“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your [household]. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”(Exodus 20:8-11) Of all the ten commandments, this is the one arguably most frequently ignored, and yet it is so important. Busyness has become an idol in our culture and arguably in the church too. There’s never enough time and we almost compete with one another in the busyness stakes. We’re too busy to pray, too busy to go to church; as a result, our relationship with God and God’s people suffers. We are called to regularly rest; rest is an act of surrender to the reality that God is God and we are not. The commandment to take Sabbath is a gift to us. So, this summer, let’s strive to get into good habits so that we become better at resting and learn “the unforced rhythms of grace” which will sustain us day by day.
Weekly Prayer Guide
Growing in God
Reflect on Jesus’ words below. Pray that God would enable you to lay your burdens down and rest in him.
Loving each other
Give thanks for the work God has done in creating unity and a sense of family in our church. Pray for this to grow and for no one to feel excluded or left out.
Serving our community
Pray for the refurbishment of the hall taking place this summer; that all would be completed smoothly. In the summer holidays, pray that children and those who work in education have a great time of rest and relaxation and stay safe and well cared for so that they all can go back next term ready and keen to learn and grow.
Bible Verse for the Week
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Matthew 11:28-30 (Message)