I’m very excited about this coming Sunday. We will be both welcoming rising freshman and kicking off our summer series with an “embodied teaching” of the Exodus!
Old Testament Children Stories: Rated M…for Mature Audiences Only!
This summer will we be revisiting all those Old Testament stories of God’s saving acts throughout salvation history that are often watered down so that they become more palatable, which only serves to make the people they are about less sinful, the God they are about less holy, and therefore the grace they are about less amazing!
This Sunday we are going to kick it off by using the story of the Exodus (we’ll go back to Genesis in the following two weeks. See Event & Preaching Calendar) to introduce the rising freshman, who will play the part of a group of non-Israelite strangers who followed the Israelites through the Red Sea (led by Deb MacKay). Now the “Israelites” (the Senior High group), who themselves have spent their lives as the weak minority, as strangers in a foreign land, will have to decide: will they treat the strangers as they have been treated by the Egyptians or will they treat the strangers as they have been treated by Yahweh?
The Text for Sunday: Deuteronomy 10:17-19 “For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who is not partial and takes no bribe, who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and who loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing. You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”
The Goal for Sunday: To make the rising freshman feel welcomed into this ministry as family as a reflection of and the God who has welcomed us all as family, even though we were strangers to him!
This will include: (1) some role playing by yours truly and Deb MacKay; (2) a fun and unembarrassing icebreaker (we won’t put any of the rising freshman on the spot!); (3) a teaching on hospitality; and (4) a time of corporate worship.