God's Holy Day:  Shabbat
Hebrew Liturgy:

Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheynu Melech ha'olam,
Asher kid-shanu b'mistzvotav ve'tzvanu,
le'hadlik ner shel Shabbat.
English Liturgy:   

Blessed are Thou, Lord our God, King of the universe,
Who has sanctified us by Thy commandments and commanded us
to kindle the Shabbat lights.
Blessing for the Shabbat Wine or Juice...  The Fruit of the Vine:
Hebrew Liturgy:   

Baruch atah Adonai Eloheynu Melech ha'olam,
Boray pri ha'gafen.
English Liturgy:   

Blessed are thou, Lord our God, King of the universe,
who creates the fruit of the vine.
To the daughters:
Y'simcha Elohim ke'Sarah, Rivka,
Rachel, ve'Leah.

God make you like Sarah, Rebekah,
Rachel and Leah.
To sons and daughters:

Yevaraechecha Adonai ve'yishmerecha;
Ya'er Adonai panav eleicha vichunecha;
Y'sa Adonai panav eilecha ve'yasem lecha shalom.

May the Lord bless you and keep you;
May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you;
May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and grant you peace.
Blessing over the Children:
To the sons:
Y'simcha Elohim ke'Efraim

God make you like Efraim and
The earliest understanding given us regarding Shabbat is in KJV Genesis 2:2:  "And on the seventh day God
ended His work, which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work, which He had made."
The Word is describing His response to His own efforts and we get a glimpse at our Father's behavior, not just His
majesty and power. It appears that He not only ceased (Ref:  Strong's Hebrew Dictionary #7673), but He
celebrated:  for it was good!  It was very good!

We also learn in Exodus 16:29. KJV:  "See, for that the L-rd hath given you the Sabbath"  He gifted it to us.  
(Strong's definition #5414 for given is added, appointed or bestowed.)  Our Father celebrates on the seventh day
and He extends an invitation for us to join Him!  Sounds like a wonderful cause for celebration!  When the Lord
spoke to Moses in Leviticus 23, again He said to appoint to the nation the set Feasts of Adonai, to proclaim them
as a gathering (or rehearsal according to Strong's Dictionary definition #4744 for "miqra"; but what 7th day are we
rehearsing for?  **Hint:  "a day is like a thousand years").  Shabbat is always included in the listing of the appointed
times or festivals from the Father.  These appointed times were to be set aside as a festive holy celebration for us
from Him. Our Father appears to be very endeared to the first of everything: the firstfruits, the firstlings of the
flocks, the firstborn of the womb, and as said in KJV Romans 8:29 "to be conformed to the image of His Son, that
He might be the firstborn among many brethren."  

Are you festive in your celebration of Shabbat, His FIRST of appointed times? It is the first holiday given  to man
and the most often seen of His Feasts?  Our Shabbat celebration starts before the sundown of preparation day:
the 6th day or Friday.  Since we want to make it a celebration, during the week we need to be planning for it.  What
are our favorite foods?  Do we want an intimate celebration or should we invite friends over this Shabbat?  Do we
have everything that we need?  How much preparation can be done ahead of time?  Here's some suggestions you
might want to start with:  two candles in some kind of candleholders, a Kiddush cup (goblet) and wine or juice,
Challah (bread) and a meal.

As time goes by and you are able extend your "rehearsal merriment", you'll be adding to your traditional
celebration decorations and dishes.  Some families have a special dish and cloth covers for the bread, a special
tablecloth reserved for Shabbat, flowers or other decorations and a book of Shabbat blessing and songs.   
Remember...      Celebrate!

**The Millenial kingdom is "tomorrow"
Then place your right hand upon their forehead and hold them close, cheek to cheek
and say:
Erev Shabbat Blessings and Beginnings
Lighting the Shabbat Candles
Shabbat is our gift from our heavenly Father.  What earthly king is so concerned about his people that he would
give them one complete day of freedom to feast and play and sing with him?  There is NONE like him!!
The medley of songs in this video are a sample of the typical melodies sung as we bring in the Shabbat on
Friday evenings.  Tradition teaches that songs are expressions of the actual harmony of creation and mark
monumental transitions in history.  True songs are oracles or foreshadows of things to come that have
helped all generations find their way back to the LORD.  It’s been said that the most direct means for
attaching ourselves to the LORD, from this material world, is through music and song. That is why we sing on
Erev Shabbat!
English Liturgy:

Blessed are thou, L-rd our G-d,
King of the universe,
who brings forth bread from the earth.
Hebrew Liturgy:

Baruch atah Adonai Eloheynu
Melech ha'olam,
hamotzi lechem min ha'aretz.
Blessing for the Shabbat Challah...  
"Balancing the Goodness of Torah with the Grace and Mercy of Messiah"
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serving Tacoma since 1991.

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of kings and LORD of lords.
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