Rosh Hashanah Celebration Service and Communion with Daniel Whyte III


On the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread: And when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, Take, eat; this is my body, which is broken for you: This do in remembrance of me.


John 6:58 says, “This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.”


“In the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, ‘This cup is the new testament in my blood: This do you as oft as ye drink it in remembrance of me.’ For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till he come.”


Hebrews 9:22 says, “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.”

1 John 1:7 says, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”


After they had finished the first Supper, they sang a hymn and went out into the night.

Leviticus 23:23-25:

23 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

24 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.

25 Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord.

1 Corinthians 6:8-11:

8 Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.

9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Jack Kemp said, “The power of one man or one woman doing the right thing for the right reason, and at the right time, is the greatest influence in our society.” —

Joyce C. Lock said, “Build upon strengths, and weaknesses will gradually take care of themselves.” —

David Weatherford said, “When faced with a challenge, look for a way, not a way out.” —

Heidi Johnson said, “Always concentrate on how far you have come, rather than how far you have left to go.”

Lucas Hellmer said, “Aim not for what you are, but for what you could be.” —

Unknown said, “Be yourself. An original is always worth more than a copy.” —

Loren Fischer said, “The difference between holding on to a hurt or releasing it with forgiveness is like the difference between laying your head down at night on a pillow filled with thorns or a pillow filled with rose petals.” —

Jesse Jackson said, “Don’t look down on anyone unless you are helping them up.” —

Lauren Anderson said, “If you can’t laugh, the days are just too long.” —

Eddie Rickenbacker said, “Courage is about doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared.”

Abraham Lincoln said, “It matters not the number of years in your life. It is the life in your years.” —

Rosh Hashanah means, literally, “head of the year”

The first day of Tishri.

Leviticus 16:24 “…In the seventh month, on the first of the month, there shall be a sabbath for you, a
remembrance with shofar blasts, a holy convocation.”

Judaism has several different “new years”;

Consider: here in the U.S we have the New Year in January; The “school year” starts in August; And businesses have “fiscal years” that start at various times of the year.

In Judaism, Nissan 1 is the new year for the purpose of counting the reign of kings and months on the calendar.

Elul 1 (in August) is the new year for the tithing of animals.

Shevat 15 (in February) is the new year for trees determining when first fruits can be eaten, etc.);

Tishri 1 (Rosh Hashanah) is the new year for years (when they increase the year number. Sabbatical and Jubilee years begin at this time).

The name “Rosh Hashanah” is not used in the Bible.

The Bible refers to this holy day as Yom Ha-Zikkaron (the day of remembrance).

Rosh Hashanah is 10 days before Yom Kippur, the “Day of Atonement”.

Rosh Hashanah is instituted in Leviticus 23:24-25.

Greeting: L’shanah tovah! (For a good year!)

Observances: Sounding the shofar (ram’s horn trumpet)

100 notes are sounded each day.

There are four different types of shofar notes:

A 3 second sustained note followed by a three 1-second notes rising in tone, then a series of short, staccato notes extending over a period of about 3 seconds; and a final blast which lasts at least 10 seconds as a minimum.

The shofar’s sound is a call to repentance.

Customs: Dipping apples in honey; Casting off “sins” into a river

Apples/honey: Signifying the sweetness of a new start.

Tashlikh (“casting off”): Walk to flowing water and empty out pockets into the river, symbolically casting off our sins. (Small pieces of bread are commonly put in the pocket to be cast off.)

Rosh Hashanah is a time to begin introspection;

Looking back at the mistakes of the past year;

Looking forward planning changes for a new year.

Rosh Hashanah is a call to a Fresh Start.

It is a call to repentance.

Repentance is a willful choice to change.

A chance to do things different; to be different.

It’s a new start, a Fresh Start!

God by a mighty hand delivered the children of Israel from hard Egyptian bondage.

Some of them longed for “the melons of Egypt”; (The past).

God had given them a Fresh Start; One in which they could freely worship Him.

Make Today your God given Rosh Hashanah – A Fresh Start

Let God deliver you from hard bondage.

The hard bondage of…

Servitude to Sin;

The Entrapment of Failure;

The Smothering of Guilt;

The Pain of Disillusion;

The Drowning of Dreams;

The Destruction of Hope.

Then be like Paul: Philippians 3:13-14 says, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

Welcome to the First Day of the Rest of Your Life!

Your Fresh Start — L’shanah tovah!

Let’s Pray —

Dear friend, please understand that after you die, you will be ushered into one of two places to spend eternity, Heaven or Hell.

Here’s how you can be sure that you will not go to hell and suffer eternal damnation forever and rather have a home in Heaven when you die. The Bible says, ”Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” Here’s how you can be saved from sin and hell and have a home in Heaven when you die in more detail.

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” In fact, I am the chief of sinners, so don’t think that you’re alone.

2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

3. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for Salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

This sermon was adapted from a message by Samuel Fulkerson

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