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Beginning Wednesday, June 10th we will embark on a new bible study. Based on the study “Sabbath, The Gift of Rest” by Lynne M. Babb, the study will take us through the summer months.
Many of us grew up in an era in which most stores were closed on Sundays and we were not allowed to do many things we enjoyed on the other days of the week. In that day, it was considered to be a way of honoring the Sabbath in accordance with the command to “remember the Sabbath, to keep it holy.” The biblical command orders us not to work on the Sabbath. As a kid, I had trouble understanding how a prohibition against work could include such activities as fishing and swimming, but those activities were not allowed on Sundays in my family.
As adults, many of us have been intrigued by Jesus’ defense of his disciples picking grain on the Sabbath. His point was that the Sabbath was made for humans, rather than humans being made for the Sabbath. We also are intrigued by and admire businesses such as Chic-fil-A, which manages to be very successful while closing its restaurants on Sundays. Of course, not everyone today subscribes to Christian and Jewish beliefs about the Sabbath. Even Christians and Jews do not agree on which day is designated the Sabbath. It is entirely possible that we have lost sight of the original intent for the Sabbath.
So, what is the purpose of Sabbath? Which day is the real Sabbath? What should and should not be allowed on the Sabbath? These are some of the questions we will explore over the summer.
The summer schedule for Prayer Meeting began this past Wednesday. Each Wednesday we will meet at 6:00pm in the Friendly 57 classroom. We will go over the prayer list, pray and devote ourselves to bible study. We will finish around 6:45 to 7:00pm. I hope you will make it a point to join us.