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It’s that time of year when we are overwhelmed with the amount of lists coming at us. Year end reviews with the lists of the best movies, songs, recipes, teams, whatever. Close on their heels are the lists of everything to do, see, and experience in the coming year. Alongside are the endless “to do” lists are lists of resolutions and goals and commitments.

So. Exhausting.

Look, lists have their place. I make lists of one sort or another all the time, but unless there is a balance, a solid place of perspective to rightly orient from, they will straight up crush us.

One of the most important places to orient ourselves in and from is that of Sabbath. I know – it’s such a churchy word, but I can’t overstate how important it is. We all know we need – and crave – rest. Sabbath teaches us what the world would deny us, how to rest differently (how to rest truly and deeply) and not just for our own sake, but for the sake of others.

Let’s dig in starting Sunday and over the following five weeks and see what we can find.

Grace and peace y’all,
John Ray and the teaching team

Big Idea

Sabbath teaches us to rest differently, for different reasons, from different meanings. Ultimately practicing Sabbath is an act of faithful witness.

Take Away

The practice of Sabbath is something that offers a witness to the world of what our faith is about, but also bears witness to us about God and how we fit in all creation.


Exodus 20:8-11, Matthew 12:1-14 (NET)

How does this fit with Belong, Become, Believe?

At Grace, part of the invitation to belong is an invitation to practice Sabbath with our community. This practice bears witness to our abiding with God and God’s abiding with us, helping us come more and more into our true selves. All this forms and is informed by what we confess to believe.


What’s Next?

We look at Sabbath as resistance.

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