September Sabbath

A month of no business!

Amidst the frenzy of daily life, it’s challenging to discern what truly matters and to identify changing needs.

This invites the concept of a “September Sabbath” – a month dedicated to detaching from busy routines and gaining fresh insight. This intentional break aims to offer perspective and to allow us to reevaluate priorities, encouraging us to assess the evolving significance of our actions and consider letting go of outdated habits.

The transition to a Sabbath month will not be natural. It will need intention to be about spiritual practices rather than the anxiety of getting things done. Daring to trust that not doing business for just a few weeks might give us a fresh start, a re-set, that will result in doing things better.

We extend an invitation to join us in this period of reflection and reconnection.

Daily September Sabbath Prayers

Over the whole of September this year, we’re calling all of the communities of our Banyule Network to join together in prayer: to step back, breathe deep, and listen. So over the whole of the month of this September Sabbath, we will be offering a prayer for each day. Each week, you will find a new set of 7 prayers posted.

Many of these prayers are part of the national Uniting Act2 Project, calling the whole Church to pray and discern our future together as disciples of Jesus amidst the changes in our world.

During these days of prayer we’ll give thanks to God for our past, reflect on our present, and listen to God’s calling and each other.

Let’s join together as we seek the outpouring of God’s Spirit on us, the Banyule Network, and the Uniting Church, and dream dreams together for the future.

WEEK ONE: 2 – 8 September 2023

WEEK TWO: 9 – 15 September 2023

WEEK THREE: 16 – 22 September 2023

WEEK FOUR: 23 – 30 September 2023