“For in six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a Sabbath of complete rest, a holy convocation.” Leviticus 23:3 NASV
What is a “convocation”? Our church tradition for many decades has been for families or neighbors to gather together at sundown on Fridays to “honor the Sabbath.” For many years a little group of neighbors from Quail Hollow Chapel has gathered to hold a Sabbath meeting. Are these little gatherings included in the meaning of “convocations”? Yes. Erdman’s Dictionary defines this word as a “solemn assembly.” I’m not sure about the “solemn” part, but any coming together of believers might be referred to as a convocation.
There is no set form to follow to start the day, of course, but it is good to thank God for His day of rest, perhaps read the Friday email, and then mention the blessings of the week. It is also a great time to pray for others that might be experiencing difficulties of one sort or another. In our little gathering we end with a special Sabbath treat, and enjoy some friendly discussions.
I believe that beginning the Day in this way gets us off to a great start to 24 hours of honoring God’s Holy Day.
Even if you are all by yourself on a given Friday evening, it is good to remember the Day and connect by faith with others who have “assembled together.” Likewise, if you are with a group of believers you can be sending out the “living waters” of the Holy Spirit’s ministry to those who are alone.
May this Sabbath be one where you feel like you have connected with God’s presence as you begin to keep His day.
Shabbat Shalom, Sabbath peace to each of you today.