The Jewish celebration of Rosh Hashanah (the Feast of Trumpets) celebrates the launching of a new year, and the blowing of the trumpets signals that fresh start for the calendar. In that celebration, Psalm 47 is read seven times before the trumpets are blown, making it an integral part of anticipating the new year. As we approach our own new year, we will consider Psalm 47 and how it might help us prepare for what is ahead.
Jewish people celebrate the beginning of a new year with “The Feast of Trumpets” by reading Psalm 47 seven times and then blowing trumpets made from rams’ horns! In this chapter, you’ll reflect with the group on Psalm 47 and consider how it may help you prepare for the new year ahead.
As you make your way toward the end of one year and the beginning of another, are you focused more on looking back or looking ahead? In this chapter, you’ll learn about the Jewish New Year celebration of Rosh Hashanah and discover how it can help you put your focus in the right place.
We’ve all found ourselves in difficult situations. In these times, why is it so much easier to focus on our problems than it is to rely on our great and mighty God? In this chapter, you’ll consider the direct correlation between having faith and experiencing doubt.
Before the trumpets blow at the start of Rosh Hashanah, Jewish people read Psalm 47 seven times. But how does this relate to those who don’t practice the Jewish faith? In this chapter, you’ll consider the parallels between Rosh Hashanah, New Year’s Day, and fresh starts.
On New Year’s Eve, we reflect on the past year and think about how we can improve in the next. And in this chapter, you’ll be challenged to start the new year by recognizing that no matter what you may face, God is on the throne.