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Labor Day was God's Idea

Hello Gloria Dei, 
Way back in 1894, Congress passed a bill recognizing the first Monday of September as Labor Day and made it a federal holiday. Its intention was to celebrate the contributions and achievements of American labor. Workers were given a day off from their work.  
Today it remains the same. For many, Labor Day is a day when families gather at the lake or for picnics and barbecues. It serves as a celebration of labor, but also as a needed day of rest.
Yet, as I read the Bible, I am reminded that God was the first one to introduce a day of rest from our labors. In the creation account in Genesis, after having created the world and all that exists, God rested on the seventh day. And God built in a need for rest right into our very being. In fact, the Third Commandment says, “Remember the Sabbath and Keep it Holy.” It is a calling to worship God on a regular basis and to take a break from our normal routines of work.
I want to share with you this quote from writer Keri Wyatt Kent. In her book “Breathe”, she says this about the rhythm of life that God intends: 
"We are created in the image of God, and he modeled for us a way of life that makes sense for how we are created. Here's how to dance the dance of life, he said: work, be creative, use your imagination, throw yourself into it, whether you are washing dishes, reading to your kids and running a household, or trading stocks, reading corporate reports, and running a business. …At the end of each day, stop. Take a rest, eat a good meal, get enough sleep, and refresh yourself. Take time to think about your day, to notice where God was in it and where you were blessed, and to say, "It's good." Then go back at it the next day. And after six days, take a whole day off. And say, "It's really good." Spend a whole day just pausing, just reflecting on how really good it is, and then start the dance again, at a sustainable pace."

I like that. Happy Labor Day weekend to all of you, and may God bless your vocation as a child of God, however that plays itself out in your life. And may you always be intentional about Sabbath rest; a time to rest and re-focus on faith in Jesus Christ. 
This weekend in worship we conclude our series “When it is Best Not to Keep Score”. Please read Jesus’ provocative parable found in Matthew 20:1-16. 
***One more thing. Beginning next week, we will be reading and preaching through the entire New Testament in one year. Reading schedules will be available for you this coming Thursday on our website and hard copies on the Welcome Center at church. The pastors will also be recording weekly video bible study and background material for each week. Those videos will be released every Thursday on our website. We are starting in the gospel of Mark. So please begin your reading this coming week of Mark, chapters one and two.
See you in worship,
Pastor Tim 

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