Sabbath is a beautiful thing. We began our sermon series on Sunday talking about it as restorative—how stopping, disconnecting, intentionally being as opposed to always doing can do marvels for your spirit, soul, strength and mind. It can be (and sometimes needs to be) a very personal, internal thing.
However, it’s not where Sabbath ends. You may have noticed I am an extrovert. (It is a shock, I’ve been told.) I recharge by being with people, engaging in conversation or action, and finding the line between giving myself away and taking it all in can be tricky sometimes, but it is possible. For me, sometimes, Sabbath is the intentional act of being with others and working towards something bigger. It’s in part why I come back from summer camps without a voice but so ready for what comes next.
This Sunday, we’ll be talking about Sabbath as regrouping—when people are drawn together for the common purposes of God, it can be restorative and re-igniting all at once! Consider that on the day we remember and keep holy, which some can call Sabbath, we come together to worship, to praise God, to share in a holy meal, and celebrate the proclamation of the Word. Church services for some can be an intentional, quiet act of restoration and for others a loud and rowdy recharge. It’s a beautiful thing.
Of course, the church is bigger than us. I will be preaching at East Dallas Christian Church as part of the “In the Loop” pulpit swap. The pastors of Casa View, East Dallas, Highlands Christian Church and I meet every couple months, share highs and sighs, pray for one another, and get along really well. The Rev. Jonathan Brink of Highlands Christian Church will be preaching here and participating with this vital, vivid, marvelous community. I’m a little jealous of him, to be honest, but I bet I’ll get to preach again here soon. I look forward to it!