No theology here today, just a glimpse into what my Sundays look like (because I think it's fun to see how others live). Some of this would vary depending on what my current calling is. Also, different families establish their own guidelines, so a Mormon in a different family may have a very different Sunday from mine. I will try to explain terms that may not be understood, but if I do too much explaining this post will be a novel.
Let's go with the second Sunday of the month; currently, that's my busiest one.
We are on the 1:00pm meeting schedule. That means our meetings start at one in the afternoon. There are three wards (congregations) that meet in our building so we have to take turns. The start times are 9:00am, 11:00am, and 1:00pm. This rotates every year.
Being on the late schedule means we can sleep later. That is both good and bad at our house. Good because we are night people and it's easier to get people moving happily in time for church. Bad because we are night people and tend to stay up later on Saturday knowing we can sleep late the next day. That is why you will see that the times I am waking people up are ridiculously late.
I am in charge of Sunday dinner. I try to prepare something that can cook while we are at church or that is really fast and can be prepared after (our church ends at 4:00pm). Since we don't shop on Sunday, I have to plan ahead. Usually I get up at about 9:00am (maybe 9:30) and put something in the crock pot. Then I get myself ready for the day, knowing there won't be time again later or I will be fighting for the bathroom.
I wake my 14-year old son at 10:00am if he isn't already up. (Funny how he can get himself up just fine for football practice but struggles to get out of bed Sunday mornings.) He has priesthood duties to perform. On the first and second Sundays of the month the young men go to each house in the ward to collect fast offerings (donations for the welfare needs in our ward). Hopefully he gets up and gets himself ready and out the door.
My current calling is second counselor in the Young Women organization (YW). That means I work with the girls in our ward who are 12 and 13 years old. It also means I have a YW presidency meeting every second Sunday at 10:30am. I meet with the president (who works with the 16 and 17-year olds), the first counselor (who works with the 14 and 15-year olds), and the secretary. We open and close the meeting with prayer. One of us shares a spiritual thought that we think can help us in our callings. Then we discuss the needs of the young women in our ward. We note who is struggling. We discuss ways to help individuals as well as the group. We plan activities, hopefully those that will meet the needs of our girls. We review activities we've already held to note things that worked and things that didn't. Our president presents items that we need to know about from Ward Council. Our goal is to follow the guidance of the Spirit as we try to help these young ladies prepare to be wives and mothers. This meeting usually lasts about an hour.
Okay, I can see that this is going to take longer than I thought. I guess I'd better break it up into several posts so as not to overwhelm anyone. More to come.
And I'd love to read about how other people spend their sabbath (no matter what day you observe it) or how you choose to worship. If you write about it, please send me a link so I can check it out.
Go here for part two.
Go here for part three.