Shabbat Worship Services:
Saturday at 11:00 am
following the Service (bring a covered dish to share)
and Gentile - One in Messiah!
N. Chapel Road
the Corner of Hwy. 96
3 miles east of I-65 Exit 65.
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|We currently meet on Saturday morning at 11:00 am.
Our Shabbat service is for everyone. We believe
that the ONE TRUE GOD IS FOR BOTH JEWS AND GENTILES. We teach sound Biblical
principles with an original style! Jesus (Yeshua) would feel right
at home in our synagogue and you should too. We are Jews and
Gentiles celebrating Messiah!
On Friday evening we
begin our services with the special Sabbath blessings. These
blessings of the candles, bread, and wine. We see these elements
as symbols. Yeshua used these symbols to describe himself. These
are customs that link the Messiah to the thread of tradition our Jewish
Light of the World — John 8: 12
Living Water — John 7: 37- 38
Bread of Life — John 6:35
Next, we open the ARK, the Torah Cabinet and we recite the Shema (pronounced Sha-ma) is chanted. It is
based on Deuteronomy 6:4
Elohenu, Adonai Echad!
shem k’vod malchuto l’olam va-ed!
Lord our God, the Lord is One!
be His Name,
glorious kingdom is
||Our Worship Leaders, Lynne and Bruce
Patterson lead us in a contemporary style that is rooted in the richness
of our Hebraic heritage through Messianic Praise and Worship Music.
Their music is an ancient tapestry of scripture with a contemporary
sound. Bruce and Lynne's music inspire you to a deeper understanding and
appreciation for God's infallible Word, and the celebration of the God
Click for a sample of their music. RealAudio
On occasion, we also have Davidic Praise Dance that
incorporates Israeli folk dance and praise and worship.
Saturday 11:00 am
|We read from the Torah scroll. The
Torah is a Hebrew copy of the first five books of the Bible.
We only read a few verses in Hebrew. We do not use too much
Hebrew, because we want everyone to understand the scriptures. We
are on a weekly schedule to read and teach on a few chapters. See:
|Our Congregational Leader, Ken Gibbs, teaches
a expository message that is based on the teachings of the
Bible. A clear understanding of the Scriptures focused on context
not just concept. The essential truths of the Word of God will
motivate us to live our life according to the righteous of
Join us for Oneg Shabbat Fellowship Meal and Kiddush Luncheon after our service!
Bring a snack or covered dish.
School for Preschoolers "Tot
Group "Young Lions of Judah"
We're glad you came to worship with us! Please feel free to
seek answers to other questions you may have. We would also be happy to show you
from the Bible why we believe Yeshua is the Messiah, and why faith in Him is the
only way to have your sins forgiven. Our purpose is not to get you to join some
organization. Rather, our heart is to help you to be a worshiper of God! You are
welcome to visit with us anytime regardless if you are Jewish or not, or
regardless if you are a believer in the Messiah or not.
Means Salvation of Israel
Welcome to Yeshuat Yisrael! We're glad you have come, and
want you to feel welcomed in our service. Realizing that some of our visitors
may be unfamiliar with the Jewish traditions of worship, we've put together this
small pamphlet to answer what seem to be the most often asked questions. We hope
it helps you understand more fully why we do what we do.
There will doubtlessly be other questions you may have—please feel free to
ask us the meaning behind the various traditions we observe in our service. We
hope that the Holy Spirit encourages you today as you worship with us, and that
the glory of God will shine forth in the face of Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the
Yeshuat Yisrael a synagogue or a church?
The term “synagogue” is a Greek word used in the
Apostolic scriptures (called the New Testament) in James 2:2 (although
most modern translations substitute other terms, such as “assembly” or
“meeting”) and simply means a “gathering” or “congregation”. The
word ekklesia (usually translated "church") was used by the
early Messianic Jews to designate their meetings as part of the congregation of
Israel. So referring to our congregation as a synagogue takes us back to our
very roots. Ultimately, we recognize that Yeshua’s kehelah (congregation)
consists of people, not buildings, and so as a congregation we constitute one
visible manifestation of Yeshua’s body. We are both a synagogue and a church
all in one.
we call Jesus “Yeshua”?
Yeshua is Hebrew and the given name of our Messiah. Since
we are worshiping in a Hebrew context, it only makes sense to use the Hebrew
name of our Messiah. The Hebrew word for Messiah is Mashiach, so we often
refer to Jesus Christ (“Christ” is a Greek word which means “anointed
one” or “messiah”) as Yeshua HaMashiach (“Jesus the Messiah” or
“Jesus the Christ”).
we use the name “Adonai” rather than pronouncing the sacred Name?
Some pseudo-Messianic groups insist on using the personal
name of God. The 4-letter name of God hwhy, YHVH, sometimes written
Jehovah or Yahweh, was not pronounced by the ancient Israelites. Only the High
Priest knew its pronunciation, and this was passed down throughout the
generations of the High Priest. Unfortunately, the correct pronunciation is now
lost, and no one knows for certain how the Name should be pronounced.
Furthermore, it is tradition that the name “Adonai” (Lord) be substituted
wherever the 4-letter name occurs. Since we do not know how to pronounce the
4-letter name of God anyway, we have felt comfortable continuing the tradition
of substituting “Adonai”. In doing so, we recognize that there is nothing
magical about the pronunciation of the Name (this would be idolatry!) and that
being able to see the different names of God in various contexts of the
Scriptures is important and valuable for a deeper understanding and appreciation
of the Bible.
Do we believe in the Old Testament or the New Testament?
We believe Old Testament Scriptures are profitable for our
growth in Yeshua, and that the New Testament Scriptures written by Jewish
Apostles do not contradict the Scriptures written by Moses and the Prophets.
Therefore, we often use the terms
Yeshua employed: “The Torah, Prophets and Psalms” (or
“Writings”) or the “Hebrew Scriptures” to denote what is usually called
the “Old Testament”. The traditional abbreviation for “Torah, Prophets,
and Writings” is Tanakh, taking the first letter from each of the
Hebrew terms Torah (Law), Nevi'im (Prophets), and Ketuv'im (Writings).
We use the term “Tanakh” to denote what is usually
called the “Old Testament”. And the Brit Chadasha or New Covenant to denote
the “New Testament” We do not teach that we are obligated to keep the Law of
Moses, but the Law of Messiah and the New Covenant teachings of the Jewish
Apostles. We are free to observe
those laws that do not violate the new covenant scriptures.
Yeshuat Yisrael associated with any larger denomination of churches or
Yeshuat Yisrael does not have any official connection to a
church or denomination. We are an independent
Messianic Synagogue. We are connected to other believers but have not been
planted by any organization, church or mission group.
While we are a community committed to each other, we desire
of fellowship with other believers.
about Judaizing? At
Yeshuat Yisrael, are Jews more important than non-Jews?
No! Absolutely not, and we hope that we never give this
impression. All who have come to faith in Yeshua have been grafted in (the
natural branches have been re-grafted, the wild branches have been grafted, Rom
11:11-24) and together may call Abraham their father (Rom 4:11). While the physical distinction is
maintained (there are both Jews and non-Jews in the body of Yeshua), as far as
being saved or serving Yeshua is concerned, “there is neither Jew nor Greek,
there is neither slave nor free man, there neither male nor female; for you are
all one in Messiah Yeshua” Gal 3:28. We
are not trying to make Gentiles into Jews or Jews into Gentiles. We
celebrate the Jewish Heritage of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah.
some people wear prayer shawls?
The prayer shawl (tallit), with the fringes (tzitzit),
is traditionally worn at all daily services, and reminds the worshiper that he
or she is approaching the Most High God, Who is Himself wrapped in a cloud of
glory (Psa 104:1,2).
Also recall that Aaron and the High Priests wore a turban.
Any adult may wear a tallit at Yeshuat Yisrael. Children who have
not gone through a Bat or Bar Mitzvah or who are below the age of 13
traditionally do not wear a tallit.
The fringes are called tzitzit, the fringes God
commanded to be worn (Num 15:37-41) as a constant reminder of the gracious Torah
that He has given to us. Though the Scriptures do not give any detail as to how
fringes would remind us of the Torah, our Sages have developed a scheme of knots
in the fringes, which represent the phrase “the Lord is our God, the Lord is
one” (Deut 6:4), the very thing Yeshua taught was the foremost commandment.
we use a prayer book?
The prayer book, or siddur (Hebrew meaning
“order”) contains many of the traditional prayers and blessings that the
Jewish community has used for thousands of years. These prayers and blessings
hold a special place in the hearts of Jewish people.
Our siddur has been modified to include New Testament readings.
The order of our services is similar, but not exactly like a traditional
synagogue service or a church service.
we meet on Friday Evening or Saturday Morning?
The Sabbath begins Friday evening at sunset and ends
Sabbath at sunset. The Bible teaches that first there was evening and then there
was morning, therefore the Jewish day begins at sunset.
Traditionally, a special Friday evening service marks the beginning of
Sabbath (called “erev Shabbat”)
The Seventh Day, or Sabbath, is the day of meeting
prescribed by God's eternal Torah. We believe that God gave to us the Sabbath as
a continuing sign of His covenant promises (Gen 2:1-2; Exodus 20:8-11; 31:12-17;
35:1-3) and His love for us. As we keep the Sabbath, we remember that it is a
reminder of the spiritual rest we have through Yeshua's work on our behalf, and
a foreshadowing of the eternal rest we will enjoy in the world to come.
Yeshua said that the Sabbath was made for mankind so enjoy!
men wear skullcaps?
These skullcaps, or Kippot (Kippah, singular—the
Yiddish term is Yarmulkah) are a traditional mark of Judaism for males.
Whether Jew or non-Jew, a kippah is required attire at all holy sites in
Jerusalem (such as the Western Wall). At Yeshuat Yisrael, the kippah is
optional, but any male who wishes to wear one may. We wear them because we wish
to maintain our connection with our Jewish brothers and sisters and to be
identified with our Jewish people. Kippot are available at the back of
the meeting room. Some may question whether this contradicts the teaching of
Paul in 1 Corinthians 11. If this passage is studied closely, however, it can be
seen that Paul is concerned with how one wears his or her hair. Paul’s point
in this passage is simply that he wants women and men to be distinguished, and
not to wear their hair in a manner that would culturally convey some unwholesome
aspect. In some Jewish communities it is traditional for women to cover their
head with a scarf while lighting the Sabbath candles.
At Yeshuat Yisrael we remind ourselves that Yeshua is the light of the
world, and that we also have an obligation as His disciples to be the light to
the nations of the salvation freely given through Him.
the cabinet in the center of the stage?
The Ark is an acronym for Aaron HaKodesh and is a cabinet
for the Torah scroll.
This cabinet is referred to as the “ark”, and
represents the Ark of the Covenant that resided in the Most Holy Place of the
Tabernacle and Temple. As we look at the ark at Yeshuat Yisrael, we are reminded
that it was upon the Ark that the blood was sprinkled, and was therefore the
place where atonement was made. Yeshua (Jesus) the Living Torah is our atonement
—our propitiation (the place where God and the sinner are friends).
we stand when the Ark is opened?
The Torah holds a very central place in the mind and life
of a Torah community because it was the first canon of Scripture given to God's
people. The Torah represents the initial revelation that God gave to man, and
stands as the foundation for all the subsequent revelation.
Furthermore, the Torah teaches us about Yeshua (Luke
24:27). When we stand at the opening of the Ark, we do so as an outward
indication that we are ready to pay attention to what the Torah says and submit
to its teachings.
we touch the Torah scroll with the prayer shawl or prayer book as it is taken
from the Ark to the Reading Stand?
When we touch the Torah scroll as it is taken from the Ark
to the reading stand (called the Bimah), we are giving a simple gesture
of express in beautiful words our worship to the Holy One of Israel. At Yeshuat
Yisrael we recognize that the siddur is something we can utilize as we
see fit, and therefore we do not feel under compulsion to use it in its entirety
at every service. We hope to have a good balance between liturgy and the
spontaneous moving of the Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit). If you
stand before the Flag of the United States of America to say the Pledge of Allegiance,
how much more should we stand to honor the Word of God.
we use Hebrew?
The heart of Jewish life is bound up with the language of
the Torah (the first five books of the Bible). In a real sense, a great deal of
the culture, perspective, and traditions are so tied to the Hebrew language that
without Hebrew they simply are not the same. At Yeshuat Yisrael we intend to
retain some Hebrew in our service, but we also translate everything into English
so that no one is left out. Most of
the service, including the main message is in English.
What is the little metal
case attached to the doorpost of the synagogue?
The Torah (God’s word or teaching) commands us to write
the Torah of God upon our doorposts and on our gates. The little case attached
to the doorpost of our meeting room, and on doorposts of Torah observant homes,
is called a mezuzah (Hebrew meaning “doorpost”) and contains Deut
6:4-9; 11:13-21 inside of it. It is traditional to touch the mezuzah upon
entering or leaving the room. This is a reminder that the Torah, written upon
the doorpost (and therefore set forth as the standard by which our lives in the
house will be governed) is also to go with us as we “walk by the way."
What is the light fixture hanging at the front of the cabinet?
This light is called a ner tamid (eternal light) and
is symbolic of appreciation for the great gift God has so graciously given to
us, even the gift of the Scriptures. We recognize that if God had not given us
His truth, we could have never known Him as He really is, and we would be lost
and without hope. Furthermore, the written Scriptures are a type of Yeshua, for
God gave us the Bible in common words, and the Eternal Word took on common flesh
that He might also be revealed to us. Therefore, as we contemplate the Scroll,
we remember that “the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us” and we give
The Torah scroll is also "dress" to resemble the
High Priest with garment of blue, breastplate, crown, pomegranates and bells. We
should be reminded that the Living Word Yeshua is, in fact, our great High
How do we know what part of the Torah to read each week?
The Torah (first five books of the Bible) has been divided
into sections for reading each Sabbath. Most synagogues around the world are
reading the Torah on a yearly cycle.
At Yeshuat Yisrael we alternate the Torah reading every
other year. This allows for
teaching in the New Testament and the Prophets. The reading schedule is printed
in our siddur and is available on our website.
Why are people called up from the congregation to read the Torah?
It is a privilege to be called to the Torah to read from
the weekly portion. A young boy or girl at their Bar or Bat Mitzvah (a term
which means “son or daughter of the Torah”) have their first opportunity to
be called to the Torah to participate in reading the scriptures before the
congregation. A bridegroom is traditionally called to the Torah the Shabbat
(Saturday) before His wedding. Since being called to the Torah is coming “up
front”, it is traditionally called an aliya, a going up.
the box at the back of the meeting room?
The small box at the back of the meeting room is for
collecting offerings. The money put into this box is counted, recorded and
deposited, and tax-deductible receipts are available to any who so desire. The
money collected is used for the on-going expenses at Yeshuat Yisrael including helping those in need.
For more information read our
statement of faith.
Leader: Kenneth Gibbs,
Melissa, and Ilana
Ministers: Bruce and Lynne Patterson
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