Lesson Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Message “Choosing that which is alive”
After the exodus, when the People of Israel escaped slavery in Egypt, they became a nomadic people traveling through the wilderness to seek promissed land. During this journey they wrestled with what it meant to have faith in God and to live into the covenant that God had established with them. Moses knew that he was not going to enter the promised land with them and so he wanted to give them words to hold on to as they settle in. Moses anticipated that they could become complacent once they had settled and so he encouraged them to continue to choose the covenant and to follow God in their new reality. Moses framed this for them as the need to “choose life”.
We all have many opportunities throughout our years to choose that which is life giving or to choose that which is negative for ourselves and our community. One way that we might frame our faith is to ask whether what we do is a life-giving choice or one that drains life. We’ll take a look at how that might apply to all of the things that we are faced with throughout our journeys.
May you have blessings, peace, and life on your path,
Anthem “Steal Away” African-Am. spiritual Suzanne Parker – soprano
Meditation “Serenade in F” Turk
Postlude “Fugue in E-flat” J. C. Bach Bourée
Happy Winter break to all:
This Sunday our Sunday school students will be hearing about “Life with God” and making good choices. God has already promised to stick close by, ready with grace and a second chance when you need it. God is with you, even when you make mistakes. Bible verse: Deuteronomy 30:15-20 Classes for Pre-k to 2nd will be combined with 3rd to 5th grade for one class. Pei will also be there to do a music lesson.
Our youth are invited to remain in worship.
We hope to see your student on Sunday.