Audio & Text models of each of the components of our Shabbat Service coming soon…
Acts 13:2 – “And they liturgized (Greek = leitourgonton, meaning ‘did official business before God, officiated in prayer, prayed officially, or as officials’ ) to the Lord, and they fasted; and the Ruakh HaKodesh (Holy Spirit of God) spoke.”
This Scripture does not describe some spiritually dull, lifeless exercise: it describes an engagement with formal prayer that was so vibrant it became a context within which the Spirit of God was able to manifest specific wisdom; just as when musical worship with an instrument brought the same result (2Kings 3:15 ).
Liturgy is often greatly misunderstood. Liturgy is not droning uncomprehended foreign and ancient words and tones. It is a spiritually vibrant use of deeply-etched words and phrases – many of which come straight from Scripture – along with melodies ancient and modern, so as to forge spiritual connection with God in fulfillment of the Biblical mandates not to abandon “the customs of our ancestors” – and forge present-tense connect with our Jewish people worldwide, by being fluent in the manner in which Israel worships in all corners of the earth.
Beth El of Manhattan worships abundantly in Hebrew, mingling ancient and modern melodies. The result is a vibrant and powerful present-tense experience of God in worship that foments, rather than dissolves, Jewish perpetuity and connection to the Jewish world at large. Congregants are encouraged to learn the meaning of the words they pray – so Hebrew is not merely a set of sounds going by, but one language with which the community worships.
Beth El’s visits to Jerusalem have amazed the local communities, who have been astounded to see an American Messianic congregation so fluent and spiritually vibrant in worship in the Hebrew language and the nuskhaot (standardized melodies) of Israel.
The goal of this page, when it is complete, will be to provide any who desire to partake of Beth El’s spiritual life and model in this regard, with all the tools needed to learn and practice our liturgical worship for themselves.