WEEK TEN: ADULTS, TEENS & TWEENS

NOVEMBER 18 - 22
Recommended 4th Grade to Adults

The Sabbath is more than an antiquated law. It’s about the design of time and the human quest for rest. The Sabbath and seventh-day rest is one of the key themes that starts on page one of the Bible and weaves beautifully all the way through to the end.

WATCH

Watch the video on Sabbath Rest on this page. (same as last week)

DISCUSS

What stuck out to you in the video?

 

READ & REFLECT

Read: Isaiah 61:1-11

It is interesting to see God’s call to the Sabbath, not only as a personal practice but something we can see in Israel’s festivals, the way that land is to be cared for, and the rest and jubilee that He intends for his people.

 

Reflect

What echoes of the necessity of rest do you see showing up in the world, society, and nature?

 

How does Christ’s reading of this ancient scripture and his proclamation of the year of the Lord’s favor speak to you about the ultimate hope and rest that God has for his children?

Read: Matthew 11:28-12:14

Reflect

Jesus says that rest is found in him, specifically in following him or learning from him. What does this look like practically in your life?

 

Jesus was not doing away with the concept of Sabbath; rather, he was defining what it truly meant. The purpose of the Sabbath was mercy and harmony or wholeness, not legalism. Does this change how you think about resting in the current situation in any way?

 

What perspective changes have you experienced around the ideas of personal rest and slowing down this year?

 

As we step into Nativity Season, how can the study of sabbath rest add to your spiritual practice of celebrating Advent?

 

PRAY

Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated unto you; and then use us, we pray you, as you will, and always to your glory and the welfare of your people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

ACTIVITY

Take a moment reflect on the things that get in the way of true rest for you. Make a fresh commitment to hand those over to God. How will you specifically give your Advent season to Him?

EXTRA READING

Barbara Brown Taylor talks extensively about Sabbath in her book, An Altar in the World and in her article: “Letting God run things without my help.”

FROM THE CLERGY
Due to the rector's continued illness there will not be a new video for week 10. 

WANT TO DIG DEEPER? 

Sunday Morning Coffee Hour is now dedicated to Faith Stories discussion. 

Ken Hinton will facilitate this discussion! 

Grab your coffee and join us at 9 AM on Sunday on Zoom!

Follow this link to join us https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85217072369

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