To help you follow along, here is a loose outline of this week's sermon.
I. Our experience of time in the pandemic has changed.
A. More time at home
B. Schedules disrupted
C. Forced down-time.
II. God cares about how we structure our time.
A. The Sabbath is one of the key commandments in scripture.
B. The Sabbath is a sanctuary in time.
C. What makes the Sabbath sacred?
A. In Exodus, God ties the Sabbath commandment to God's act of creation.
B. When God rested on the seventh day, though, God rested inside the temple. The image that is crafted in Genesis 1 is of God ascending to the throne in the temple.
C. Sabbath reminds us of God's current place - sitting over the world, in control of it, ruling over creation.
D. Sacred time is time that reminds us that God is in control.
IV. Personal Example
A. Breathing exercises and a "mantra" remind Pastor Jon of what is actually happening.
B. Sacred time reminds us of what is actually happening - God is ruling over creation and is in control.
V. Sacred Time
A. Sacred time is a commandment, but it is also an invitation. God invites us into this practice.
B. Accept God's invitation of sacred time and find rest in the knowledge that God is truly in control.