Small Groups – “Sabbath”

Zoom link for Friday meeting

These groups will soon start a second series.

During these times of physical distancing, work at home, and staying in there is new energy around the topic of slowing down.  Within the Ten Commandments is the teaching to “remember the sabbath day to keep it holy.” Sabbath is a slowing down in an intentional way to remember who we are and to whom we belong. By resting from our compulsion to create, produce, consume or distract – sabbath offers a grounding that will last even when the pace of life resumes.

In groups of eight we will explore Sabbath from different standpoints. Each participant will pick one standpoint to engage reading one author.  In each group two different people will each read the same book to allow for different insights to emerge. In our small group times on Zoom we will share what we are learning, challenge ourselves to set aside time for Sabbath, and relate our experiences doing so.

Due to the nature of these groups we need participants to be able to commit to the four sessions and to be able to read their chosen book. To sign up, simply e-mail Pastor Brent. Once we have eight people signed up, we will pick dates and times for our gatherings and get started. If we enough interest for another group, we will launch that one too. We have the books in the office and can handle them cleanly and leave yours in a Ziploc bag behind the church for you to pick up.   Questions? Give Brent a call or send him a note.

Books:  Biblical/Theological standpoint: Walther Brueggemann, Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now;  a practical standpoint:  Wayne Muller, Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives;  a poetic standpoint: Wendell Berry, This Day: Collected & new Sabbath Poems; and a close look at the idea of time in our faith tradition: Dorothy Bass, Receiving the Day: Christian Practices for Opening the Gift of Time.