The Tabernacle of Meridian is preparing for Hanukkah and invites the community to join in the celebration.
“Hanukkah will begin this Saturday evening at sundown. We’ll ask for eight days. This is one of the few times that Hanukkah actually falls right in line with Christmas and ends at New Years,” said Pastor and Bishop Chuck Overby.
The Tabernacle of Meridian practices both the Christian and Jewish faith traditions.
“In St. John 10:22, Jesus went to the Temple. It was winter time. It was called the feast of dedication. In Hebrew, that is “Hanukkah.” So, Jesus celebrated Hanukkah. We’re celebrating what Jesus celebrated,” said Overby.
Festivities will start with a Hanukkah kick-off rally.
“It’ll begin Friday at 7 p.m. We will have an ordination service. We’ll be ordaining 10 ministers here. Bishop Gilmore from mountain home, Arkansas, will be ministering for us. We’ll have a meal afterwards and enjoy some festivities. On Saturday, we’ll have our regular Sabbath service. Saturday evening, which is the beginning of Hanukkah, we’ll close out by lighting the first candles on the Hanukkah Menorah,” said Overby.
He explained that celebrating Hanukkah is a way to remember the reason for the season.
“Jesus’ Hebrew name was Yeshua. That name means salvation. We celebrate his salvation, the salvation that he’s brought to us. The reason for the season as far as Hanukkah is concerned, we seek to restore the Hebrew roots of the Christian faith.”