Committing to Sabbath Practices

Our focus on the Sabbath continues this week.

Today, we’d like to challenge you to consider Sabbath-keeping as an act of faith, and an act for community.

Consider how Sabbath principles can be instituted daily to transform your life.

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Sabbath Basics

Last Sunday, our thanks to Peter Sinclair, who walked us through basics of Sabbath.

Marva Dawn was one of the theologians used to help us understand what God intends. To hear some of we heard on Sunday in Marva’s own voice, watch this video. The book is called Keeping the Sabbath Wholly: Ceasing, Resting, Embracing, Feasting. 

You can also watch stories of people who have taken up the command to remember the Sabbath day and have found that it has changed their lives.

And for fun, here’s another layer to the conversation in the arena of modern Sabbath.

Sabbath’s Rest to Delight

Here are two clips we watched on Sunday morning to consider how we might delight as a way of resting on Sabbath. We learned from Exodus 20 that we ought to rest as God rested in the creation story (Genesis 2.1-3). God’s rest at the beginning was a rest that included delighting!

Pure Joy on the Streets of Brighton and Madeline + Train.

If our lives are too busy so that we are too exhausted to dance and laugh and play on the Sabbath, then our lives are truly out of balance.

Sabbath’s Freedom to Rest

What if we recognized having a “case of the Mondays” as a symptom of a larger problem? Cap explores what Sabbath rest signifies for our well-being.

On Sunday we talked about how Pharaoh’s way of slavery in Egypt was meant to dehumanize and control the Israelites. God’s gift of liberation and Sabbath was the gift of freedom to discover their God-given purposes. In “Healing a Life of Fear with Creativity,” Ken applies a similar line of thought to our lives today.

In 2014, Regent College offered an online forum on Sabbath called “Freedom in the Busy.” You can watch the video of the livecast or question & answers from leaders, including Ann Voskamp and Mark Buchanan, free of charge.

 

Sabbath Matters

SabbathWe started a new series at Christ Community Church on the Sabbath. You can listen along on our website, but we’d love to have you join us in person sometime!

Here’s a humorous, but very serious, ‘test‘ as to whether or not you need Sabbath in your life from Pete Scazzero.

This post encourages us to think about our children’s need for rest and that, as parents, we are not powerless to the demands of society for them. It also share the important lesson that Rhodes Scholar and Basketball player Clay Christiansen learned about the Sabbath: “life is just one series of extenuating circumstances not to do what is right.”

Also, Sabbath takes practice. Take it from this chaplain!

Look forward to more posts on the Sabbath in the weeks to come. Until then, may you enter into God’s rest.

Emotionally Healthy Pathway 5

By “Discovering the Rhythms of the Daily Office and Sabbath” we take another pathway to growing in our emotional and spiritual maturity.

Here are a just a few of the free online resources available for you to use to practice the Daily Office/Divine Hours:
Morning Prayer
Pray the Hours (choose your time zone to get the prayers for that hour)
Common Prayer (choose from the side menu which set of prayers you want to offer)

This discipline is meant to help you slow down throughout the day and take the time to commune with God. Read a little more about it.

Look forward to more on the Sabbath in a month or so!

Sabbath: Role Reversal

A couple of weeks ago at Christ Community Church, we briefly considered the fact that God took a Sabbath from his work before sin became an everyday part of the world. Since then, it’s humans that take the Sabbath, not God.

Here on the blog, we’re going to keep talking about Sabbath until more people are actually practicing it.

To motivate you to faithfulness in this area, we’ve got a number of different options.

A review on a book about why “Rest Works.”

Or, an excerpt from Sabbath in the Suburbs: A Family’s Experiment with Holy Time.

There’s a whole swath of good stuff to get you thinking (and doing) about the Sabbath over at The High Calling. Check out, “Reclaiming Sabbath Keeping.”