Below is a simple template for family Erev Shabbat (Friday night) blessings… Feel free to adapt as you desire!
EREV SHABBAT LITURGY
Scriptures For Reflection:
Exodus 31:16-17: Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between Me and them forever; for in six days Yahweh made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed. Ezekiel 20:12: Moreover I also gave them My Sabbaths… that they might know that I AM Yahweh who sanctifies them. Isaiah 56:6-7 “I will also bless the foreigners who commit themselves to Yahweh, who serve him and love his name, who worship him and do not desecrate the Sabbath day of rest, and who hold fast to my covenant. I will bring them to my holy mountain of Jerusalem and will fill them with joy in my house of prayer. I will accept their burnt offerings and sacrifices, because my Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations. Isaiah 58:13-14: If you turn away… from doing your pleasure on My holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy day of Yahweh honorable, and shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words, then you shall delight yourself in Yahweh; and I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of Yahweh has spoken.
May we observe Your Shabbat by resting, being refreshed, and by allowing ourselves to be set apart for Your purposes. May we honor and delight in You always and may we receive all that You have for us this Shabbat.
Lighting The Shabbat Candles:
We light the first candle and remember Your creative power: Genesis 1:3: In the beginning Yahweh created the heavens and the earth, and said, ‘Let there be light’. The second candle reminds us of Your redemptive power: John 8:12: Yeshua said, ‘I AM the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.’ Thank You, Yeshua
Baruch ata Yahweh, Eloheinu melech ha olam, asher kidshanu be mitzvotah vitzevanu, lezechar ve shamar Shabbat.
Translation: Blessed are You, Yahweh our God, King of the universe, Who commands us to remember and observe the Shabbat.
Blessing Of The Wine:
The wine represents Yeshua’s Blood, shed for us so that we might live (Matthew 26:27, 28). Wine also represents joy, and we lift the cup in thanksgiving for the joy that we find only in You, Yeshua, and Your great sacrifice for us. Thank You also that Your joy is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10). May we ever be joyful in You!
Baruch atah Yahweh, Elohenu Melech ha olam, borei pre hagafen, amen.
Translation: Blessed are You, Yahweh our God, King of the universe, Who creates the fruit of the vine.
Blessing Of The Challah:
This challah represents the manna that Yahweh provided for the children of Israel to eat as they wandered in the wilderness (Exodus 16:14, 15), and Yeshua, the Bread of life. John 6:51a: Yeshua said, ‘I AM the living Bread that has come down from heaven; if anyone eats this Bread, he will live forever’. May we ever be mindful of Your excellent provision for us!
Baruch atah Yahweh, Elohenu Melech ha olam, hamotze lechamin ha-aretz, amen.
Translation: Blessed are You, Yahweh our God, King of the universe, Who brings forth bread from the earth, amen.