Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Mark 6:30-32: The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves.
The Apostles, the Twelve, the Twelve Disciples, the guys who hung out with Jesus for three years, were sent out by Jesus to preach and teach. It was a little on the job training. After they returned from their mini mission trip, they shared with Jesus all that they had done. Then Jesus said to them what Mark recorded.
It wasn't a Sabbath day, the designated day of rest. Jesus wanted them to spend time with Him. Jesus wanted them to rest from their labors and work and spend some quiet time together.
And isn't that what our time of worship is all about? Jesus is inviting us into His presence and to refill our lives from His life. We go to worship to pray and praise, yes. AND we mostly come to worship to received the life giving Word, His Word, His body and blood. We are invited by Jesus Himself to come and rest and receive from Him.
Come and worship. Come and receive. Come and be refreshed and renewed for the late days and the long days. Come tonight at 6:30. You're invited by Jesus. Let's pray.
Dear God and Father, thank You for sending Jesus into our lives. Lead us by the Holy Spirit to respond to Jesus' invitation to rest with Him. We pray this in Jesus' name. And all God's children say...
Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.