Sabbath Questions with Dr. Marilyn Elliott

Marilyn Elliot is the Vice President of Community Formation at Asbury Theological Seminary.  As part of their twelve-week Sabbath Experience, Marilyn hosted potluck suppers at her home on Saturday evenings.  Below are Dr. Elliot’s reflections on this experience. To keep Sabbath requires a significant, thoughtful restructuring of our ‘life-way’ – our life style and habit… Continue reading Sabbath Questions with Dr. Marilyn Elliott

Sabbath Reflections with Karen Foldy

Karen Foldy recently hosted a semester-long Sabbath-keeping group through Asbury Theological Seminary’s Sabbath Experience. We took this opportunity to ask her about her Sabbath-keeping journey. What prompted your desire to start keeping a Sabbath? I have always wanted to be obedient to the command to keep the Sabbath, and I wanted to take this opportunity to… Continue reading Sabbath Reflections with Karen Foldy

Sabbath with Brian Skyrms and Family, Part 2

Brian Skyrms is a recent graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. Originally from Tampa, Florida, Brian grew up in a Christian home. As a seventeen-year-old, in Venezuela, he surrendered to God’s call to a life of service in ministry. He then pursued a BS in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Services from Georgia… Continue reading Sabbath with Brian Skyrms and Family, Part 2

Sabbath with Brian Skyrms and Family, Part 1

Brian Skyrms is a recent graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. Originally from Tampa, Florida, Brian grew up in a Christian home. As a seventeen-year-old, in Venezuela, he surrendered to God’s call to a life of service in ministry. He then pursued a BS in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Services from Georgia… Continue reading Sabbath with Brian Skyrms and Family, Part 1

Interview with David Bauer, Dean, School of Biblical Interpretation, Asbury Theological Seminary

What prompted your desire to start keeping a Sabbath? With my responsibilities as a faculty member and as a Dean I came to realize that the demands of my life were crowding out time for myself, and especially time for reflection and for spending with my ten-year old son.  It was necessary just to carve… Continue reading Interview with David Bauer, Dean, School of Biblical Interpretation, Asbury Theological Seminary

Put Down Your Phone, Reflect, Remember, Reconnect

Sherry Turkle, Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at M.I.T., has interviewed hundreds of people of all ages about their daily fixations on social media and new technologies like smartphones and tablets. In a recent interview with Scientific American, Turkle is worried that there’s at least one hidden cost to our addiction to… Continue reading Put Down Your Phone, Reflect, Remember, Reconnect

Busy Pastor, Husband, Dad Cliff Wall Finds Refreshment In Sabbath Living

Cliff Wall, pastor of the Puett United Methodist Church, sent us a wonderful sermon on Sabbath keeping. He graciously answered our questions regarding his family’s sabbath-lifestyle. My wife, Christi, and I have 4 children and one on the way.  I have pastored a rural United Methodist church in Dallas, North Carolina since 2012.  I have… Continue reading Busy Pastor, Husband, Dad Cliff Wall Finds Refreshment In Sabbath Living

One-Day Sabbath Retreat Format

24/6 Sabbath Living Workshop

10:00-10:10                 Welcome (Host)

10:10-11:00                 Session 1: Our 24/7 World and Why We Need 24/6

(Play segments 1 and 2 back to back, followed by first set of discussion questions. If the group is small, you can discuss the questions all together. If you have ten or more people, break up into smaller groups of about five-eight for discussion times.)

11:00-11:10                 Coffee Break

11:10-noon                  Session 2: How We Do 24/6 and Your 24/6 Life

(Play segments 3 and 4 back to back, followed by second set of discussion questions)

Noon-12:45                 Lunch

12:45-1:15                   Session 3: Church Leaders and the Sabbath

(Play Eugene Peterson interview in bonus material, followed by third set of discussion questions)

1:15-1:45                     Session 4: Writing Your 24/6 Plan

(Have 1 copy of clergy plan for each attendee printed and ready to hand out; encourage people to pray for guidance, fill out in silence, and then when they are ready go through their plan with someone else in the group)

1:45-1:55                     Next Steps (www.sabbathliving.org resources and how you might help                                           each other stay accountable)

1:55- 2:00                    Closing Benediction

 

 

 

 

 

Sample “away” Messages for Clergy

Many pastors ask for ways to incorporate a “Sabbath culture” in their churches. One example is to teach Sabbath living through church communications such as email and websites. Below are some sample voice or email messages for when you are taking your Sabbath:

Sample “away” messages for clergy: 

Thank you for contacting me. Please know that I look forward to being in touch with you.  I am away from the church office, as Monday is my Sabbath. If your matter is of an urgent nature, please contact our Church secretary, Doris Day, at 222-333-4444.”

“This is Pastor Bob, and I am sorry to miss your call. I will be on Sabbath today and will respond to all voicemail tomorrow morning. If this is a matter that needs immediate attention, please contact lay leader George at 222-333-5555. Thank you for calling.”