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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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  1. Dear brethren,

    Very warm greetings from us here in Nigeria.May the grace and peace from God abound with you always. I thank our God in heaven,through Jesus Christ our Lord,for all of you,and i constantly remember you in my prayers that you stay healthy,prospering physical and spiritual.It is my prayer that God should impart to us spiritual gift to make us strong and that you and i may be mutually encourage by one another Our last week service was great and encouraging.We study about Agape love ie godly love:It is the love of God enjoined in the bible following the pattern of Gods redemptive love for man.The holly scripture enjoin us to love God as he love us.There was a song that we sang: it says The love of God is greater far than tongue or pen can ever tell.It goes beyond the highest star and reaches to the lowest hell. Apostle Paul gives us immortal word regarding the kind of godly love in 1 Corinthian 13 love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity,but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all thing Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.He told us deep things about love and all what is all about.That love never fail he has no record of wrong.This teaching restored life to so many and there was a great joy in our fellowship.Thank you for your love May our good God give you grace in all your endeavor, brethren here need book and bibles from you this will bring a great revival in their life,for so many convert and baptized members did not have books and bibles,so we need your help or you refer us to those who can provide us with bibles and crops to sow for life is hard here after our tribal war. Thank you. I am your brother and a servant of the lord. Pastor Solomon Emmanuel

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