Thursday, September 18
On three occasions in the year every male of yours will appear before the face of the true Lord, Jehovah.—Ex. 23:17.
Jehovah required that the Israelites assemble in Jerusalem for three seasonal festivals each year—the Festival of Unfermented Cakes, the Festival of Weeks (later called Pentecost), and the Festival of Booths. Recognizing the great spiritual value of these festivals, many family heads attended with their entire family. (1 Sam. 1:1-7; Luke 2:41, 42) Think about what it meant for an Israelite family to make that journey. Joseph and Mary, for example, would travel about 60 miles (100 km) one way from Nazareth to Jerusalem. It must have been quite an experience for them to travel and prepare meals together and to organize suitable sleeping arrangements in unfamiliar locations. Yet, conditions were safe enough for a 12-year-old like Jesus to be allowed a certain amount of freedom.—Luke 2:44-46. w12 9/15 5:11, 12
WEEK STARTING SEPTEMBER 15
Song 105 and Prayer
□ Congregation Bible Study:
cl chap. 13 ¶1-10 (30 min.)
□ Theocratic Ministry School:
Bible reading: Numbers 26-29 (10 min.)
No. 1: Numbers 27:15–28:10 (4 min. or less)
No. 2: God Did Not Create the Devil—rs p. 363 ¶2 (5 min.)
No. 3: Adam—The Terrible Consequences of Sin—it-1 p. 45 ¶7–p. 46 ¶1 (5 min.)
□ Service Meeting:
15 min: What Have We Accomplished? Talk by the service overseer. Review the congregation’s activity during the past service year, including the special campaign in August. Focus on the good things that were accomplished, and give appropriate commendation. Invite the audience to relate any good experiences they had during August, and interview a publisher who expanded his ministry. Conclude by mentioning one or two aspects of the ministry that the congregation can work on during the coming year, and offer practical suggestions for improvement.
15 min: “Take as a Pattern the Prophets—Nahum.” Questions and answers.
Song 46 and Prayer