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South: Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Weekly Moravian Message: June 3, 2018

Second Sunday after Pentecost

Practicing Sabbath

In 1961, the North Carolina General Assembly passed “An Act to Prohibit Certain Business Activities on Sunday,” which restricted the sale and the buying of certain items (clothing, household items, clocks, luggage, office supplies, etc.) on Sunday. Anyone violating these “blue laws” was subject to a hefty fine or even imprisonment.

Nowadays, most people would say that those restrictions are outdated. Most counties have abolished those prohibitions. While some businesses still choose to remain closed on Sunday, it is a choice, not a requirement. We can go to the mall, shop for groceries, and watch our children play in their various sports leagues on Sunday. Often, because our weekdays are so busy with work, we use our time on Sunday to catch up on shopping, household chores, sports practices, etc. In today’s culture, the concept of Sabbath rest has largely been lost. Life can quickly become one long cycle of work, work, and more work. Work drives the economy, right?

God has a different idea of what constitutes a strong economy. In God’s economy, Sabbath rest is essential to creating wholeness. 

When we take time to do as God did on the seventh day and rest from our labor, we recognize the freedom that comes from letting go of the things and activities that occupy so much of our time and brain space. We can then focus on the One who is the creator and giver of all good things. 

Jesus said, “The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath.” Sabbath is a gift from God to us. Accept that gift by making time each week to worship and praise the Gift Giver. Practicing Sabbath feeds the soul.

 Fran Saylor, pastor, Mizpah Moravian Church,

 Rural Hall, North Carolina

Moravian Daily Texts


Tuesday, June 19 — Psalm 78:1–8
Numbers 34; Luke 3:1–20

Who observes my ordinances, and follows my statutes; he shall not die for his father’s iniquity. Ezekiel 18:17

You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ. 1 Peter 1:18–19

God of action—we think we know it all. Forgive us such foolishness. Let us ponder your blood, for it is more precious than silver or gold; our children are listening to our words and watching what we do. Amen.

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