This Sunday

Keeping Sabbath

Learning to Rest and Focus

Matthew 11.28-12.8

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the sabbath; his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. When the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the sabbath.” He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him or his companions to eat, but only for the priests. Or have you not read in the law that on the sabbath the priests in the temple break the sabbath and yet are guiltless?

I tell you, something greater than the temple is here.

But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.

For the Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.”

A Prayer for Tree of Life Synagogue

from Richard Bott, Moderator of the United Church of Canada

Oh, God, your children cry out,
and cry out, to you.

We pray for your people
of Tree of Life congregation,
for those who are waiting,
for those who are grieving,
for those who have died
because of senseless hatred
of your people, Israel;
may they find healing in your love,
and support from the community.

May any who have been part of this killing
be found quickly, and held accountable
for what they have done.

Help us, God of all creation,
to challenge the rhetoric that fans the hatred,
especially the interpretations of Christian scripture
that equate "Jewish" and "evil";
help us, God of all love,
to fight anti-Semitism in all its forms.

We pray to you, The Name,
as disciples of Jesus,
as people filled with your love.

Amen.