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The Rev. Keith Anderson

When Freedom Becomes a Burden

Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

4th Sunday after Pentecost - Year A

July 06, 2014

The Rev. Keith Anderson (ELCA)

"Come unto me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest."

Rest. It's not something we Americans do very well. Studies show that Americans are overworked and overstressed. Even during this three-day Fourth of July weekend, people will be checking their smart phones for work emails, social media updates, and breaking industry news.

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The Rev. Canon David W. Lovelace

An Invitation You Will Not Want to Refuse

Mark 6:30-34,53-56

8th Sunday of Pentecost - Year B

July 22, 2012

The Rev. Canon David Lovelace (TEC)

"Come away to a place where there are no cell phones, your iPad will not work, a place where you can rest and be recharged."  An attractive sounding invitation in the midst of our fast-paced, over-scheduled, information-filled days.  Our busyness seems to preclude time for family meals, in-depth conversation with friends, times to just sit still for a few minutes in the silence.  We seem to enjoy the hectic pace of our lives for seldom do I meet someone who is eager to tell me about their down time, but I do often hear stories of busyness.  Our culture supposes that activity and accomplishment are better than rest.  We identify ourselves to one another most often by what we do rather than who we are.  I find myself easily slipping into a rhythm of activity that allows little time for refreshment of body and soul.  Sabbath, meaning literally "to cease," is a gift that invites us to step away from our over scheduled, busy lives and experience rest. An invitation to escape to a place apart where one can find Sabbath is enticing.

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The Rev. John Gunn

God of Speed

The Rev. John Gunn (other)

In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John Gunn talks about our fast-paced lives. "In both work and play, speed seems to be the outstanding characteristic of American life. Indeed it is the opinion of many medical men that the strain induced by the tremendous speed at which we are going is driving us to nervous breakdown, insomnia and eventual mental and physical collapse."

The Rev. John Gunn

Neglect of Sleep

The Rev. John Gunn (other)

This episode of Be Still and Know focuses on the importance of proper sleeping habits to one's body, mind and spirit. The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "Neglect of proper sleeping hours will sooner or later have its effect, not only in the impairment of one's strength and health, but in the disturbance of other conditions vital to wholesome and happy living."

The Rev. Sharon Hiers Transcript

July 19, 2009

RSVP to Jesus

The Rev. Sharon Hiers (TEC)

The Rev. Sharon Hiers explores Christ's invitation to his disciples--and to us--to get away for a while to a deserted place.