Avis Hilleshiem, Bee Twining, & Eloise Wheeler
Our Richland Center Free Methodist Cook books are available! 718 delicious recipes just waiting to be made in your home!!! You can get one at the church during office hours, 9 am-1 pm, on Sundays or by contacting Vera McClaren@ 608-537-2407. They are $10 apiece. What great gifts these make!!
For the next 8 weeks, we are going to engage in an exciting and powerful teaching from Scripture: “The Kingdom of God.”
What is the Kingdom of God?
What does it mean to live in the Kingdom?
How does the Kingdom operate?
We have a mighty King, and a glorious God, in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Who have instituted a mighty kingdom, which we are all a part of.
I look forward to learning with you all, and living and thriving in the Kingdom of God
In September, we have been looking at various Scriptures concerning the Sabbath. We have established that the Sabbath, a day of rest, was instituted alongside of time (Gen. 1.1-4). The Sabbath day rest is not a Law like the other Mosaic Laws, but an actual part of and natural experience of creation itself. A time to rest, a day to rest, is as natural to the created order as sleeping, eating and procreating. The Holy Trinity has established a rest period for His creation since the founding of time (Gen. 2-1-3).
I have received many questions about how to practice the Sabbath, I have received questions such as “Why do we practice the Sabbath on Sunday, not Saturday?” and “You said that working on your garden is not breaking the Sabbath, but I just think we shouldn’t do anything like that.” These are all great questions, and we need to decide for ourselves, each one, what energizes or drains us, and stay away from those draining activities on the Sabbath. Hopefully many of these questions can be answered during the message “Sabbath Made for Man,” go ahead and listen to it if you have any other questions.
Concerning how to practice the Sabbath in a meaningful way, I have added links to a couple of articles that I found that I think answer that question well. But here are some guidelines, a sort of synthesis of these articles. The Jews practice Sabbath with two biblical elements, Remember and Observe. I will use these as a guideline.
How to practice a restful Sabbath:
- Remember – Remembering the Holy Trinity’s saving action toward humans
- Reading Scripture: The Sabbath is meant to be a restful experience, where we reorient ourselves back towards God. Scripture is the primary way that God reveals Himself to us.
- Pray: If Scripture is the primary means of God’s communication towards us, then prayer, conversation with God, is us engaging with God.
- Community: If you practice your Sabbath on Sunday, this is fulfilled by your church family, if not, try to meet with fellow believers andpray or share stories of your life. Take time to explore what God is doing, how He’s moving and changing you.
- Observe – Observing the Sabbath has to do with how we are practicing the Sabbath.
- Take time to do something “unimportant”: Schedule some time in your day to enjoy nature, or read a book, or chat with your spouse about something insignificant.
- Find what energizes or drains you: Once you have identified those things that drain your battery, don’t do them. Stay away from those things. If doing yard work energizes you, if you enjoy yard work, go ahead a do it. But if tending your garden is draining, if it feels like a chore, stay away from it. If you enjoy being around a lot of people, if that energizes you, spend time with a group of friends. If you are drained by company, spend some alone time.
- Organize your day around your time with God: Like I wrote about in the “Remember” section, the purpose of the Sabbath is to reorient ourselves around God’s work in our lives. And prayer, Scripture Reading and worship need to be the climax of our Sabbath. Organize your day around your reading and prayer time.
Ultimately, the practice of the Sabbath depends entirely on the individual. If we somehow miraculously reinstated the “Blue Laws” and made it illegal to work on Sunday, or any one day for that matter, there would still be Christians who wouldn’t practice the Sabbath. We would go on, draining our battery, going our own way. And we would be just as tired and weak as we are now. The integrity of the Sabbath relies on individuals taking seriously what God takes seriously, and practicing the Sabbath for themselves.
Here are two articles, 5 Practical Ways to Take a Sabbath and Biblical & Practical Applications for Establishing a Sabbath Rest that will help usbegin to reimagine the Sabbath’s rest for each one of us.
Depart in Peace, in the Name of the Lord.
Blessed be the Name of the Lord, henceforth and forevermore.
Diggers Bible Studies are opportunities for adults to get together and dig into God’s Word, finding and mining truths that will change your life! You are invited to attend either (or both) of the Diggers!
Join us for one or both of the Bible Studies. A group meets on Monday nights at 6:30 at the Cejpeks (contact the church office for address) to study the book of Matthew. The Thursday morning study meets at 9:30 in the church library; they are digging into the book of 1 Chronicles.
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Joshua’s House is open from October through April. Would you like to help with this important ministry to homeless men in the Richland Center area?
We are looking for donations of a few specific food items: Decaf Coffee, Creamer, Sugar, Peanut Butter, Grape Jelly, Oatmeal and Dry Cereal. Other items we can use are: Towels and Wash clothes, Shavers and Shaving Cream. Toothbrushes and Toothpaste, Shampoo’s, Hand Soap, Laundry Detergent, Sandwich Bags, Hand Warmers and Warm Socks and Gloves. Your donations may be dropped off at the Church or Joshua’s House. Thank You for your Generosity!
Soup is available at Joshua’s House every Sunday immediately after the Worship Service. Martin will be there to assist you. Please return your empty containers so we may continue to refill. No Glass please. Thank You!!