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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.

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.


Weekly/Monthly Festivals

The weekly Sabbath and the monthly New Moon

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The Weekly Sabbath

Hebrew: Shabbat

The weekly Sabbath is a day set aside for rest and worship, a mandatory practice described in the Ten Commandments in line with God's blessing of the seventh day (Saturday) making it holy, "because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation."  Marion Bible Fellowship has adopted a tradtional abbreviated opening and closing to Sabbath that is included here for download and practice.  As commanded, we gather for study and worship Sabbath mornings and teach that believers should refrain primarily from work, pursuits and commerce, not causing others to work for us either.  Sabbath should be a delight and primarily a time to refrain from worldly pursuits, achievement, and a time to enjoy dedicated time with God, family and fellow believers.

The New Month (New Moon)

Hebrew: Rosh Chodesh

Scripture instructs us to observe the New Moon (Hebrew Rosh Chodesh) each month and use it as the basis for determining the times of the biblical festivals. Since the lunar year differs from the solar year and our modern calendars, biblical festivals occur on different dates on our calendars but always occur on the same day of the lunar calendar.
Besides the additional Temple sacrifice, the Torah does not designate specific activities for observing the new moon, so we must rely on Pharisaic traditions or personal reasoning. Whereas the modern identification of a new moon observes the dark phase of the moon, ancient Israelites regarded the new moon as the first visible crescent that occurs one or two days after the astronomical new moon. In any event, the exact definition of the New Moon is left to tradition, and the activities the holiday prescribes are also dependent on tradition.
At MBF, we believe the announcement of the New Moon at a gathering is integral to following the commandment to observe the New Moon. When we celebrate the New Moon, we have a tradition of corporately reading Scriptures relating to the heavens, keeping Festivals based on the New Moon, and renewing our commitment to serving the King more diligently in the coming month.

For dates of the new month in the current year, please download the Holiday Dates and Worship Schedule, above.

Spring Festivals

Times to Recall Salvation: The Exodus and Messiah’s First Coming, His Death, and Resurrection


Passover & Unleavened

Hebrew: Pesach & Chag Hamatzot

Passover is an ordered evening meal (Hebrew: seder), while Unleavened Bread is a seven-day long festival. Preparation for Unleavened Bread begins ahead of the Passover meal by cleaning all food containing leavening agents from the home. During the festival of Unleavened Bread, one abstains from all food containing leavening agents beginning with Passover eve until after sunset the final day of the holiday week. The first and seventh days of Unleavened Bread are sabbaths with a gathering prescribed each of these two days in the Torah. On the seventh day, we have adopted the tradition of gathering for a “Messiah Banquet” that anticipates Messiah’s return.

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Attending Passover is open to the believing public. 

Tickets are available on our homepage one month before the event each year.

First Fruits / Resurrection Morning

Hebrew: Yom HaBikkurim

First Fruits is a one-day celebration of the first products of the barley harvest. It coincides with Messiah’s resurrection as the “first fruit” of the New Covenant—He is the first to rise from the dead. For Messianic believers First Fruits, as a celebration of Messiah’s resurrection, parallels “Easter,” but it is biblically scheduled three days after the Passover meal on the Hebrew calendar, so it does not always coincide with Christendom’s resurrection celebration.

Second Passover

Hebrew: Pesach Sheni

The Second Passover (see Numbers 9:9-12) is offered for those who cannot attend the Passover Meal due to travel away from home or other reasons. Contact us at 740-387-4080 or email to schedule if you need to have us provide an opportunity for this alternative celebration for you.

Ascension Day

Hebrew: Yom Aliyah

Ascension Day occurs on the fortieth day of the Omer Count. It is Marion Bible Fellowship’s remembrance of the ascension of Messiah to the right hand of the Father.

Pentecost or Festival of Weeks

Hebrew: Shavuot

Pentecost is a one-day celebration of the first products of the wheat harvest, occurring fifty days after First Fruits. This day is traditionally reckoned as the date God gave the Torah to Moses on Mount Sinai and the day God gave the Spirit to believers in Messiah (Acts 2).

Fall Festivals

Times of Repentance, Preparation and 
Anticipation of Messiah’s Return


Festival of Trumpets and Ten Days of Awe

Hebrew: Yom Teruah

The Festival of Trumpets is a day of blowing trumpets (ram’s horn or Hebrew shofar) to alert believers to ready themselves for the upcoming Day of Atonement and the coming of Messiah. The day is a mixture of anticipation and begins the "Ten Days of Awe," a ten-day period of daily repentance and self-searching that terminates in the Day of Atonement. The traditional title of the day in Judaism today—Rosh Hashanah (“New Year”)—is secondary at MBF, since the Bible marks the religious new year as the Hebrew month in which Passover occurs (Exodus 12:1-2).

Ten Days of Awe

Hebrew: Yamim HaNoraim

MBF has adopted the tradition of observing the Ten Days of Awe that begin on the Feast of Trumpets and end on the Day of Atonement. During these ten days, believers may use our printed Guide to consider various portions of their life in repentance. We bring these areas of our lives before the Lord in prayerful consideration on the Day of Atonement.

Day of Atonement

Hebrew: Yom Kippur

This challenging and important Feast Day concentrates on seeking the Lord to identify the sin in our lives. This day has been called the “holiest day of the year” and is a day of serious and resolute rest, prayer, repentance and gathering from evening sunset to evening sunset. We observe a solemn evening worship service and then spend a day of complete fasting (medical health permitting). During 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.

Feast of Tabernacles

Hebrew: Sukkot

The concluding festival of the year recalls Israel’s wilderness experience while waiting to enter the Land. It also reminds us that God dwells in the midst of His people and cares for them, even in the most humble of circumstances. A third and the greatest focus of the festival anticipates God sending His Messiah to dwell with His people. Believers embrace this anticipation as we await Messiah’s return, the establishment of the Temple in Jerusalem and His reign as king over all nations. For additional fellowship opportunity during the week-long festival, MBF has a tradition of sharing a “Progressive Meal” in which celebrating members visit several homes for a progressively complete evening dinner. Specific host homes are announced ahead of the event.

Winter Festivals

These traditional festivals, while not mandated by Scripture, celebrate God faithfulness to deliver His people.

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Festivals of Light

Hanukkah and Christmas

Marion Bible Fellowship traditionally celebrates the light of God by combining Hanukkah traditions, which recall the light of the Temple and God’s light in deliverance, with the Light of the World in the birth of Messiah (traditional date). We combine song, biblical readings and candlelight to recall and anticipate the Light of God in our lives.

Hanukkah, which means “dedication,” is an eight-day long festival that prompts us to further dedicate our lives to God. MBF encourages the use of our devotional in lighting a hanukkiah (Hanukkah menorah) at home. We offer guidance ahead of the holiday on obtaining a hanukkiah as needed. The Light of the World Himself took time to observe God’s deliverance in this “Feast of Dedication” (John 10:22-23).

Festival of Lots

Heb: Purim

Marion Bible Fellowship hosts a traditional holiday reading of the book of Esther, with themed costumes worn by all participants. Purim celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from a wickedly schemed destruction during time of the Persian empire. This observation recounts the sometimes silent faithfulness of God in preserving his people. Nothing happens by chance. God’s hand moves in silence and in declaration in human history.

Summary Holiday Sabbaths/Times of Rest

In addition to observing most of these festivals with a sacred assembly, the Bible also commands believers 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 with each holiday above the holiday sabbaths for this year.

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!



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