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why do seventh day adventists worship on saturday

The Sabbath a time for worship, prayer, fellowship, service, rest, and renewal made for us by God! Why Saturdays? Embracing the teaching of the ten commandments, Seventh-day Adventists recognize Saturday, the seventh day, as the Sabbath. This practice is derived specifically from the 4th commandment found in, which calls for us to work the first six days of the week and to rest on the seventh. In celebrating the Sabbath we aspire to follow Jesus own example in this practice, observing Friday night sundown to sunset on Saturday night as a period of rest and worship. The Sabbath was made for man ( ), to be a blessing to him by calling his mind from secular labor to contemplate the goodness and glory of God. God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it, set it apart to a holy use. He gave it to Adam as a day of rest. It was a memorial of the work of creation, and thus a sign of God s power and His love. Seventh-day Adventists observe the Sabbath in a variety of ways. The Sabbath is valued as a day of rest, where we refrain from work and the distractions of media and commerce. Attending Saturday morning Bible studies (
) and services allow our minds to be refreshed, enlivened and elevated. There is something for children, adults and seniors and our worship services are to everyone. But, we do not confine all the Sabbath hours within walls. Spending quality time with family and friends and taking in the beauty of nature, bringing us into communion with the Creator, are also favorite ways of enjoying the Sabbath day.


We may also host talks with guest speakers and seminars on health, wellness, and spiritual growth. The Sabbath also affords us another opportunity to minister to the needs of others through direct service to them feeding the homeless, visiting the sick in nursing homes, etc. Saturday worship services at Capitol Hill are followed by a delicious fellowship meal every week. The meal is held in the Fellowship Hall on the lower level. Each meal, one of our incredible hospitality teams prepares and serves a homemade lunch to feed our guests and congregants. These activities are held weekly and throughout the year, so please click on the calendar to find out when the next one is happening. Most importantly, Sabbath offers us the opportunity for activities that enable spiritual renewal and foster continual growth in our relationship with God and or brothers and sisters in humanity. We invite you to us and be our guest. and we look forward to worshiping our Lord on his holy seventh-day Sabbath with you! 9:00am Morning Manna Worship Service A vibrant 1-hour service of testimony and prayer, inspiring music, and stirring preaching. 11:00am Worship Service A service, of inspiring music, ministry to children, prayer and scripture, and provocative preaching, blending the traditional and the contemporary. We also hold a mid-week, БWednesdays in the WordБ bible-study and prayer service, at 7:00pm weekly. Have more questions about the Seventh-day Sabbath? Contact Interest Coordinator Elder, at (202) 543-1344, or via email at.


Sabbath: Perhaps their most obvious practice which differentiates them from most other Christian churches is that they follow observe Saturday as their weekly Sabbath (from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset). Their religious education classes are called Sabbath Schools, not Sunday Schools. Some followers give a " Happy Sabbath " greeting when they meet. The church follows the practice of the earliest Christian movement: the Jewish Christians who were located in Jerusalem under the leadership of James, a brother of Jesus. They observed the because of very clear instructions from God that were to stay in effect forever. One example is Genesis 2:2-3. it describes how God rested on the seventh day, Saturday, after having spent the previous six days creating the world, its life forms and the rest of universe. God is recorded as blessing the day and making it holy. It was apparently created as a day of rest for all mankind, forever. by the Church Council of Laodicea circa 364 CE, which ordered that future religious observances were to be conducted on Sunday. The Seventh Day Baptist church in the 17th century reverted to the practice of the primitive Christian church and adopted Saturday for religious services. The Seventh-day Adventist church followed suit. Saturday worship has caused some employers to discriminate against those Seventh-day Adventist members who feel that they cannot work on Saturday. On the other hand, other companies have found that an employee who is willing to work every Sunday can be an asset.


An interesting development was experienced in Samoa and nearby countries after a shift was made in the International Date Line. This caused their day of the week at the end of 2011-DEC and later to match that of Australia and New Zealand. As a result, the government and people in Kiribati, Samoa, and Tonga observed a single week at that time that lasted only six days. After Thursday 2011-DEC-29, came Saturday DEC-31. However SDA members in those countries -- -- and later Futun and Wallis -- kept meeting every seven days. 9 As a result, at the end of 2011, the SDA churches started to hold meetings on what the governments and people regard as Sunday. "cc_of_0z" clarified this matter in the Yahoo! Answers web site. She wrote: "Tonga lies east of longitude 180 degrees. The international dateline deviates from a strict 180 degrees around Tonga and includes it with the other side of the date line on the next day. This is a man made deviation used for trade and economic reasons. Tongan Seventh-day Adventists do not accept this anomaly in the dateline. They worship on Sabbath from sunset to sunset according to the Earth's rotation as they have always done. Since they lie east of the 180 degree line, they use the Saturday Sabbath of the hemisphere they are located within - the Western Hemisphere. Adventists in Kiribati, Samoa, Tuvalu and remoter parts of Fiji do this too. It is not an acceptance of Sunday worship but a rejection of artificial date changes. 10

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