We live during a pandemic. Fear of deadly sickness pervades the planet. Yet, there is another fear of not having enough money to live on because of the quarantine. These factors create tremendous stress and anxiety. We are tired of feeling stressed. We experience quarantine fatigue. The answer for all this stress is to embrace Sabbath, the Sabbath rest, a time to not create, a time to live in rhythm and routine. Join us for Sunday service online and embrace the Sabbath rest.
The last chapter of John’s Gospel narrates Peter (post denial) telling six other disciples he is going fishing, which was his job before Jesus. “Back to normal.” While they are fishing Jesus appears on the shore. Peter and Jesus re-establish a new relationship after Jesus’ resurrection, a relationship and calling that Peter could not ever imagine. Will we embrace a new normal long after the pandemic ends? Let’s explore this idea in light of Easter’s new creation.
One Palm Sunday the people cried out Hosanna, which means, LORD SAVE US. This year we cry out Hosanna also, for many reasons. But one of those reasons is the tension we feel in our homes and families as we struggle to find new ways of living in close quarters. This morning we look to Jesus for rescue right now, in our own homes! His salvation is on the way! Hosanna!