Saying No to the Culture of Now, Sabbath as Resistance, Lenten Study 2020
Contemporary Christians pay little attention to the Sabbath. We tend to associate it with the stringent disciplinary faith of the Puritans and regard it as a day of quiet restraint and prohibition.
Biblical scholar Walter Brueggeman has written an accessible and timely book to rescue the Sabbath from a negative list of “Thou Shalt Nots.” In our own contemporary context of the rat race of anxiety, the celebration of Sabbath is an act of both resistance and alternative. Our lives need not be defined by the production and consumption of commodity goods. It is an alternative to the demanding, chattering, pervasive of commercial culture that devours all our “rest time.”
Pastor Monte invites you to reclaim Sabbath time with me Wednesday evenings, (March 4, 18, and April 1) 6:15 light supper and 7:00 PM book study. On March 11 and 25 supper will be followed by worship with ECT youth. MCS Bishop Yehiel Curry will be at Immanuel to visit our youth on 3/11. Unity Lutheran dinner ministry will provide dinner for the youth on 3/25.
Pastor Monte is also preparing to lead three sessions on the Sabbath at the Forum, March 3/1, 8, and 15 AND for following Thursday morning chapel at 12:00 noon throughout Lent. Walter Brueggeman’s book, Sabbath as Resistance, will be our primary text throughout.