5.3.4.5 Keeping Sunday holy–in divine service

Above all, believers sanctify the Sunday by worshipping God in divine service, believingly accepting His word, receiving forgiveness of sins in a repentant attitude, and worthily partaking of Christ's body and blood in the sacrament of Holy Communion. In so doing, believers commemorate Christ's sacrifice and act of redemption, celebrate the Lord's resurrection, and direct their eyes to His return. By attending the divine service, believers show their gratitude for Jesus' acts of salvation. This also brings to expression their longing for God's word and the sacrament.

Members who are unable to attend divine services on account of professional activity, sickness, disability, or age hallow the Sunday by seeking a connection to God and the congregation in prayer to the best of their abilities. God draws near to them and grants them peace, comfort, and strength (see 12.4.3).

Those holidays of the church year (see 12.5) which do not fall on a Sunday are also celebrated with divine services.

Beyond that, the Sabbath–as a day of rest–is a model of the rest we have been promised with God. The link between the Third Commandment and this future "day of rest" is described in Hebrews 4: 4-11. To achieve this goal, it is necessary to make use of "today", and believingly accept God's word and sacrament in the divine service (Hebrews 3: 7).

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