CONGREGATION

A shofar (a Ram’s horn) is blown to begin the meeting of those present in the fellowship.  Most of the time, there is a designated person that receives the honor — and it is a privilege to do so.  Other times someone requests to blow the shofar.  It has a special significance that we hope to share with you in another blog post.

The Torah, an old testament reading is designated to someone ahead of time and the reader gives a little teaching on it.  Les has been asked to read this a couple of times.

Communion is also served every Shabbat as part of the service, held each Friday at 3:30 p.m.  

Praise and worship is also a very vibrant part of this time together.  Unique to this congregation, a home fellowship, is a very special mix of singing Hebrew & English songs.  The Hebrew is written phonetically so you can sound out the Hebrew words, a special treat.  This way, we are able to join in with the worship. Most of the time, when you see Hebrew it is written in the special Hebrew symbols and characters.

And, of course, each service like any other, must have announcements.  These announcements share about needs to the various areas of outreach.

This congregation has an ebb and flow of different visitors from many different places.

  1. Most Sanctuaries are decorated.  A unique and special thing in their home/sanctuary is a huge Torah scroll centerpiece.
  2. the “Sea of Galilee” also called “Sea of Kinneret”.  (The story of this is coming.)

During the month of August (month of Av), the congregation takes the month off from Erev Shabbat fellowship.

August is observed on the ninth day of the month of Av in the Jewish calendar. Av literally means “father.” It is customary to add the name “Menachem,” which means “comforter” or “consoler”.  In this month, both Temples were destroyed and many other tragedies occurred. Yet the Father in heaven is there to comfort and console us.

Erev means evening or evening of in Hebrew. Days in the Jewish calendar begin as the daylight leaves — as opposed to other calendar systems where a day begins at midnight or sunrise (as it becomes light).

The congregation, also known as Poriyah Congregation, is a home fellowship of messianic believers, an international English speaking fellowship since 2005.  It was formed on what they believe to be the New Testament model: meeting in homes governed by many elders.

Another reason they meet in a home is so that much of the funds received are used to help needy families in and around the congregation.  Those areas of giving are to reach out to the desperate and needy, to soldiers, widows, orphans, Arabs, and Druse. We also have a small prison ministry.

Three-thirty was the normal time we traveled up the hill to the upper Galilee in Poriyah in northern Galilee to join this fellowship until COVID-19 struck the world.  Congregation is a 20-30 minute ride skirting the southern shore of the Sea of Galilee then heading towards the west up a hill, to one of the first communities.

The Hebrew word “Poriya” (the name of the village) means “fruitful,” and “Kehilah” (K’hee-lah) means “Congregation,” so the name actually means “Fruitful Congregation.”  

Eric and Terri Morey, who host this fellowship in their home, made Aliyah around 1980.  They met some of the first believers in the modern state of Israel in Rosh Pina (see map); but, after receiving lots of persecution in Rosh Pina the first location, they relocated towards Tiberias.  Desiring to maintain a place for the English speaking international community fellowship, Tents of Mercy helped the Morey’s home cell group get started.

This Congregation has a huge heart for helping those making Aliyah, which is why they are very connected to the Aliyah Return Center (ARC).  Eric was the first to extend a hand of help and fellowship to the ARC.   The Congregation put together 64 scriptures that speak to Aliyah, the returning of the Jews to Israel.  

Poryiah has a lot of houses of prayer and is like a retirement community for believers.  Their home position overlooks the Galilee vallee and these believers have been praying years for the valley and the restoration of the kingdom in the valley.  The ARC is a part of the answer to their prayers helping Jews make Aliyah.

This congregation has an ebb and flow of different visitors from many different places.

  1. Most Sanctuaries are decorated.  A unique and special thing in their home/sanctuary is a huge Torah scroll centerpiece.
  2. Another very special aspect of this home fellowship is the mix of singing Hebrew & English songs.  The Hebrew is written phonetically so you can sound out the Hebrew words, a special treat.  This way, we are able to join in with the worship. Most of the time, when you see Hebrew it is written in the Hebrew symbols or characters.
  3. Another special thing is going back down the hill, and you see the beautiful scenery of the “Sea of Galilee” also called “Sea of Kinneret”.  (The story of this is coming.)

COVID-19 HAS CHANGED EVEN OUR CONSTANT STATUS OF LIFE.

It was part of our regular schedule, but it has been a while since we attended because of COVID-19.  When things started opening up again, most of our Volunteer help was gone and our work increased.

THEN, because of COVID-19 radically changing the Volunteer environment, I became busy preparing for Shabbat.  Les, of course, has volunteered to help me, so we are unable to attend.


This ends our series of what our daily/weekly, more constant schedule looks like.  We hope you enjoyed it!  You can look forward to hearing about other life events here at the ARC and the Galilee that we have promised to share about in other blogs.  To keep in the loop on these events and not miss out, please subscribe.  Thank you for taking the time to stop by and peak into our lives.  Shalom aleichem! (shālôm ʻalêḵem means “peace be upon you.”

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