Sabbath is a gift from God to people. It is a call to set aside a day for the purposes of rest, refocusing, thanksgiving and worship. Today we find ourselves living in a world that desperately needs a call to slow down, shift into a lower gear (maybe even neutral) and also shift our perspectives. Sabbath calls us to focus more exclusively on God, His provision, His work in us and His work in the world around us. Sabbath encourages community as we join others in corporate worship. Jesus Himself observed the Sabbath, but not always in a way that pleased the religious leaders. At the time Jesus walked this earth, keeping the rules around proper observance of the Sabbath became a lot of work. Even now we can still find division within the church around the idea of Sabbath. We can find comfort in the fact that Jesus refers to Himself more than once as Lord of the Sabbath, meaning that His new covenant exercises authority over the rules and regulations placed around the observance of a Sabbath day.
Are you building into your regular rhythms a day set aside for rest, worship, community and thanksgiving?
- Pray for Pastor Lyle, his family and ministry.
- Pray for Eric Peters, Facility Manager; Custodians, Adit Gamble, Stan Goodnough and Anne King; Maintenance, Joe Richards.
- Pray for our Church Board members: Barbara Whidden, Bee Stiansen, Cam Klapstein, Darryl Sparling, Gerhard Hiob, Julie Leverette, Marvin Schneider, Matt Barker, Matt Chute, Mike Pedde, and Nick Mitchell.
- Pray for our office staff: Robin Radke and Naomi Voss; Bookkeeper Lynette Carlson.