Sabbath: A Call to Rest and Restoration

Sabbath–the practice of time set aside for intentional rest, study, and cultivation of our awareness of God–is one of the most important and counter-cultural commitments of our faith. It is vital to sustaining a life of discipleship. And it can feel like a burden, another thing to do, in the endless sea of business that is our daily life. This September, we invite you to start the Fall by considering how this sacred, spiritual orientation can transform your life through an integrated worship and learning series we’re calling Sabbath: A Call to Rest and Restoration. This multifaceted congregational discipleship initiative is built upon the film “Sabbath” by Journey Films, of which SSUMC member, Dr. Deryl Davis, was a producer

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Throughout this series there will be a broad variety of ways you can explore and deepen your Sabbath practices. Learn more below.

Watch the Film

This September’s multi-faceted worship and learning initiative is based upon the Martin Doblmeier’s film “Sabbath.” The film, of which Silver Spring UMC member Dr. Deryl Davis was a producer, SABBATH is an expansive look at the Commandment to “rest” and “keep holy the Lord’s Day” across religions and cultures throughout America.



Studying Sabbath

Over the course of four weeks, we will explore four themes related to the practice of Sabbath: Sabbath and the Holy, Sabbath and Health, Sabbath and Justice, and Sabbath and Rest. Each week, classes will gather via Zoom on Wednesdays at 7PM and on Sundays at 11:30AM in-person and online. Join with others in considering and further developing your own sabbath practices.


Practicing Sabbath

At the conclusion of this worship series, we’ll gather from 9:30AM to 12:30PM for a congregational retreat. Exploring themes of from Scripture, the film, and our personal lives, we’ll take time to explore sabbath practices and identify ways we can deepen our connection to God and other through intentional Sabbath practice.