By Summer A. Mansell
Celebrating biblical holidays has become a way of life for one local congregation. Beit Tehila of Brandon, a community of believers which welcomes both Jews and non-Jews, has been celebrating the Feast Days for over 20 years. This fall, however, a new theme will be presented: The Ingathering.
According to Pastor Nick Plummer, “Jesus (Yeshua) fulfilled the spring feasts (Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits and Pentecost). He will fulfill the fall feasts.”
Celebrating the feasts is, for Beit Tehila, a way of coming together, preparing and rehearsing for the coming events of Jesus’ return. The feast days follow the redemptive story of God from Genesis to Revelation.
“They are a picture of Messiah, in what He has done and what He is going to do. They allow us to prepare and anticipate for His return,” Plummer stated.
From the beginning, the feasts days were set as appointments with the Creator to be observed by His people. They were not given to one race of mankind but were declared as belonging to the Lord (Leviticus 23:37-38). Larissa Zepeda, a member of the dance ministry at Beit Tehila added, “The fall feasts are special because they are a foreshadow of what is to come and give us the chance to see ‘the big picture.’ Through them, we are able to see a glimpse of the Lord’s heart and His desire to dwell with and regather a people.”
With this in mind, the congregation prepares in a unique way in an effort to be aligned with God’s calendar. Dance, music and media teams unite to prepare the congregation for the coming events. At Beit Tehila, an excitement unique to the fall season is already in the air as congregants await the special opportunities to worship and express their faith.
Zepeda explained, “My favorite fall feast is definitely the Feasts of Tabernacles, simply because of the celebration. It’s a time where we come together to worship, dance, sing, eat and fellowship as a community. We really get a chance to see all of our preparation come together for a big finale.”
Beit Tehlia welcomes the community to participate. Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) will take place Saturday, October 3 at 11 a.m. and Monday, October 5 at 7 p.m. The feast of Sukkot, marks a joyful rehearsal of the great ingathering, and the wedding between Messiah and His people.
Beit Tehila is located at 1705 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Brandon. For more information, visit www.topraise.net or call 654-2222.