Biblical Feasts & Holidays
2019 Holiday Dates and Worship Schedule
The Feasts of the Lord are a collective picture of God’s plan of redemption and are commanded in Leviticus 23 for all followers of the Lord. In part, they are meant to have us regularly celebrate the gift of salvation and call us to readiness for the return of Messiah. If you are completely unfamiliar with these Feasts and their meaning, please learn more by downloading the Marion Bible Fellowship Educational Issues (PDF format) referenced throughout. See also this overview of the Biblically commanded holy days.
Please mark your calendar to attend special gatherings. We look forward to your visit with us. As a special invitation, if you have placed personal faith in Jesus as Master and Savior, or if you are a family member of one who attends our annual Passover Seder (Meal), feel free to contact us two weeks or more before the date of Passover to attend personally.
A holiday to remember God's deliverance of His people from destruction in the wake of a plot by Haman. The plot is recorded in one of the hidden treasures of the Bible, the book of Esther. Why should we celebrate Purim today—because we need Purim. Purim is a reminder that God is actively engaged in the activity of humankind. The book of Esther teaches us that God does not forget His people, even people that sometimes are tempted to forget Him. We need to celebrate because our Master provided us with an outstanding example. Jesus enjoyed festive celebrations. Specifically, Jesus enjoyed festive celebrations that explained God’s story with His people. We should, too. Use this educational guide to prepare your family for the Purim celebration this year.
Wednesday evening, March 20, 2019 at 7:00pm
The Spring Feasts
Times to Recall Salvation, The Exodus, and the Lord's First Coming
Spring Feast Information and Celebration Guide
Passover & Unleavened Bread
—Hebrew: Pesach & Chag Hamatzot
We invite you to enter into this special season with us. We share the Passover Seder (meal) on the first night (see date below) as Messiah taught His disciples to do and we then rest the next day until sunset in obedience to the commandment found in Leviticus 23:7. Beginning immediately after the Passover meal, the Bible instructs us to observe a week-long fast from leaven, which is symbolic of sin, with the week-long Feast of Unleavened Bread.
Passover Seder: Friday evening, April 19, 2019 at 6:30pm
Unleavened Bread: Friday, April 19, 2019 at sunset until Friday evening, April 26, 2019 at sunset
Messiah Banquet: Friday, April 26, 2019 at 7pm
Festival Sabbaths: Saturday, April 20, 2019 and Friday, April 26, 2019
First Fruits / Resurrection Morning
—Hebrew: Yom HaBikkurim
The feast of the first fruits of the harvest occurs the day after the Passover Sabbath. We worship that morning to recall the provision God has given us to approach Him through the death and resurrection of His Son, Yeshua (Jesus). While this day is not an explicit sabbath, Marion Bible Fellowship encourages believers to gather for early worship at the church and also spend time with family for a special day of remembrance of the event that changed the course of history!
First Fruits/Resurrection (Empty Tomb Celebration): Sunday, April 21, 2018 at 10:00am
No Festival Sabbath
Ascension Day Readings from Scripture
Ascension Celebration: Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 8am on the Harding Memorial Lawn, Marion, OH
No Festival Sabbath
Pentecost or Feast of Weeks
Pentecost occurs 50 days after the Feast of First Fruits. We gather for worship remembering the giving of the Spirit and the anniversary of God’s giving of the Torah (commandments) on Sinai.
Pentecost Opening Celebration: Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 7pm
Festival Sabbath: Sunday, June 9, 2019
The Fall Feasts
Times of Preparation for and anticipation of the Lord's return
Fall Feast Information and Celebration Guide
Feasts of Trumpets
—Hebrew: Yom Teruah
The Feast of Trumpets is a particularly joyous time of worship featuring the blowing of shofars (rams horns) and singing. It marks the beginning of a 10-day long period traditionally called “The Days of Awe,” during which we prepare ourselves through daily reflection, repentance, and devotions for the imminent return of the Lord. This important time of reflection continues after our celebration with a day of rest and reflection until sunset.
Trumpets Celebration: Sunday evening, September 29, 2019 at 7pm
Trumpets Activities: Monday, September 30, 2019 from 10am – 4pm at Delaware State Park Shelter House
(call church office for details)
Festival Sabbath: Monday, September 30, 2019
Day of Atonement
—Hebrew: Yom Kippur
This challenging and important Feast Day concentrates on seeking the Lord to identify the sin in our lives. We observe a solemn evening worship service and then spend a day of complete fasting (medical health permitting). During that the day and until sunset we concentrate on God's direction for our lives and seek to identify how He would have us change. We also gather as an assembly at the church for reading Scripture and corporate prayer.
Atonement Opening Service: Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 7pm
Atonement Activities: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 from 10am – 7pm at Marion Bible Fellowship
(call church office for details)
Festival Sabbath: Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Feast of Tabernacles
Tabernacles begins with gathering for worship followed by a day of rest until sunset. The Feast of Tabernacles is a most joyous occasion. It is a feast looking forward to the time the Lord comes again to be with His people and prefigures the rule and reign of Messiah. A closing celebration called the Eighth Day Celebration concludes the week-long festival.
Opening Service: Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 7pm
—Campout and telescopes on church grounds after opening service. Rain date: Wednesday, September 16th, 7pm.
Prayer Service: Monday, October 14, 201 9 at 10am-Noon
Progressive Meal: Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 6pm-9pm
—Call church office for locations and details.
Great Deliverance Service: Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 7pm
Eighth Day Celebration: Monday, October 21, 2019 at 10am-Noon
Festival Sabbaths: Monday, October 14, 2019 and Monday, October 21, 2019
Summary Holiday Sabbaths/Times of Rest 2019
In addition to the instruction to observe most of these festivals with a sacred assembly, the Bible also commands to keep them as special Sabbaths on which no work should be done. These days provide opportunities to rest before the Lord. Resting may include spending time in prayer and study, spending special times with family, relaxing, visiting with friends, attending worship and learning more about the holiday itself. Although we are not to work, cooking, which is prohibited on the weekly Sabbath Day, is permitted for the day's food preparation on festival sabbaths. Where a holiday and regular Sabbath fall on the same day, the more stringent restrictions (no cooking) apply. To plan ahead for time off from work with your employer, we list below the holiday Sabbaths for this year:
First Day of Unleavened Bread: Saturday, April 20, 2019
Final Day Unleavened Bread: Friday, April 26, 2019
Pentecost: Sunday, June 9, 2019
Trumpets: Monday, September 30, 2019
Atonement: Wednesday, October 9, 2019
First Day of Tabernacles: Monday, October 14, 2019
Last Day of Tabernacles: Monday, October 21, 2019
A Note of Encouragement…
As a follower of Jesus, please don't let these appointments with the Lord slip by without discovering their importance in your life. Each of them paints a progressive picture of Messiah and His return:
Trumpets reminds us that He is coming at any time
Atonement calls us to prepare ourselves for meeting with Him
Tabernacles rehearses the joy that will abound when He rules on earth as Lord and King!