Pastor Chris Tweitmann
This Sunday is the fifth Sunday in the month of June. It is our tradition here at Grace to designate these rare fifth Sundays in a given month as Mission Sundays. Our regular gathering time for worship is dedicated to reflecting upon and celebrating our various mission partnerships in witnessing to the love and grace of Jesus Christ and the reality of the Kingdom of God.
As we come together this weekend, we will be privileged to receive an in-person update from one of our local mission partnerships. Important information along with some insightful stories will be shared about what God has done, how the Lord is currently moving, and where the Spirit is leading in terms of the future through our relationship with this neighborhood ministry. Time also will be dedicated to praying for all of our mission partners as well. As always, on our Mission Sundays, there will be a second offering taken exclusively to providing some additional support to one of those partnerships.
In the midst of all of this, we will not be losing sight of our current sermon series focus on God’s gift and command to rest – to remember and observe the Sabbath. This week, however, we will hear less of a full-blown message and a more of a meditation. The focus of this scriptural reflection will be an aspect of last week’s passage from Deuteronomy, chapter 5, that previously was not addressed.
It is a crucial aspect of Sabbath keeping that is often overlooked. Our refusal to rest as God intended doesn’t just have implications for our own health and well-being. How we honor or do not honor the gift of Sabbath affects others as well. As we will learn, life – work balance, or perhaps more biblically expressed, rest – work balance, is more than a private, individual matter. When work is promoted and even mandated without any meaningful consideration or allowance of rest, an injustice is being committed – one that our Creator refuses to turn a blind eye towards.