This guide is a tool to help you give your attention to God throughout your week as you gather.
Sept 12: Alarm Clock, Lev 23:23-25
Sept 19: Cleansing, Lev 23:27-29
Sept 26: Word, Lev 23:42-43
'“The tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. Hold a sacred assembly and deny yourselves, and present a food offering to the Lord. Do not do any work on that day, because it is the Day of Atonement when atonement is made for you before the Lord your God. Those who do not deny themselves on that day must be cut off from their people. '
The Jewish festival of Atonement, Yom Kippur (Sept 15-16th), is a day set aside to engage in Sabbath rest, prayer, fasting and repentance. It is considered the most important day on the Jewish calendar.
While Christians don't celebrate Yom Kippur in the same way many of the practices and principles are important for our own faith journey. Yom Kippur encourages us to reflect and confess the sin and brokenness that is present in our lives.
Christ has set us free from sin. Christ has set us free in order to live out our lives in total freedom. This is not freedom to hurt or marginalize others, but a freedom to love our neighbours, to engage in poverty relief and to push the kingdom of God further outward so that God's new creation may be realized. Because of the atonement found in Christ, we are free to worship God with our whole lives.
It is important for us to engage in our Judeo-Christian roots. There is a lot of foundational and formational practices found here. Maybe you can set aside the time needed to fast, pray, and rest as we give our whole lives to the new High Priest, Jesus Christ.
Blessed are you, Lord our God, Ruler of the Universe who has kept us alive, sustained us and allowed us to reach this moment.