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It’s three o’clock on Friday afternoon when things are winding down at work, the professor’s lecture is growing stale, and your mom is phoning you from the grocery store to find out if you’ll be home for Sabbath lunch tomorrow. That time of the week we all crave after an average week sprinkled with ups and downs. Sabbath morning the church door opens without an invitation for anything but the bulletin announced monthly potluck. Rubbing your tummy you think, “why didn’t I just go home to ma’s?”
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We all know that the Sabbath is one of the first indicators that SDA youth don’t make the cut for the “cool” crowd as early as elementary school days. There is often a focus on what can’t be done on the Sabbath. When someone approaches the issue, our answer to the question “What do you do on the Sabbath?” is almost always prefaced with “Well, I don’t [fill in the blank].” This template textbook answer automatically gives a weak and somewhat sour tasting impression of what Sabbath-keeping is really all about.

Not only does this focus on the infamous “Don’t List” depreciate the value of our Sabbath-keeping testimony, but also it places an unnecessary struggle on how to spend Sabbath afternoons when your parents are looking. I got a message from my little cousin the other day which prompted the writing of this post. She’s practically “grown up in the church” as they say, and yet she left what seemed to be silly question in my voicemail: “What can you do without breaking the Sabbath?” Before responding I had to investigate further by requesting an explanation on her Facebook wall. She responds with the following:
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Sabbath afternoon conversation around the black leather ottomon somehow leads us to healthy discussion about the status of our spritual lives. The stagnant status of SDA young adults seemed all too familiar after nearly a year of doing nothing. The question simply is where have all the early 20 somethings gone? Being one of two, three, or four has it’s advantages. You have acquired default friends considering you have no choice but to love every-one in the group. Opportunities for leadership never become a political skirmish. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one for crowds, but there’s no denying the weak point in the chain when it comes to people our age.

That’s when we decided that it’s time for something to take place. It’s time for us to do something to keep our faithful few, reel in the lingering bunch, and draw in more newbies. We’re on the brink of creating a slot for the young adult behind the doors of every SDA church. The ambiguity level may seem high. Just give us a moment as we formulate Something Significant, because your an essential part of bringing something significant to your neighborhood church.

Details to come…

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