What is Yom Kippur?
Also, known as the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur is considered the most solemn day of the year. It is found primarily in Leviticus 16. For Israel, this day meant a complete cleansing from their sins as they waited for the high priest to take the blood of the sacrifice into the Holy of Holies to make atonement for their sins personally and corporately. Israel was called to humble themselves on this day in preparation for this necessary and costly atonement. Today the physical temple no longer exists but the temple of God, the dwelling presence, is now found in the person of Jesus the Messiah. He is Immanuel - God with us! His death was the ultimate and final sacrifice for the sin of the world. He is the fullness of God’s atonement on our behalf. We honor our Savior this day by coming together before Him with repentance and thankfulness for all He has done! We invite you to join us as we reflect, pray, and worship together in observance of Yom Kippur.
Yom Kippur Prayer Vigil
Come and join us for an all night Yom Kippur Vigil on Tuesday, September 18th from 7:00pm until Wednesday, September 19th at 7:00am. We have a number of spiritual disciplines outlined for the night as we draw close to God and each other. More information to come!
Yom Kippur Service
Yom Kippur (or the Day of Atonement) is the most solemn assembly of the year. The Ten Days of Awe culminate in this feast day, which is actually a day of fasting and prayer. The Day of Atonement for us as believers is not as solemn as it is for those who have not received the sacrifice of the Lamb of God, but it is still important for us to search our hearts and humbly beseech God’s throne for forgiveness and mercy. We remember the price Yeshua paid for our atonement and this day is about honoring Him by making teshuvah. Click here to read more about Yom Kippur.
We will have a Yom Kippur service on Wednesday, September 19th, at The Harvest from 1 to 3 pm. On Yom Kippur it is not required, but traditional to wear white. If you are able, it is also a day of fasting*. This would be for healthy adults, not recommended for children, pregnant or nursing mothers, or individuals who need to take medication daily with a meal. Please contact us if you have questions.
*Disclaimer: The Harvest recommends consulting your physician before participating in the fast.