This winter storm and the accompanying road conditions all over Clackamas County have us making the early decision to not gather at the Revival Building in Oregon City on Sunday morning, February 9th.
Rather, we will Take Back Snowday Sunday by pursuing rest, recreation, and relationships in our neighborhoods.
How will we do that?
Sunday is Adventure
Every Sunday we gather together, but not to passively watch a concert or a lecture. By singing, praying, reciting scripture, giving, listening to God’s word and feasting at his table, we participate in a conversation with God and a re-enactment of the greatest story ever told – the Gospel.
Together we explore truth, express faith and experience God, reminding one another that God is holy, we are sinners, Jesus saves us, and Jesus sends us to be witnesses of His grace in our homes, our city and around the world. It’s the story of our transformation from wanderers and orphans to become children (sons & daughters of God) and witnesses (missionaries as join in Jesus’ mission). It’s what empowers us.
Can we do this at home?
(Kinda. At least we can do it this Sunday.)
I’ve called each of the men of the church (and had some of the men call the rest) and asked them to lead their homes like it was “a little church.” Our need for God extends beyond Sunday, and so we make every effort to remind ourselves, and our families, of the Gospel. How can we do this at home? Some good ideas:
- Feast! Make it a special day with a special meal. Whether a breakfast where everyone participates (anybody can do the dishes!) or a big lunch at the dining room table, make it a memorable time.
- Read the Bible together. Pick a Scripture from your Bible reading plan, or revisit on one of the passages in Genesis from the EPIC series. Other ideas are to read aloud from the Jesus Storybook Bible (or similar children’s Bible), sing worship songs, reminding our hearts and minds whose we are.
- Reflect on what God is teaching you. (E.g., the Renew Men are learning from The Gospel Primer. Revisit the Story of God, summarized section 2.2, and ask the questions on page 39, section 2.4)
- Ask questions! (What is God teaching you? What are you praying about?) Take those to God in prayer together.
- Rest. Resist the urge to get-things-done. Sleep in a bit, and make a plan to pursue church activities (eat, read, reflect, talk, pray). How do you recharge? Do some of that.
- Recreate. Get outside, in the snow! Go for a walk or play a board game. (Tip for those without snow boots: wrap a plastic bag around your socks, and then put on a second pair of socks then shoes. While your shoes may get damp, your feet will stay dry and warm a bit longer.)
- Relate. Sunday is a great time to catch up as a family over a hot meal and sit face to face, discussing life. The temptation is to throw in a video and zone out. How much better would it be to bake some treats for the neighbors and go say hi, or invite them over for a snowball fight (ambush!).
- What else? It’s rare to get a “free day” and yet have a fluid plan for it. Even the best plans can go sideways. That’s partly because some of us are rigid planners while others are more spontaneous. Know how you’re wired, and seek renewal on Sunday along those lines.
How did you take back Snowday Sunday?
We’ll share some of our adventures next Sunday, Feb. 16th, and during the men’s and women’s studies this Tuesday.