Jesus: Our Resurrected Sabbath- Lenten Resource
Dear clergy and lay leaders, Many Christians think of Lent as a time to give up something and thereby honor the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. This year, we invite you to embrace a new habit: holy rest. Yes, Sabbath involves sacrifice and preparation, but the rewards are life changing! Eugene Peterson once said that Sabbath is the best thing he ever did for his marriage, his children, and his relationship with God. Sabbath is woven into the very fabric of creation, yet it’s the most ignored of the Ten Commandments. What better time than Lent to re-establish the holy rhythms of work and rest? In this Lenten series package (link study), you will find suggested lectionary readings, themes, sermon outlines, audio/video links, and small group study materials—everything you need to plan a comprehensive Lenten study on Sabbath. Feel free to tailor these materials to the needs of your congregation. Check out additional resources at our website, sabbathliving.org. And let us know if we can be of help by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Every blessing, Nancy and Matthew Sleeth, MD
Resources for Vital Congregations
GBHEM Leadership Resources
A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist
RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:
The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:
- Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
- Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.
We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at email@example.com.