Many of us wrapped the sabbath in old papers, put it away on a shelf in our mental closet, and forgot about it. If we think of it at all, we remember Blue Laws and multiple church services and family regulations, so we are exceedingly reluctant to open up sabbath for another look. Others of us merely use the sabbath as a therapeutic rest period for recovering our strength so that we can be more productive.
Our contributors invite us to open the sabbath package. But be prepared for some jolts--seeing sabbath as a gift instead of just a law, as "resting from our own works" and giving "due place to God's works," and as a call to justice and compassion rather than apathy.
Christian Reflection is an ideal resource for discipleship training in the church. Multiple copies are available for group study at $3.00 per copy.
The study guides and lesson plans integrate Bible study, prayer, and worship to help us receive the sabbath as a celebration of whom God has made us to become. The guides can be used in a series or individually. You may download and reproduce them for personal or group use.
Download the entire Sabbath issue and the set of six Study Guides. Or, download individual pieces by clicking the titles below.
"Sabbath, a 'Little Jubilee,'" by Richard H. Lowery
"The Eighth Day," by David B. Capes
"Praying with the Rhythms of Grace," by Judy Henderson Prather
"Changing Sunday Practices," by Jack Marcum
"Bowling on the Sabbath," by Blaine and Sarah McCormick
Sabbath in Christian Art, by Heidi J. Hornik
"Sir, I Have No One," on Murillo's Christ at the Pool of Bethesda
"Lord Even of the Sabbath," Manuscript Illuminations of The Healing of the Wounded Hand, The Crippled Woman, and The Man Born Blind
Hymn and Worship Service
"Sabbath Sings a Quiet Song," by Terry W. York and C. David Bolin
"This Day at Thy Creating Word," by William W. How and John H. Maunder
Worship Service by David G. Miller
"Imagine a Sabbath Economy," by Norman Wirzba
"The Work of Rest and Worship," by Milton Brasher-Cunningham
Other Voices, Quotations on Sabbath
"Keeping Sabbath," by Stephen Brachlow
Marva Dawn, Keeping the Sabbath Wholly: Ceasing, Resting, Embracing, Feasting
Tilden Edwards, Sabbath Time: Understanding and Practice for Contemporary Christians
"Sabbath Blessings," by Willow Hambrick
Wendell Berry, A Timbered Choir
Molly Wolf, Angels and Dragons, Hiding in Plain Sight, and A Place Like Any Other
Study Guides and Lesson Plans (Download the set of six Study Guides)
"Sabbath as Liberation"
"Sabbath as Delight in Creation"
"The Eighth Day"
"Lord of the Sabbath"
"Changing Sunday Practices"
"Bowling on the Sabbath"