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The Sabbath: A Day of Food and Fellowship

Undoubtedly, the Sabbath day brings blessings. For me, as a Seventh Day Adventist, it’s a day of fellowship as well as a day of feasting.

Good food always goes well with fellowship. We don’t always get to spend time with our family at the dinner table, but when we go to church on Saturdays, we can always look forward to sitting down with friends and family over a healthy hot meal.

Seventh Day Adventist Christians observe Saturday as the Sabbath—a day of rest. We’re guided by twenty-eight fundamental beliefs, one being the “Second Advent” or Christ’s return to earth. We also accept the Bible as the only true source for our beliefs, and it’s the standard of faith and practice for Christians. Simply, we love God and everyone else.

It’s a well-known fact that the Sabbath day is the day of our Lord, and we should rest from work. You don’t have to take my word for it. The Bible said so in Exodus 20:8-10. While the day is centered on God and His work, it’s also a day of togetherness. It’s a blessing to assemble together as one and give praises to His mighty name. It’s also a great privilege to be able to worship God in one accord and fellowship with each other.

Right after midday service, and just before Adventist Youths (AY) in the evening, there’s the weekly “Sabbath Lunch.” Sabbath lunches mostly take place in a potluck fashion. As such, everyone coming is expected to add a dish to the menu. It may be a batch of brownies, a jug of lemonade, or a bowl of tossed salad. There’s no discrimination at these dinners and whatever is provided is always appreciated. In addition, the meals are always healthy and balanced. One can never go wrong with a plant based diet (Genesis 1:29). In fact, studies have shown that most of the longest living people in this world consume a plant based diet.

Our traditional Sabbath lunches are usually held in the homes of church members, who are delighted to have their church sisters and brothers dine with them. The hosting family may choose to prepare the meal in its entirety or individuals may carry a dish. On special occasions, the church will host the lunch. This means that they provide the entire meal—dessert included. All that’s left for you to do is sit down and enjoy. Visitors are always the stars of the show at these lunches. They are warmly welcomed and are quickly adopted into the family. Join in one of our Sabbath lunches today, you won’t have any regrets.

What is your favorite part of each Sabbath day?

About Amelia

Amelia Brown is from the beautiful island of Jamaica. She is a 28 year old Guidance Counselor by profession, but a passionate writer at heart. Most of her articles written are aimed at stimulating positive change under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. She is also a published poet and a member of Faithwriters. Outside of writing, she enjoys volunteering, cooking, and turning frowns right side up. Amelia currently lives in New York.

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