“More, More, More”: A Sabbathy Call to Worship

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My time at Myrtle Beach with First Presbyterian Church, Sumter SC, closed with a wonderful worship service, planned and led by the pastoral and music staff. I preached, but as is sometimes the case with these things, we did not coordinate a huge amount. Still the Holy Spirit wove everything together.

I was particularly taken by the call to worship, which pastor Ray Fancher says he adapted from another source.

Sabbath confronts the culture of relentless production and our fears of scarcity… and this responsive call to worship captures it perfectly:

Temptation surrounds us:
do more, take more, have more.
More food, more money, more power, more life!
‘What could it hurt?’ we hear—from friends, the media, our own souls:
More hunger, more suffering, more need, more fear, more anger.
So we gather in God’s abundance and remember: God rested. We were slaves.
God gave us Sabbath for renewal. In Christ we have everything!
Let us drink deeply from God’s spirit. God gives us all we need to
Live fully, love deeply, and serve faithfully. Thanks be to God!

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3 thoughts on ““More, More, More”: A Sabbathy Call to Worship

  1. Bob Braxton

    Walter Brueggemann, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, … writes, “our motors are set to run at brick-making speed.”

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      1. Bob Braxton

        He spoke at Snow Bird – Roy Howard was also there – some years ago – I think it was the first time GA skipped a year – Utah – he spoke about brick-making (I was impressed). Have added his book to my Wish List.

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