May 25, 2018
Dear Village Family,
I am eager for worship this Sunday. As you know, I will be leaving for Kenya on Monday. There is a wonderful group from Village that will be taking the journey to Thwake. I request your prayers for this group as we travel. Thwake is one of three important international communities with which Village has a relationship. The others are the Dominican Republic and Haiti, as we have a relationship with medical missions in both of those places.
This Sunday I want to talk about sabbath. Surprisingly, sabbath observance may be one of the most pressing spiritual issues in our culture. I have always associated sabbath observance with rest. Maybe you have thought about it the same way. On the sabbath, we stop what we are doing. The word sabbath actually means to “cease.” But sabbath is about more than simply stopping what we are doing. Sabbath is the day to remind us what all the other days are for. It’s about time. If you are like me, you may feel that time is moving quickly and that you are always chasing the things on the calendar. In some ways, we live in a culture that gives many indications that we have lost control of our time. That’s why sabbath is important…. It is the spiritual practice of focusing again on what the day is for.
As you know, when I return from Kenya I will be on sabbatical and not be back in the pulpit until September. I am grateful for the staff at Village who will cover every aspect of our ministry while I am away. They are extraordinarily gifted and committed. There will be some guest preachers who will visit with us this summer, and I know you will enjoy hearing from them. Each Friday, these eNotes will continue from Dr. Rodger Nishioka so that you will be aware of what is happening in worship throughout the summer.
Thank you for granting me this sabbatical time. But first, join me in worship on Sunday so we can reflect on sabbath.
See you Sunday.