A guide to celebrating the holidays with joy and meaning
The Feast of Trumpets is a time for rejoicing in God’s victory over sin and death. It also marks the beginning of the season of Advent, which culminates on Christmas Day. The Feast of Trumpets is one of three major feasts that occur during this period. The other two are Rosh Hashanah and Passover(which commemorates the Exodus from Egypt ).
In the Old Testament, the Feast of Trumpets was celebrated on the first day of Tishri, the seventh month of the Jewish year. This was the day when the trumpeters sounded their blasts at the temple gates as the Israelites were about to enter into the Promised Land. In the New Testament, Jesus Christ instituted the feast of Tabernacles, which occurs every fall. The Feast of Trumpet is mentioned only once in the Bible, in Joel 2:1-11.
For Christians, the Feast of Trumpet celebrates the end of the seven-year tribulation period and the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. According to Revelation 11:15, “the nations were angry; and your wrath has come.” And according to Matthew 24:29, “this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
“It should be noted that there is no biblical basis for using the term “trumpet call” to refer to the sounding of church bells or any other type of bell ringing. The word trumpet comes from the Latin trumpere, meaning “to sound a horn.” A trumpet is not used to announce the arrival of an angelic being who brings good news. Instead, it is used to signal the approach of a military leader to his army.
This article discusses how to celebrate the Feast of Trumpets in a manner consistent with Scripture.
What Are Some Biblical Examples of Trumpeting?
- Although there are no explicit references to trumpeting in the Bible, there are numerous examples of God using this instrument to communicate with his people.
- For example, Joshua was told to command the Israelites to blow their trumpets “when you hear the sound of marching in the distance.” The whole army was commanded to do so.
- Similarly, when the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary, she was instructed to “blow the ram’s horn.
- “Finally, Jesus himself blew a trumpet during his triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
- These examples show that the blowing of horns by humans is merely symbolic of what God does through the use of instruments such as trumpets.
How Does the Church Use Trumpets Today?
- Today, the church uses trumpets to announce special events such as weddings, funerals, baptisms, ordinations, confirmations, etc. These are done to give praise to God and to invite others to join them in worshiping him.
- As mentioned above, the Feast of Trumpets is one of three major festivals during the holiday season. For more information about these feasts, see our articles on the Feasts of the Lord.
Who Should Be Invited to the Feast of Trumpets?
- Any Christian can participate in the Feast of Trumpets. However, those who are ordained ministers are expected to lead the celebration in some way.
- If you have been called to serve as a pastor, elder, deacon, or Sunday school teacher, you may want to consider leading the service. If you are not currently serving in one of those capacities, you may volunteer to help out.
- You may also choose to lead the service if you are a member of a local congregation. You could even ask to be appointed to serve as the preacher at the next meeting.
- In addition to pastors, elders, deacons, and Sunday school teachers, members of the choir, orchestra, band, and drama department may also be invited to participate in the service.
The following questions may help determine whether you should be invited to lead the service:
1) Do you know how to play a musical instrument?
2) Have you ever led a group in singing or playing music?
3) Can you read Scripture aloud?
4) Would you like to learn how to lead a worship service?
5) Do you enjoy working with children?
6) Is there anything else about yourself that would make you a suitable candidate to lead the service?
7) What kind of message would you like to deliver?
8) Will you need additional training to prepare for the service?
9) Where will you hold the service?
10) Who will you invite to attend the service?
11) When will you schedule the service?
12) What time will you start the service?
13) What time will you stop the service?
14) What time will you close the doors after the service?
15) How long will the service last?
16) What type of music will you play?
17) How many people will be invited to the service?
18) How much money will you spend on food and decorations?
19) How much money will it cost to rent the facility where the service will be held?
20) How much money will your travel expenses be?
21) How much money will the rest of the committee spend on decorating the facility?
22) How much money will each person attending the service spend?
23) How much money will be spent on gifts for the attendees?
24) How much money will this service raise for the church?
25) How much money will all of this raise for the church?
26) How much money will we save by having fewer services?
27) How much money will I personally receive from this service?
28) How much money will my family receive from this service?
29) How much money will everyone involved in planning and executing the service receive?
30) How much money will God receive from this service?
How to Prepare for the Service?
Before the Feast of Trumpets, you may want to begin preparing for the service. Here are some things that you might do:
1) Ask someone to teach you how to play an instrument to be able to lead the service.
2) Read through the scriptures that will be used in the service.
3) Make sure that you have enough copies of the scriptures for everyone who attends the service.
4) Decide what songs you will sing during the service.
5) Find out when the best times to set up tables and chairs will be.
6) Determine how many people will be coming to the service.
7) Plan for how you will get people into the building.
8) Arrange to borrow a microphone if you don’t already own one.
9) Set up a bulletin board near the entrance door.
10) Purchase items such as candles, incense, owners, etc., that will be needed for the service.
11) Buy a gift for every person who comes to the service.
12) Order any particular foods that will be served.
13) If you plan to use a projector or screen, purchase these items now.
14) Contact the local newspaper and ask them to send photographers to take pictures of the event.
15) Call the radio station to announce the date and time of the service.
16) Write down the names of those who will be delivering the messages.
17) Print off a copy of the program for everyone who will come to the service.
18) Send invitations to anyone who has not yet been invited.
19) Give extra thought to the order of the service.
20) Have everything ready before the guests arrive.
The Feasting Begins
- When the Feast of Trumpets begins, you should be dressed appropriately for the occasion. You can wear something formal, casual, or even religious, depending upon the nature of the service. You must dress well because you will be representing the Lord Jesus Christ.
- You should also be prepared to serve others. This means that you should be willing to help people and their seats, pass out programs, answer questions, etc.
- After the service starts, you must be careful to maintain good behavior. The Bible says that “the wicked shall be turned into hell” (Proverbs 11:31). In other words, it is possible to misbehave at a worship service. Therefore, you need to keep your wits about yourself and avoid doing anything that embarrasses yourself or others.
- If you are serving food, make sure that you eat only what you are supposed to eat. Do not eat more than you need to. Remember that you represent the Lord Jesus Christ. He did not become flesh to eat and drink like us.
- Be sure to thank God for the opportunity to share His love with others.
What to Say During the Service
During the service, you should say the following:
1) Praise God for his wonderful creation.
2) Thank Him for being our Savior.
3) Pray for those who are sick.
4) Thank him for giving us the Holy Spirit.
5) Tell God that we pray for each other.
6) Thank God for sending Jesus to die on the cross for our sins.
7) Thank God for allowing us to live forever with Him in heaven.
8) Thank God for the blessings that he gives us daily.
9) Thank God for the joys that he gives us.
10) Thank God for making us able to enjoy life through the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
11) Ask God to bless all the people around us.
12) Thank God for the beauty of nature.
13) Thank God for the wonders of science.
14) Thank God for the richness of music.
15) Thank God for the many ways that he uses art to glorify himself.
16) Thank God for the arts.
17) Thank God for the great men and women who have made contributions to society.
18) Thank God for the freedom that he gave us.
19) Thank God for the opportunities that he provides for us.
20) Thank God for the opportunity to serve him.
This is the way to celebrate the Feast of Trumpets!