September 7, 2014

Pastor Letter

Greetings one and all,

I have returned from a time of rest and rejuvenation with my family. It was a wonderful time together! We explored the coastal redwoods at Big Basin State Park; played on beaches in SoCal; enjoyed a family birthday; and more. I was even able to have some cherished reading time and work on a quilt! But the best part of all was that we laughed and laughed together. We named this stay-cation of sorts, "Adventure-Cation 2014." Each day was an adventure for us, and we did it together. I am grateful to have had this time, and I am most grateful to follow a 
vocation and religious tradition that emphasizes Sabbath as an integral part of a healthy life.

I know that many of us, and most of our communities, are gearing up for the fall season. Teachers, administrators and students are returning to school. Football and soccer season is upon us. Even our Los Altos UMC has an upcoming Rally Day on September 14 for the church family to gather together over a delectable brunch as we get back into the swing of things. 

But, in the midst of all of this business, my question is not, "what's your fall schedule like?", but "how are you honoring the Sabbath in that schedule?" How are you working to honor the call of our gracious God to rest, to relax, to allow your heart and soul and mind and body to be restored? Where is that in your schedule? 

I also wonder, how are we doing that as a church family? How are we honoring our commandment found in Exodus 20:8, "Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy." How are we helping one another to rest, to support one another in taking the time we need to experience God in that rest, in order to be restored for the work ahead of us?

As we enter into our fall season, as schedules fill up, and commitments are tended to, let us work to "remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy." It takes work in our culture to do this. It takes a commitment to a day of rest just as it takes a commitment to all of the busy-ness, too. It is a commandment, a sort of precursor, to how God intends for us to live in healthy community with one another and with God. May our fall season together be full of hope and promise, and may it be grounded in the Sabbath.

Your sister in Christ,

Pastor Melinda