Leader: The Sabbath is for us a day of rest, a day which has been set apart and made holy to Yahweh God. It is an appointed time for us to meet with Him, to commune with Him and enter into His rest. (Genesis 2:1-3)
"And the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever, for in six days Yahweh made heaven and earth and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed." Exodus 31:16-17
We celebrate this Shabbat in honour of Your holy covenant with us as Your people, a day of rejoicing, a foretaste of the blessing of the world to come when Messiah shall be King over all the earth and His glory shall cover the earth as the waters cover the sea, and all flesh shall come and worship in Your holy Sabbath. (Isaiah 58:13-14; Hebrews 4: 9-10)
LIGHTING OF THE SABBATH CANDLESEdit
We light these Sabbath candles to remember that as God commanded the light to shine out of the darkness, He has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of His glory in the face of Y'shua the Messiah and has called us to shine as lights in this world. These two Sabbath lights represent our calling as Jew and Gentile, Judah and Ephraim, vessels of His glory, to be His two witnesses in the earth.
We thank You for the blessings of Your rest and Your peace this day. We ask that you would be with us throughout the remainder of this day and pour out Your spirit upon us as we continue to partake of this Sabbath. Fill our hearts and minds with Your shalom, Your peace that surpasses all understanding. May we glorify You and to be a witness to the reality of Messiah in us, in the name of Y'shua Ha Mashiach, Amen.
Traditional Prayer: Blessed are You Yahweh, the God of Israel, King of the universe who has set us apart by Your commandments and has enjoined upon us the kindling of the Sabbath lights.
- Hebrew: Baruch atah Yahweh Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kid-shanu b’mitzvotav, v’tzinvanu 1'hadlik neyr shel Shabbat)
Leader: Blessed are You Yahweh, we honour and praise Your holy Name and thank You for the gift of Shabbat, we exalt You as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, You are the beginning and the End, the First and the Last, beside You there is no other. Blessed be Yahweh, the God of Israel, from this time forth and forever more!
- Greet one another and extend the blessings of the Sabbath - " Shabbat Shalom"
Isaiah 56: 1-8; Isaiah 58:13-14 Other Suggested Readings: Psalm 92, 95 96, 98, 99
WORSHIP IN SONGEdit
RECITATION OF THE SHEMAEdit
- Read Deuteronomy 6:4-9
BLESSING OF THE BREADEdit
- - a type of the Bread of Life – His Word
Leader: We partake of the bread and the wine in remembrance of the covenant which our Great High Priest after the order of Melchizedek established first with Abraham, and then to Israel and later confirmed with His disciples at the Last Supper before His offering of Himself, to be kept as a memorial for us until His return.
Y'shua said that He was the Living Bread that came down to give life to the world. He said - He who eats My flesh shall never hunger and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. John 6:35, 39
Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink His blood you have no life in you, For my flesh is food indeed and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood, abides in Me and I in him. John 6:54-56
- (Leader uncovers bread and lifts the loaves to give thanks)
Prayer: Blessed are You Yahweh for the Word which has gone forth out of Your mouth to live in our hearts and bring forth the fruit of peace and joy in our lives (Isaiah 55:10-12) Sanctify us Your Body as the Bread of Your Presence.
Traditional Prayer: Blessed and praised are You, Yahweh our Eternal, King of the Universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.
- Hebrew: Baruch atah Yahweh, Eloheinu Melech ha'olam, hamotzi lechem min ha-aretz
BLESSING OF THE WINEEdit
- - a type of the Blessings of the covenant -- His Spirit
"For the vineyard of the Lord of Hosts is the House of Israel" (Isaiah 5:7a) Y'shua said, "I am the Vine and you are the branches, he who abides in Me and I in Him, bears much fruit" (John 15:5, 8)
- (Leader lifts cup to give thanks)
Prayer: Blessed are You Yahweh for sending Your Son Y'shua to pour out His life for us, and imparting His Spirit into our lives for us to have an inheritance in the age to come. Keep us in the unity of the Spirit and in the bond of peace in Y'shua's Name. Amein
Traditional Prayer: Blessed and praised are You, Yahweh our Eternal, Ruler of the Universe, creator of the fruit of the vine.
- Hebrew: Baruch Atah Yahweh, Eloheinu Melech ha'olam, boray pri hagafen.
Time for fellowship, sharing and edifying one another.
"When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise Yahweh your God for the good land He has given you" (Deuteronomy 8:10)
Father we do thank You for Your provision of our needs and for the blessing of this covenant meal and the time of fellowship in Your Presence and with one another. Amein
Abba Father, I thank You for the blessings You have given us this day in the name of Y'shua, Ha Mashiach, who came and died for our salvation, was raised from the dead and will return again to receive all who call upon His Name in spirit and in truth. Amein.
Worthy are You, Yahweh our God to receive honour and glory and praise for You have created all things and according to Your will and for Your pleasure they exist and were created.
We give thanks and praise to Your holy Name. Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory for ever and ever, Amein.
- Numbers 6:25; Jude 24-25
The communal meal for Shabbat is a covenant meal partaken in covenant relationship with Y'shua and with the members of His Body. For this reason we are instructed to observe it in holiness and love for the brethren. 1 Corinthians 11:17-22, 33-34 As instructed, the meal should be commenced by the participants waiting for it's initiation by the leader.
The meal itself should have been prepared the day before so that it does not require any further labour to serve it.