It’s that time of year again for Remnant, and there’s nothing but joy in the air! All the Saints at this time are called to celebrate the Feast of Harvest, which goes by many different names, including… Festival of Booths, Festival of Tabernacles, Sukkot (Jewish term), and the Feast of Ingathering. This is a festival God instituted long ago for the Jews. Here’s an exerpt from Deuteronomy explaining…
[typography font=”Cantarell” size=”14″ size_format=”px”]”Celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days after you have gathered the produce of your threshing floor and your winepress. Be joyful at your Feast—you, your sons and daughters, your menservants and maidservants, and the Levites, the aliens, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns. For seven days celebrate the Feast to the LORD your God at the place the LORD will choose. For the LORD your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete. Three times a year all your men must appear before the LORD your God at the place he will choose: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Tabernacles. No man should appear before the LORD empty-handed: Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the LORD your God has blessed you.” Deuteronomy 16:13-17[/typography]
The Remnant uses this time as a way to give back to God the first-fruits (blessings), of all we’ve been given and to celebrate in joyful praise before the Lord. Everyone who travels to Nashville does the best they can to bring small gifts, donations, etc… The generosity of the Saints who voluntarily give back to God as they’ve been blessed is amazing. If you attend, you’ll be witnessing singing and dancing before the Lord in worship services filled with upbeat music.
It’s also typical to see Booths being erected on the church property (and sometimes people’s backyards)- wooden structures that the members build made up of branches tied together. Later the kids come and decorate the walls with scriptures and leaves. It’s a symbolic reminder of the fragile dwellings the Israelites had to live in while wandering in the desert for 40 years after the Exodus from Egypt.
Since God ordained that the Feast of Harvest would last for seven days, this is a week-long event for the church. It’s ushered in with praise and hundreds of raised branches during worship and ends with major celebration and feasting. Combined with the booth building, dancing and celebrating the bounty God has given in between makes for a remarkable Festival for everyone! The Roman historian Josephus referred to this Feast, (which was celebrated by the Jews and early Christians during his time), as the Holiest and greatest of the Hebrew Feasts.
Going by the Jewish calendar, the Feast begins at twilight tonight!
Thursday Night – 5:30-7:30pm Appreciation Night held at Church building
Friday – 11:00-3:00pm Picnic On Church grounds
6:00pm Evening Assembly
Saturday – 9:00-Noon Fellowship/ Set-up and preparations at the Church Building
11:00am – Baptisms
5:00pm – Formal Evening Assembly
Sunday – 9:30am Morning Assembly
Sunday Evening – Youth Gathering
Note- As far as colors go, we are emphasizing GOLD colors in clothing accessories and decorations because it has been such a blessed year!