Sunday, June 12, 2011

Shavuot (Feast of Weeks / Pentecost) 2011

Today was another special day on Yah's calendar; it was Shavuot (Feast of Weeks also the same day as Pentecost). We had a wonderful time resting, reading in the Word, praying, worshipping and celebrating this day with others! We had almost 20 people here and it was a lovely time spent in Yah's presence.

I thought I'd share some of the things I put together in the little booklet I put together for each family.
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Shavuot is a time to remember and reflect upon the

THE PROVISION, THE POWER, THE PROMISES AND THE MIGHTY PRESENCE of Yah* (God) Most High.

All of the seven feasts that are outlined by God in Leviticus 23 were given BY HIM, for HIS PEOPLE whether they were native-born or grafted in (Numbers 15:15). He says that these are HIS APPOINTED TIMES! (Leviticus 23:1)

We therefore take great delight in trying our best to set apart these times of Yah’s and remember that His ways are perfect, His promises are true, His Presence is mighty and His provision is great!

We’ll read together through some of the passages that speak of Shavuot and that foretell the promise of the outpouring of Yah’s Holy Spirit upon all believers.

* We’ve used the name of God ‘Yah’ in lieu of LORD which is more of a title than His name. We’ll also use the name Yeshua instead of Jesus in these readings.

(Then I had printed the name of a person and the entire passage of Scripture that they would read aloud. I'll just write here - so I don't forget- the name of the person with the passage they read)

Lusi: Lev 23:15-18
Brett: Lev 23: 19-22
Lori: Acts 1:1-5
Heiko: Acts 1:6-11
Stass: Acts 2:1-4
Jas: Acts 2:5-13
Stass: Acts 2:14-16
Ben: Acts 2:17-18
Naomi: Acts 2:19-21
Helen, Glenn and Jacob: Acts 2:22-33
Karen: Acts 2:37-39
John: Acts 2:40-41
Katie: Ezekiel 36:26-27
Michael: Ezekiel 36:28-29

(Then in the booklet there was this word search but bigger in size):


(Then this colouring in page about Ruth which was smaller in size in the booklet!
Just above this was written:)


(Then there were a couple of pages about various symbolism in this feast including:

* THE TWO LOAVES OF LEAVEN BREAD
symbolising both the grafted-in and the native born believer,

* 50 DAYS
 being the countdown from First Fruits to Shavuot and of course the countdown being the same 50 days from when Yeshua (Jesus) rose as the ultimate First Fruit to when the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out on the believers in Acts 2,  

* THE WORD
: Yah giving his spoken word to Adam which was disobeyed, giving his written word to Moses which was again disobeyed and the 'last Adam' (Yeshua/Jesus) coming as the Living Word and giving us the Holy Spirit so we could obey the Word of God

(then in the booklet was a place for people to write down what they were thankful for at the moment:)

Shavuot is a feast of remembrance and

thanksgiving.

What are some things you are really thankful to Yah for in your life right now?
(People shared aloud some of these things).
The last two pages had the lyrics of the worship songs we sang together.
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Here are some photos from our day:

We asked everyone to bring a mild curry to share. We (mum and dad, Brett and I) prepared the rice, condiments, nibblies and flat breads). Here is some of the spread for our delicious lunch!



After beginning our time in prayer, everyone began digging in for something yummy...



Chatting together...


The two symbolic loaves of bread...



Brett reading aloud to us an abridged version of the story of Ruth...


Colouring in while people were reading...


Stass reading aloud...


Heiko imitating the fire of the Holy Spirit!


Friends around our table...




We were blessed to have my parents here for another feast this year (their first time for Shavuot!)


After our readings and time of sharing, we played a Shavuot trivia game! I made up all the questions based on the readings. Everyone was paired up to form a team and each team was asked a question to win a point on the board! All the teams drew even!


We finished off with some worship together (Heiko and Lori brought their violin and guitar which was so lovely!) I played piano and ukelele...



The rest of the afternoon was spent chatting over a cuppa...


and playing the board game 'Exiled' which a lovely guy at our video store kindly gave our family recently. It's a tricky game and we didn't play it all the way through but gave our friends a chance to get get a feel for it!


That's the wrap-up for our Shavuot celebration this year.
A special time of joyful remeberance.
More to come another time,
Love,


 



Ruth said, “Please let me glean and gather from among the sheaves behind the harvesters”. Ruth 2:7

5 comments:

Enid said...

VEry Nice Lusi....SO glad y'all got together!

Moira said...

Sounds like a wonderful time!!!
So happy you have fellowship!
Shavua tov,
Shalom,Moira

Sarah Slaven said...

Hey Lusi Glenn and I were talking about being more involved in the feasts this year do you have any chart or calendar like info to help?

lusi said...

Hi Sarah (and Glenn!) That's great :) The feasts have been a really special part of our deepening relationship with God as individuals and as a family. Hmmm calendar or chart - I'll have to get back to you on that one. But some websites you could check out...Oh actually this one did come to mind: http://endtimepilgrim.org/7feasts.htm it's pretty mathematical towards the 5th/6th minutes of the video which I don't necessarily agree with but he does talk about the feasts in the early part quite well.

Hebraic Roots of Christianity Global Network has a fair bit of info to read under the tab 'Sabbath and the Festivals' which you can find: http://hebroots.com/index.htm

El Shaddai ministries have some online resources to listen to and print off on the feasts which we found helpful when we were first learning about them: http://www.elshaddaiministries.us/storefront/dvd.html

Jim Staley has some podcasts on Passover and things over at: http://jim-staley.podomatic.com/

We were really helped along too by the book: http://www.amazon.com/Family-Guide-Biblical-Holidays/dp/0970181604/ref=pd_sim_b_1 in the early days.

Leviticus 23 is probably the best starting point in the Scriptures.

Let us know if we can help out or you want to chat more about them.

love to you all,
lus x

Mommy Set Free said...

Lusi,
It looks like you had a wonderful time in Him! I just LOVE LOVE LOVE that your parents are with you thorugh so much of this. It is SO beautiful to see generations together for Yah. I wish it were more pevenlant for all in Yah! It is so much sweeter that way! May it be so!!

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