J.C San Diego

Labor Day Weekend

2022

September 4, 2022

On Sunday, September 4 our community will take a Sabbath Sunday instead of our traditional gathering. Although this may seem like an odd decision for a church, we believe that rest is spiritual. During His time on earth, Jesus reminded us of the gift of Sabbath. "Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people", He said in Mark's gospel. We believe that God intended us to practice Sabbath and that as we embrace rest we are embracing one of the most life-giving practices of Jesus.

We invite you to rest with us on Labor Day weekend. We'll stream a service here on this website and on jesusculture.tv where we'll take a moment as a house to recognize Sabbath, celebrate God's goodness and introduce, teach about and begin to practice a spiritual discipline that will refresh and re-energize us.

Sabbath literally means stopping. The Sabbath is an entire day set aside to stop - stop working, stop wanting, stop worrying, etc.—and to simply rest in God's presence.

If God did it, so should we.

Then he said to them,
"The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath."

A Letter FromOur Pastor

Jesus Culture San Diego Family,

Leading this Jesus Culture San Diego community has been one of the greatest honors that Melissa and I have had. I can't believe that we have hit one year as a community! I want to introduce you to something that we are adding to our yearly rhythm as a church.

For the first time, but not the last, our house is stepping away from our normal weekend routine and into the rhythm of Sabbath. For us, this is more than time off. This is a time to implement and remember a sacred rhythm that has so often been forgotten in the fast-paced world that we live in. It is our hope that this is something that you and your family will begin to discover and implement into your weekly routine as well.

The concept of Sabbath is in the very beginning of Scripture. On the seventh day of creation, God rested, but not because He needed the recovery. He's Almighty God. Instead, He paused to show us that there is power in stopping, resting, and remembering the goodness of His work.

As a community we press into God, serve hard, pray hard and work hard to make the name of Jesus famous. But we will also rest hard and remember that it's "Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the Lord Almighty." (Zechariah 4:6). Resting is a sign of trust and faith. For all our Hosts who faithfully serve Sunday by Sunday, we are grateful for you! Hopefully, you'll get time to rest, be still and enjoy family and friends this Sabbath Sunday.

We will be back to our normal weekly gatherings on Sunday, September 11.

Two verses that I have meditated on and prayed a lot this last year are Psalm 127:1 "Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain." and Psalm 37:9 "...those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity." I recognize that not only is God the One building our life and this church, but putting our hope in God requires us to trust and remember that it's not our striving that accomplishes things. It's God. We feel that this simple act of stopping and resting is a great act of faith and reminder of this. Thank you for giving so freely and continuing to give financially during the break. And thank you for leaning in with us as we Sabbath and look up to our God who does more than we could ask or think!

— Zack Curry