently.

5  Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes!

6 Then I shall not be put to shame,

having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.

7  I will praise you with an upright heart,

when I learn your righteous rules.

8  I will keep your statutes;do not utterly forsake me!

9  How can a young man keep his way pure?

By guarding it according to your word.

10  With my whole heart I seek you;

let me not wander from your commandments!

11  I have stored up your word in my heart,

that I might not sin against you.

12  Blessed are you, O Lord;

teach me your statutes!

13  With my lips I declare

all the rules of your mouth.

14  In the way of your testimonies I delight

as much as in all riches.

15  I will meditate on your precepts

and fix my eyes on your ways.

16  I will delight in your statutes;

I will not forget your word.

 

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[Original Tune:  Give Thanks/Revised Lyrics]

 

Give thanks for this Sabbath day,

Give thanks for this time, we pray,

Give thanks because He’s given

all we need, day to day,

Give thanks for our family,

For spouse, for our children dear,

For special friends we’ve chosen,  

All are gifts from His Heart,

And so let us celebrate our joys,

Let us celebrate our life,

As we sip our wine, partake of this bread,

All these are sweet blessings from our God, 

What an awesome loving God, 

and Yahuwah is His Name,

Praise His Name,

Give Him thanks,

Heed His Word,

Live His Life.

 

PRAYER

Lord of Life, God of Generations,

You have blessed us with beloved family–

[Name them] parents, siblings,

spouse, children, extended kin,

and special people.

As we partake of this bread and drink this wine,

symbols of Your provisions and the joy we derive

in celebrating the Sabbath,

We remember them all

and thank You for intertwining our lives—

to LIFE, L’Chaim, Mabuhay!

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[Original Tune:  Gracious Spirit, fill thou me/revised lyrics]

1.  Lord Yahuwah, lead the way, 

through each moment, each new day.

Help me navigate my way, as I study, learn, and pray,

Thank You for Your Torah life, may I live my life Your way.

 

2.  Truthful prophets of my God, how can I as truthful be?

And with wisdom speak as clear, may my Torah mind appear,

Followed with good deeds to all, may Thy Truth in me not fall.

 

3.  Torah Words inspire my soul,  make my actions bare to all.

That my life might speak as loud as the words that make me proud,

Words about Your mighty deeds, may I sow Life-giving seeds.

 

4.  God invisible to me,  I know You though I can’t see.

Your Creation testifies, Israel still verifies,

Torah is Your legacy, meant for all humanity.

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A Sinaite’s Liturgy – 4th Sabbath in April

20615e76bf74f2a8dcaefdcd4637f2a4[These prayers are borrowed from the book titled: 

Entering Jewish Prayer:

Guide to Personal Devotion

and the Worship Service, 

by Reuven Hammer. 

When we feature prayer traditions of other faiths, particularly the liturgical expressions of observant Israel, our purpose is simply to learn from them and experience their way of worshipping the same God we all approach in our differing characteristic and unique ways and words. 

For this liturgy, while the prayers are randomly chosen, we carefully selected those that are universal, not specific or unique to Israel’s experience as YHWH’s “chosen”.  Shabbat shalom to Israel, the original Sabbath-observer, and to all Gentile Sabbath-keepers all over the world!—Admin1.]

 

 

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Kindle the Sabbath Lights

 

The-Miracle-Of-Shabbat-Candles-PictureBlessed are You, O Lord our God,

King of the universe,

Who has sanctified us by His commandments

and commanded us to kindle the Sabbath lights.

 

Let us come to greet the Sabbath,

For she is the source of blessing,

Anointed of old at the beginning,

Last of creation, first in planning.

 

And God blessed the seventh day

and declared it Holy.

He blessed it with the lamp . . .

He blessed it with the face of man,

for the light of man’s face on the Sabbath

is unlike that of any other day.

 

The Lord is God;

He has given us light!

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PRAISE

 

The soul of every living thing shall bless Your Name,

     O Lord our God.

The spirit of all flesh shall continually adore

   and exalt the mention of You, O our King.

You are God from everlasting to everlasting.

Other than You we have no king, redeemer, savior,

    liberator, and deliverer

Who sustains and pities at all times of sorrow and distress.

 

We have no king other than You.

The king enthroned aloft on high,

Dwelling forever,

His name is high and holy.

It is written:

Sing forth, O you righteous, to the Lord;

it is fit that the upright acclaim Him (Ps. 33:1).

 

You will be praised by the mouth of the upright,

You will be blessed by the words of the righteous,

You shall be exalted by the tongue of the pious,

You shall be hallowed in the midst of the holy.

 

By the myriad choirs of Your people, the house of Israel,

Your name will be glorified, O our king, in every generation.

For it is the duty of all creatures to thank and acknowledge,

praise, laud, glorify, exalt, adore, bless, uplift, and acclaim You,

O Lord our God and God of our fathers,

beyond all the words of song and praise of David son of Jesse,

Your anointed servant.

The Lord neither slumbers nor sleeps.

He awakens the sleepers and arouses the slumberers.

He makes the dumb speak,

Frees those who are imprisoned,

Sustains those who fall,

Straightens those who are bowed down.

Unto You alone do we give thanksgiving and acknowledgment.

 

Were our mouths filled with song as the sea,

Our tongues with melody as the multitude of its waves,

Our lips with praise as the expanse of the heavens,

Our eyes bright as the sun and the moon,

Our hands spread out as the eagles of heaven,

Our feet swift as the deer,

We would still be unable to adequately acknowledge You

and bless Your name, O Lord our God and God of our fathers. . . .

Therefore the limbs You have planted in us,

The spirit You have infused within us,

The tongue You have put in our mouths—

They shall all thankfully acknowledge You,

For every tongue shall acknowledge You,

Every tongue shall pledge loyalty to You,

Every knee shall bend to You,

Every back shall bow to You,

Every heart shall revere You,

Every inward part shall sing unto Your name.

 

As it is written:

All my bones shall say,

“Lord, who is like You”

You save the poor from one stronger than he

the poor and needy from his despoiler”  (Ps. 35:10).

Who is like You?

Who can be compared to You?

Who is equal to You?

The great, mighty, awesome God—

Most High God,

Creator of heaven and earth!

 

We shall praise, exalt, and glorify You,

We shall bless Your holy name.

As it is said:

Of David.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, all my being,

His holy name.  (Ps. 103:1)

 

 

 

BLESSINGS for FAMILY and FRIENDS

 

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God of the first generations and of the last,

God of all creatures,

God of all generations,

Praised through the multitude of adorations,

Governing His world with steadfast love

and His creatures with mercy.

 

I have been young and am now old,

but I have never seen a righteous man abandoned,

or his children seeking bread. (Ps. 37:25)

 

Enlighten our eyes in Your Torah

and let us succeed in all our endeavors.

Our God, our father,

care for us, provide for us, sustain us,

give us our needs, prosper us—

and speedily relieve us of all our sorrows.

 

Let us not be in need of the generosity of human beings

nor of their loans,

but only of Your full, open, abundant,

and spacious hand,

O Lord our God,

so that we shall never be ashamed or embarrassed.

[Take this time to remember and lift up specific requests

 for specific members of your family,

for friends and for colleagues in your workplace,

and all other concerns. ]

 

 

FELLOWSHIP MEAL

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Image from Shutterstock/Illustration of Shabbat candles, kiddush cup and challah.

 

 

 

TORAH STUDY

 

a19bb21b780f3e4ebe7d4b6fdc909a7cBlessed are You, O Lord our God, king of the universe,

Rock everlasting,

Righteous one of all generations,

Faithful God who says and does, speaks and fulfills—

For all His words are true and righteous.

 

You, O Lord our God, are dependable

And Your words are dependable—

Not one word of Your words will remain unfulfilled

For You are a dependable God and king.

 

Blessed are You,, O Lord, God—

all of whose words are dependable.

 

I do not place my trust in man,

Nor rely upon a son of God,

But only upon the God of heaven,

For He is the God of truth,

His Torah is truth,

His prophets are truth,

He abounds in deeds of goodness and truth.

In Him do I trust,

To His holy and glorious name I utter praises.

 

May it be Your will to open my heart to the Torah.

Fulfill all the wishes of my heart

And hearts of all Your people Israel,

For good, for life, and for peace.

 

 

HAVDALAH

95b74154c3ef378a1f8074cd21456459[Havdalah is Hebrew for “separation

and refers to the verbal declaration

made at the end of Shabbat or a

Jewish holiday, in which the holy day

is separated from the mundane period

that follows.  Since Jewish days begin and

end with nightfall, havdalah may be said

only once darkness has fallen on Saturday night.]

 

 

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, king of the universe,

who distinguishes between holy and profane,

between light and darkness,

between Israel and the nations,

between the seventh day and the six days of activity.

Blessed are You, O Lord,

who distinguishes between the sacred and profane.

 

Praise the Lord, all your nations;

extol Him, all your peoples,

for great is His steadfast love toward us;

the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.

Hallelujah.

 

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A Sinaite’s Liturgy – 3rd Sabbath of April

 KINDLE THE SABBATH LIGHTS

 

 

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O YHWH, Creator God,

 as our six-day work-week winds down to erev Shabbat,

we join Sabbath-keepers all over the world 

who honor You not only as Creator but significantly as Lord of the Sabbath, 

by ceasing from our daily striving,

by celebrating the joy of knowing You,

and the pleasure of being with one another

in fellowship and the study of Your Torah.

We join Jewry in and out of the Land of Israel, 

the “Saturday” people,

who continue to be a reluctant witness to You and Your Covenant,

whether or not they are Torah-observant,

regardless of their belief or disbelief in their history

and the witness of their Hebrew Scriptures.

For,  it is Your faithfulness to Your ‘firstborn’

and the promises You have made to their patriarchs,

that will bring about the fulfillment of prophecies

declared through Your mouthpieces, the prophets of Israel,

regarding their national destiny.

Their very survival amidst incomprehensible anti-semitism,

their continued existence in this 6th millennium,

and most of all, their return to Your promised land

testifies to Your sovereignty, 

that Your Will will be done according to what You declare beforehand, 

which You accomplish regardless of the cooperation or defiance of self-willed humanity.

We remember the words of Isaiah 66:

Who has heard such a thing?  

Who has seen such things?

Shall a land be born in one day? 

Shall a nation be brought forth in one moment?

By the workings of your Providence, O YHWH, 

the return of a remnant among Your chosen people

bears witness to the God Who makes such declarations

through Your true prophets,

way before such pronouncements are fulfilled,

just when the nations least expected such rebirthing of a people of antiquity,

when their contemporaries have all but disappeared from among the races of the world.

Like Israel the Sabbath keeper,

we take delight in Your Queen of Days.

O YHWH, Lord of the Sabbath,

these Sabbath lights remind us

that even as Your magnificent sun sets on our horizon

and withdraws its brightness so that darkness takes over our half of the earth,

that Your sun continues to work its designed purpose on another side of our planet.

This is much like Your manifesting as Light on earth,

whether visually to the Israelites

or symbolically through the brightness of Your Truth,

which illuminates regardless of humanity’s awareness and acceptance. 

We never lose sight of Your Light

even as darkness overtakes our life-space,

and blurs our vision,

and makes us lose our bearings temporarily.

We kindle the Sabbath lights as a symbolic gesture

that in whatever little and limited ways,

we can make known Your Name, YHWH,

and Your Truth, the Torah,

ever conscious that we are light-bearers ourselves

by the way we live,

through the choices we make,

to change our ways,

according to Your Way.

 May our life-lamps not go out 

before our humble witness for You and Your Way of Life

has helped in brightening the pathway toward Your Sinai Revelation,

so that others may find You

and learn about You,

know You,

revere You,

and worship You

as You deserve to be worshipped

and declare Your Name

with all reverence and awe,

just as we had started to do seven years ago.

Indeed may it be so!

 

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Proverbs 3

My son, forget not my teaching;

But let thy heart keep my commandments;

For length of days, and years of life,

And peace, will they add to thee.

Let not kindness and truth forsake thee;

Bind them about thy neck, write them upon the table of thy heart;

So shalt thou find grace and good favour

In the sight of God and man.

Trust in the LORD with all thy heart,

And lean not upon thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge Him,

And He will direct thy paths.

 

Be not wise in thine own eyes;

Fear the LORD, and depart from evil;

It shall be health to thy navel,

And marrow to thy bones.

Honour the LORD with thy substance,

And with the first-fruits of all thine increase;

So shall thy barns be filled with plenty,

And thy vats shall overflow with new wine.

My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD,

Neither spurn thou His correction;

For whom the LORD loveth He correcteth,

Even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

Happy is the man that findeth wisdom,

And the man that obtaineth understanding.

For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver,

And the gain thereof than fine gold.

She is more precious than rubies;

And all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.

Length of days is in her right hand;

In her left hand are riches and honour.

Her ways are ways of pleasantness,

And all her paths are peace.

She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her,

And happy is every one that holdest her fast. 

The LORD by wisdom founded the earth;`

My son, let not them depart from thine eyes;

Keep sound wisdom and discretion;

So shall they be life unto thy soul,

And grace to thy neck.

Then shalt thou walk in thy way securely,

And thou shalt not dash thy foot.

When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid;

Yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

Be not afraid of sudden terror,

Neither of the destruction of the wicked, when it cometh;

For the LORD will be thy confidence,

And will keep thy foot from being caught.

Withhold not good from him to whom it is due,

When it is in the power of thy hand to do it.

Say not unto thy neighbour: ‘Go, and come again,

And to-morrow I will give’; when thou hast it by thee.

Devise not evil against thy neighbour,

Seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.

Strive not with a man without cause,

If he have done thee no harm.

Envy thou not the man of violence,

And choose none of his ways.

For the perverse is an abomination to the LORD;

But His counsel is with the upright.

 

The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked;

But He blesseth the habitation of the righteous.

If it concerneth the scorners, He scorneth them,

But unto the humble He giveth grace.

The wise shall inherit honour;

But as for the fools, they carry away shame.

 [THE HOLY SCRIPTURES

ACCORDING TO THE MASORETIC TEXT
A NEW TRANSLATION
 

 

BLESSINGS

 

family-quotes-and-sayings-1O YHWH,

You have gifted us with family —-

parents, 

siblings,

spouse

children,

extended family,

friends.

For each one of them we thank You,

and seek Your blessing upon them.

May they come to know You and love You

and choose to live Your Way,

just as we have been ‘privileged’ and blessed

in our lifetime.
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If we did not have wine, we would still be grateful;

if we did not have bread, we would still be thankful;

but having enjoyed a lifetime of Divine Providence,

we are ever deeply appreciative

both in times of abundance and times of scarcity,

for the Divine Presence has always been evident

most specially in our times of need.

To Life, His Way of Life,

and the length of life we have been granted 

by the LORD and GIVER of life,

Mabuhay (Live)!  L’Chaim (To Life)!

 

 

 

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HAVDALAH

“Lord I want to know You more” –

Borrowed Music, Revised Lyrics

1.  Just the time I think the truth I know is enough for me,

I find there’s more, oh so much more of truth there is to see,

I’ve been on different pathways which I thought would lead me to You,

But sadly where they led me to was anything but true . . . .

CHO:  Lord, I want to know You more,

deep within my heart I want to know You, 

how I long to find You,

I will hear and heed Your call

 to know You in Your Word, Your Revelation,

Lord I want to know You more,

yes, I long to know You more,

Lord I want to know You more. 

 

 

2.  You’ve made a promise that for all who seek, they surely find,

If only they would seek You with their heart, and soul, and mind,

I’ve spent a lifetime in my quest no matter, it was all worthwhile,

for here I am, and here You are, where You’ve been all the while . . .

CHO:  Lord I want to know You more, 

deep within my heart I want to know You,

how I long to meet You 

And I’d give my final breath 

to see You in Your Glory, Your Perfection,

live my life to please You more, 

worship You and serve You more,

Lord I love You so much more.

 

 

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A Sinaite’s Musical Liturgy – 1st Sabbath of April

[We are grateful to God-inspired and gifted composers of Christian hymns for their music that we proudly use for our “musical liturgy”;  the lyrics have been revised to reflect the Sinaite’s credo.—Admin1.]

 

 

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KINDLE THE SABBATH LIGHTS

 

Blessed are You,

YHWH our GOD,

KING of the universe,

Who commanded us

to set apart a day of rest,

a day You created

for the blessing of all

who would obey

Your 4th commandment.  

Blessed are You,

YHWH,

LORD of the Sabbath.

 

 

 

 

 

[Original Music:   “Alleluia, Sing to Jesus”;

revised lyrics]

1. Let us kindle the Sabbath lights,

let their glow flow through our vision and sight.

Like the gleam from the Light of Torah 

which reaches deep in heart and in mind.

CHO: When the darkness fades in the distance 

as brightness follows to fill up its space,

Shadow and dimness that darken the heart and mind of man 

brighten up when His Word is heard.

 

2. Let us kindle the Light of Torah,

that ‘Tree of Life’ that nurtures our soul;

fill our minds, be enlightened daily 

by Words of LIFE that make us whole.

CHO:  ‘Hear” and “Heed’ are not just for Israel,

these are words for all Gentiles as well,

Blessings for those who obediently live the Torah life,

through life’s conflicts and through all strife.

 

3.  Let us kindle the love for others, 

enough to lead them toward the LIGHT:

light of Israel, light of Torah,

two lamps that lead the way to HIS LIGHT;

CHO:  Primal BRIGHTNESS was there 

before any sun, moon, stars ever lit up His sky, 

“Let there be light” for all seasons and signs to view at night,

how can anyone miss that sight!

 

4.  Let us worship the LORD of Sabbath, 

CREATOR,  GOD Who first led the Way:

Six day-workweek deserves a rest on the seventh day,

the true Sabbath day!

CHO:  Sabbath lights in our hearth and home

warm our hearts for knowing that ‘God’s Way is Best’;

May His Words linger for guidance each day and everyday, 

through the week till next Sabbath’s Rest.

 

 

Psalms 115

 

1  Not for our sake, YHWH, not for our sake,

but for Your Name’s sake give glory,

for Your kindness and for Your truth! 

2  Why should the nations say,

“Where now is their God?”  

3  Our God  is in the heavens,

whatever He pleases, He does!

4  Their gods are silver and gold,

the handiwork of man.

5  They have a mouth, but cannot speak;

they have eyes, but cannot see;

6  they have ears, but cannot hear;

they have a nose, but cannot smell.

7  Their hands—they cannot feel;

their feet–they cannot walk;

they cannot utter a sound from their throat.

8  Those who make them should become like them,

whoever trusts in them!

9  O Israel, trust in YHWH;

their help and their shield is He!

10  House of Aaron,

trust in YHWH; their help and their shield is He!

11  You who fear YHWH,

trust in YHWH; their help and their shield is He!

12  YHWH Who has remembered us will bless:  

He will bless the House of Israel,

He will bless the House of Aaron.

13  He will bless those who fear YHWH,

the small as well as the great.

14  May YHWH increase upon you,

upon you and upon your children!

15  You are blessed of YHWH,

Maker of heaven and earth.

16  As for the heavens, the heavens are YHWH’s,

but the earth, He has given to mankind.

17  Neither the dead can praise God,

nor any who descend into silence,

18  but we will bless God from this time and forever.

Halleluyah!

 

 

[Original Tune:  Beneath the Cross of Jesus/Revised Lyrics]

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Image from Guide to the Pilgrims Progress|Christians return to the Way

1.  Beneath that sacred mountain I virtually take my stand;

the shadow of a mighty Rock within a weary land;

a home within the wilderness, a rest upon the way,–

from the burning of the noontide heat, and the burden of the day.

 

2.  O safe and happy shelter, O refuge tried and sweet;

O trysting place where Heaven’s Love and Heaven’s Justice meet!

As Jacob in his wondrous dream had wrestled with the One,

A ladder full of angels going up and coming down.

 

3.  There lies beneath its shadow but on the further side;

The darkness of man’s ignorance that gapes both deep and wide;

But Light shines forth from Sinai’s peak,  a thunderous voice that speaks 

To multitudes of Israelites and Gentiles in their midst.

 

4.  Upon that sacred mountain,  my eye at times can see—

though centuries have passed and I was not and could not be —

among the generation that received His Covenant,

All that I need to do is read the Exodus account.

 

5.  I take Sinai, thy shadow for my abiding place;

I ask for nothing more than that I meet Him face to face,

I’ve journeyed for so long to know the One True God’s true Name,

YHWH is the God I worship, His the Name I claim!

 

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[Borrowed Music:  “Oh how He loves you and me”/Revised Lyrics]

 

 

1.  For all the joys of our days,

For untold blessings always,

This wine we drink symbolizes our joy,

Thank You, dear Father, bless one another,

There’s more than what we can say.

 

 

2.  Thank You for bread that we share, 

You’ve shown us how much You care,

Bless our Beloved, they’re gifts from Your Heart,

How can we love You, just as You love us,

Oh,  how God loves you and me!

 

[Name your Beloved:  parents, siblings, spouse, sons, daughters, extended family, grandchildren]

 

SABBATH MEAL

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HAVDALAH

[Borrowed Music:  “Lead me to Calvary”/Revised Lyrics]

 

1.  Lord of my life, please light my way all through the darkness be,

Lest I get lost, can’t find my way, over my life, please be!

Thou art my Shepherd, lead me to pastures of green to feed.

Call out my name that I may hear warnings that I should heed.

 

CHO:  Lest I forget Thy voice I heard,

lest I remember not Thy word,

Lest I forsake the True Path I’ve tread,

lead me back, LORD, to Thee.

 

2.  Teach me just like the Israelites, all that I need to be,

Show me just how to sacrifice, show me what pleases Thee.

Best of all that I own and have, unworthy though they be,

Best of my mind and soul and will, all are reserved for Thee.

 

CHO:  Lest I fall short of Thy command,

lest I let go of Thy precious Hand,

Light up my path, my eyes, my life,

lead me back, Lord, to Thee.

 

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SHABBAT SHALOM!

 

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A Sinaite’s Liturgy – 3rd Sabbath of March

 KINDLE THE SABBATH LIGHTS

 
Blessed are You, YHWH,  Creator God,
whose very first words recorded in Scripture were:
“let there be light”,
Whose LIGHT illuminated empty space before there ever was a created sun;
Who designed heavenly luminaries
for visual delight as well as  for guidance.

 

In Your theophanies as recorded in the Hebrew Scriptures, 
You manifested as “flames of fire from within a burning bush” 
as “a pillar of fire by night”
and as shekinah, a glory cloud by day
to guide your people in their journey toward the Land of Promise.
 
On erev Shabbat, we light our Sabbath candles
emulating the symbolic tradition of Your chosen people,
Your designated ‘light to the gentiles’
Your Covenant nation,
 receivers of  Your Torah which is
a lamp unto our feet, 
and a light unto our path.’
Torah observant Jews and Gentiles
will hopefully reflect Your Light and Your Way,
virtual ‘luminaries’ and lamps that brighten up the pathway leading to You,
in a world in dire need of Your True Light, Your Sinai Revelation!
We thank You, Giver of the Torah,
for Israel’s continuing existence  way into our times,
for redirecting our vision to finally see Your Light
in their Hebrew Scriptures,
for illuminating our minds so that by obedience to Your Torah,
 we might also become reflectors of Your Light,
just like Israel.
 

As gentiles drawn to You, Your Torah, and Your Sabbath day.
 we kindle these Sabbath lights,
seeking Your blessings upon all fellowships,
among families and friends.  
May the joy of knowing You
pervade the atmosphere of all meeting places
which are virtual Sabbath sanctuaries
for Sabbath keepers who unite in every part of Your world,
who dutifully obey Your 4th commandment,  
who consciously cease from their daily strivings,
in loving obedience to You, LORD of the Sabbath.
 
O YHWH,
Creator, Lord, and Master,
There is no God but You.

 

We don’t see you, 
we don’t hear your voice, 
we don’t feel your Presence,
but we acknowledge Your Existence,
for your CREATION is a magnificent testimony to an awesome Designer.

 

Had we never rediscovered Your Revelation on Sinai,
through which we see You, hear Your voice, feel Your Presence,
we would still be worshipping other gods of men’s creation,
feeling unnecessary guilt and helplessness in ‘original sin’,
relying on another proclaimed Savior’s perfect obedience to substitute for ours,
proclaiming a name other than Yours, O YHWH,
living by grace and not by Your Torah,
 
We thank You,
O YHWH,
 God of Avraham, Yitzhak, and Yaakov,
 God of Israel,  God of Sinaites,
for Your true Sabbath day,
which Israel was commanded to remember and observe,
which we have learned from your Torah
to remember and to observe.
 
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[Music from the Seventh Day Adventist Hymnody, Revised Lyrics]

Remember the Sabbath to keep it holy, honor the day,

Remember the LORD of the Sabbath wholly, this is His Day;

We’re blest to learn all the truths He has to say,

Keeping His Sabbath holy, and walk His Way.

 

The people in bondage He liberated — from the Pharaoh’s hand,

They labored and toiled everyday in slavery, while in Egypt’s land,

How long they waited to hear their God’s command,

‘Passover is your freedom to the Promised Land’.

 

With manna from heaven and water pouring — from out of the Rock,

such daily provisions through desert wandering, they had no lack,

They learned to cease and desist enough to rest,

from their daily strivings, they passed the test.

 

Creator of all that exist, we see You — in this world You made,

In six days You spoke “let there be” existence — all foundations laid,

And on the seventh, we still hear what You said,

“Keep the Sabbath holy” —  in Rest, You led.  

Keeping the Sabbath holy, in You we rest!

 

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PSALM 67

 

May YHWH favor us and bless us,

May He illuminate His countenance with us.  Selah.

To make known Your way on earth,

among all nations Your salvation. 

The peoples will acknowledge You, O YHWH;  

the peoples will acknowledge You — all of them.

Regimes will be glad and sing for joy,

because You will judge the people fairly

and guide them with fairness the regimes on earth. Selah.

The peoples will acknowledge You, O YHWH;

the peoples will acknowledge You– all of them.

The earth will then have yielded its produce; 

May YHWH, our God, bless us.

May YHWH bless us,

and may all the ends of the earth fear Him.

 

 
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For countless joys that have blessed the days of our lives—

family, friends, good fortune, and more,

even those disguised as trials and failures—
we raise our wine glasses filled with the fruit of the vine,
 a drink for health, a drink for joy, a drink to LIFE, L’CHAIM!

 

 For nourishment of body and refreshment of soul,
all these come from Your providential care;
as we partake of this bread we share,
we remember Your miracle manna and water from the Rock,
that nourished Your people for 40 years in the wilderness.
You are the Creator Who filled nature with so much variety of sustenance.
Blessed are You, Creator God, for blessing us with our daily bread.
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O YHWH, God of our families,

 we ask You to remember
 our loved ones;
grant them peace, mercy, and grace,
and continued protection
throughout their life on this earth.
May they live according to Your Torah so that their names will be added to your Book of Life:
Parents; Siblings
Spouse; Sons; Daughters; Grandchildren
Extended family: Children’s Spouses
Beloved friends.

 

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Sinaite’s Sabbath Table

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 HAVDALAH

 
Adonai Elohim YHWH,
LORD of the Sabbath,
How truly privileged we are to spend this day
basking in Your presumed Presence among us,
delighting in  the joy of knowing You,
and enjoying our fellowship with one another.
 
We have partaken of Your goodness, kindness, and benevolence
in granting us by your Divine Providence,
life, health, family, opportunity,
and specially Your blueprint for living,
Your Torah, our Tree of Life.
We have entered into Your sanctuary in time,
truly a fitting memorial to You,
the God of Creation, the Lord of the Sabbath.
As we bid farewell to Your Queen of days,
We look forward to next Friday’s sundown,
when we welcome on erev another cherished time with You.

May You grant us many more Sabbaths during our sojourning on earth!
And when we celebrate our final Sabbath on this earth, 
may we be granted rest from our earthly strivings,
having chosen You as our God,
having obeyed your command to live according to Your Torah;
May our names be written in Your Book of Life,
that we may reap the blessings from having heard and heeded
Your Words to choose life!”
Amen.
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Shabbat Shalom to all Sabbath Keepers all over YHWH’s world —

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based in Baguio City, Philippines,

 

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A Sinaite’s Musical Liturgy – 2nd Sabbath of March

[A ‘musical Sabbath’ — as we have often explained, our hymn background comes from our former Christian worship tradition; we have committed to memory music and lyrics.  However, our beliefs are no longer in sync with the lyrics so we have taken the liberty of revising them, but still adapting their music.  For those familiar with the original Christian lyrics, the rewrites might sound awkward, even forced, but it’s always a matter of getting used to something different, if not a variation of the familiar.   For the hymns that were compatible with Torah, we left the lyrics as originally written. If you don’t know the music, just recite the lyrics.–Admin1.

 

KINDLE THE SABBATH LIGHTS

 

 

Be Thou my Vision

 

[Original Lyrics]
1.  Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art;
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy Presence my Light.
 
2.  Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me Lord;
Thou my great Father and I Thy true child;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.
 
3.  Be Thou my battle shield, sword for the fight;
Be Thou my dignity, Thou my delight;
Thou my soul’s shelter, Thou my high tower,
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.
 
4. Riches I need not, nor man’s empty praise;
Thou mine inheritance, now and always;
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of heaven, my Treasure Thou art.
 
5.  High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.
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Give to our God Immortal Praise 

 

[Original lyrics/stanzas 1-2]

1.  Give to our God immortal praise
mercy and truth are all His ways,
wonders of grace to Him belong,
repeat His mercies with your song.
 
2.  Give to the Lord of lords renown,
the King of kings with glory crown
His mercies ever shall endure,
When lords and kings are known no more.
[Revised lyrics/stanzas 3-8]
3.  He separated the earth from the sky,
He fixed the starry lights on high;
 bird, beast and fish and all inhabitants on earth,
know their Creator from their birth.
 
4.  He fills the sun with life-nurturing light,
He bids the moon — “adorn the night,”
Visual wonders in the galaxies above,
Signs of our great Creator’s love.
 
5.  Israel freed from the  ‘bad’ Pharaoh’s hand,
walked through the sea and desert land,
Manna they ate, and drank their water from a rock,
Quail for their meat, they had no lack.
 
6.  Land He had promised to Patriarchs before,
Abraham,  Isaac, and one more,
Jacob whose ‘name’ was later changed to Isra-EL,
 ‘Name’ on his sons and 12 tribes fell.
 
7.  YAH saw the Gentiles oblivious to sin,
needing His Torah’s work within,
chose He a people who would lead them to The WAY,
TORAH for Gentiles, to this day.
 
8.  If all would hear, heed His True Words for LIFE,
Live His TORAH, the Tree of Life 
 Make known His NAME, and teach life-giving truths to all,
Then not one soul need ever fall.
 
 

 BLESSINGS

 

[ “In His Time” – Revised Lyrics]

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Bless this bread, bless this wine,

Bless our fellowship today

it’s Your Time,

Sabbath keepers all are we,
Torah life for all to see,
Oh how truly blessed to be,
In Your Time. 

Bless the men, bless the wives,

Bless our children,

they’re Your gifts to our lives,

Lord we bless You everyday,
Lord of Sabbath, that we may
be so full of joy today,
In Your Time.
How can we not meet this day,
It’s Your Time.
[Take time to name them:
 family members–  
parents,
husbands, wives,
sons, daughters,
in-laws,
grandchildren,
special people:
friends,
staff/co-workers,
others.]

 

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Preparation for  TORAH STUDY

[Original tune:  “Joyful, Joyful we adore thee” – revised lyrics]
1.  God has spoken by His Prophets,
spoken His unchanging Word,
Each from age to age proclaiming
 God is One, He’s Only One!
He’s the Alpha, He’s the Omega,
There is no other God but He,
He is present, past and future,
He alone is First and Last.
 
2.  First there’s Moses, then there’s Samuel,
and the major prophets three,
Jeremiah and Isaiah, Ezekiel
who all could ‘see’!
Minor prophets– no less important—
Amos, Hosea, Nahum and . . .
Micah, Jonah, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zacari-ah!
 
3.  Malachi and Obadiah,
Joel, Habakkuk, there’s more—
Others who were not included
in TNK’s great hall of fame.
What’s important is God’s message,
Who they were, God knows their names,
Praise Yahuwah for His prophets,
Those whose words we hear today. 
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HAVDALAH

 

Aaronic Blessing
The Lord bless you and keep you,
The Lord lift His countenance upon you,
And give you peace, and give you peace,
The Lord make His face to shine upon you,
And be gracious unto you, be gracious,
The Lord be gracious, gracious unto you.
Amen, amen, amen,
ah——–men, amen,
ah——–men, amen.

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A Sinaite’s Liturgy – 1st Sabbath of March 2020

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 [Sinaites embrace the prayer traditions of all nations and all peoples who believe that there is a Creator-God because His Presence and His Handiwork, they experience in the universe and in witnessing the ‘good’ in humanity.  We believe that YHWH, the One True God, knows who are the true seekers; many are on the way and those who continue in their quest will surely ‘arrive’ where?  What is the destination for seekers of the One True God?  We submit this for consideration of our readers, for this has been the end of our journey:

 

  • The place of His Revelation? Sinai;
  • His Revelation: the TORAH.

Multitudes who have not heard of nor read the Torah of YHWH nevertheless live the Torah . . . how so?  Because according to Deuteronomy and Jeremiah, YHWH will write His Law in the mind and heart of each individual born into life.

 

While multitudes are still on their journey, YHWH is as He declares:

  • merciful
  • and gracious,
  • righteous
  • and just;
  • He sees the heart of each true seeker,
  • and waits patiently as they tread the path of scriptural education
  • that leads to knowledge of Him
  • and His Way of Life.

 

On this first Sabbath of March, we feature in a Sinaite’s liturgy the prayers from AMEN: Prayers and Blessings from around the World, compiled by Suzanne Slesin and Emily Gwathmey.—Admin1.]

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 KINDLE THE SABBATH LIGHTS

 

 

[Sinaite’s Prayer,

based on Jewish Prayer Tradition]

 

 

Blessed are You,
YHWH
our God,
King of the Universe,  
Who commanded us to set aside a day of rest from our workweek,
just as You did when you cease from creating;
and in the beautiful tradition of Your chosen people,
we kindle the sabbath lights
as we welcome Your Queen of days.
 
[Native American ] 
 
Weave for us a garment of brightness;
May the warp be the white light of morning,
May the weft be the red light of evening, 
May the fringes be the falling rain,
May the border be the standing rainbow.  
Thus weave for us a garment of brightness,
That we may walk fittingly where birds sing,
That we may walk fittingly where grass is green, 
O our mother the earth, O our father the sky.
 
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[TNK/Hebrew Scriptures] 
 
 ISAIAH  11:6-9  

 

The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the kid,
and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together,
and a little child shall lead them.
The cow and the bear shall feed;
Their young ones shall lie down together;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
The sucking child shall play over the hole of the asp,
and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den,
They shall not hurt or destroy in all My Holy Mountain;
for the earth shall be full
of the knowledge of the
LORD
[YHWH]
as the water covers the sea. 

 

 

 

BLESSINGS

 

 

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[Sinaite’s Thanksgiving Prayer]

 

For untold joys and blessings that fill the days of our lives,
from spring, summer, autumn, to the winter of our years,
we thank our CREATOR
Who shared His Breath of Life equally with all living creatures,
but singled out humanity to be ‘made in His Image’,
a privilege and a responsibility we hold dearly
till the end of our days.
We seek His blessings upon our fellowship
and the emblems that represent His daily provisions:
this wine we drink, this bread we share,
as we welcome the Queen of days,
our first Sabbath for this month.
Best of all, we embrace and celebrate,
praise and glorify, honor and love,
the Creator, the Lord of the Sabbath, 
the Revelator on Sinai Who proclaimed that
YHWH is His Name!
 
[Christian] 
Our Father Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name!
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and leave us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil,
for Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory,
forever and ever, 
Amen.
 
 

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BLESSINGS UPON

THE FAMILY OF HUMANKIND

[Rabbi Elyse Goldstein]

 

 

Blessed are You,
our God and the God of our ancestors,
Who has enabled us to further the generations
with courage, and blessed us with new life.
Blessed are You, the God of Life, 
Who has given [us] strength in our difficult hour
and blessed [us] with the joy of taking part in the act of creation.
Blessed are You, our God and the God of our mothers and fathers,
for the miracle of birth and the joy of parenthood,
for the beauty and love and the harmony of the life cycle.
Blessed are You, the God of Life,
Who protects your creatures and gives them wondrous cycles of rebirth. 

 

 

 

[Chief Seattle of the Dwamish Tribe
 
[For] This we know, all things are connected,
like the blood which unites one family,
All things are connected.  
Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth.
Man did not weave the web of life;
He is merely a strand in it.
Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.
 

 

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HAVDALAH

 
[Lao Tse]
The highest good is like water.
Water gives life to the
 ten thousand things
and does not strive.
It flows in places men reject 
and so is like the Tao.
In dwelling, be close to the land.
In meditation, go deep in the heart.
In dealing with others, be gentle and kind.
In speech, be true.
In ruling, be just.
In business, be competent.
In action, watch the timing.
No fight: no blame.
 
 
[The Koran]   
Remember thy LORD
within thyself,
humbly and with awe,
below thy breath,
at morn and evening.  
and in the nighttime,
also hymn His praise
at the setting of the stars. 
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Shabbat Shalom,

in behalf of SINAI6000 Core Community

based in Baguio City, Philippines —- 

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