In the salutation of a letter to the people of Thessalonia (I Thessalonians 1:3), the writer lifts up the value of “steadfastness.” Being steadfast isn’t the sexiest trait in the world, but solid dependability, showing up consistently and continuing to take the small steps of the life of faith and justice is a valuable trait.
Minister of Art and Communication Phil Porter shares from his sermon “In Defense of Plodding Along” that he preached on Sunday, October 22, 2017.
In the lectionary text for the morning, God parts the waters of the Red Sea so that Moses and his crew can escape Egypt and the army that is chasing them. This story comes up at a time when parts of the United States and islands in the Caribbean have been battered by hurricanes and flooding has been dramatic. The water around us is amazing—sometimes safe, sometimes scary.
In the story for the morning, Moses encounters God in the burning bush. God asks his to take off his sandals because he is “standing on holy ground.” (Exodus 3:1-15) Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny explores the vulnerability of being barefoot.
In Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Moses calls his people to choose life and follow God’s commandments.