Shabbat Worship Services: Saturday at 11:00 am 

Luncheon following the Service (bring a covered dish to share)

Jew and Gentile - One in Messiah!

3610 N. Chapel Road

On the Corner of Hwy. 96

Franklin, TN 37067

 

Exactly 3 miles east of I-65 Exit 65.

Are you new to Messianic Judaism?  

Do you want to know what happens at our synagogue?

 

 

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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 people.

The Light of the World — John 8: 12

The Living Water — John 7: 37- 38

The Bread of Life — John 6:35

 

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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

Sh’ma Yisrael,

Adonai Elohenu, Adonai Echad!

Baruch shem k’vod malchuto l’olam va-ed!

 

Hear, O Israel:

The Lord our God, the Lord is One!

Praised be His Name,

Whose glorious kingdom is

forever and forever!

 

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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 of Israel.   Click for a sample of their music. RealAudio  MP3

On occasion, we also have Davidic Praise Dance that incorporates Israeli folk dance and praise and worship.  

Saturday 11:00 am

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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: Torah Portions.

                

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 God.   

Join us for Oneg Shabbat Fellowship Meal and Kiddush Luncheon after our service!

Bring a snack or covered dish.

Other Activities!

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Shabbat School for Preschoolers  "Tot Shabbat"

 

Youth Group "Young Lions of Judah"

 

Questions You Might Have When You Visit

Congregation Yeshuat Yisrael

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.

Yeshuat Yisrael

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 Messiah)!

 

Is 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.

 

Why do 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”).

 

Why do 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. 

 

Is Yeshuat Yisrael associated with any larger denomination of churches or synagogues?

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.

 

 

What 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.

 Why do 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.

 

Why do 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.

 

Why do 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!

 Why do 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.

 

What is 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).

 

Why do 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.

 Why do 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. 

 

Why do 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 thanks.

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 Priest.

  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.

 

What is 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.

 

 

Congregational Leader: Kenneth Gibbs,

Wife Melissa, and Ilana 

 

Music Ministers: Bruce and Lynne Patterson

 

 

Shalom Y'all! Come Back now, ya' hear!

 

 
Yeshuat Yisrael - The Salvation of Israel