Tag: sabbath

Preparing our Hearts: Sabbath Edition

This week’s worship will feature an extended period of waiting worship in the Quaker tradition. We call it waiting worship rather than silent worship, even though it’s mostly silent, because the silence isn’t really the point. Silence is just a tool that we use to wait together for God’s presence to be known among us. If you’re like most Friends,…

Repairers of Broken Walls

  Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins     and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,     Restorer of Streets with Dwellings. –Isaiah 58:12 Isaiah was a faithful prophet, and the Old Testament book that bears his name is an elegant piece of work. It explores themes such as righteousness, justice, and forgiveness in…

Be Prepared

If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the innocent. For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath. -Jesus, in the 12th chapter of Matthew This conflict is a bit obscure. The gist of it is that harvesting grains was a violation of Sabbath law- you can’t go out…

Pause

Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the Lord your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day. Deuteronomy 5:15 Laura Ingalls Wilder left behind, as part of her written legacy, some pretty harsh descriptions of keeping the Sabbath. Lots of Bible reading, lots…

Manna From Heaven

The Lord said to Moses, “I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’” -from Exodus 16 This is what the kingdom of heaven looks like: a landowner goes out early in the morning to hire laborers for…