Growing up, many of us might have associated “sabbath” with a prohibition of what we were NOT allowed to do. On Sundays, no playing, no TV, no shopping. And yes, there are good Biblical and theological reasons for why your sabbath day should look and feel different from your usual daily grind.
But what we miss when we view Sabbath as “shall not,” is the beauty of God’s permission-giving, life-breathing, God and person-honoring gift of rest and delight. This worship service tries to hold that tension and ultimately help us to recalibrate our thinking away from “what we aren’t supposed to do” with “what God has gifted us to do.”