February 28 Edevotional
The gift of Sabbath as a holy resistance to the culture of NOW, of productivity and competition is our theme for these weeks of Lent. I invite us to think for a moment, also, about the politics of Sabbath-keeping. Capitalism and work, and the political power that gathers around them, are eroding the concept of Sabbath—of divinely ordained rest—in every aspect of life. Political debates over work, family, and retirement erode the very basic holiness of Sabbath. Working 40 hours a week at minimum wage; adjunct teachers working with no benefits, rest in retirement when Medicare keeps being chipped away; no paid medical or parental leave; all of this is based on the values of productivity and labor above care of family, self, and neighbor. God’s command to rest sets God’s people apart from the Exodus onward. Idleness is sacred in the Bible because it identifies the world with a living God whose greatest gift is rest and who rescued the people from slavery in a land where no rest was allowed.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6: 25 – 27
THE REALITIES OF LIFE AS A TEEN TODAY
Sunday, March 4 at 5:00pm
Our youth will share the reality of teen life today, especially the stresses they feel
Open to everyone
Sunday, March 11
Special Church Conference immediately following the service
We will vote on whether to use the 2018 distributable endowment
funds for general budget purposes.
A book of heartfelt learning of the late teacher and theologian, Marcus Borg.
Please join in a small group book study for the last half of Lent and beginning weeks of the Easter season.
We’ll be gathering at the church on Saturday mornings, 9:30-11:00 beginning Saturday, March 10.
There will be coffee and bagels, good discussion, and the freedom to come whatever of the 6 Saturdays you are available.
March 10; March 17; No gathering on March 24; March 31; April 7; No gathering on April 14; April 21; and the last gathering on Saturday, April 28.
Get your copy of the book at the shelf to your right as you enter the main door of the church.