Keeping Sabbath - Ways to Practice - Worship

Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD
your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm;
therefore the LORD your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.

— Deuteronomy 5:15

Call to Worship
Sisters and brothers, alight here.
Cease your flying about for a moment.
Alight here and rest your movement, your wings, your daily things.
Alight here and sing, sing the praise of our Creator.
Moses, after years of wandering, finally alighted at the edge of the promised land,
and met God.
God, the hovering, brooding Spirit is safely guarding this nest of worship.
Alight here, and call on the winged Spirit of God.

Lani Wright
Cottage Grove, Oregon

Welcoming Sabbath in Worship
•   On a designated Sunday, remove all timepieces from the sanctuary. Check watches at the door (put them in pockets or purses). Challenge congregation members to leave watches off all day, to live by the rhythms of creation (including their own bodies).

•   In the black church tradition a preacher might greet Sunday morning shouting "This is the day the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it!" In what ways does your worship service welcome Sunday as a special, set-apart day? Reflect on the elements of your worship service, such as the call to worship, and look in your hymnals for hymns written especially for this day.

Morning Has Broken
" Praise with elation, praise every morning,
God's re-creation of the new day."
Text: Eleanor Farjeon

O Day of Radiant Gladness
" O day of radiant gladness, O day of joy and light..."
Text: Christopher Wordsworth

Teach Me the Measure of My Days
" Teach me the measure of my days, thou Maker of my frame.
I would survey life's narrow space, and learn how frail I am."
Text: Isaac Watts (based on Ps.39)

Day by Day
" Day by day, dear Lord, three things I pray:
to see thee more clearly,
love thee more dearly,
follow thee more nearly, day by day."
Text: St. Richard of Chichester

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