A Collect to Welcome the Good of the Sabbath

Lord of the sabbath, who delights in bringing rest and life to your people, teach us to see the sabbath as you do, that it would not be a weight of responsibility for us, but a source of life and goodness that refreshes and heals us, through you who came to give us life through the power of the Father and Holy Spirit. Amen. ‘But the Lord answered him and said, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?”‘ – Luke 13:15-16