“I just don’t have the time” seems to be the refrain of our age. Yet God calls us to take time for worship, rest, and renewal. Could it be that we would have better lives by observing Sabbath?
Worship this week: Saturday, 5:00 p.m. in the chapel
Sunday, 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship in Sanctuary
10:00 a.m. Contemporary worship on church lawn (weather permitting)
July 26-27 – Practicing Keeping Sabbath
Questions for this week:
- To truly keep Sabbath in your life, what would you most need to rest from?
- If you kept a true Sabbath, how would the rest of your week change?
- What difference might true rest mean for your spiritual and physical health?
Hymn of the week:
I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Come unto me and rest; lay down, O weary one, lay down your head upon my breast.” I came to Jesus as I was, so weary, worn, and sad; I found him in a resting place, and he has made me glad.
I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Behold, I freely give the living water, thirsty one;
stoop down and drink and live.” I came to Jesus, and I drank of that life-giving stream; my thirst was quenched, my soul revived, and now I live in him.
Devotions for the week:
Monday – Genesis 2:3; Hebrews 4:9-10
Faithful God, thank you for the strength and will to work, and the fullness that work adds to my life, but also let me rest in assurance that your work for me is complete.
Tuesday – Zechariah 7:10; James 4:17
Merciful God, how quickly I blame my problems and insecurities on others. Help me to trust in you, that I may let go of fear, resentment, and covetousness.
Wednesday – Deuteronomy 16:19; John 5:44
I praise you, God, because you are free from any human control, I want to live in your freedom. Lead me to love and lead me to you.
Thursday – Habakkuk2:20; Luke 10:39
God, there is so much clamor and racket everywhere. Help me to hear you Lord.
Friday – Isaiah 44:21; Romans 11:2
Lord, by your hand you form, hold, tend, and nourish us to become people of promise and purpose. Forgive my forgetting this power.
Saturday – Isaiah 25:9; 1 John 1:3-4
Forgive me when I take grace so seriously that I am no longer gracious or glad. Help me delight in fellowship with you and not wait to be gracious with others.