By Nancy Sollenberger Heishman
At the invitation of the Office of Ministry, Annual Conference moderator Paul Mundey is preparing a Sabbath rest-themed sermon designed to encourage preachers to take a Sunday off from preaching sometime this fall.
Given the heavy demands on pastoral leadership during the pandemic, it is difficult for many ministers to take time away. For that reason, the Office of Ministry is pleased to work together with the moderator to provide a resource to congregations that will enable them to support their pastor taking time away from the responsibilities of preaching.
Mundey’s sermon will be posted on the Church of the Brethren website, www.brethren.org , by Friday, Sept. 18, and will be available for streaming or downloading anytime during the fall.
Flowing out of the hymn, “O God in Restless Living,” Mundey’s sermon is titled “Finding Rest Amid Restless Living.” Words from Jeremiah 31:25, “I will satisfy the weary, and all who are faint I will replenish,” assure us that there is a God in restless living who accompanies us in upheaval, offering sanctuary amid stormy anxiety, doubt, and fear. Congregations and their ministers are encouraged to partner together to find rest and refreshment in the midst of these days.
— Nancy Sollenberger Heishman directs the Church of the Brethren’s Office of Ministry.
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