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Sabbath Time

Sabbath Time

I recently spent a week in Arizona with my wife and daughter. It was a good time of rest and relaxation. But more than that, it provided a time to keep our relationships strong and healthy. Our daughter lives in Arizona, so time together, not just on the phone or on Facebook, but face to face, is important.

The same is true for our relationship with God. As we continue our preaching series on the Gospel of Matthew, this week’s reading talks in part about Sabbath. Sabbath is a time set aside to focus on our relationship with God and with others. Sabbath is a time to stop all the busyness and to worship and thank God for the gifts of life and love. Sabbath is a time to hear from God and to know of the great length Christ has gone for us in giving himself on the cross.
Jesus teaches us in our reading (Matthew 12:1-14) that Sabbath is also a time to continue to reach out with compassion to others in need. There is no law that prohibits love of God and neighbor.

During this season of Lent, please take time to worship together with your family and friends. Take time to be still and listen for God’s voice. Take time to read parts of God’s word and see what God might be saying to you. Take time to talk with God about anything and everything. Nothing is off the table when talking with God. And take time to take care of yourself with proper rest and Sabbath, always with an eye to taking care of others as well.

One more thing. We will be wrapping up our Ministry in Motion Special Giving Appeal at the end of March. We are getting closer to our goal of 50k. We are currently over 60% of the way there. These funds go toward the purchase of a new bus for our Children and Youth ministry and for the haircut trailer. Both of these are important in reaching out to others in Christ’s name. Thank you all for your generous contributions. If you’d like to donate, click here to give online or mark your check “Ministry in Motion”.

May you be blessed during this season of Lent as you take time for your relationship with God and others, and as you journey with Jesus to the cross and resurrection.

See you in worship!

Pastor Tim