What to expect

The central worship experience at Congregation Mayim Chayim is our weekly commUNITY Shabbat Celebration. If you are joining us for the very first time you may have some questions about what to expect in a Messianic Jewish synagogue. Our commUNITY Shabbat Celebration is on Saturday mornings at 10:30 am and it is open to everyone to join in worship.

Dress: We encourage everyone to come to synagogue in whatever makes them comforatable, for some this may be more dressed up and for others more casual. And remember Modest is Hottest!!!

How long is the Service: Our commUNITY Shabbat Celebration starts at 10:30am and usually runs for between 2 and 2.5 hours in length.

Children: We have a strong passion for families to worship together! We have a wonderful Shabbat School class for children ages 5-12 during the rabbi's message.  We strongly encourage children to take part in the worship experience, including joining in Davidic (Israeli Folk) Dance during praise and worship. For those who may need it, we do have a nursery in the front of the synagogue available for children 4 years old and under, but we do not have a nursery worker so we ask that if you feel your children need to go to the nursery for a few minutes that a parent escort them.

What is the service like: Our service consists of traditional Jewish liturgy in Hebrew and English, modern Messianic Jewish praise and worship music, a Torah service and the rabbi's message. Each week after our commUNITY Shabbat Celebration we have an Oneg Shabbat (literally Delight in Shabbat) meal together, this is a famliy style, covered dish meal (typically themed each week) for building commUNITY and fellowship.

How do I follow the service: We do our entire service on slides on the tv screens. All of our traditional Jewish liturgy appears in Hebrew, Transliterated Hebrew (Hebrew in English characters) and English, as well as our music lyrics and announcements will be on the screens for everyone to follow along with and be on the same page.

Etiquette During service

Singing and Praying: Join in with Hebrew and English songs and prayers as much, or as little, as you feel comfortable.

Standing and Bowing: We stand a lot during worship. There will be clear cues for you to rise during specific portions of the service (Please do not feel obligated to stand, especially if you are medically unable to do so). You will notice many people bowing as an act of reverence before the  L-rd at different times during certain prayers. If this is unfamiliar to you, do not feel obligated to bow. You’ll get the hang of it over time!

Dancing: We incorporate Israeli-style folk dance as a worship expression during certain parts of the service. You are welcome to participate if you would like, someone will help guide you in the steps.

Common Hebrew Terms Used

Yeshua: Jesus

Shabbat: Sabbath, Sundown Friday to Sundown Saturday

Shalom: Peace, Hello, Goodbye

Bimah: Raised platform at the front of the sanctuary and/or the table on which the Torah is read

Torah: First five books of the Bible (Genesis through Deuteronomy)

B’rit Chadashah: New Testament

Haftarah: Weekly reading from the Biblical Prophets that coincides with the Torah portion

Tanakh: Jewish Bible, the Old Testament

B’rit Chadashah: New Testament

Challah: Traditional braided bread enjoyed on Shabbat

G-d/L-rd/AD-NAI: “God”/“Lord/ADONAI” written respectfully so as not to treat the use of G-d's Name lightly

Kiddush & Motzi: Special blessings for joy and sustenance said over bread and wine at the end of the service

Parashah or Parsha: Weekly reading from the Torah

Ruach HaKodesh: Holy Spirit/Spirit of G-d

Tzedakah Box: Offering box located at the back of the sanctuary for tithes & offerings.

Need more answers?

In your visitor packet you will find a pamphlet entitled "You've Got Questions We've Got Answers" which will cover even more commonly asked quesitons. 

  We also have a special Q&A session with Rabbi David every Shabbat, before service, from 9:45-10:15am. Please feel free to come and bring any other questions you may have.