by Rev. Kathy Bouchard
This month we are considering Sabbath, looking at it from different perspectives and hearing about it from different voices. Arthur launched the sermon series with “Sabbath as Restorative.” Last Sunday, Rev. Jonathan Brink preached on “Sabbath as Regrouping.” This coming Sunday, I will step up to the pulpit to consider “Sabbath as Resistance.”
We typically think of Sabbath as a day of rest, a day to step away from the busyness and noise of our everyday lives. For many of us, Sabbath does not come easily because we live in a culture that values productivity. We are wired to see what still needs to be done. This can be particularly challenging for a congregation with a focus on social justice. In a world rife with needs crying for our attention, we may find Sabbath far down on our list of priorities. On Sunday we will look at Sabbath in a new way, as an act of resistance. It’s an idea that resonates well with our heart for social justice.
As a new school year begins and the demands on our lives crank up a bit, it seems appropriate to consider the gift of Sabbath. It is easy enough to latch onto the idea that Sabbath is a gift from God, but I have come to think of it also as a gift from us; a gift to God and to one another. I look forward to considering Sabbath with you on Sunday!