Faith Formation
July 18, 2021





Rest and Renewal

Again, thanks to all of you who made banners welcoming our church family back and welcoming all who come to worship with us. We are still putting banners up if you want to add your banner. Sticky tack is available on the pew in the Gathering Space for putting on front wall.


Last week we talked about how BIG GOD is and about the world God gave us. What a blessing this world is. However, sometimes the world offers us so many opportunities, we (as humans often do) fill up our lives with lots of “stuff”. All of it important to us but often exhausting (a big word for getting really tired). Our bodies get tired. Our brains get frazzled and our spirit is drained. Sometimes that means our faith also is also running low.


Let’s see what the scripture has to say about REST:

Mark 6:30-32 (from New International Version)

The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then because so many people were coming and going they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.


AND ABOUT RENEWAL:

Psalm 23:1-3 (from The Good News Bible)

The Lord is my shepherd. I have everything I need. He lets me rest in fields of green grass and leads me to quiet pools of fresh water. He gives me new strength.


These scriptures suggest that we take time away from our daily schedule to rest our bodies, our minds and renew our spirit and faith.
the Sea of Galilee from the shore of Tiberias
EXPLORE:

Let’s think about REST and RENEWAL at the different stages of our lives (stages of life means: are you a child? A pre-teen? A teenager? A young adult? An older adult?)

Have a conversation with your family or friends about what you all do to REST. Why do we rest and what happens if we don’t rest? Children and older adults understand what their bodies are telling them and rest when it tells them to. Remember our minds can tell us when they need to rest also. Many adults ages 14-70 have more trouble taking time to rest and renew.

Some of us think of rest as only when we sleep. List some other ways to rest:






RENEWAL is harder to understand especially for children. To help us start talking about renewal among your friends and family, take a look at this youTube video: The Story of The Invisible Bucket by T. Rath and M. Reckmeyer, read by Elena.

We all have buckets as the story shows. Our buckets start out each day full of love, energy, good
feelings—all the things God wants for us. But as the story—and our experiences happen-- sometimes our buckets become empty. Then we need to refill (Renew). Talk together about what experiences renew you.

Some things that have been suggested include: reading the Bible, walking along the beach, talking with a friend, praying, coming to church. Add your own ideas to this list:







TRY THIS:

At home put a bucket on the table and write notes to drop in about what renews you. Then when you are feeling empty and can’t think of what to do, reach in your bucket and pull out a slip that will remind you. Don’t forget to put the slip back in for another day.


Now one more thing:

What would Jesus want us to do as a church family to fill buckets for others? Filling buckets for others, as the story told us, also fills our bucket. We made a good start with our welcome banners that reflect our extravagant (remember that means REALLY BIG) hospitality. Share with Pastor Mindy your ideas about ways we can fill buckets and renew others.


Ask for rest when you need it. Or as an adult you may need to schedule REST. Never forget the
importance of renewal of the Spirit. What do you need? How can we help each other?


For a moment take time out and listen to this rendition of Psalm 23 by Bobby McFerrin:
Prayer

Dear God,

When I feel frazzled, send the Holy Spirit to help me get rid of the little stuff and focus on the important stuff. Help me to get good rest so I can refill my bucket and help others fill theirs too.

Amen




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