Wednesdays in January and first week of February
Many of us operate by a Rule of Life, generally a lesson learned the hard way or a trusted truth taught us by someone’s who wisdom we value. “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all;” “When you have a dream, you’ve got to grab it and never let go (Carol Burnett);” “Always do your best – what you plant now, you will harvest later (Og Mandino).” A Rule of Life, however, takes practice.
Sabbath is an observation of rest (body, mind, and spirit) mandated by God that makes it possible to experience renewal from work/life expended and for work/life to come. Sabbath is supposed to be a part of our Rule of Life as Jesus Followers and Sabbath used to be easier for us to practice. Businesses and establishments were not open so activities outside the home were few and far between. Is Sabbath just about doing nothing, taking it easy on Sundays? No, that’s never been God’s intent.
If you are interested in recovering the deepest meaning and practice of Sabbath, we’ve got a great opportunity for you. On Wednesdays in January and the first Wednesday of February, I will host two Sabbath small groups: one at 11:45am in Room 107 (the Seekers classroom) and the second at 5:45pm in Friendship Hall.
Please sign up for the group you prefer by emailing Pastor Sandra (firstname.lastname@example.org) by December 17. Each group will meet over a light meal which you provide; simply bring something for your lunch or supper, even enough to share with a few friends. Cook’s UMC will provide the materials you’ll need for group study/discussion as well as paper goods and utensils.
I hope you’ll join me for a Sabbath Adventure!