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“I was glad when they said to us, Let us go into the House of the Lord.”
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           Keeping the Sabbath. Why do we do that? What difference will it make to us and to others around us. The Old Testament Scholar Walter Brueggemann has a new book I have begun reading  called, Sabbath as  Resistance.

          When we gather on Sundays, we welcome all to worship with us. This is a tradition that goes all the way back into Old Testament history. We are to welcome the foreigners!

                      Do not let the foreigner

                       Joined to the Lord say, “The Lord will surely

                      separate me from his people”;

                                                                                                                                  Deuteronomy 23: 1 – 2

            Professor Brueggeman continues that for the foreigner (or newcomer) there is only one condition spelled out …”keep the Sabbath.” Continuing that quote, “The community welcomes members of any race or nation, any gender or social condition, so long as that person is defined by justice, mercy, and compassion, and not competition, achievement, production, or acquisition. There is no mention of purity, only work stoppage with a neighborly pause for humanness.”

                    Thus says the Lord God

                    Who gathers the outcasts Of Israel,

                    I will gather others to Them

                    Besides those already gathered.

                                                                                                                                   Isaiah 56:8

           As I look out as we gather on Sundays I look out and see all of this, regulars, guests, snowbirds, vacationers, the occasional homeless person, children, couples and singles, a dog or two and right here at All Saints is why I am glad when they said to us, “Let us go into the house of the Lord.”

 

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