“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”
Exodus 20:8-11 (NIV)
One of the biggest innovations in the book of Exodus, compared to how the rest of the world lived at the time, was the concept of the Sabbath, a day of rest and worship for everybody. It just had not occurred to any of the empires of the time, that people deserved rest from their labor. So God, with Israel, introduces the idea that people did not exist only to work, but to enjoy life and God, and enjoy rest. Later on, the writer of Hebrews would use the Sabbath imagery to present the idea of a higher type of rest, God’s rest (Hebrews 4:1-11). All this is to say, rest is at the core of the life of faith. We are not only encouraged, but commanded to rest. This is why this Sunday we are not having a worship gathering, but we are taking the day off to give a break to all of our incredible volunteers.
As a relatively small community, we have core group of volunteers that serve almost every week in different roles in order to make our services happen. As a pastor, I’m so thankful for that and never want to take it for granted. So this July 4th weekend seemed like a great opportunity to take a break. This does not mean we should not worship that day, we are just encouraging you to worship wherever you are. If the Scriptures are right, wherever you are, God’s spirit is there too! Keep an eye out early on Sunday morning for an e-mail with some suggestions and prompts for that day.
Grace + Peace
PS: Another way of honoring the work of our volunteers is to step up and help! If you would like to become a part of one of our service teams, sign up to serve by clicking here.