Sunday April 25 2021
ReNew: Week Three
The Gift of Sabbath
GeNESIS 2:3, ExODUS 20:8-11, LUKE 13:10-17 NRSV
Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch
3 So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation. GENESIS 2:3 NRSV
8 Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work. 10 But the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it. EXODUS 20:8-11 NRSV
10 Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. 11 And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free from your ailment.” 13 When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. 14 But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, “There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the sabbath day.” 15 But the Lord answered him and said, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? 16 And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?” 17 When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing. LUKE 13:10-17 NRSV
Call to worship
We come to worship our God.
Our help, our shield, our shelter.
You are our help forever and ever.
We rest our souls in you and have nothing to fear.
You watch over us day and night.
Hold us in the safety of your eternal love as we turn our hearts to you.
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
Let us affirm our faith.
We belong to God, eternal and infinite, Creator of all things and all that is to come. We follow Christ, who comes to us from God and reveals God to us. He heals people and transforms lives, and calls us to join in his ministry. He was crucified, died, and was raised again by God, and reigns over all creation, and he bids us to die and rise with him in the service of the healing of the world.
We are moved by the Holy Spirit, together with the communion of saints, as members of the body of Christ, God’s holy universal church.
We are confident in the forgiveness of sin, the power of the resurrection, and the reality of eternal life.
In all things, it is our desire to follow Christ, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, for God’s glory. Amen.