God never intended for us to be so busy. In creating the Sabbath we are asked to remember that sabbath rest is about rejuvenation, and it is also about setting aside time to be with God uninterrupted and intentionally.
Worship with Holy Communion this week:
Saturday – 5:00 p.m. Modified traditional worship.
Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
10:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship
Devotions for this week: Sabbath for Self – August 18, 2019
SHARE: What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?
READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding
Monday, Exodus 16:23-26, Gathering Manna
Tuesday, Exodus 35:1-2 Rest or Death
Wednesday, Joshua 3:8-13, Rest for the Priests
Thursday, Job 11:13-19, Rest from fear
Friday, Mark 6:26-32, Rest from Grief
Saturday, Revelation 14-6-11, No Rest for the Wicked
Go to clergystuff.com/daily-devotions for devotions on the daily readings.
TALK: Consider some of these ideas
“Observe the sabbath day and keep it holy, as the Lord you God commanded you.” (Deuteronomy 5:12)
God delivered the Israelites from slavery, because relentless work brings suffering. Now God instructs them to rest – a necessary practice for physical, mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual health.
- The society no longer recognizes a ‘sabbath day’. Does it make finding sabbath more difficult for you? Would there be a greater impact if we were all resting at the same time?
- How do you observe the sabbath? What helps you connect with God, yourself, and the people in your life?
- What do we lose when we never take sabbath rest?
PRAY: Saving God, you delivered your people from slavery to experience a life of freedom in you. May we live to know this same liberty in your Gospel — freed from all that would hold us fast. For the sake of Jesus we pray, Amen.
BLESS: May you feel the blessed rest from a God who cares for all aspects of your life. Amen.