|On Yom Kippur, we dress ourselves, the bema, the ark, and the Torah in white.|
Have you ever thought of complaining as a sin? It is a sneaky sin for sure. It's easy to fall into a pattern of negativity, especially when you watch the news. I am guilty of being discouraged and complaining about the government. Complaining does no good. Because we are a part of a representative government, we have a responsibility to take an active part in the running of our governments (local, state and national). So, I have asked G-d's forgiveness, and renewed my commitment to pray and take action in the process of our government.
At Yom Kippur, I'm also reminded of the grace of G-d in providing a payment for sin. Yeshua's blood took the place of animal sacrifices. I express my gratitude, not only for that blood, but for the power of ADONAI living inside me. He is the Living Word written on my heart, and I just have to praise Him.
I wanted to share a couple of new things in our service this year. First, a member of our congregation made a replica of the priest's breastplate, and Rabbi Jem wore it during the service:
|My wonderful husband|
We also added circle dancing to the service which may seem strange since Yom Kippur is a solemn time of reflection and confession of sin. We are humbled as we recognize more sin in our lives. But then as we acknowledge G-d's grace in forgiveness, we thank Him for providing the payment for our sins. We have overflowing joy, and we have to praise Him for his provision in Yeshua the Messiah. So, this year, we added a circle dance to our service. Everyone joined in, at least at the beginning. It was a long song, so some gave out, including me.
Here are a few pictures of the service, our dancing, and then a video of the song we danced to. Enjoy!
|The blowing of the shofar|
|Henei Ma Tov - How beautiful to dwell in unity|
|Our children love to dance|
Here is the song we danced to. Mashiach ben David by Lenny and Varda Harris. Yes, He is the reason that we sing (and dance).
You can learn more about Yom Kippur by clicking on the subject in the index on the left side of this blog.
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