This winter, our staff team spent some time praying and reflecting on the life and ministry of Jesus and particularly about his rhythm between work and rest. This rhythm is something we’ve been working hard to incorporate into our lives individually and organizationally, as a church community. It’s surprisingly tough to do though, because we live in a busy, exhausting, and overworked world. In many ways, today’s world idolizes work and busyness.
But Jesus was very clear in his life and ministry about taking time to retreat, to get away, and to rest. There is a time and a season for both work and rest--or to use the terms Jesus used: “fruitfulness” and “abiding.”
As a community, we are being intentional about leaning into a rhythm of rest this summer. Of course we’ll be coming together for worship every week, but during July & August specifically we’ll be taking a break from our kids programs, message series, and coffee after the 9:00 & 10:00 Masses. There’s simply less going on here in general, and that’s intentional.
People in this church--including, of course, many of you who serve as ministers throughout the year--work really hard year round. And that’s needed and necessary and brings glory to God. And it also brings glory to God when we pattern our life after the life of Jesus.
We were created to work, to bear fruit, that’s for sure. And we were also created to rest. In fact, we were created not simply to rest from our work, but to work from our rest. Summer is a natural time for many people to experience the joy of rest--the joy of being vs. doing--and we hope you have some plans for rest and renewal this summer (or at another point this year).
Kids programs, message series, and more resume at our annual Fall Kickoff on Sunday, September 9, 2018. In the meanwhile, we look forward to worshipping with you at New Roads this summer at our normal worship times.