A Date with the Divine Presence

posted Aug 14, 2020, 1:54 PM by Tricia Sheffield

Grace and peace to you!

I am looking forward to being with you this Sunday when we will gather online at 10:15 AM to chat with one another, and then worship together at 10:30 AM. Our music was recorded in the Sanctuary featuring Juliet Gallagher singing our anthem, “Song of Hope.” Juliet will also sing our Benediction “Celtic Blessing.” Our Sermon-Prayer-Reflection is from the World Band called “Song of Hope” — 1,400 musicians from 35 countries playing one song with one mission. I am preaching the third part in our series Just Amos and my sermon title is Let Justice Roll.  

Please note that starting this Monday I am taking the week of August 17-23 off for some rest and rejuvenation. My plan is to take a few day trips around the area, read some books that have been collecting dust on an end table, and be still and know that God is God. I will be logging off of FaceBook, email, and putting my phone away, so I will not be receiving texts or phone calls. By disconnecting from my devices, I hope to practice Sabbath, best described by Barbara Brown Taylor: With sundown on the Sabbath, I stop seeing the dust balls, the bills, and the laundry. They are still there, but they lose their power over me. One day each week I live as if all my work were done. I live as if the kingdom has come, and when I do the kingdom comes, for one day at least. Now, when I know the Sabbath is near, I can feel the anticipation bubbling up inside of me. Sabbath is no longer a good idea or even a spiritual discipline for me. It is my regular date with the Divine Presence that enlivens both body and soul. 

During my Sabbath, Pastor Dawn Seaman of the Community Church of Keyport will be on call for pastoral emergencies. Also, Mark Poyner will lead worship/preach on August 23rd. As I rest, I will be praying that you will continue to be safe and healthy, and that you will take care of one another as you do so well as the Fabulous Church of Love.

Beloved, I pray that in these challenging times you have been practicing some form of Sabbath and having a regular date with the Divine Presence. It is so needed and required for our body, mind, and soul. Not only that, but because we are loved more than we can ask or imagine, God wants to spend time with us so we can have life abundant. And this abundance can’t be accomplished in just a few quick minutes a day, but rather we must practice a Sabbath that is deep, beautiful, long, and listening. May it be so for you.

I will see you on Zoom worship this Sunday!

In gratitude for the privilege of being your pastor and the holy call of loving you,

Pastor Trish