Scriptures: Deuteronomy 5:15-15, Exodus 20:8-11, Mark 2:27-28, Mark 3:1-6, Mark 6:30-31, Numbers 15:33-36, Psalm 23:2-2, Psalm 46:10-10
The Fourth Commandment-keeping the Sabbath holy-is probably the one we most readily take not as a command, but as a suggestion; and apart from maybe giving an hour to a church service and worship, many observe the Sabbath as no different than any other day.
As taught by scriptures, we believe the Sabbath Principle was ordained by God as a time to Rest and Reflect. A time to Rest from the beasts of burdens we tend to become, from the trap of work that deceives us that we eat of our sweat and Not God’s gracious provision. Sabbath reminds us that God has done the work and our lives as believers begin from a point of Resting in the finished work of the Lord. This gives us perspective and prioritizes our worship
Any day and time set for this purpose can be our Sabbath if we are intentional to reflect on God as the starting point of our lives. This is the point of worshiping in Spirit and in truth. God instituted the Sabbath not to stifle us but to preserve us. Sabbath is an expression from our loving father refreshing us not just as His workers but as his children.
After a long year of family and ministry, Sabbath Sunday is a welcome tradition in the calendar of Lifespring Chapel Syokimau to celebrate and reflect on the Christmas message in a unique way every Christmas Weekend (3rd/4th Sunday of Dec) on the 24th Dec 2017.
First, we allow the ‘Church’ to Rest. A time for ministers and volunteers to be recharge and be refreshed alongside the community. We allow our members to visit and encourage other churches, home churches and engage in a missional way as they rest off their levitical duties. This allows a refreshed start into the New year. Our Embakasi and Kamulu Campuses will remain open for those who would like to still gather.
Secondly, Christmas morning, is for many families, a sacred time, though not often for religious reasons. Family traditions (often with traveling family members) tend to trump church expectations, especially as it relates to when and where individuals will choose to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
At Lifespring we see this as an opportunity for a special mission to our families and loved ones. On this Christmas weekend we do church differently. We dont gather in our sanctuary as we do every Sunday.
“At first glance it does sound contrarian, but we dont see it as not having church on Christmas. We see it as decentralizing the church on Christmas–hundreds of thousands of experiences going on around Christmas trees. The best way to honor the birth of Jesus is for families to have a more personal experience on that day.”
Being a Community Church, We are aware that this time of the year gives many of us an unique opportunity to catch up with grandparents, families and cousins and neighbors in an intimate way. What better environment to allow the Gospel message to sink in and to be at the core of these family celebrations. This Sabbath Sunday, we consider sharing the Christmas story as part of bringing Church Home.
In the spirit of Generosity, Sabbath Sunday also gives us an opportunity to extend the Love of Christ in practical ways through donations and gifts to the poor and benevolent. While the Tithe is biblically designated for where you are taken care off, The Offering on the other hand can be used to mobilize a practical way of sharing God’s LOVE to the lost and lonely. You can do this as a family or a Life group.
From the pastoral team and leadership of Lifespring Chapel, I pray you a Restful and Reflective Sabbath Weekend. We look forward to our 31st Dec New year Prayer Service from 10am. Please come with prayers on How you anticipate God to move in your life in the new year. Ask the Lord- What would you have me be, what will I do more do less do without to do God’s Will.
Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year