In the sixth chapter of the Gospel of Mark, there is a scene in which the disciples are telling Jesus all the things that they had done and taught in His name. Jesus recognized their excitement over their recent sharing of the good news of the messiah and was also aware of their need to rest and recoup. Then Jesus told them,
“Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.”
Our journey this year has stretched us in all directions. We have balanced work, school, and family life in a surreal time. But we are here at the end of the calendar year and the beginning of the liturgical calendar. Normally, it is a time of hectic schedules filled with parties, decorating, and gift buying. That has been altered greatly this year.
I would like to offer you an opportunity to come and rest in God’s sanctuary. On December 16, the sanctuary will be open between Noon and 3:00 p.m. and again from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Candles will be lit, soft music will be playing, and a place in a pew will be open for you just to be with God. We will be sure that the place where you sit is cleaned. We will check temps and you will have to wear a mask. You can sit and talk to God for 5 minutes or the full time. It is your time to come away from the responsibilities of life and rest a while.
You have managed a lot this year and there is some hope on the horizon. The disciples would return to their journey just as you and I will, but for a moment they stopped to remember the purpose and provider of their life. Jesus prescribed it and I cannot imagine anyone better from which to take advice for our journey in life.
Safe worship protocols will be followed