A Tribe Called Rest: A New and Surprising OS for 21st Century Mission
As Christians, our lives often mirror our frenetic culture. We are so busy scrambling to do God’s work that we end up missing opportunities. What if we rediscovered Sabbath as a hallmark of our identity-and one of the most potent counter-cultural forces in our world today? Jeremy Bryan of Christ Redeemer Milwaukee suggests that resting as a way, not a day, could energize mission and engage our culture.
by Jeremy Bryan
When Abraham received the holy guests to his tent in Genesis 18, he was at rest: “Again the Lord appeared to him in the plain of Mamre, as he sat in his tent door about the heat of the day.”
He sat. He was chill. Had he a smartphone, he may have missed the moment, but he was ready when the guests arrived.
This was a missional event. In order for God’s promise of blessing to the nations-to our neighbors-to be born in us, we need to pause, to rest, to sabbath.
It was during this visit that the Lord reminded both Abraham and Sarah that their story was just beginning, that a baby was coming. “A little late for that,” Sarah thought, and chuckled (how crazy is it that the child would be named “laughter”!?).
If we want mission to emanate from our lives like a good laugh, we have to start in sabbath. Not as a day, but as a way. We are sabbath-born beings. Our orbit is not of this world. The sabbath sun is our center. Our new, but ancient, Operating System (OS) is to Orbit Sabbath.
The Book of Common Prayer includes Isaiah 30:15 during noonday devotions: “In returning and rest you will be saved. In quietness and trust is your strength.” This posture is the hidden pivot of our pilgrimage.
Can we sit, like Abraham, in the middle of the day, in all our rhythms of work and prayer, family life and fun, anxiety and pain, rested and ready to receive one another as holy guests? To truly believe that mission is waiting to be born in us, in the form of family-biological and spiritual? In the form of surprise arrivals? In the openings between home and neighborhood, office and others?
Biblical rest isn’t an escape or a day-off to binge watch our favorite show, as fun and necessary as that may sometimes be. It’s a way to reframe mission and activate vision. As we learn to orbit the life of God in and around us, we slow down and make space. We realize how at work He already is. “Repent, and relax. How does that sound?”
“My presence will go before you and I will give you rest,” the Lord says (Exodus 33:14). We are a pilgrim people, A Tribe Called Rest, a moveable sabbath feast, with his presence as our paradigm, our potential, our pursuit. To engage mission in our time we must remember Abraham and Sarah-“the rock from which we’re cut”-and see the long pilgrimage of promise as the way forward, then and now, and that resting along the way makes hopeful openings to healthy homes, flourishing spirits, and a neighborly presence of readiness to serve.
And we remember Christ declaring Jubilee-Sabbath squared, basically-when he read from Isaiah 61 and finished by inaugurating “the year of the Lord’s favor” (scroll drop). Jesus is our fulfilled, embodied sabbath, initiating “the new Jubilee-the time in which God’s liberating purposes [come] at last to intersect with human life, generating a permanent state of Jubilee (N.T. Wright).” He unleashed a revolution of healing and restoration that is still turning the world upside down, flipping the script on tragedy, making wrongs right.
So go forth and rest. Find the openings, the pocket sabbaths in your life (coffee times, games, school drop-offs, parties, meals, liturgies, and yes, even meetings) and sit down. Be present to the promise of God to you. Be present to the people God has placed in your path. See what healing words and prayers emerge as you hold that space, what rich fare you will have to set before your neighbors as an offering of love. Host the holy guests that arrive at your table-strangers, angels, whomever-with the best stuff of your house.
Is it easy-or difficult-for you to rest? Why?
What would it look like for you to rest as a way, not a day?
Have you seen mission emanate from Sabbath, as with Abraham and his guests?
Jeremy Bryan is a teaching pastor, a kid’s musician, and a writer based in Milwaukee, WI. He has won many awards, including an Independent Publisher’s Award and a Parent’s Choice Gold Award for his writing with kid’s hip-hop group The Figureheads. He holds a Masters Degree in Liberal Studies from UW-Milwaukee and his thesis was published in the book Hip-Hop(e): The Cultural Practice and Critical Pedagogy of International Hip-Hop (Adolescent Cultures, School, and Society) which won the 2014 AESA (American Educational Studies Association) Critics Choice Award.
2018 Lenten Program continues
Wednesday evenings through April 18
Join in this video and discussion series to learn about a life with God that goes beyond “tip of the iceberg spirituality” into transformation through Jesus Christ that touches the depth of our being.
Please sign up each week on the kiosk to bring a dish for the potluck.
Remaining Lenten Schedule
Now through March 21
6:30pm – Potluck
7:00pm – Evening Prayer and Study
8:15pm – Clean Up
March 7 – Going Back in Order to Go Forward
March 14 – Journey through the Wall
March 21 – Enlarge your Soul through Grief and Loss
April 4 – 18
6:45pm – Evening Prayer and Study
April 4 – Discover the Ancient Rhythms
April 11 – Grow into an Emotionally Mature Adult
April 18 – Go the Next Step to Develop A “Rule of Life
All Saints Alpha Youth continues
This 10-week outreach gathering helps young people to discuss the claims of Jesus in a welcoming, authentic, and challenging way. Please continue to pray for the youth of All Saints as they and their peers explore the Christian faith. Pray for our youth as they host this outreach endeavor. Pray for the youth are attending and for the leaders who are assisting as discussion leaders. If you are interested in committing to pray for the youth, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information that will help you pray with greater focus.
All Saints LA Deanery-wide Call to Prayer
Saturday, March 10
Please join us for a special evening of intentional prayer in a contemplative setting. Prayer stations, prepared by All Saints parishioners, will display topics such as local community needs, sanctity of life, church plants, addiction, illnesses, missionaries, and more. There will even be a prayer station for your own personal prayer intentions. You will have an opportunity to move about the room at your own pace and pray individually at each prayer station. It is a wonderful opportunity to invite family and friends.
This particular evening is more suited for older youth, and adults. All are welcome; however, childcare will not be provided.
All Saints Prayer Minister
Baby Shower for the Templins
Sunday, March 11
After the 10 AM service
Please join us to celebrate the upcoming birth of Randall and Juliana Templin’s new baby. They will be finding out the sex of the baby at the birth and would appreciate diapers or gift cards to amazon.com or Target.
Alamitos Belmont Rehabilitation Hospital
at 4th and Termino<
Sundays, March 4, 18, 25
Everyone is invited to attend a short service with the residents of AB, assist. Newcomers are always welcome!
3rd Saturday Meal for the Hungry
Saturday, March 17
8:30 – 11:15 am Set Up/Meal Prep
11:15 am – 1:00 pm Serve/Clean up
Come take part in this opportunity to provide a meal for our guests, the poor in our community. To help, please email Dawn or sign up on the kiosk at church.
Used Pill Bottles Ministry
Our empty pill bottle ministry is ongoing. Instead of throwing these bottles away, bring them to church and place them in the basket located in the Parish Hall. They will be stripped of their labels and sanitized for re-use in less fortunate countries.
Stations of the Cross at Sunset
Friday, March 23
at Hilltop Park on Signal Hill
Come to Hilltop Park on Signal Hill for an inspirational opportunity, an All Saints sponsored Stations of the Cross – outdoors at Hilltop Park on Signal Hill.
We’ll meet at 6:00 pm at the cul de sac at the end of Dawson Street. Dawson Street is just off Skyline Drive at the top of Signal Hill. There is parking on Skyline Drive, on Dawson Street, and a few parking spaces near the restroom. Carpooling is a good idea.
Please give yourself time to park and walk to the meet-up site.
The Stations will be experienced as a group, much like in church, with a reader and group responses. Handouts of the Stations liturgy will be distributed at the start of the walk, which is a gradual uphill ascent, about 250 yards, along a paved path. Consider bringing a light jacket.
NOTE: This event is subject to cancellation only if it rains. We anticipate a lovely sunset.
Palm Cross Making Party
Saturday, March 24
We want you!
Who: the whole parish family, especially the kids.
Why: to make palm crosses for Palm Sunday.
Naturally…we’ll have some refreshments too.
See you there!
The Altar Guild
Holy Week at All Saints
PALM SUNDAY- March 25 · 7:30 am and 10:00 am
Services will include the blessing of the palms and the congregational reading of the Palm Sunday Gospel. At 10 am we will gather in the patio for the blessing of the palms and then process around the block as a reenactment of our Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem on the Sunday before His crucifixion. Palm Sunday is a day of mixed messages. There is joy and “Hosannas” followed by passion and death.
WEDNESDAY IN HOLY WEEK- March 28 · 7:00 pm
Join us for a contemplative service based on The Seven Last Words of Jesus From The Cross. Through a mixture of structured liturgy, reflections, and intentional silence we will invite Our Lord to speak personally to us as we reflect on His very human, dying interactions.
MAUNDY THURSDAY- March 29
In the morning – by 11:00 am – We need your Garden Greens and Flowers (especially tall ones) for the Altar of Repose for our Watch. Bring them into the Parish Hall on Maundy Thursday morning by 11:00 am. And to make them last longer, please don’t pick them too early!
7:00 pm – This service celebrates the institution of the Lord’s Supper. On this night Jesus washed the feet of the disciples as a sign of Christian humility and servanthood. We will do the same, with the clergy washing the feet of twelve volunteers. To participate as “one of the twelve disciples” and have your feet washed, please sign up on the kiosk at church, or email Dawn at email@example.com. At the end of the service the high altar is stripped and washed by the priests after the reserved Sacrament is taken in procession to the Altar of Repose in the chapel.
THE WATCH- March 29-30 · 8:30 pm – 12 noon
We will watch in the chapel at the Altar of Repose where the reserved sacrament is placed after the Maundy Thursday evening Eucharist. This altar is symbolic of our Lord’s agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. Respond to our Lord’s question to His disciple, “Could you not watch with me one hour?” (Matthew 26:40). Sign up on the kiosk at church and keep watch during one-hour shifts with prayer and meditation in the chapel through the night. Prayer guides will be available. We request that men of the parish sign up for the early morning hours.
GOOD FRIDAY- March 30
The Prayer Book calls us to observe Good Friday as a Fast Day-cutting down on both the quality and quantity of food that one day. It is important to remember that the observance of fasting is always mitigated by practical concerns of health and age. Other acts of discipline might also be appropriate, according to your own spiritual rule of life. You are encouraged to attend both the following services; if you are unable to attend the noon service, please come in the evening.
12 Noon -The Good Friday Liturgy lasts about 1½ to 1¾ hours and includes the Devotion to the Cross. No Eucharist is celebrated this day since symbolically Jesus is dead and not with us. But the faithful receive communion from the Sacrament consecrated at the Maundy Thursday Eucharist the night before.
7:00 pm – Evensong with sermon in the church, followed by Stations of the Cross – a service depicting Christ carrying the cross to his crucifixion, his final hours, and his entombment.
HOLY SATURDAY- March 31
9:00 am – Proper Liturgy for Holy Saturday (no Mass)
2:00-3:00 pm – The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions) will be available in the church. Appointments need not be made for this period of time.
Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day
EASTER VIGIL AND SUNRISE SERVICE · 5:30 am
This service dramatizes the full flavor of the first Easter, moving from darkness into dawn, from death into life. We light the new fire to dispel the darkness, and from that fire the Paschal (Easter) Candle is lighted and carried through the darkened Church to the altar. From it people light their individual candles, and darkness flees before the light, which is the Light of Christ, as the dawn breaks around us. The Old Testament readings recount God’s mighty acts and promises; Holy Baptism may be celebrated; the congregation renews baptismal vows. Then the first Eucharist of Easter is celebrated, and we emerge from the Church, both literally and figuratively, into the sunlight of a brilliant Easter.
This service will replace the usual 7:30 am service on Easter Day only.
EASTER BREAKFAST · 7:30 am
Join us for a delicious Easter Breakfast after the 5:30 am Mass (about 8:00 am).
Email Dawn, or sign up on the kiosk at church – to eat and to help.
EASTER DAY MASS · 10:00 am
The principle Easter Day service is a Mass with choir and the Flowering of the Cross, one of our cherished traditions at All Saints. All attending this service, adults and children alike are asked to bring a small cluster of flowers to the service to place on the cross. So we experience the somber wooden cross of Good Friday as it becomes the glorious flowered cross of Easter.
Holy Days in March
Feast of St. Joseph (tr)
Evening Prayer at 7:00 pm
in the Parish Hall