I am often asked why Cornerstone Church celebrates the Feast of Tabernacles. We commemorate this Jewish festival because it reminds us of our Jewish roots. You have heard Pastor Hagee often say that Judaism does not need Christianity to explain its existence, but Christianity must have Judaism to explain our existence.
Cornerstone Church hosts a Passover meal in the spring and we celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles in the fall with a three-day festival filled with fun, food, fellowship, uplifting praise and worship and inspirational Bible-based preaching. It is the Cornerstone way to give our thanks to the Lord for His goodness as well as serve the community in which we live by presenting the message of the Gospel through hospitality, song and preaching! 1 Peter 4:11“If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”
It is our goal to learn from Scripture and to be a witness of Christ to the city of San Antonio and the surrounding areas.
Why the Feast of Tabernacles?
Several years ago, Pastor Hagee and I took four of our grandchildren on a Saturday outing. We enjoyed a pancake breakfast and then off to a local kiddie park filled with children’s amusement rides. This very rustic park has been in the city for years; my husband was taken there by his parents. We took our children there, and now we take our grandchildren. When we drove into the parking lot the children squealed with joy! Pastor asked me, “Why don’t they squeal that way when they come to church?” I answered, “Well the kiddie rides may have something to do with it!”
Later that year Pastor began a study on the Festivals of The Lord. He learned that the Feast of Tabernacles was a joyous celebration filled with thanksgiving for God’s goodness, and that was all the inspiration he needed to create our very own Cornerstone Church Feast of Tabernacles celebration.
The Torah says, “On the fifteenth day of the seventh month shall be the Feast of Booths [Sukkot, seven days for Adonai... For seven days you shall dwell in booths; every citizen ofIsrael shall dwell in booths so that your generations will know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt.” Leviticus 23:33-44
This observance is also known as the Feast of Tabernacles and is one of the three “Pilgrim Feasts” along with Passover and Pentecost. It was a time when the Jewish people made a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem, bringing their offerings to the Lord. In the case of the Feast of Tabernacles, their offerings would be from their fall harvest. This Feast is the most joyous of all the Jewish festivals, lasting nine full days for the Jews living outside of Israel and eight days for those living in Israel.
The Feast of Tabernacles is a festival of remembrance and thanksgiving. Remembrance of the time the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob watched over the Israelites in the wilderness on their journey to the Promised Land and a time of thanksgiving for the harvest of every good thing that comes from above.
The main symbol of this celebration is the Sukkot or booth that the Jewish people build in observance of the holiday. The building and decorating of the booth is a festive occasion where family and friends come together as they prepare to eat their meals there for nine days. As the Jewish people atone for their sins in the community of the Synagogue, so do they rejoice together in their homes during Sukkot.
To symbolize this tradition, Cornerstone builds 12 booths decorated and manned by the members of the Government of Twelve. These booths offer delicious foods for those walking the grounds while enjoying the kiddie and adult amusement rides that adorn the parking lot. Each evening features church services filled with praise and worship and dynamic Gospel preaching. The night is culminated with a state-of-the-art fireworks display. Sunday evening we host our annual Night to Honor Israel where we invite the Jewish community of the surrounding areas as an expression of solidarity with Israel and the Jewish people.
If you attend every year we ask that you bring your friends and family to enjoy the festivities during the day and the inspirational services in the evening. If you wish to volunteer, contact our Events Department and we will assign you a place to serve!
If you have never attended, then we invite you to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles with us! In a time when the world is filled with hopelessness and uncertainty, come to the house of the Lord and give thanks to Him for His unfailing mercies, grace and goodness!
Our grandchildren now “squeal” when they know that the Feast celebration is approaching. It is truly a time of joy and thanksgiving for the whole family!
Celebrating God's Blessings and Faithfulness
Friday-Sunday, October 23-25, 2015
Special Services Each Day As Follows:
Friday October 23
|Pastor Matthew Hagee
Saturday, October 24
|Pastor John Hagee
Sunday October 25
@ 8:30a & 11:00a
Pastor John Hagee
Night To Honor Israel
Sunday October 25 @ 6:30
The Celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles has become an annual tradition at Cornerstone Church. As Christians, it is important that we understand our Jewish roots, the feasts and how they apply to the Believer. The Feast of Tabernacles or "Sukkot" is known as the feast of the booths or temporary dwellings, when the Jewish males were required to go to Jerusalem. Leviticus 23:33-43, Numbers 29:12-39 and Deuteronomy 16:13-16 all describe the details of this unique feast.
"Sukkot" commences the fifteenth day of "Tishri," five days after Yom Kippur or the day of Atonement. It lasts seven days, with an eighth day, Sh’mini Atzeret, spent as an added day of rest. This feast occurs during late September or October.
Families build booths of palm branches, partly open to the sky, to recall God’s blessings toward Israel during the forty years of wandering in the desert and living in tents. The festival also celebrates the harvest that previously took place at summer’s end, making this feast a time of thanksgiving. The Puritans modeled the American holiday of Thanksgiving after "Sukkot."
It is always important to remember that the Feast of Tabernacles major theme is joy and thanksgiving. So join us for the joyful event - the Feast of Tabernacles. We will be celebrating the joy, goodness and many blessings of God. It is a celebration to be enjoyed by both Christians and Jews alike. It will open your eyes to what the Feast means to all of us.
Musical Guests Include:
Feast of Tabernacles Midway Hours of Operation
||5pm to 11pm
||11am to 11pm
||11am to 4pm
*All RIdes Free
Feast of Tabernacles Big Tent entertainment throughout the day and evening on Friday and Saturday, including blue grass music, dancers, and children's programs/activities! You don't want to miss it!
Join us as we celebrate God’s goodness in Fun, Food & Fellowship with a Full Midway of Games, Food Booths & FREE Rides!