Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
Tabernacle United Methodist Church has had an exciting year! Now it is August, and we are between the hectic pace of Block Party and Vacation Bible School and the demands that come in September. Many of us are already hard at work, preparing for the Bazaar, our church picnic, and the start of the new school year. Then we quickly move into the very busy times of Charge Conference, Thanksgiving and Advent, and the next thing you know, Christmas will be here.
The cycle continues year after year. It is a demanding work load and can become too burdensome for even the most committed of us. As your pastor, I encourage you to make some time for Sabbath rest. Genesis 1 tells us that God created for six days, then established a day of rest. The day of rest was created for us! Sabbath rest is a time to step back from life and realize the presence of God.
That simple realization reminds us that our strength, our very being, comes from God, who is helping us work with God’s own self as cocreators of heaven on earth!
Sabbath rest gives us the opportunity to consider our own life with Christ. It is a time when we can examine our relationship with Jesus and our relationships with each other. We are able to take a serious look at ourselves and determine what things are most important to us now. May you find rest during this transition from hectic into demanding.
Grace and peace,