The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Now what? Reclaiming Sabbath

Sundays after church are always go-go-go

Q: Sundays after church are always go-go-go for my family. Youth sports and errands tend to dominate these afternoons, and I don't like our pattern of "busy-ness." How can we reclaim a restful Sunday?

photodiscA: Setting aside a day of rest can be a challenge for today's families. It's common for parents and kids to use their weekends to catch up on tasks left undone during the week, such as shopping, homework and housework.

A day of rest is more likely to happen when parents plan ahead and make it an overarching priority in their family's weekly schedule.

Break up the tasks you would normally do on Sunday afternoons. Scatter them in small chunks throughout the week and move toward the goal of building as much unscheduled time as possible into your day of rest.

Learn to say "no" to things that detract from that goal.

Send your parenting question to Diana Dworin.


Drew Ingram

Drew Ingram

Posted at 10:02 am (U.S. Eastern) 7/26/2010

I tend to look at the Sabbath as a day, yes, but not necessary one that occurs all at once.  I like to break my 24 hours of rest and focus on God by taking 3-4 hours each day to completely relax and focus on Him and evaluate whether or not I am pursuing the Spirit with my whole heart and sprinting towards my Father.

I do this because it is so hard to take an entire Sunday when the world can so easily get in the way.  I do try and take extra time on Sundays, I tend to worship at 2 or 3 churches at different times on Sunday, but I by no means take the entire day off.  I am usually finishing up some work Sunday night for Monday morning as soon as I return from 7 p.m. service. 



Posted at 5:17 pm (U.S. Eastern) 8/28/2010

We last debated this issue with Samuel Simon Schmucker, who in his "American Rescision" of the Augsburg Confession, removed the rejection of the Sabbath as an obligation for Christians which was contained in the Unaltered Augsburg Confession. Luther points out in the Large Catechism, that the point of the Third Commanment for Christians is the Word, and not the day.

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