Sunday – A Day For ______

I thought it was just me, but I guess I’m not the only one who marvels at all the Sunday activities that keeps folks from attending worship. In last week’s newsletter from Carbondale First United Methodist church, Pastor Rhein made a similar observation. (link)

He noted the frustration of so many Sunday morning activities as not just a community thing but also a universal occurrence. He writes and I concur, “I am not being critical of parents, and I am not saying that these young people are “scarred for life” because they miss Sunday school and [worship]. But I do think there is a need for a Sabbath that allows everyone to rest and refresh themselves from the activities of the week.”

He develops his thought by referring to the 4th commandment, “Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy.” (Our Sabbath is Sunday, reminding us of Easter and the Resurrection each time we come to worship.)

In Jesus day, it meant no work, and even limited the number of steps taken. In addition, there were 39 categories of activity prohibited on the Sabbath. However, these activities are encouraged on the Sabbath: Spending Sabbath together with one’s own immediate family, temple attendance for prayers, visiting family and friends (within walking distance), hosting guests, singing, reading, studying and discussing the Scriptures. According to Reform Judaism, “one should avoid one’s normal occupation or profession on the Sabbath whenever possible and engage only in those types of activities that enhance the joy, rest, and holiness of the day.”

Of course, I do not think we should list and enforce acceptable and unacceptable activities on Sunday I do however believe we need to remember Sunday as a day for 1) Worship and 2) engage in activities of “joy, rest, and holiness.”

We Labor Together With God, Wes

Leave a Reply