Newsletter - Chips Off The Rock - June 2018
When I write a few lines for the newsletter I first compile a list of words floating in my head. This month they included: Summer, Hot, Global Warming, Graduation, Sonshine fundraisers, Pavilion parties, Picnics, Time Change, Father’s Day, Cruise In, Prayer list, Gardens, Sunshine, Sun block.
Have you ever wondered where sunlight comes from? Have you ever wondered why the sun doesn’t explode? Have you ever wondered about why humans have compassion for each other? Have you ever wondered why June is so busy? Graduations, weddings, picnics. We each have our own summer business. Fast food, faster computers, cell phones that replace advance planning. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. One more in leap year. Leaping. Isn’t that fun!!!! Productivity. We are becoming more productive, they say.
But, when do we stop?? STOP……………………………………..
We stop at intersections. A stop sign comes out on the side of school buses. Stop signs greet us at the entrance to restricted buildings or places with hazardous stuff inside, Did you know that the octagonal red sign that signifies “TO STOP” is a universal traffic sign all over the world. They were yellow. Then RED was officially adopted in 1968 at the Vienna Convention of Road Signs and Signals. (You really wanted to know that…)
A stop sign is a traffic sign to notify drivers that they must stop before proceeding. STOP BEFORE PROCEEDING. That must be what the Bible is trying to tell us about the nature of Sabbath.
In Genesis 2 it says:
On the 7th day God had finished the work. So God rested from all that work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy because on it God rested from all the work of creating.
In the 10 Commandments it says:
Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. On that day you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates.
And Jesus had a few things to say about Sabbath:
The Sabbath was made for people. People were not made for the Sabbath.
So, maybe you could begin to wonder what a modern, 21st century Sabbath might look like. How might we really STOP and rest like God did on that day eons ago when we were merely a twinkle in God’s heart.
Minutes for Mission
May 6, 2018 – Norm Waggy led the congregation in prayer for various people in need around the world. Specifically, we are encouraged to remember the following places where our denomination has ministries, remembering that other Christian denominations and ministries are at work in nearly every country in the world:
-Burundi in West Africa
-The Democratic Republic of Congo
-The Dominican Republic