And God said, “I will make my goodness pass before you, and will proclaim before you the name, ‘the LORD’; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. But”, he said, “you cannot see my face; for no one shall see me and live.” Exodus 33:19-20
We are starting a new sermon series for September titled, “Wilderness Journey”, as we look at the story of God’s people being liberated from bondage in Egypt and being led on their journey in the wilderness as told in the Book of Exodus and continues through the Book of Joshua. As I reflect on the Exodus story I am struck by how much of it focuses on identity. A significant part of the journey is just trying to figure out who they are, who God is and who they are in relationship to God. Generations later will have to wrestle with their identity in relationship to Christ.
As we continue the journey, we too are faced with trying to figure out our identity. Who are we? Who is Jesus? Who are we in relationship to Jesus? Who are we as the church called to be the Bride of Christ? These are important questions that stretch us and shape us in our journey of Christian discipleship.
We consider our identify in Christ each time we gather to worship, each time we bow our heads in prayer, each time we read and study Scripture, each time we show the love of Christ. This fall we have several opportunities to come together in community as we consider who and whose we are. We have Sunday School, Youth group gatherings, Wednesday Bible Study at noon which starts on September 13, the Community Pray Walk on September 23, Mornings First Light Men’s Bible study and fellowship on the 15th of each month, a church BYOB (bring your own bible) Family Tailgate theme potluck on October 14 and these are just to name a few! Please consider where you can plug in to what is happening here at First Church!
I look forward to an exciting fall and I hope you do as well! May God continue to guide us, shape us and mold us into who we have been created to be!