Calvary Link: Holy Leisure

By: Calvary Church Last Updated: June 11, 2015

Calvary-Link-Good-to-be-HomeAncient Christian writers used a Latin phrase that I just love. It is translated "Holy Leisure" (L.--Otium Sanctum). The expression celebrates the importance of eating, playing, reading, resting, contemplating, and enjoying the company of friends. It embraces the biblical idea that we aren't created to work all the time (see Genesis 2:1-3 & cf.). Indeed, God himself rested, and as C. S. Lewis reminds us, "There's no use in trying to be more spiritual than God."

I really hope you create some time for holy leisure in your life this summer. Of course, setting aside time for worship on Sunday mornings is a big part of that. Stop everything you are doing and worship with the community every Sunday! And in addition to worship, make time to hang out with your Life Group, open your home for friends (old and new), go to a ball game, or enjoy some time on the porch with an improving book.

The distracting din of daily life can make it harder to hear the voice of God. Creating time for holy leisure will make it easier to listen, and you may just find that this summer will be a time for real spiritual renewal. As usual, I'm in the Word today getting ready for Sunday. And yes, our amazing worship team will be up again this weekend! Looking forward to some holy leisure this Sunday and throughout the summer.

What's New at Calvary...

Vision 2020: Congregational Survey
You already know we're dreaming big about an expansion project to make room for more worshippers and to change more lives. Many of you have contributed by giving feedback on the current design plans, offering thoughtful opinions and making suggestions. This Sunday, we're asking for even more of feedback through a survey regarding the Vision 2020 building plan. As always, we want to hear from you!

Summer Life Nights
If you're thinking about joining a Life Group or want to get more connected at Calvary, Summer Life Nights are the place for you! Dinner and childcare will be provided. Our first Summer Life Night is TONIGHT, 6.10, from 6-8p in the Well (room 500). This event is for everyone - singles and marrieds, families and empty nesters, college students and senior adults. Sign-up online today!

Calling all VBS Volunteers!
Sign-up now to join our Expedition Team for Journey Off the Map VBS 2015! We will set out from 5:45-8:15p on 7.20-22 and conclude on 7.23 with a Family Fun Night! Click HERE for more information and to sign-up as a volunteer, or stop by one of our tables in the foyer this Sunday.

Fathers Day in the Park
Mark your calendar and dust off your camp chairs, our annual Fathers Day in the Park event is coming on Sunday, 6.21. The service starts at 11a, but come early to get your chairs or blanket set up on the grass. Vendors will serve food after the service so stay to eat, visit with friends, and take in the car show. For more information, click HERE.

Calvary Student Ministries On the Road
High school students (incoming freshmen through seniors) are invited to join us for the High School Bonfire on 6.22 from 7-9p. For more information, click HERE.

Attention middle school students (incoming 6-8th grade): Don't forget about the Middle School Pool Party on 6.23 from 6-8p. Click HERE for more information.

Children's Ministries Summer Camp
Attention Rock Solid Kids entering 3rd-6th grade: Don't forget to register for Miracle Camp this summer! Calvary will provide transportation by RSVP only for elementary students attending 7.8-11 and middle school students attending 6.21-27. Please let know if your child will be riding with us! Camp and registration information is available directly at You can pick up a Calvary Summer Camp 2015 brochure at the Children's Welcome Center or click HERE for further information.

High School Summer Mission Trip: New Orleans
This summer, our high school students will serve on a week long mission trip to the heart of New Orleans, LA. From 7.17-26, students will work alongside Urban Impact serving children in Day Camps and Recreational Outreach programs. For more information or to help fund their trip, click HERE.