Ideas for Celebrating Feast of Tabernacles
The biblical holiday of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) started at sundown last night! It is a week-long holiday filled with joyful celebrations, hospitality and giving. Since it lasts a whole week, I thought I’d throw out a few ideas for how we could celebrate!
God told His people to live in temporary shelters (sukkahs) for a whole week during this holiday. Part of it had to do with Sukkot being a harvest holiday — people would have been out in the fields working and could just stay out and sleep in their little booths for the week. But another reason was because God wanted the Israelites to remember how He was with them and provided for them when they were living in temporary shelters during their wandering in the wilderness. Sukkot is a time to remember God’s great provision.
* You may not want to build an actual shelter, but if you have kids, it might be fun to build a blanket fort together! Once you’re finished, sit inside and invite everyone to share one way God provides for your family.
* If you want to feel like a real Israelite, make your fort in your backyard and eat supper as a family in it one day this week! Read Exodus 16 after your meal and discuss how God provided food for His people.
One of the main traditions of Sukkot is to show hospitality to others. This is because it is a harvest holiday — people would have just brought in their fall crops and had an abundance of food. God also asked His people to give food offerings, and to celebrate this holiday with family, servants, foreigners, widows and orphans. God wanted His people to rejoice in Him and one another!
* It’s Thanksgiving, so many of us are already getting together with family and friends! Share what you are thankful for and ways God has provided for you.
* Consider having friends over for a meal at some point this week. Inviting people into your home is a great way to show hospitality and care for those around you.
* Invite your co-workers to have a potluck or a special lunch out. Next week our CrossRoads staff is having a potluck — it’s a fun chance for us to connect, and each person will get to bring something to share as a way of showing hospitality.
Giving to the Poor
During Sukkot, people usually provide for those in need. This is because God told the Israelites to invite everyone to their celebrations — the poor, the widow, the foreigner, and the orphan. And because this is a harvest holiday, there is also the reminder that God told the Israelites not to glean to the very edges of their fields or go over them a second time. What was left could be gathered by the poor and the foreigner.
* If you do have friends over this week or get together with co-workers, consider inviting everyone to bring a canned good or leftover Thanksgiving food that can be given to one of the services in Red Deer that offers food to those in need. Below are three places in our community where you can drop off a food donation this week!
* Adventist Centre 5014 49th Street
Drop off times: Thursday 3:30pm – 6:00pm. Saturday 3:30pm – 6:00pm. Sunday 11:00am – 2:00pm
They serve hot meals during the above times and also provide some food for persons to take out.
Accept breads/bakery products, items for soups, stews, casseroles. No meat please.
* Loaves and Fishes 6002 – 54 Avenue
Drop off times Monday through Friday 8:00am– 4:00pm.
Donations of all kinds are accepted to feed persons on site and also to create food hampers
So, these are just a few ways we can remember and celebrate God’s provision in our lives this week during the holiday of Sukkot!
* Do you plan to celebrate in any way?