This workshop focused on integrating spiritual practices into Sabbath keeping and carrying those Sabbath moments into the rest of the week. Singing Psalm 1 with the tune of Ode to Joy was a wonderful introduction to how the psalms can be sung to familiar tunes using the meters in our hymnals.
Jesus sung the psalms throughout his life so we hear the voice of Jesus in the Psalms. For 1800 years, the Psalms have been sung but it has become a lost practice, and yet it is an important practice to bring back into our daily practices. Julie Tennant shared from her experience of singing the Psalms with her husband, Dr. Timothy Tennant.
Throughout the NC Conference we have sabbath chaplains in each district leading the way in helping us be faithful to keeping a sabbath.
Sleeth encouraged those in attendance to select one area of the acronym PRAY as a place to focus their Sabbaths on this month:
- P – Praying – How I will deepen my prayer life
- R – Reading and Learning – How I will learn more about God
- A – Adoration and Thanksgiving – How I will grow a grateful heart
- Y – Yahweh – How I will share the Gospel
The acronym PLAY is another tool:
- P – Purging – What I will refrain from doing
- L – Loving – Who I will connect with and how
- A – Active – Fun things I will do
- Y – Yawn – Restful things I will do
Our sabbath should be a time of praying and playing. Free, downloadable resources are available to help pastors and congregations get started on the Sabbath. For more information, visit sabbathliving.org.