A Messianic Kabbalat Shabbat Service (Synagogue Version)

Opening Hymn (This hymn may vary with the liturgical seasons)
[From Hymns Ancient & Modern 17 & 101, adapted.]

The sun is sinking fast,
the daylight dies;
let love awake, and pay
her evening sacrifice.

As Messiah upon the cross
his head inclined,
and to his Father’s hands
his parting soul resigned;

So now herself my soul
would wholly give
into his sacred charge
in whom all spirits live;

So now beneath his eye
would calmly rest,
without a wish or thought
abiding in the breast;

Save that his will be done,
whate’er betide;
dead to herself, and dead
in him to all beside.

Thus would I live: yet now
not I, but he,
in all his power and love,
henceforth alive in me.

Bow while singing the last stanza
Yeshua, praise to thee,
Our joy and endless rest;
Our guide while pilgrims here
Our Crown amid the blest.

[From The Church of England Book of Common Prayer, adapted.]
At the beginning the Minister shall read with a loud voice some one or more of these Sentences of the Scriptures that follow. And then he shall say that which is written after the said Sentences.

When the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. Ezek. xviii. 27.
I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Psalm li. 3.
Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Psalm li. 9.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Psalm li. 17.
Rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. Joel ii. 13.
To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him; neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his laws which he set before us. Daniel ix. 9, 10.
O Lord, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing. Jer. x. 24. Psalm vi. 1.
Repent ye; for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. St. Matt. iii. 2.
I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. St. Luke xv. 18, 19.
Enter not into judgment with thy servant, O Lord; for in thy sight shall no man living be justified. Psalm cxliii. 2.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us; but if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 St. John i. 8, 9.

Dearly beloved, the Scripture moveth us, in sundry places, to acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness; and that we should not dissemble nor cloak them before the face of Almighty God our heavenly Father; but confess them with an humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart; to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the same, by his infinite goodness and mercy. And although we ought, at all times, humbly to acknowledge our sins before God; yet ought we chiefly so to do, when we assemble and meet together to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his most holy Word, and to ask those things which are requisite and necessary, as well for the body as the soul. Wherefore I pray and beseech you, as many as are here present, to accompany me with a pure heart, and humble voice, unto the throne of the heavenly grace, saying with me:

A general Confession is to be said of the whole Congregation together with the Minister, all kneeling.

Almighty and most merciful Father; We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou them, O God, who confess their faults. Restore thou them that are penitent; According to thy promises declared unto mankind in Messiah Yeshua our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

Then all confess their personal  sins in a short silent prayer.

The Minister pronounces a general Absolution, or Remission of sins, standing; the people still kneeling.

Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, who desireth not the death of a sinner, but rather that he may turn from his wickedness, and live: He pardoneth and absolveth all them that truly repent, and unfeignedly believe his holy Gospel. Wherefore let us beseech him to grant us true repentance, and his Holy Spirit, that those things may please him, which we do at this present; and that the rest of our life hereafter may be pure, and holy; so that at the last we may come to his everlasting joy; through Yeshua the Messiah our Lord.

The people shall answer here, and at the end of all other prayers, Amen.

Then the Minister shall kneel again, and say The Lord’s Prayer with an audible voice, together with the people.

Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.

All rise for the following prayers [adapted from the Episcopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer]

Minister        O Lord, hear our prayer,
People          And let our cry come to thee
Minister        Let us pray
 
During the year, except the seasons mentioned at the two other collects
Almighty and most merciful God, kindle within us the fire of love, that by its cleansing flame we may be purged of all our sins and made worthy to worship thee in spirit and in truth; through Yeshua the Messiah our Lord. Amen.

During the Omer and Shavuot
Everlasting God, who led thy people into freedom by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night: Grant that we who walk in the light of thy presence may rejoice in the liberty of the children of God; through Yeshua the Messiah our Lord. Amen.

After Shavuot, until the beginning of the month of Ellul, and during Sukkot
Lord Messiah, thy saints have been the lights of the world in every generation: Grant that we who follow in their footsteps may be made worthy to enter with them into that heavenly country where thou livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen.

The Minister says the prayer for the Shabbat light, using one of the following prayers.

During the year, except the seasons covered by the two other collects
Almighty God, we give thee thanks for surrounding us, as daylight fades, with the brightness of the vesper light; and we implore thee of thy great mercy that, as thou enfoldest us with the radiance of this light, so thou wouldest shine into our hearts the brightness of thy Ruach HaKodesh; through Yeshua the Messiah our Lord. Amen.

During the Omer, until Shavuot inclusive
Grant us, O Lord, the lamp of charity which never fails, that it may burn in us and shed its light on those around us, and that by its brightness we may have a vision of that holy city, where dwelleth the true and never-failing light, Yeshua the Messiah our Lord. Amen.

During the month of Ellul, until Yom Kippur inclusive
O Lord God Almighty, as thou hast taught us to call the evening, the morning, and the noonday one day; and hast made the sun to know its going down: Dispel the darkness of our hearts, that by thy brightness we may know thee to be the true God and everlasting light, living and reigning for ever and ever. Amen.

The Minister lights the candles and after it recites the following blessings

Blessed art thou, O Eternal, our God, King of the universe, who hath sanctified us with his commandments and hath commanded us to kindle the Sabbath light.

Blessed art thou, O Eternal, our God, King of the universe, who hath given us the light of the world in Yeshua the Messiah.

After a short moment of silence the congregation sings the following hymn [Phos hilaron, from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer, p. 64, adapted]

O gracious light,
Pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven,
O Yeshua Messiah, holy and blessed.

Now as we come to the setting of the sun,
And our eyes behold the Sabbath light,
We sing thy praises, O God our Father, Lord God of Israel

Thou art worthy to be praised by happy voices,
O Son of God, O giver of life,
And to be glorified through all the worlds.

Then follows a selection of the Psalter. Each Psalm is concluded by the doxology: «Blessed art Thou, O Eternal, the Lord-God of Israel; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen». Preferably one bows at «Blessed art Thou» and straightens up at «O Eternal»

Minister O Lord, open thou our lips.
People And our mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
Minister O God, make speed to save us.
People O Lord, make haste to help us
Minister Blessed art Thou, O Eternal, the Lord-God of Israel
People As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen

Psalm 95. Venite, exultemus

O come, let us sing unto the Lord : let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.
2. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving : and shew ourselves glad in him with psalms.
3. For the Lord is a great God : and a great King above all gods.
4. In his hand are all the corners of the earth : and the strength of the hills is his also.
5. The sea is his, and he made it : and his hands prepared the dry land.
6. O come, let us worship and fall down : and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
7. For he is the Lord our God : and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
8. To-day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts : as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness.
9. When your fathers tempted me : proved me, and saw my works.
10. Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said : It is a people that do err in their hearts, for they have not known my ways;
11. Unto whom I sware in my wrath : that they should not enter into my rest.
Doxology: Blessed art Thou, O Eternal, the Lord-God of Israel : As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Psalm 96. Cantate Domino

O sing unto the Lord a new song : sing unto the Lord, all the whole earth.
2. Sing unto the Lord, and praise his Name : be telling of his salvation from day to day.
3. Declare his honour unto the heathen : and his wonders unto all people.
4. For the Lord is great, and cannot worthily be praised : he is more to be feared than all gods.
5. As for all the gods of the heathen, they are but idols : but it is the Lord that made the heavens.
6. Glory and worship are before him : power and honour are in his sanctuary.
7. Ascribe unto the Lord, O ye kindreds of the people : ascribe unto the Lord worship and power.
8. Ascribe unto the Lord the honour due unto his Name : bring presents, and come into his courts.
9. O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness : let the whole earth stand in awe of him.
10. Tell it out among the heathen that the Lord is King : and that it is he who hath made the round world so fast that it cannot be moved; and how that he shall judge the people righteously.
11. Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad : let the sea make a noise, and all that therein is.
12. Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it : then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice before the Lord.
13. For he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth : and with righteousness to judge the world, and the people with his truth.
Doxology: Blessed art Thou, O Eternal, the Lord-God of Israel : As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Psalm 97. Dominus regnavit

The Lord is King, the earth may be glad thereof : yea, the multitude of the isles may be glad thereof.
2. Clouds and darkness are round about him : righteousness and judgement are the habitation of his seat.
3. There shall go a fire before him : and burn up his enemies on every side.
4. His lightnings gave shine unto the world : the earth saw it, and was afraid.
5. The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord : at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
6. The heavens have declared his righteousness : and all the people have seen his glory.
7. Confounded be all they that worship carved images, and that delight in vain gods : worship him, all ye gods.
8. Sion heard of it, and rejoiced : and the daughters of Judah were glad, because of thy judgements, O Lord.
9. For thou, Lord, art higher than all that are in the earth : thou art exalted far above all gods.
10. O ye that love the Lord, see that ye hate the thing which is evil : the Lord preserveth the souls of his saints; he shall deliver them from the hand of the ungodly.
11. There is sprung up a light for the righteous : and joyful gladness for such as are true-hearted.
12. Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous : and give thanks for a remembrance of his holiness.
Doxology: Blessed art Thou, O Eternal, the Lord-God of Israel : As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Psalm 98. Cantate Domino

O sing unto the Lord a new song : for he hath done marvellous things.
2. With his own right hand, and with his holy arm : hath he gotten himself the victory.
3. The Lord declared his salvation : his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.
4. He hath remembered his mercy and truth toward the house of Israel : and all the ends of the world have seen the salvation of our God.
5. Shew yourselves joyful unto the Lord, all ye lands : sing, rejoice, and give thanks.
6. Praise the Lord upon the harp : sing to the harp with a psalm of thanksgiving.
7. With trumpets also and shawms : O shew yourselves joyful before the Lord the King.
8. Let the sea make a noise, and all that therein is : the round world, and they that dwell therein.
9. Let the floods clap their hands, and let the hills be joyful together before the Lord : for he is come to judge the earth.
10. With righteousness shall he judge the world : and the people with equity.
Doxology: Blessed art Thou, O Eternal, the Lord-God of Israel : As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Psalm 99. Dominus regnavit

The Lord is King, be the people never so unpatient : he sitteth between the cherubims, be the earth never so unquiet.
2. The Lord is great in Sion : and high above all people.
3. They shall give thanks unto thy Name : which is great, wonderful, and holy.
4. The King’s power loveth judgement; thou hast prepared equity: thou hast executed judgement and righteousness in Jacob.
5. O magnify the Lord our God : and fall down before his footstool, for he is holy.
6. Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among such as call upon his Name : these called upon the Lord, and he heard them.
7. He spake unto them out of the cloudy pillar : for they kept his testimonies, and the law that he gave them.
8. Thou heardest them, O Lord our God : thou forgavest them, O God, and punishedst their own inventions.
9. O magnify the Lord our God, and worship him upon his holy hill : for the Lord our God is holy.
Doxology: Blessed art Thou, O Eternal, the Lord-God of Israel : As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Psalm 29. Afferte Domino

O bring unto the Lord, O ye mighty, bring young rams unto the Lord : ascribe unto the Lord worship and strength.
2. Give the Lord the honour due unto his Name : worship the Lord with holy worship.
3. It is the Lord that commandeth the waters : it is the glorious God that maketh the thunder.
4. It is the Lord that ruleth the sea; the voice of the Lord is mighty in operation : the voice of the Lord is a glorious voice.
5. The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedar-trees : yea, the Lord breaketh the cedars of Libanus.
6. He maketh them also to skip like a calf : Libanus also, and Sirion, like a young unicorn.
7. The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire; the voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness : yea, the Lord shaketh the wilderness of Cades.
8. The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to bring forth young, and discovereth the thick bushes : in his temple doth every man speak of his honour.
9. The Lord sitteth above the water-flood : and the Lord remaineth a King for ever.
10. The Lord shall give strength unto his people : the Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.
Doxology: Blessed art Thou, O Eternal, the Lord-God of Israel : As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

A hymn concludes this section, which may vary with the seasons of the liturgical year. The following is an example.
[From Hymns Ancient & Modern 13 & 14, adapted]

As now the sun’s declining rays
At eventide descend,
So life’s brief day is sinking down
To its appointed end.

Lord, on the Cross thine arms were stretch’d
To draw thy people nigh;
O grant us then that Cross to love
And in those arms to die.

Bow while singing the final stanza
Almighty Father hear our cry
Through thine only Son, our Lord most high,
Who, by the Holy Ghost, with Thee
Doth live and reign eternally.

The Lesson, which should always be taken from The Song of Songs, is read
Reader The Lord be with you
People And with thy spirit
Reader A lesson from the Song of Songs, which is Salomon’s
The Lesson varies according to the liturgical season. After the Lesson:

Reader This is the word of the Lord
People Thanks be to God

As a response to the lesson the hymn Lecha Dodi, «Beloved Come and meet the Bride» is sung [Version from the Avodat Israel Siddur, pp. 163-164]

Beloved, come and meet the Bride,
Bid welcome to the Sabbath-tide!

“Observe!” and “remember!” as ’t were in one word,
From Him, the sole God, we the mandate have heard:
God, single in essence, and single in name,
Whose glories resplendent his greatness proclaim.

Beloved, come and meet the Bride,
Bid welcome to the Sabbath-tide!

To meet the blest Sabbath, O! come, let us go!
That source whence the richest of benisons flow:
Ordained from on High, ere the wide world began,
Though last in creation, ’t was foremost in plan.

Beloved, come and meet the Bride,
Bid welcome to the Sabbath-tide!

Thou sovereign Temple! queen-city sublime!
Arouse thee! come forth from the ruins of time!
Too long hast thou dwelt in the valley of tears;
Thy Maker in mercy comes, banish thy fears.

Beloved, come and meet the Bride,
Bid welcome to the Sabbath-tide!

Shake the dust from thy garments, and stand forth erect!
Don thy festive apparel, my people elect!
Through the scion of Jesse, in Bethlehem born,
Soon my rapt soul shall awake to redemption’s bright morn.

Beloved, come and meet the Bride,
Bid welcome to the Sabbath-tide!

No longer let slumber thy senses benumb,
Arise! and shine forth, for thy dawnlight has come;
Wake thee! wake! and thy soul unto psalmody yield;
See o’er thee th’ Eternal in glory revealed!

Beloved, come and meet the Bride,
Bid welcome to the Sabbath-tide!

Lo! thy shame and confusion are utterly flown,
Why then art thou cast down? why so pensively moan?
The opprest of thy race shall not seek thee in vain.
For thy city shall rise from her ruin again.

Beloved, come and meet the Bride,
Bid welcome to the Sabbath-tide!

Soon shall they that despoil thee themselves be a spoil,
And no more the destroyer shall sweep o’er thy soil;
Whilst in thee shall rejoice God that dwelleth above.
As the bridegroom delights in the bride of his love.

Beloved, come and meet the Bride,
Bid welcome to the Sabbath-tide!

To the right and the left shall thy boundary spread,
The Eternal alone shalt thou worship in dread;
Soon an offspring of Judah blest tidings shall bear,
Then let us exult, and forego earth-born care.

Beloved, come and meet the Bride,
Bid welcome to the Sabbath-tide!

Make thy entry in peace, fairest crown of the Lord!
Hark! we greet thy approach in one joyous accord;
In the midst of God’s chosen race, faithful and true,
Enter hither, sweet Sabbath, thou bride that we woo!

Beloved, come and meet the Bride,
Bid welcome to the Sabbath-tide!

Lecha Dodi is followed by Psalm 92, the Sabbath Psalm, and Psalm 93

Psalm 92. Bonum est confiteri

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord : and to sing praises unto thy Name, O most Highest;
2. To tell of thy loving-kindness early in the morning : and of thy truth in the night-season;
3. Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the lute : upon a loud instrument, and upon the harp.
4. For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy works : and I will rejoice in giving praise for the operations of thy hands.
5. O Lord, how glorious are thy works : thy thoughts are very deep.
6. An unwise man doth not well consider this : and a fool doth not understand it.
7. When the ungodly are green as the grass, and when all the workers of wickedness do flourish : then shall they be destroyed for ever; but thou, Lord, art the most Highest for evermore.
8. For lo, thine enemies, O Lord, lo, thine enemies shall perish : and all the workers of wickedness shall be destroyed.
9. But mine horn shall be exalted like the horn of an unicorn : for I am anointed with fresh oil.
10. Mine eye also shall see his lust of mine enemies : and mine ear shall hear his desire of the wicked that arise up against me.
11. The righteous shall flourish like a palm-tree : and shall spread abroad like a cedar in Libanus.
12. Such as are planted in the house of the Lord : shall flourish in the courts of the house of our God.
13. They also shall bring forth more fruit in their age : and shall be fat and well-liking.
14. That they may shew how true the Lord my strength is : and that there is no unrighteousness in him.
Doxology: Blessed art Thou, O Eternal, the Lord-God of Israel : As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Psalm 93. Dominus regnavit

The Lord is King, and hath put on glorious apparel : the Lord hath put on his apparel, and girded himself with strength.
2. He hath made the round world so sure : that it cannot be moved.
3. Ever since the world began hath thy seat been prepared : thou art from everlasting.
4. The floods are risen, O Lord, the floods have lift up their voice : the floods lift up their waves.
5. The waves of the sea are mighty, and rage horribly : but yet the Lord, who dwelleth on high, is mightier.
6. Thy testimonies, O Lord, are very sure : holiness becometh thine house for ever.
Doxology: Blessed art Thou, O Eternal, the Lord-God of Israel : As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Immediately after Psalm 93 and without introductory invitation the Minster proceeds to the following Collects [adapted versions from the Episcopal Prayer Book]

Blessed art thou, O Eternal our God, God of our fathers, Creator of the changes of day and night, giving the Sabbath of rest to the weary, renewing the strength of those who are spent, bestowing upon us occasions of song in the evening. As thou hast protected us in the day that is past, so be with us in the coming night; keep us from every sin, every evil, and every fear; for thou art our light and salvation, and the strength of our life. To thee be glory for endless ages. Amen.

Almighty, everlasting God, let our prayer in thy sight be as incense, the lifting up of our hands as the evening sacrifice. Give us grace to behold thee, present in thy Word and Sacraments, and to recognize thee in the lives of those around us. Stir up in us the flame of that love which burned in the heart of thy Son as he bore his Passion, and let it burn in us to everlasting life and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Lord Yeshua, stay with us, for evening is at hand and the day is past; be thou our companion, kindle our hearts, and awaken hope, that we may know thee as thou art revealed in Scripture and the breaking of bread. Grant this for the sake of thy love. Amen.

Throughout the year, but not during the season mentioned at the next Collect
O God and Father of all, whom the whole heavens adore: Let the whole earth also worship thee, all nations obey thee, all tongues confess thee and bless thee, and men and women everywhere love thee and serve thee in peace; through Yeshua the Messiah our Lord. Amen.

From Shavuot until the beginning of the month of Av
O God, who dost manifest in thy servants the signs of thy Presence: Send forth upon us the Spirit of love, that in companionship with one another thine abounding grace may increase among us; through Yeshua the Messiah our Lord. Amen.

Then follows the Maariv service for Shabbat.

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December 4, 2009
17 Kislev 5770

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