We are fast approaching the first day of school and this year it has been fraught with turmoil as parents and teachers are worried about attending classes in person. I invite everyone to keep our schools, school administration, teachers, parents, and students in your prayers as we begin this year in a different way. Some of our students will continue to do virtual school. Some will begin home school programs and others will do either a hybrid or in class option. It is a lot to navigate for our students and for parents as we find a new normal around going back to school. It will take a leap of faith for many.
And I am sure you have all heard the phrase, “Leap of Faith.” They are not easy. They require a great deal of courage and a willingness to accept a lot of unknowns as you take that first fateful step. Our sermon text this Sunday is Exodus 1:8 – 2:10. It is the birth narrative of Moses and it begins with the fateful words: “Then a new king, who did not know about Joseph, came to power in Egypt.” This king did not know his own history and how Joseph saved all the people of the land during a 7-year famine. This king in his fear decided to get rid of the people of Israel by killing of all the male children. But this king’s power was circumvented by five women who were faithful or used by God. Five women who were willing to take a leap of faith as they made decisions that preserved life. We will meet two midwives, a mother, her daughter, and a princess as we explore what it means to “fear” God and not live in fear.
I hope you will read Exodus 1:8 – 2:10 prior to Sunday. I look forward to being with you both online and in person as I bring the message God has placed on my heart to you. As always, I ask for your prayers as I prepare the sermon. I am grateful for all of them. Peace, Pastor Beth