Report on the ICFI Celebration of Sukkot – 12/10/2014

ICFI had a wonderful Celebration of the Jewish Feast of Sukkot or Tabernacles at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire on Sun 12th October 2014.  The evening started with the blowing of the Shofar.  65 people attended including some people who travelled from Waterford and the North of Ireland to celebrate with us.  Brendan Creed and band led anointed worship, which brought in the presence of God. Linda and Eva, from the Christian Dance Fellowship of Ireland led beautiful dances during the worship, fitting for a celebration of Sukkot. Grant Wetherall a Messianic Jew from Ballymena gave an explanation of Sukkot and shared how Christians can be so enriched by understanding the Jewish Roots of our faith.

Grant explained how the Feast of Sukkot or Succot (Hebrew: סוכות‎ or סֻכּוֹת sukkōt or sukkos, Feast of Booths, Feast of Tabernacles) is a biblical Jewish holiday celebrated from the 8th October-15th October this year. It is one of the three biblically mandated festivals  on which the Jewish people were commanded by God to make a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem.  The holiday lasts seven days (eight in the diaspora).

The sukkah or booth is intended as a reminder of the type of fragile dwellings in which the Israelites dwelt during their 40 years of travel in the desert after the Exodus from slavery in Egypt.  It is also a reminder of God’s presence with them.  This Feast was also one of thankfulness and joy for the present harvest, along with hope for winter rains, ensuring an abundant harvest the following spring (Lev 23:40).

Towards the end of the evening there was a time of ministry. Many people who were prayed with personally received healing from the Lord while others were encouraged in their faith.

It was a blessed night and we all enjoyed the joyfilled presence of the Lord

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