Dear Members and Friends of St. Stephen,
A Memorial Service for Ed Evert, a charter member of St Stephen, will be held on Sunday, September 30 at 12:00 noon. A learning event, “Ministry to Sick and Shut In” will be held at St. Stephen on Saturday, Sept. 29, 9 am to 3:00 pm. There is still time to sign up for this workshop; call the church office if you’d like to attend. And St. Stephen serves lunch at Advent House this Sunday, Sept. 30. If you can help, contact Jay Bennett. Hardboiled eggs are needed for this lunch—returned to their cartons and placed in the refrigerator in the kitchen.
You are invited to our new Adult Bible Study, Sundays at 9:00 a.m. We are studying Bishop Elizabeth Eaton’s core teaching: We are Church, we are Lutheran, we are church together, we are church for the sake of the world. We are also doing this study on Wednesdays, 9:00 am.
This Sunday’s scripture from Exodus 14, “the Rescue at the Sea,” tells of a key moment in the story of the Hebrew people. As a result of the 10th plague, the death of the Egyptian firstborn on the night of Passover, Pharaoh had finally let the Israelites go. But then Pharaoh changed his mind, his “heart was hardened,” and he had his army pursue the Israelites. The people are afraid and they complain to Moses, but Moses said: “Do not be afraid, stand firm, and see the deliverance that the Lord will accomplish for you today…the Lord will fight for you, and you have only to keep still.” And God does deliver his people, opening the sea for them to pass through the waters. God is faithful to his people, faithful to the covenant. This has been a text of hope for oppressed people everywhere. It tells of a God who liberates and sets his people free.
Blessings as you ponder the Scripture Between Sundays,
Erick Johnson, Interim Pastor
Sunday’s Scripture Readings: Exodus 14:5-7, 10-14, 21-29; Matthew 2:13-15
For This Week
Questions for Reflection:
What is the most troubling situation in your life? How can this passage, especially verses 13-14, help you and encourage you? What are the biggest obstacles you face in your faith journey? How often do you feel like “going back to Egypt”? What do you do when you feel that way?
Monday, Genesis 50:15-21, Joseph Forgives His Brothers
Tuesday, Genesis 50:22-26, Joseph’s Death
Wednesday, Exodus 1:1-22, Oppression of the Israelites
Thursday, Exodus 3:1-12, Moses at the Burning Bush
Friday, Exodus 12:29-32, The Tenth Plague: Death of the Firstborn
Saturday, Exodus 13:17-22, The Pillars of Cloud, Fire