There has not been much good news this week. In fact there has been allot of bad news, even foreboding news. But please indulge me as I make a clear statement of faith; no matter how bad the news gets, Jesus is still the best news of all. The Lord says to us "Be still and know that I am God (Psalms 46:10). That command comes into sharper focus during difficult times in our lives or in the nations.
I believe this is one of the reasons why the Lord has given us the fourth commandment (Exodus 20:8–11) of the Decalogue (the Ten Commandments), on remembering and observing the Sabbath day, every seventh day. It can help us to be still, focus and know the Lord is God Almighty. It allows us as God's people assembled together in holy convocation, to know that and proclaim it. Leviticus 23:3 (NLT) says, "You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of complete rest, an official day for holy assembly. It is the Lord’s Sabbath day, and it must be observed wherever you live.". The Lord wants us to make a priority of the seventh-day Sabbath, of assembling together in His name, wherever we may live.
We live in a time where with the aid of technology and the internet, assembling together may be physical or virtual. That allows those who are unable to physically attend to still be a part of their local church in a very meaningful way. That is a real blessing for times like these. God is saying to us in the fourth commandment to restructure our lives around the “fixed weekly point” of the priority of the Lord’s Sabbath Day. I encourage all to make that a priority and to remember that the Sabbath was made for us by Jesus, who is the Lord of the Sabbath Day (Matthew 12:8, Luke 6:5, Mark 2:28).
Our services this Saturday/Sabbath are listed below, both at the Great Yarmouth Church and the Lowestoft Church. Zoom and Facebook will be live-streamed from the Great Yarmouth Church. This Sabbath Pastor Mark will be speaking at Great Yarmouth. Luka Mhishi will be speaking at Lowestoft. Our Community Carol Service at Great Yarmouth is also this Saturday/Sabbath at 4pm. It will also be on Zoom. Face coverings are once again compulsory in places of worship unless a person is exempt.
May the Lord bless you and keep you,