Simplicity Sunday (6 October 2019)

Morning Encounter:

Read: 

You will rebuild those houses left in ruins for years; you will be known as a builder and repairer of city walls and streets. But first, you must start respecting the Sabbath as a joyful day of worship. You must stop doing and saying whatever you please on this special day. Then you will truly enjoy knowing the Lord. He will let you rule from the highest mountains and bless you with the land of your ancestor Jacob. The Lord has spoken!

(Isaiah 58.12-14)

Reflect:

There is always much work to be done. But still God asks for the sabbath (a twenty four hour period of rest) to be honoured. God is concerned that we don’t become overwhelmed and burnt out by life – this is God’s pattern for a work / life balance. This is the day to put down our work, turn off the mobile phone, and refuse to answer emails. We are allowed to be unproductive. The Sabbath is a day to rest, worship and delight in God.  

Respond: 

Sabbath gives us an opportunity to reflect on our lives before God. As we have started to explore simplicity this week, you might want to reflect on these three questions:

  1. What should I do less of? Consider the way you spend time and your on-going commitments
  2. What should I have less of? Consider your possessions and resources
  3. What should I do more of? What feeds your soul and connects you to God?

Midday Meditation:

‘I know what it is like to have rest turn into delight, and delight turn into gratitude, and gratitude into worship. I know what it is like to recover myself so completely that I am able, by God’s grace, to enter work on Monday with a renewed sense of God’s calling and God’s presence.’

(Ruth Haley Barton Sacred Rhythms)

Evening Reflection:

May the God of peace
bring peace to this house
May the Son of peace
bring peace to this house
May the Spirit of peace
bring peace to this house
this night and all nights

 (Celtic Prayer)

 

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