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July 26, 2018

This Sunday's sermon began with a Greek legend about Aesop and letting your bow go slack. You had to be there! This story was tied into the story from the gospel . We focused on Jesus saying to the disciples and all of us "Come apart to a deserted place and rest awhile." (Let your bow go slack for a while.) 

We considered listening to the 10 commandments as a sort of owner's manual for us, given by a loving parent who wants us to have life to the full. And we paid attention to the fact that one of the steps in life to the full is the 5th commandment which says, Remember the Sabbath, to keep it holy. We can't be too legalistic about that. Although Sundays are the best day for rest because they include worship, as an RN I had to work my share of Sundays. What the commandment is trying to say is that for our own spiritual health, just like God, we need one in seven days to be a day of rest. If we don't rest, we won't have the spiritual strength to meet the challenges that inevitably come up in life. And importantly, if we are exhausted physically, mentally, and spiritually, we won't be much good for other people. 

Saint Benedict recommended rest when he wrote a rule of life for his followers. He called it holy leisure. It wasn't just sitting watching the weeds grow or the paint peel. For him, holy leisure meant spending time doing something that offered peace and nourishment for the soul.

Rest provides a time to refocus. There is a danger when we are on a mission from God, to take our eyes off Jesus and begin focusing on what we are doing. Rest gives us time to shift our attention from our activities back to our relationship with God. Doing this keeps us from looking with pride at our own power, our own reason, our own accomplishments. Instead we look at what God is doing through us. Good questions to ponder are :

Have I allowed rest to shift my attention back to Jesus?
Do I use my rest time to refocus?
Do I truly slow down enough when I rest?

Other goals for Sabbath rest are to be reminded that there is more to life than work. We are more than our work. What we do is not our identity. And Sabbath rest gives us time away from what we have to do and gives us an opportunity to do something nourishing. Like read a book, listen to music, create music, view art, paint a picture, take a photograph, do carpentry, go for a walk, play a game, plant a garden, invite friends over, give thanks, delight in what we have. And maybe during our rest we can take time, like the disciples did, to stop and tell Jesus all we've done in ministry before we go on to the next thing. 

Finally we heard the poem "Leisure" from the Welsh poet W. H. Davies. Look it up and ask yourself, after you've read it, if you give yourself time to stand and stare. Interestingly, our Senior Warden, Ted Jones, had to memorize that in school when he was a young boy in Canada. Maybe God was telling him to remember to rest, after having his hip replaced just 4 days before showing up in church on Sunday! May we all accept Jesus' invitation to us today to come apart and rest awhile. And maybe for a few minutes we will give ourselves permission to just stand and stare.


Mo. Lyn+

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Single Service This Sunday at 9:00 am!

Wonder what is cooking for coffee hour? I hear it is going to be something good!!!!


Movie Night Is This Friday!

(This One is Indoors)

Join us this Friday, July 27, 6:30PM, in the SHACK room for the 1986 happy, heartfelt, science-fiction hit, "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home"! Captain Kirk and his intrepid crew must travel from the 23 rd century to 1986 San Francisco on a desperate quest to save the whales--and the Earth! This "fish out of water" tale takes Kirk, Spock, Bones, Scotty, Uhura, Chekov and Sulu from outer space to the streets of San Francisco, the halls of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the front seat of a truck and a nuclear aircraft carrier. The story is an ecological allegory; it's also upbeat, uplifting, crackling with comedy, and requires no prior knowledge of Star Trek. And as always, admission and refreshments are free, and the company is stellar.

And Next Friday...............................
(This One is Outdoors )

This is a wonderful movie. Lots of dancing and singing 
and a great message!


Next Wednesday, 
August 1st at 7:00 pm

The theme this month is Prayer. 

Photo of the Week

Look at that face! Joe Cirrito from the 8:15 am service has just been made a part of the K9 Blood Hound Unit of the LAPD. This is his new "partner" Hope. She is 5 months old and has been going through training with Joe. Their primary work will be helping to find lost souls. I told Joe that it sounds like Gospel work to me!
Friday,  July 27  
6:30 pm
SHACK  room

Sunday 9:00 am

Wednesday, Aug 1
7:00 pm

Friday, August 3
6:30 pm

10am: Prayer & Thanks
10:30am: Bible Study
11am: Communion

7am  Prayers and Communion
8am Breakfast afterwards 

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Havermale Hall


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7pm in the Church

Third Saturday/Month
9am to Noon
Under the Pergola

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