Dear Hope Church,
As we come to Labor Day weekend and many of us enjoy a day off from work before Fall, I’m sure it’s hard to remember what true rest looks like. Some of us associate “rest” with quarantine, which doesn’t really feel like rest. Some of us haven’t had many days off this year due to the nature of our work and the demand caused by the pandemic.
I think that’s one of the reasons why weekly worship is so important. Not because it gives us our religious fix or because by it we’ve appeased God and are now in his favor, but because through worship we are reminded of our eternal rest in him. As we sing the truths of the gospel and of the glory of our God together, commune with the Lord through his Holy Spirit in prayer, meditate on God’s Word read and spoken over us, draw near to the Lord’s Table to see and taste his unending love for us, and get sent out by a blessing of his grace, we are experiencing true rest.
I realize the pandemic has caused so many of us to get out of the rhythm of coming to weekly worship, but my encouragement for you this week is that you would make it a priority over the next several months. In the chaos and confusion we face each day, from the news of Afghanistan to the earthquake in Haiti to, even closer to home, the tragedy at Mt. Tabor High School, the only unshakable reality that we can continually come back to—the only well with living water that will never run dry—is that Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.
Would you join me this Sunday as we remind ourselves of these things, worship the God who keeps his promises, and rest in his mercy?