Keeping the Sabbath Holy

Keeping the Sabbath Holy

Divine Service

When we hear the command, “Keep the Sabbath holy” some people might envision attending a church service followed by stoic stillness. But does keeping it holy mean that we must do absolutely nothing? No.

Yes, we should take a day of rest. But this rest is meant to help us focus on God. Work for our daily bread on the other days of the week but keep one day set aside for the Lord.

And what is God’s desire for our hands? To summarize all of the law and the prophets, it is to love thy neighbor as ourselves. What better way to honor God but to serve and love each other?

Today’s sermon was written by Martin Luther and delivered by Deacon Poe.

Click here for this week’s bulletin or scroll past the Announcements to view it.

Announcements:

Our doors are open. We are holding the Divine Service again and it is a delight to see familiar faces. Please come prepared with a face mask or covering and new rules to follow. There will NOT be Sunday School but we will continue to hold the Divine Service at 11 am. You can read the full policy here. Another post covers the highlights.

Wednesday Bible StudyON HIATUS. Pastor Jenson is on vacation and will resume Bible Study when he returns.

Donations: Unfortunately the expenses go on. If you wish to make a donation please mail them to the St. James Post office box as that is a secure location.

Prayer requests. Bring your prayer requests to Pastor Jenson, Deacon Poe, or Loyd Harris (bulletin typist). They will printed in the bulletin and prayed in the Sunday service. The deadline is Tuesday for mailing on Wednesday. Remember if you are bringing a prayer request on behalf of another person their permission must be obtained.

Prayer during a pandemic.

Almighty God, heavenly Father, give us grace to trust You during this time of illness and distress. In mercy put an end to the pandemic that afflicts us. Grant relief to those who suffer, and comfort all that mourn. Sustain all medical personnel in their labors, and cause Your people ever to serve You in righteousness and holiness; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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