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Suggested Activities for This Week

Join us every week for new spiritual practice and activity ideas as we navigate these challenging times together.

April 3 - April 10 Activities - Rev. Anna G. Owens

Spiritual Practice:

Sabbath

In these days where everything feels off and every schedule derailed, it may be more important than ever to take time to practice Sabbath. In Scripture, Sabbath is intended to be one 24-hour period of rest and worship, where no work is done. The Fourth Commandment reads, “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy…” (Exodus 20: 8-10)

Sabbath is intended to be a gift from God for regular periods of rest. Other places where Sabbath appears in Scripture include Hebrews 4:9-11: “There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest.” And Mark 2:27: “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.”

Practicing Sabbath can include:

  • Setting aside time for intimacy with God and others you love
  • Resting in God one day per week
  • Practicing restful activities
  • Not developing a to-do list for a certain day of the week

Take some time this week to reflect on the following questions, and prayerfully consider adding a Sabbath practice to your life.

Questions:

  • What difficulties make it hard for you to stop “doing”?
  • How might taking Sabbath enhance your enjoyment and worship of God?
  • How might a Sabbath day be nourishing and replenishing to you?

Practices:

  • Plan a 24-hour Sabbath you can enter with anticipation. Consider the things that would nourish you: worship, music, reading, napping, walking, time for a cup of tea. Plan them spaciously into the day.
  • Begin your Sabbath on Saturday evening, near sundown. Light a candle. Invite the presence of Christ to guide you. Eat with friends or family – whether in person or virtually. Go to bed early. Awaken refreshed for the Lord’s Day.
  • Prepare a Sabbath box or basket. Each Saturday, as a family, put in all of the things you don’t need to take with you into Sunday. Consider dropping cell phones, tablets, credit cards, and gadgets into the box. Put work projects and homework into the box. Tell one another what you are looking forward to as you enter the Sabbath. Pray together to receive Sabbath gifts. Enjoy a day free from distraction.
Rather than setting aside an entire 24-hour period, consider activities that deepen worship and promote rest. Make a list of those activities and place them in a jar or basket. When you begin to feel the need to practice Sabbath, pull a practice out of the jar and spend some time purposefully and mindfully engaging that activity.


Recommendation for Feeding Mind, Body, or Soul:

Chair Yoga for Stress Relief

There’s no denying it: these past few weeks have been unprecedented, and every single one of us faces new challenges. There are many benefits to even just a few minutes of stretching and mindfulness, so I encourage you to try this short, chair yoga sequence a few days this week.

Even though it’s from a website called “De-Stress Monday,” you can do this easy routine any day. It will be good for all of us to take a few moments and relieve some of the tension we are inevitably carrying as an added weight on our shoulders –  literally.

You can find the sequence here: https://www.destressmonday.org/chair-yoga/

It is created for anyone to do, even those with a limited range of mobility. As you go through the motions, consider incorporating a breath prayer. As you breathe in, breathe in God’s grace. As you breathe out, breathe God’s mercies to others.

May this short exercise center you in the days and weeks ahead, and help you to find some peace in the midst of chaos.

 

Family Activity

Palm Sunday Parade


Even though we won’t be gathered together in person for Palm Sunday, we will still be united in the Holy Spirit, and we can still have a Palm Sunday processional in our own homes!
Before you tune into the worship service, you could do the following together as a family:
Read: Matthew 21:1-11
Share: Today we remember when Jesus came riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. The people cheered and celebrated by putting palm branches and coats on the road before him.
Do: Help your child(ren) cut a branch from outside, or download, print, and color this palm frond coloring sheet from Illustrated Ministry: https://illustratedmin.s3.amazonaws.com/weekly-resources/PalmColoring.pdf
Have a parade around your house or yard with your palm branches. Shout “Hosanna! Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord!”
Wonder: What do you think it felt like to wave palm branches in front of Jesus that day? What would you shout to Jesus to tell him that you’re excited to see him?
Grab your makeshift palm fronds for worship, and be sure to wave them during the processional! Remember that we can praise God from anywhere, anytime!

Previous Quarantine Corner Activities

March 27 - April 03 Activities

March 20 - March 27 Activities

 

 

 

 

 



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