Hanukkah is celebrated for 8 days to symbolize the miracle that happened: a small vessel of ceremonial oil that lasted for 8 days to light the Menorah in the Temple after it was liberated. (1 Maccabees 4:36–4:59).
Shmuel taught us in the service that the word "Hanukkah" means dedication. He reminded us that the Temple was the dwelling place of God. It had been desecrated by the Greeks. God prepared the Maccabees to crush the enemy and take back the Temple. He showed them that only He can purify the Temple and bring His people to Himself. Yeshua came to the world to cleanse us from sin because only He can purify us. In this, we are a dedicated temple for His Spirit dwelling within us.
We are thankful for these opportunities to be a witness by simply donating some of our blood.
The Birth of the MessiahWe celebrate the coming of our Lord and Savior, Yeshua the Messiah! Our teen group prepared a skit in which the coming of the Messiah was the main message. One non-believing family that was visiting for the first time really enjoyed it, and it caused them to ask more questions about Yeshua. As is our tradition, we read Isaiah 9:6 in the mother tongues of those in our congregation: "For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace." This year there were 17 different languages! It is truly a taste of heaven and definitely fulfills the vision of the verse on the outside of our building: "For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples".
Thank you for reading this letter! You have been a part of our congregation and we like to be in touch with you. Please continue to pray for us as we have non-believers who visit our congregation and come into our homes. Pray that we can be a light to them and others and that we can show them Yeshua, teaching them who He really is :).
Let us know how you're doing and ask whatever questions that you might have. We would love to hear from you. Simply send me an email, we look forward to being in touch and knowing you better.
Merry Christmas and a Happy and Blessed New Year!
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