Worship Cancelled Jan 24; A Breakfasty Alternative

Due to the Blizzard of 2016, worship will not be held on January 24. Instead, you are invited to gather around the breakfast table with your family to share in this breakfast liturgy of worship.

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Breakfast Church on a Snowy Day

An Order of Worship for the Whole Family at the Breakfast Table

Prelude – Eggs Cooking, Bacon Sizzling, Silverware hitting the table

Call to Worship – Breakfast is Ready!

Opening Prayer – God of the Sabbath, we thank you for the snow that blanketed the earth this weekend. Thank you for the brave men and women who go out in the cold to help keep us safe. Thank you for the roof above our heads and the food on our table. Please come to our breakfast table this morning as we remember your love. Amen

(Begin Eating Breakfast!)

Children’s MomentAsk each child: “What makes you feel most alive?” and, “When do you feel closest to God?” Say: Those are both good things for us to do on Sundays, because Sunday is a special day for us to remember that God is very close to us.  We call it “the Sabbath.” Share a little bit about why your family goes to church on Sunday.

Scripture Reading – Isaiah 55:1-3

Ho, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and you that have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
 Incline your ear, and come to me;
listen, so that you may live.
I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.

Sermon

This Scripture paints an appetite-whetting picture of a banquet feast, where everything is turned upside down. Those who don’t have money can come buy food for free.  Those who are thirsty will find that their thirst is finally quenched. This banquet provides the good stuff—no processed, artificially-dyed, junk food. Only real homemade cooking!  What is the good stuff in your life? Is it sharing meals with your family? Praying and reading stories before bed? Do you come alive when you make time to exercise your body and play? What about when you serve your neighbor? If we made a list of the good stuff in life, we might be surprised to discover all the things that don’t make the list—things we spend a lot of time doing anyway. Sabbath is a reminder of the good stuff. It is the day where we hit the reset button and become reconciled, or put-back-together. We are put-back-together with God, with Creation, with each other, and with ourselves. We are restored to the good life God has for us.

Since I (Pastor Bonnie) became a pastor who works on Sundays, I have always observed Sabbath every Friday. One of my favorite Friday traditions is to eat a big breakfast, which I call a Sabbath breakfast. Whether by myself or with friends, I make sure to linger long at the table, sit by the window, and enjoy the gift of time that God has given me to eat slowly and bask in the light of the new day.  These meals are always very prayerful and feel like a holy time of communion with God. Sharing a meal together is much like what we do at church. Which is why it’s a good alternative for a snowy day! However, in church, we are able to extend our table to others so that they too can hear the message of God’s love. We also come together to the Table and remember that Jesus gave his body and blood for us to share at another special meal—the ultimate good stuff.

I hope you’re able to have a Sabbath breakfast on this Sunday morning, and appreciate that this is the “good stuff” God has given you.  Let me close with these words about the Sabbath from Rabbi Abraham Heschel:

“The Sabbath is the most precious present mankind has received from the treasure house of God. All week we think: The spirit is too far away, and we succumb to spiritual absenteeism, or at best we pray: Send us a little of Thy spirit. On the Sabbath the spirit stands and pleads: Accept all excellence from me …”

Prayers – Lift up those prayer joys and concerns you would like to pray for, and offer a prayer of your own.

OfferingCancelling Sunday worship can be a real financial set-back for a church, so we hope you’ll be faithful in your giving. You can still contribute to Trinity online  or by sending cash/check to the church this week or next Sunday. Thank you for your contributions which help keep Trinity’s doors open the other 51 Sundays a year!

DoxologyBet you know the words and the tune. Sing it round the table. 

Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise God all creatures here below
Praise God above ye heavenly host
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen

 

Closing Hymn – The First Snowel

Benediction – May the Lord bless you in your snow-shoveling, snow-angel-making, and Sabbath-keeping. Go forth to serve your neighbor in the love of God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Postlude Who can offer to do the dishes or help unshovel a neighbor’s car?

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