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Sabbath Lincolnshire - Sunday 18th Febuary

Join others in the District by making the first Sunday in Lent an extra special Sunday.....

Sabbath Lincolnshire - First Sunday in Lent, 18th February

What are we hoping to achieve?

Sabbath provides spiritual rhythm and a sense of celebration in that one day each week is sacred to God and reserved for family, but we recognise that Sundays are not always a day of rest.  Those involved in church find it to be a demanding day.  Stewards arrive early at church, set up and are the last to leave.  They, and so many others, do not find it easy to relax on a Sunday; those who rush round taking people to church in cars, those for whom this is the only day they can do certain tasks both in the home and elsewhere.  This is not to mention those who work on a Sunday.

Sundays are also the time when we in church all come together and we seize this as an opportunity to do church business either before or after worship.  The consequence is that we diminish any sense of worship, yet Sabbath is supposed to be a healing day; just one day in each week when we can pause, ponder and pray without the distractions and the demands of the other six days.  Without this rhythm something is lost and we are all the worse for it as individuals, in relationship, in community and indeed the environment.

We recognise that the Jewish Shabbat is a Friday night through to Saturday night which is of course at the end of the week and therefore more naturally given to rest and recuperation whilst the Christian Sabbath is the first day of the week and subconsciously we are gearing ourselves up for the week ahead.

So what will be our plan be for the day?

It doesn’t sound much fun to suggest that we will not engage in social media, that we will not send any emails (or check them), that we will not make phone calls unnecessarily, that we not do our shopping or our gardening, that we will only drive if it is absolutely essential and that we might try to avoid TV!  Not washing the car may be the easiest of all!  But even if we can’t stick rigidly to all of this then we could make some effort in some areas and provide for ourselves a greater degree of space to pray and reflect in order that we reacquaint ourselves with Sabbath rest. 

But doing this together, across our District will encourage us to do more than we had imagined possible.  How effective Sabbath Lincolnshire will be is down to each individual.

How shall we proceed from here?

Material will be made available for personal devotions and guidance.  Worship material will also be made available for Sunday worship.  All of this material will be circulated by 28th January.   It may well be possible to produce a very brief address live on Facebook on the evening of 18th February.  This would draw the whole experience together and to a fitting end. 

In the meantime please advertise the day through your weekly notices and monthly magazines. 

More information to follow soon. 

Every blessing

Bruce

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