Finding our Sabbath Rhythm
When we hear the word Sabbath, we may think of the 3rd Commandment - Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy. We may think of it as a rule that keeps us from working or playing on a certain day of the week, or a rule that commands us to attend worship or read the Bible. What if keeping the Sabbath, was more like a God blessed rhythm of life? What if the Sabbath is God’s invitation to rest in Him, play and enjoy time with Him and others? What if God actually created us for such a way of life? During this season of Lent we will explore what God has to say about the Sabbath, and learn how to build and observe Sabbath rhythms in our own lives.
Wednesday April 3 - Engaging Our Senses
Practicing Sabbath rhythms include stopping and resting, but we are also invited to “delight,” and engage all our senses as we spend time with God. Consider that the God who created you with all your senses, also created all that you see, hear, touch, smell and enjoy.
Reading: Psalm 8:1-9:2
April 7 - Contemplate God
God invites us to a regular Sabbath rhythm, and this includes time simply contemplating God. Contemplation is defined as the action of looking thoughtfully at something for a long time. So of course, contemplation, or being acutely focused on God, doesn’t just happen. It is not something that comes naturally, or easily, especially in our fast paced lives. We must also be able to stop, rest, practice delight, and then step into the invitation to contemplate Him.
Readings: Psalm 46, Luke 10:38-42
Wednesday April 10 - Being With God
If it were a priority for you to spend time with your spouse, child or friend for an afternoon, you would put some boundaries around that time. You might shut off your phone, make a special meal, shut off the TV, etc. You would do those things so that you could fully “be” with the person you love. As you continue to practice a Sabbath Rhythm, what boundaries, helps, activities, or guidelines assist you in simply being with God?
Reading: Psalm 139:1-18
April 14 - Lasting Praise (Palm Sunday)
We read today, that many people believed that Jesus was the Messiah. Still there were also many people that did not believe. Strangely it was difficult to tell the difference between the two. Many people followed Him, many people listened to Him, many people even praised Him. But their praise would not last. Consider those that follow Him today. Consider yourself, follower of Jesus. Are you here today to give Him lasting praise?
Readings: Deu. 32:36-39, John 12:20-43
April 18 - Love Each Other (Maundy Thursday)
In our reading for this evening, we are reminded of the “new command” that Jesus gave to His disciples. He commanded them, and us, to love each other. Jesus as He has loved us, we are to love one another. And by this love, we would prove to the whole world that we are His disciples.
Reading: John 13:1-17, 31b-35
April 19 - Redeemed (Good Friday)
Just as the people of God were set free and released from their bondage. So it is also true for you. You have been released from the bondage of sin. Your guilt has been taken away and you have been redeemed. Tonight we look at the price that was paid, the cost of our redemption.
Reading: Isaiah 52:1-12, Tenebrae Readings
April 21 - Risen (Easter Sunday)
We gather this Easter Sunday to celebrate. Of course our celebration is surrounded by beautiful music, well dressed people, and a comfortable worship space. Yet as we read this Good News we are reminded that this great Easter victory was announced to the world at a grave site. People were still in shock, even clouded by grief. In the midst of death, grief and pain, we see that He is risen!
Reading: Psalm 16, Luke 24:1-12
April 28 - Keys to the Kingdom
As the resurrected Jesus returns, He finds His people filled with fear and locking themselves in a room. He not only gives them peace, but gives them the power of the Holy Spirit. They would indeed be sent to forgive and retain sins. This power is given to His Church. We are not filled with fear, and we will not lock ourselves away, instead we are sent out with the keys to the Kingdom.
Reading: Acts 5:12-20, John 20:19-31