June 25, 2011

Summer Sabbath 2011

Vineyard Summer Sabbath- July 10- August 14, 2011

Summer Sabbath in the Vineyard starts on July 10. A great way to look at this season is to see it as another part of our church calendar. We have the Advent (Christmas) season and the Lent season, which have special meaning to us as we observe them each year. So now, we have a season called Summer Sabbath.

Most likely, during Summer Sabbath, not much about our day to day activities will change. We’ll still go to our jobs, spend time with our friends and families, play and do the normal things we do. But, as when Lent comes along every year, we intentionally change our focus. During Lent we focus on Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, and we sacrifice through fasting or acting in a way that is a blessing to others. We don’t do much that appears different in our daily lives, but our time with Christ has a different focus.

So, it’s the same with Summer Sabbath. It’s a time to take a breath at some point during the day, to focus our prayers and minds on listening for God’s voice and resting in His presence. Our groups are pruned back, and our Sunday worship gatherings are simpler. This is with the intention of leading us into a more contemplative recharging time with God, which hopefully then becomes more a part of our daily lives.

Every Monday, beginning July 4, and continuing through August 15, there will be a guided weekly devotional emailed and posted on the church blog, to lead all of us as we reflect, pray and listen. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to grow closer to God by abiding. Find a few minutes each day. You won’t regret it.

Cheers,
Dave

Mark 6:31The apostles then rendezvoused with Jesus and reported on all that they had done and taught. Jesus said, "Come off by yourselves; let's take a break and
get a little rest."

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