St Alban’s Episcopal Church
Bolivar, Missouri
Monday, August 22, 2022

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Isaiah 58:9b-14
If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday.
The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.
Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in.
If you refrain from trampling the sabbath, from pursuing your own interests on my holy day; if you call the sabbath a delight and the holy day of the Lord honorable; if you honor it, not going your own way pursuing your own affairs; then you shall take delight in the Lord, and I will make you ride upon the heights of the earth; I will feed you with the heritage of your ancestor Jacob, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

Sabbath peace Sabbath delight
Notice that for the prophet, the sabbath was not a dour day, defined by rigid adherence to rules. He is not looking at that kind of minutiae at all. Rather, the sabbath, the day of delight, is a day on which even animals get to rest. You can’t use them to haul goods to market. You can’t demand that your servants or your wife cook dinner. It is a day NOT to buy and sell, to do your own business. It’s not a day to make anybody cook. Rather, offer your food to the hungry, meet the needs of others, look at God’s design for the world -Whether it is Saturday or Sunday or another day during the week – take a day to remember God, and to remember your place in God’s world.



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