Love Feast and Household Communion (Acts 2:46-47) Part 1

 

LOVE FEAST & HOUSEHOLD COMMUNION (Acts 2:46-47) Part 1
A PRACTICAL GUIDE ON HOW HOUSEHOLDS CAN PRAY AND WORSHIP GOD TOGETHER AS THEY COUNSEL AND ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER.

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Love (Agape) Feast &
Holy Communion By Household

 Acts 2:46-47 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47  praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. ESV

Agape -- Greek word for love. Agape Feast = Translated Love Feast in Jude 1:12

The Holy Communion Rite

Not intended as Religious Ritual, but simply

a Reminder and/or a Declaration of Faith,

 of “Belief  in the Resurrection of Christ”

And His Return to Rule and Reign on earth…

Commemorating the “Lord’s Last Supper” Matthew 26:26-28

…as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it, broke it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27  And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, 28  for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.“

Communion celebrated with A Feast

As they heard the good news of salvation: the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body unto life everlasting.

They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers, as meals were shared from house to house. (Acts 2:42)

Patterned after Abrahamic Faith, early Christians are mostly Israelites

Sabbath keepers with a family tradition of welcoming the Sabbath with a Feast

Enriched by the reminiscing of the Lord’s Supper, the celebration evolved into the covenantal “Agape (Love) Feast”

The blessed hope in the Messiah’s return, the faithful believers’ resurrection and

Establishment of God’s Kingdom on earth

The Evening Sabbath Meal:
A Covenantal Family Altar

  1. Gather all household members for a Special Family Dinner on Friday night.
  2. Prepare good meal with unleavened bread (or pita) and juice of grapes.
  3. Encourage everyone to participate in the Love Feast and Household Communion.

Order of Celebration of the Friday Evening Family Altar/Love Feast

  1. Washing of Hands
  2. Welcoming the Sabbath
  3. Lighting of Candles
  4. Thanksgiving Prayers
  5. Reading/Study of the Scriptures

The Friday Evening Love Feast

  1. Prayer of Supplication
  2. Communion
  3. Blessings of the Children
  4. Closing Prayer-Benediction
  5. Greetings of Shabbat Shalom and Sharing of Meals!

WASHING OF HANDS
Come Clean Before God’s presence

All are enjoined to wash their hands in running water or in a basin of water.

The Traditional Blessing:”Blessed are you YHWH, our Elohim, King of the universe, who sanctified us with His Laws, and Commandments; and taught us concerning washing of hands.”

Come with clean conscience, a pure heart!

Covenant Structure I: Sovereignty
WELCOMING THE SABBATH

Hymns of Praise and Worship

The Father or Head of the Household opens with a prayer:

Bless us, O YHWH, God of the Universe on this Sabbath day. You have caused our souls to rest with You. Let your Spirit of peace, love and joy rule and reign in our midst as we commune with you, In Yeshua Messiah (Jesus Christ) our Lord’s precious Name. Amen.

Cov. Structure II: Submission/ Hierarchy
 2. LIGHTING OF CANDLES

The mother or woman of the house lights two candles (grace and peace) and prays:

We bless You, O Abba Father in Heaven, in the Name of Yeshua Messiah (Jesus Christ) our Lord, who has commanded us to let our light shine into the entire world that they may see our good works and glorify you O Abba Father Who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)

  Covenant Structure III- a: Ethics
4. THANKSGIVING PRAYERS

All: Father God, thank You for the beautiful work of creation -- we were made a part and has been given life.

Thank you for the food, air, water and all your provisions for life.

Thank you for this day of rest so we can be refreshed and appreciate Your work.

Thanksgiving and Praise

We praise you Father God for the redemptive work of Your Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and for the Holy Spirit, Who comforts, strengthens and enable us to live a holy life.

We praise you for the gift of family and nation that we see Your love and glory thru one another, in Jesus Name we pray, Amen

Covenant Structure III- b Ethics (continued)
5. STUDY OF THE WORD

Bible Reading -- This is open for those who have Scripture or insights to share and for special prayer request.

Exposition usually includes a reading from the Law, and teaching a related link/verse in the New Testament.

Questions and Answer portion may be done after the one teaching has finished.

Covenant Structure IV- a: Sanctions
6. PRAYER OF SUPPLICATION

All: Father God, we pray that on this Sabbath rest you may grant us renewal of our strength, healing, and refreshing our body soul and spirit, so we can be faithful and obedient witnesses of Yeshua Messiah.

Provide us our daily needs. And  forgive our sins, as we forgive others who offended us. Protect us from evil, temptations, accidents, terrorist attacks, even from evil men, etc…

Covenant Structure IV- b: Oath – Sanctions
7. COMMUNION: The Breaking of Bread

The father or head of the household says: Let us have a moment of silence to examine ourselves, hearts and confess our sins.

YHWH God our Father in heaven, You have cleansed us from all unrighteousness and sin with the most precious blood of Your Son Jesus Christ! Please let the most Holy Spirit continually guide and empower me to do the works of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  

SILENT MEDITATION (Allow time for personal introspection and inquiry)

All: Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.  Psalms 139:23-24 KJV

  • Do I judge myself honestly? Do I accept responsibility for what I do or did, or do I blame others?
  • Am I professing principles in public that I do not practice in private?
  • Am I more severe in judging others than I am in judgment of myself?
  • Am I making demands upon others which I do not make of myself?
  • Am I listening to others to understand them, or do I only listen to myself?
  • Am I gracious and courteous toward all my family, to my associates, and to strangers ?
  • Am I forgiving toward all who have wronged me or spoken unkindly?
  • Am I doing in all in my power to keep peace and unity within the family/household?
  • Do I love and care for my family and loyal always to every member of my household?
  • Am I ready to forgive and ask forgiveness to any I have wronged, humbling myself to exalt Jesus Christ ?
  • Am I ready to speak with others, “Not to please men, but to please God who tests our hearts.” (I Thess. 2:4)
  • Do I honor my father and mother; love brothers, sisters, and relatives?

Blessing of the Communion Bread.

1Cor. 11:23  For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 

Eat the bread.

Blessing of the Communion Wine

1Cor. 11:25-26  In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. 

Drink of the cup.

Break bread with one another.

Covenant Structure V-a: Succession/Continuity
8. BLESSING OF THE CHILDREN

Parents: God our Father in heaven we pray that wisdom, protection, guidance and favor be upon our Children. May they be the head and not the tail; anchored in the hope and faith immovable when confronted by the storms of life. We pray for an overflow of your goodness, mercy, love and joy upon them…a blessed future etc.

Read 1 Chronicles 22:1-12

Covenant Structure V-b: Continuity/Succession
9. CLOSING PRAYER AND BENEDICTION

The Head of the Household close the Evening Shabbat with a prayer.

Then Head or father gives the Benediction: Num 6:24  The LORD bless you and keep you; :25  the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;:26  the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. 

  1. GREETINGS OF SABBATH PEACE, BEST WISHES (SHALOM) And Sharing Of Meals!

Greet one another: Shabbat Shalom!

Acts 2:46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47  praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

May the blessings of Sabbath and the peace of the Lord be with you.

 GOD BLESS YOU!

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