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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Worship Times: 8:30 & 10:45 am
Christian Education for Children, Youth & Adults: 9:30am

Rev. Erin WathenScripture: Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

Sometimes we don't know what we need until we've gotten it.

Like maybe a few hours with an old friend. Or a long nap. Or a homecooked meal after a long busy week. We don't exactly go around thinking about or looking for these things. But once we've been gifted with the friend time, or the rest, or the good dinner, we breathe a little deeper and think... yeah, I really needed that.

At least once every summer, I preach on the importance of Sabbath--not just a day, but a rhythm of rest and renewal built into the practice of our busy lives. Full disclosure here: I've learned a lot of good practices over the years, through programs designed to model good self care for clergy. But when it comes to practicing this particular discipline, sometimes you need to "do as I say, not as I do." Because it doesn't matter how important I KNOW it is to rest and take time to just be... I don't always make the time, in real life. I'm not going to make a single excuse about that--I'll just tell you that, in the world we live in, we ALL need to rest more. And it's not always as easy as just taking a nap.

Our scripture for Sunday finds Jesus and the disciples on the road (my favorite place!). Everywhere they go, they are healing people. But before this particular healing story, Jesus has another item on their to-do list: Come away and rest awhile, he tells them.

It's almost as if--now, I know this is crazy talk--it's almost like they have to rest and take care of themselves before they can do anything productive. Go figure.

Come away and rest awhile--come join us for worship, come be with your people, come and breathe deep the Spirit that renews and restores. The world needs us disciples to be ready for the work of healing the world.

Rev. Erin Wathen, Senior Pastor

Also this Sunday:
Adult Education: 9:30 am in Friends Hall - more info on the ADULT EDUCATION page.
• Fighting Hunger in KC:
Bring food items for sack lunches-list and info on ADULT EDUCATION page.

Upcoming Events:
Sack Lunch Service Project - July 29:
9:30 am in Friends Hall, more info on the ADULT EDUCATION page.
Intergeneration Book Club - July 29: 3pm in the Youth Room, more info on the YOUTH page.
Migrant Farmworkers Workday - Aug. 6: meet in the church parking lot @ 2:30, more info on the MISSION page.

On-Going Events:
• Grief Group - meets the first Sunday of the month, led by Jody Gyulay, 11:45am, Room 102
• Mission & Outreach Opportunities:
check the MISSION & OUTREACH page for more information.
• SAGE (Saint Andrew Group for Ecology): Opportunities & events on the SAGE Page.
• Bible Study: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, Friends Hall, 7:00-8:30 pm

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