Mission Statement

Cyber Sabbath's goal is to begin to mend the division between Christ and the world (society) that Church has created through reflections, sermons and devotionals

Cyber Sabbath is a place for the stifled Christian voice to be heard. Media gives way to much time to the extremist - over looking the theologically educated and/or the moderates in favor of what sells their view point. Here, politics aside, a pastor reflects on God's voice in every day life.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Pixie Dust

“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.” JM Barrie, Peter Pan

On any given Sunday, you can usually find me standing in front of a sanctuary leading worship.  Sometimes it is robed, sometimes not.  Sometimes I am fully awake and some mornings I just as sleepy as half the congregation.  Some mornings I feel the hymns and other mornings I wonder what was I thinking picking this for us to sing...but there I'm looking out on pews that could have more people sitting in them and a congregation that is turning grey faster then the church wants to admit.  And this is pretty much the norm across our denomination and the mainline churches.  We ask WHY? but we know the answer: the church isn't relevant in people's lives today. And so we sit, awaiting for people to have that moment when they want to church again.

In a recent watching of Peter Pan with my daughter I was reminded not only of the huge Christian undertones in Disney movies but was struck by the scene in which they kids - Wendy and her brothers - learn to fly.  At first Peter tells them to "think of a wonderful thought" "any wonderful thought" but after a few failed attempts Peter realizes they need pixie dust. 

Faith and hope - trust and belief - God: all of these require us to take a leap because they are unseen and in some ways unknown.  All of them take a different level of understanding for there isn't tangible proof.  And in a world where we need proof; where we want to do an experiment, God can seem like a fantasy.

But Peter Pan has the right idea - Pixie Dust.  Pixie Dust lets them fly - a placebo often cures people by thinking they are getting the real thing.   Without Pixie Dust the kids couldn't fly - and without sacraments (communion and baptism) - without the tangible part of our faith allowing the Spiritual to come through and be felt then the relevance of our faith begins to lose its grip.  You see we need those Spiritual moments for our faith to take flight and for our trust to find hope. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Being Your OWN

On her left foot she proudly parades a pink fuzzy boat with a pretty flower attached to the side.  On her right foot she happily dons a plain black and purple boat.  From there up she is her "own" style.  Complete with a gypsy skirt that makes noise and a handmade head band keeping her long hair out of her eyes.  When you ask this lovely little girl who beats to her own drum how she is she exclaims with a point to her tummy "I'm me!"

And yet her mother knows that as soon as she starts school this wonderful free spirit is going to change - slowly just as it happened once before and happens all the time, children begin to conform.  No longer is it acceptable for them to wear different shoes or crazy tights.  No longer is it acceptable for them to have their own personality or persona, but instead they need to not only get along with the rest of society they need not stand out.

But why?  Why can't we stand out?  Why can't we accept ourselves for who we are and accept others for who they are?  Allowing and embracing the differences?  

It is this dissonance that keeps us from fully being open to the Spirit around us - to the Holy that wants a relationship.  If we can't accept ourselves, our own pain and sins and celebrate in our own joys then how can we expect ourselves to fully experience the divine in our lives? 

If we are living our lives to please others or to prove to others something, the how do we expect our relationship with the holy to truly be divine.  Or for the divine to dwell within and shine in our lives - how can we accept Jesus if we don't accept ourselves? 

But the bigger question here is how can we as churches encourage and strive to lift up people and their personalities?  In our current system of church - we expect a lot from our worshipers: we expect that they can read, we expect that they can sing, we expect them to rejoice in old hymns and to connect with organ music.  We expect that people know the Lord's Prayer or the words to the gloria or the doxology.  We expect that people who come know that they and their children should be quiet (and especially if we are a white protestant church, we expect that people will be still keeping comments to a min.) We expect that people will enter and exit with respect and without disruption. We expect that people know how to take communion and how "we" pass the peace.

We expect so much from worshipers and so much conformity.  We don't allow for personality to come out in our worshiping of God and thus, even without trying, we discourage differences, we discourage creativity and most importantly free spirits.  And yet scripture proclaims that God knew us in our mothers wombs and that we are specially made.

If we are uniquely made and God knew us in our mothers wombs - then God knew and knows each of us and our true personality - God knows the beat to which our drum beats and God knows the loves of our hearts.  Let us remember that, and within our worship, within our lives and within our hearts let us accept ourselves and others not for our similarities cause that is easy but instead for our differences and let us worship God in light of that...knowing and trusting that God is offering GRACE to all of us not for our conformity but instead for our uniqueness.