SHAVUOT / PENTECOST SIDDUR / SERVICE for the HOME

All Family and Friends Take Part
The Hostess Bakes Two Large Loaves of Leavened Bread

SHAVUOT SERVICE for the Home

NOTE: Each number in parenthesis represent a reader.  (1) is the leader.  Paragraphs in bold are for everyone.

NOTE Also:  All the hymns for this service are on EloHymns CD Vol II.  There are streamloads to these hymns below, but we would appreciate your purchase of the CD.  Thank you.

(1) The breath of all that lives praises you, Sovereign Yahweh Elohim.  The spirit of all flesh exalts you, our King, forever and ever. Beyond space and time, You are Elohim.  Without You we have no one to rescue and redeem us, to save us and sustain us, to show us mercy in disaster and distress. Master of all ages, Elohim of all creatures, endlessly extolled, You guide the world with kindness, its creatures with compassion. Yahweh neither slumbers nor sleeps. You stir the sleeping and arouse the dormant. You give voice to the speechless, free the fettered, support the falling, and raise those who are bowed down. To you alone we give thanks.

(2) Could song fill our mouths as water fills the sea and could joy flood our tongues like countless waves, could our lips utter praise as limitless as the sky and could our eyes match the splendor of the sun, could we soar with arms like eagles' wings and our feet speed swiftly as the deer, never could we fully state our gratitude for one ten-thousandth of the lasting love which is Your precious blessing, dearest Elohim, Granted to our ancestors and us.

(3) From Egypt You redeemed us; from the house of bondage You delivered us. In famine You nourished us; in prosperity You sustained us. You rescued us from the sword, protected us from pestilence, and saved us from dread and lingering disease. To this day Your compassion has helped us; Your kindness has not forsaken us. Never abandon us, Father Yahweh our Elohim!

(4) Therefore, the limbs which You formed for us, the spirit and soul which You breathed into us, the tongue which You set in our mouth, must thank, praise, extol, exalt, and sing to Your righteousness and sovereignty. Every mouth shall thank You; every tongue shall pledge devotion. Every knee shall bend to You; every back shall bow to You. Every heart shall revere You, every fiber of our being shall sing Your glory, as the Psalmist sang:

“All my bones exclaim — Master, who is like You, saving the weak from the powerful, the needy from those who would prey upon them?” Who can equal You, who can be compared to You, great, mighty, awesome, exalted Elohim, Creator of the heavens and the earth? We extol You even as David sang: “Praise Yahweh, my soul; let every fiber of my being praise His set-apart name.”

(5) You are Elohim through the vastness of Your power, great through the glory of Your name, mighty forever, revered through Your awesome works. You are King, enthroned supreme.

He abides forever, His name is exalted and set-apart.  As the Psalmist has written: “Let all who are righteous rejoice in Yahweh. It is fitting for the upright to praise Him.”  By the mouth of the upright are You extolled,  by the words of the righteous are You praised, by the tongue of the faithful are You acclaimed, in the heart of the saintly are You kadōsh.  

(6) The assembled throngs of Your people, the house of Israel, O our King, shall glorify Your name in song in every generation. For it is the duty of all creatures, Yahweh our Elohim and Elohim of all generations, to thank and extol You, adding our own praise to the songs of David, Your anointed servant.

(7) You shall always be praised, great and holy Elohim, our King in heaven and earth. It is ever fitting to acknowledge Your might and Your dominion in songs of praise and gratitude. Yours are strength, sovereignty and eternity, sanctity, grandeur, and glory. We offer You our devotion; we open our hearts in thanksgiving.

Blessed are You, O Yahweh, King, greatly to be praised and thanked, an Elohim who works wonders, who delights in songs of praise, who is our exalted and eternal sovereign, life of the world.

(1) Let the glory of Elohim be extolled; let His great name be hallowed in the world whose creation He willed. May His kingdom soon prevail, in our own day, our own lives, and the life of all Israel, and let us say: Amēn.

Let His great name be blessed forever and ever.

(1) Let the name of the Holy One, blessed is He, be glorified, exalted, and honored, though He is beyond all the praises, songs, and adorations that we can utter, and let us say: Amēn.  Bless Yahweh, to whom our praise is due.

Blessed be Yahweh, to whom our praise is due, now and forever.  Praised are You, 0 Lord our Elohim, Ruler of the universe, who makes light and creates darkness, who ordains peace and creates all things.

(1) You shall be praised forever, our Rock, our Redeemer, our King, Creator of all the hosts of heaven. The ministering angels that You fashioned to serve You stand in the heights of the universe and reverently proclaim the words of the living Elohim and eternal King. In complete harmony, they all vow to perform the will of their Creator. They call to one another, singing of Elohim's power and majesty, setting their Maker apart in clear tones and sacred melody, chanting with reverence —

Kadosh, kadosh, kadosh is Yahweh of Tsviōt, the whole earth is full of His glory. 

(1) The host of celestial beings join in a mighty refrain, in a chorus of adoration, as they respond:

Praised be the esteem of Yahweh throughout the universe.

(1) To the blessed Father they sweetly sing; and they celebrate in song the living, enduring Savior, for He is unique, doing mighty deeds, creating all that is new.  He is Commander of battles, sowing righteousness and reaping triumph. He creates healing for all our hurts; He is awesome in praise, for He is the Master of marvels. In His goodness He renews creation day after day, as the Psalmist sang:

Give thanks to the creator of great lights, for His love endures forever.

(1) O may a new light shine upon Zion, and may we all be worthy to share soon in its splendor.

Blessed are You, O Yahweh, Creator of light and grantor of the Word.

(1) Deep is Your love for us, Lord our Elohim, boundless Your tender compassion.  You taught our ancestors life-giving laws. They trusted in You, our Father and King. For their sake, graciously teach us.

Father, merciful Father, show us mercy; grant us discernment and understanding. Then will we study Your Torah, heed its words, teach its precepts, and follow its instruction, lovingly fulfilling all its teachings.  Open our eyes to Your Torah; help our hearts cleave to Your mitzvoth. Unite all our thoughts to love and revere You; then we will never be brought to shame, for we trust in Your awesome righteousness. We will delight in Your deliverance.  O bring us safely together from the four corners of the earth, and lead us in dignity to our set-apart land.

(1) You are the Source of deliverance.  You have chosen us from all peoples and tongues, constantly drawing us nearer to You, that we may lovingly offer You praise, proclaiming Your oneness. 

Blessed are You, Lord, who has chosen His people Israel in love.

(1) Hear, 0 Israel: Yahweh is our Elohim, Yahweh is One!

(Sing) She-ma Yis-ra-eil: A-do-nai E-lo-hei-nu, A-do-nai E-chad!  Blessed is His glorious kingdom forever and ever!  You shall love Yahweh your Elohim with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your might.

Listen to our version of the Shema

(1) Set these words that I command you this day upon your heart. Teach them faithfully to your children; speak of them in your home and on your way, when you lie down and when you rise up. Bind them as a sign upon your hand; let them be a symbol before your eyes; inscribe them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Lovingly, O Sovereign, have You given us festivals for joy, holidays and appointed times for rejoicing, this festival of Shavuot, season of the giving of our Torah, returning first fruits and celebrating the Set-apart Spirit in our lives.

Our Elohim and Elohim of our ancestors remember us with grace and mercy. Remember Your people Israel as they pray on this day of Shavuot.  Be mindful of the Messiah, the scion of David, and of the New Jerusalem, Your set-apart city. In Your love and compassion, grant us goodness, life, and peace.

Remember us this day for well-being. Bless us this day with Your nearness. Help us this day to a fuller life. Remember Your promise of salvation and mercy; have compassion upon us and save us, for we place our trust in You, merciful and gracious Elohim.

Yahweh our Elohim, bestow upon us the blessing of Your festivals, for life and for peace, for joy and for gladness, even as You have promised. Our Elohim and Elohim of our ancestors add righteousness to our lives with Your mitzvoth and may Your Torah be our portion. Fill our lives with Your goodness and gladden us with Your triumph.

Cleanse our hearts and we shall serve You faithfully.  Sovereign Elohim, grant that we inherit Your gift of festivals, so that the people Israel who value Your name will rejoice in You.  Praised are You, Yahweh, who blesses the people Israel with the festivals.

Accept with favor, Yahweh our Elohim, the prayers of Your people Israel. Restore worship to Your sanctuary in Zion and with loving favor accept Israel's offerings and prayer. May the worship of Your people Israel always be worthy of Your acceptance.

May we witness Your merciful return to Zion, Yahshua Yahweh.  Blessed are You, Master, who restores His Presence to Zion.  We gratefully acknowledge that You are Yahweh our Elohim and Elohim of our ancestors, the eternal Elohim.

You are the Rock of our life, the Power that shields us in every age. We thank You and sing Your praises: for our lives, which are in Your hand; for our souls, which are in Your keeping; for the signs of Your presence we encounter every day; and for Your wondrous gifts at all times, morning, noon, and night.

You are Goodness: Your mercies never end.   You are Compassion: Your love will never fail. You have always been our hope.  Halleluyah!

EloHymn 20  Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 9:6   You Are Wonderful

EloHymn 26  Tehillim (Psalms) 25  Show Me Your Ways, O Father  

 

  

The Nazarene Acts of the Apostles, aka The Recognitions of Clement, a new, true names translation of one of the most important sources of first-century religious practice.  Generous Glossary. (Hear an excerpt.)

 

The Odes of Shalome, A New, True Names Setting
of the earliest excusively Nazorean songbook. 

(Hear an excerpt.)

These and many more rare new translations
are available at Apostolia.us.

The Odes of Solomon Shalome - Extraterrestrial Love

About the First Fruits

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Shemot (Exo) 5:1. After this, Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, “This is what Yahweh, Elohim of Israel, says, ‘Let my people go, so that they can hold a feast in my honor in the desert.’” 2. “Who is Yahweh,” Pharaoh replied, “for me to obey what he says and let Israel go? I know nothing of Yahweh, and I will not let Israel go.”

This passage shows us that the feast of Weeks was in the mind of Yahweh before the Torah was given.  Here is the Word from the Torah on the subject.

Wayikra (Lev) 23:5. From the day after the Sabbath, the day on which you bring the sheaf offering (month 1, day 15), you will count seven full weeks. 16. You will count fifty days (penthkontahmerav – pentēkonta hēmeras, ē sounds like ay), to the day after the seventh Sabbath, and then you will offer Yahweh a new grain offfering.

Now we understand why this Feast of Weeks is called Pentecost – a Greek word.  Why do you suppose we call the feast by a Greek name rather than the Hebrew word for fifty (ey##mx ewy  – Yowm Chamishshiym).

17. You will bring bread from your homes to present with the gesture of offering, two loaves, made of two-tenths of wheaten flour baked with leaven; these are first-fruits for Yahweh.

What is this “gesture of offering”?  (Check your version of Scripture.)

In our two-house understanding of the feasts, what might these loaves stand in for?

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What is the literal meaning of the loaves?  What is the spiritual meaning?

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The Catholic Church has a term for the Protestants – Catholic authorities call non-Catholic Christians “separated brethren.”  How might that term be useful to us as well?

18. In addition to the bread, you will offer seven unblemished lambs a year old, a young bull and two rams, as a burnt offering to Yahweh with a cereal offering and a libation, as food burnt as a smell pleasing to Yahweh. 19. You will also offer a goat as a sacrifice for sin, and two lambs a year old as communion sacrifice.  20. The priest will present them before Yahweh with the gesture of offering, in addition to the bread of the first-fruits. These, and the two lambs, are set-apart things for Yahweh, and will revert to the priest.

 

We spoke of priests as intermediaries between Elohim and the people.  The offerings to be brought in went toward the commonwealth of Priests, who were of the tribe of ___________ . 

Debarim (Deu) 10:8. Yahweh then set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the ark of Yahweh’s covenant, to stand in the presence of Yahweh, to serve him and to bless in his name, as they still do today.  9. This is why Levi has no share or heritage with his brothers: Yahweh is his heritage, as Yahweh your Elohim then told him.

This amount was / is per family unit.  Everyone in the family “kicked in” on it because the families all raised animals in agricultural commune fashion.  (They were in a way ancient kibbutzim.) 

First Fruits is an ascension feast, one of three.  The other two are

________________________ and  ________________________ . 

So at least one member of the family was required to take the offering to “up” to Jerusalem every year.

Those that didn’t raise livestock bought it when they got there or on the way from money they had saved from their businesses. 

By Yahshua’s time, the Priests had the livestock concession, leading to a very serious incident that dipped into the pockets of the priests and leaders who were corrupt.  Do you remember what Yahshua had to do with livestock in the Temple courts? 

Yochanan (John) 2:13-21.  ___________________________

Notice that Yahshua “went up” to Jerusalem for the Feast; that is, he ascended.  What does it mean that he went up to Jerusalem?  Is it because Jerusalem was north of wherever he was?  _______________________

What was the name of the mountain Jerusalem was/ is situated upon? 

(There are a couple names.)  __________________________

There are songs that pilgrims sang on the way to Jerusalem called “Psalms of Ascent.”  See Psalms 120 – 131.  Let’s sing a couple of them.

EloHymns 33 Psalm 120     I Called Upon Yahweh

EloHymns 23 Psalm 131     Now and forever

EloHymns 40 Psalm 122     Come and Go With Me

After the sacrifices of animals ceased (Amos 5:21-27) so did the formal ministrations of the Levites.  Can you think of at least two reasons why the sacrifices ceased?

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It became customary on the Feast of First Fruits for each family to present an annual offering of the contemporaneous value of the prescribed sacrifices to the spiritual priest, rabbi, teacher, pastor or leader of the Assembly.  (These offerings “revert to the priest,” acc to Scripture.)

(Current prices of dressed animals:)

    9     lambs           $140 each     =         $1260
   2     rams           $175  each     =           350
   1     goat           $130 each      =           130
   1     bull           $700 each      =           700

   Total ……………………………………..……………………………            $_____
(PLUS wine and bread).

 

21. On the same day, you will hold an assembly; for you this will be a sacred assembly; you will do no heavy work. This is a perpetual law for your descendants, wherever you live.

 

We learn 2 very important things about First Fruits –

   1. a solemn, sacred assembly is to be held (a High Sabbath, a Yom Tov).

   2. this is to be practiced forever and wherever.  However, we do the best we can for now.

And implies a third –

   3.  we develop customs that are passed down to our descendants.  We have celebrated several First Fruits Feasts together. 

What customs have we created?  _________________________

What customs do you suppose will pass down? ______________________________

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22. When you reap the harvest in your country, you will not reap to the very edges of your field, nor will you gather the gleanings of the harvest. You will leave them for the poor and the stranger. I am Yahweh your Elohim.”

This is another indication of the “saving up” through the year for First Fruits is the commandment to honor the poor and the foreigner.

What are “gleanings”?  ________________________________

How may we provide gleanings today?

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And to whom do these gleanings go?

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One of several First Fruits customs that has been passed down to us is that the book of Ruth is read during this day.  Most of the sources I checked into on the subject of First Fruits cannot explain why reading Ruth became customary.  Why do you suppose Ruth is appropriate considering verse 22 of our text?

 

Look at:

Ruth 1:4 – she was a  ________________

Ruth 1:7 – she decided to make an ____________ to Judah

Ruth 2:1-6 – she _____________ in order to feed her family

Ruth 4 – doing these things preserved her and she became the ancestor of both ____________________ and ____________________ .

What kind of people will you be ancestors to?

 

EloHymn 36  Psalm 31  The Secret Presence

Waving of the Loaves  Ezek 37:15-26

Closing

 

PRAYER FOR RAIN

Our Elohim and Elohim of our fathers, remember Abraham who yearned for Your Presence, whom You blessed as a tree planted by streams of water;  You shielded and rescued him from fire and water as he sowed his seed wherever there flowed water. For his sake, send Your gift of water. Remember Isaac whose father was ready to offer him as a sacrifice to You, to shed his blood like water.  Yet his own faith soared high, and trusting in You, he dug wells and found water. For his sake, send Your gift of water.  Remember Yahshua, whom you sent to gather the twelve tribes of Israel and bless them. Though they executed him on a stake, still you blessed them with pure rain.  Remember these twelve tribes of Israel and the mixed multitude, for whom You parted the water; and for whom you sweetened the bitter waters.  Their children were ever ready to serve You and to shed their blood like water.  O turn in mercy to us for we are engulfed by hostile tides of water.  For their sake, send Your gift of water.  For You are Yahweh our Elohim, who causes the wind to blow and the rain to descend:

             

For blessing and not for disaster.       Amēn.

For life and not for death.                    Amēn.

For abundance and not for famine.    Amēn.

 

We give thanks for the miracles, the redeeming wonders, and the mighty deeds by which our people are being saved at this season of the year as in days of old.  We thank you for mighty rains. 

  

The Nazarene Acts of the Apostles, aka The Recognitions of Clement, a new, true names translation of one of the most important sources of first-century religious practice.  Generous Glossary. (Hear an excerpt.)

 

The Odes of Shalome, A New, True Names Setting
of the earliest excusively Nazorean songbook. 

(Hear an excerpt.)

These and many more rare new translations
are available at Apostolia.us.

The Odes of Solomon Shalome - Extraterrestrial Love

 

Yahweh bless you as you do everything in your ability to honor him.

Jackson Snyder (801) 850-6901  Vero Beach, FL

(08/17/04)