Thursday, March 02, 2006

Shabbat

So our church has just started something called a Shabbat. It is taking place during Lent, but not really related. There are a lot of details to this, but it is basically a rest period. We the church are being challenged to do four things...

Focus on Rest
1 - Give up all church activities (basically, meetings at church) except for Sunday morning worship.
2 - Give up one non-church activity.
Focus on Relationship with God
3 - Use the Daily Shabbat devotional provided by the church during our quiet time (created by reducing activities).
4 - Learn and practice one new spiritual habit.

We aren't really supposed to get caught up in the rules, they are just guidelines. This Sunday will be the first service during Shabbat, so we will see what happens. I know for us, since we don't have kids, we aren't nearly as busy as some of the parents at our church. But, once being a kid that got ran around, I can appreciate what its like. I hope this time does create rest and relationships.

In other news, my father-in-law Mike works for Dana. If you follow financial and business news, you may know that Dana isn't doing very well right now. Keep the Fetchos in your prayers as we see what the future holds.

2 comments:

CB said...

Interesting concept - sort of a adaptation of the Sabbath principle, I assume?

I like that you point out about not being caught up in the rules, since "Man was not made for the Sabbath, but the Sabbath for man."

Let me know how it goes - for you, and for the church!

Chris said...

Yes, it is interesting. I am getting ready to go experience our first Sunday service during Shabbat. Shabbat is the Hebrew word for "rest". Our words Sabbath and sabbatical come from it.