This year, we’ve been talking about how Sabbath is, in part, about renewing relationships with our neighbors. That’s what the jubilee is all about. Join us on this journey to explore how we can renew and restore our relationships with one another and with creation itself. The year of the Lord’s favor is upon us! It’s time for Jubilee!

Turn, Turn, Turn

For the past year, our spiritual focus has been The Time is Now: Our Urgent Need for Sabbath.

As we enter the final stretch of the year, we’ll ask: How has our understanding of time changed? The ancient wisdom of Ecclesiastes (and the Byrds) tells us that there is a season for all things. And so the wisdom that each of us needs to live faithfully from moment to moment is to know how to “tell time.” 

Over the next few Sundays, we’ll explore Christian practices that seem to be contrary, and ways to help us figure out what time it is. Is it time to be with others or take time for ourselves? Is it time to be generous or to receive from others? Is it time to listen to our body or our spirit?

 

We’ll reflect on these questions and others as we ask: What time is it?           



Did you know that Fairmount has a labyrinth?  It’s in the side lawn near the gardens and the ramp entrance to the church.  We invite you to come and walk the labyrinth whenever you have a few free moments in your day.  To walk the labyrinth, start at the outside and slowly follow the path inward.  As you walk, take time to quiet your mind. You might repeat a word or a phrase from scripture to help you. After you have reached the center, pause for as long as you need, and then follow the path back out. We hope you will consider incorporating this into your sabbath practices.

We live in a fast-paced world that seems to be getting faster all the time. We’re always busy, always multitasking, always trying to check another thing off our to-do list. The world is constantly telling us to have more, to do more, to be more efficient, more productive, more everything–and it seems like busy-ness has become a virtue. But…that’s not what God wants for us. Jesus said…

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

God invites us to rest; to let go of all the expectations and obligations that can weigh us down. God invites us into Sabbath. And so that is what we’ll practice in the year ahead at Fairmount. Check out the boxes below for more information on some of the ways we’ll be practicing Sabbath at Fairmount this year.

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The Foundry

The Foundry
A catalog of seminary-level courses from Candler Theological Seminary.

Would you be interested in taking a class from a leading expert on the Bible, theology, ethics, or church leadership? Then check out the course offerings from The Foundry–a collection of online Christian formation courses offered by Candler Theological Seminary. The classes are typically 3-6 weeks and they are taught by leading scholars and ministry practitioners. The courses run though the fall and are online only. 

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