A Pastoral Word
Summer Series: "The Sound of Silence"
"The great reality we are involved in is God. Most of the people around us don't know that and couldn't care less. One of the ways God has provided for us to stay aware of and responsive to him in a world that doesn't care is by Sabbath-keeping. At regular intervals, we all need to quit our work and contemplate his, quit talking to each other and listen to him."
What comes to mind when I say the word, "Sabbath"? Do we think of Sunday only? Or do we think "Impossible! I don't have time to rest." My guess is the second option. We live in such a fast-paced world that more often than not, we feel like we are falling behind with no hope of ever catching up. But we never seem to ask, "To what exactly are we catching up?" Our lives have become calendars and schedules rather than gifts from God. Moments are missed as we run from one activity to another. Relationships and connections are weakened because we fail to take the time to just say, "Hello. How are you doing?" and actually care about what the other person is saying.
As people of faith, we have dismissed the fact that one of the ten commandments is "Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy." As an author once shared, this is the only commandment that begins with the word, "remember," almost as if God knew we would forget.
That is why, this summer, I am challenging us to take up the practice of Sabbath as a way to reconnect to the great reality that we are involved in, which is God. "Sabbath is not simply about keeping rules but rather becoming a whole person and restoring a whole society… [In our] 24/7 society of consumption, we want more, own more, use more, eat more and drink more." We have gotten away from the natural rhythm God created - the order that enables us to become the people God created and calls us to be.
During sermons and in Sunday school, we will explore what Sabbath is for us as people of faith. We will
also look at ways to incorporate this practice in our daily lives. This summer, we will experience how "keeping the Sabbath allows us to break the restless cycle of our lives and focus on what is truly important:
May this be a time when we reconnect to the presence of God in our midst and become more aware of the Kingdom Work we are called to do as people of faith.