Take Five

Sabbath Sunday, April 27, 2020 | Resting with all of our senses


Sabbath Sunday is where we take a break from services once a month and worship God through resting. As we wait to resume our regular Sunday services during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will have post a devotional instead of Social Distance Worship liturgy on the last Sunday of each month. This devotional includes a prayer, meditation, Bible passage, and a reflection on a specific topic.


Opening Prayer

O Gracious God, Who is worthy to be praised and exalted above all, I thank You for this Sabbath Day and the gift of rest within it. Lord, refresh my Spirit in this moment of reflection, and refresh the spirits of all Your people who offer You their thanks and praise. Give us a foretaste of the blessed hope that is to come, when all our work on earth shall cease and we shall rest in You forever. In Your holy name I pray. Amen.


Meditation

(Listen in silence and reflect upon the words)

Aripsalin – O sing unto Him


Bible Passage

Taste And See That The Lord Is Good

Psalm 34

1 I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. 3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!

I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. 5 Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. 6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles. 7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! 9 Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack! 10 The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

11 Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. 12 What man is there who desires life and loves many days, that he may see good? 13 Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. 14 Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry. 16 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth. 17 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. 18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. 20 He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken. 21 Affliction will slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be condemned. 22 The Lord redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.


Reflection

Take Five

Speaker: Rev. Dr. Scotty J. Williams

Tips For Taking Five

The 5 senses.

 

HEARING

Listen to songs (sacred and secular) that you like and think might be pleasing to God. Also, take the time to listen to the sounds within your home and outside of it that you think might be pleasing to God. As you listen to these sounds, give God thanks for the gift of hearing.

SIGHT

Look for things within your home that are pleasing to your eyes and that you think might be pleasing to God. Also, look for things outside of  your home that you think might be pleasing to God. As you look upon these things, give God thanks for the gift of sight.

TOUCH

Take your Bible or favorite sacred object (e.g., a cross) and slowly feel it with your hands; study its many textures with your fingers. As you feel you Bible, give God thanks for the gift of touch.

TASTE

Get a cup of your favorite beverage and/or your favorite food and savor it. As you savor each thing, give God thanks for the gift of taste.

SMELL

Spray your favorite perfume or cologne, get some flowers, and/or cook your favorite food and study their aromas. As you appreciate each scent, give God thanks for the gift of smell.


Closing Prayer

Gracious God, I thank for this this of rest, and I thank You for the senses which You have given to humanity. As I experience the world through sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell, may I also come to experience You more and rightly use them to Your glory. Lord, grant rest to all of my brothers and sisters who bless Your name apart from one another, and ready us for the coming day when we will worship You together again. To You be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

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The concept of this devotion is © All Souls.