9:30 am, September 25: "Friends in Low Places"
Rev. Dr. Anthony Tomasino
Here is a preview from Pastor Tony of his sermon for this Sunday:
This week, we’re moving away from the story of Abraham and moving on to the story of the Exodus. Here’s the background: after the descendants of Abraham began to multiply, a famine in Canaan led them to travel down to Egypt, where food was plentiful. The Israelites, as they came to be known, settled into Egypt and lived as resident aliens. But as the Book of Exodus opens, we learn that a new regime in Egypt had enslaved the Israelites and put them to work on Egyptian building projects. The growth of the Israelite population worried the Egyptian leaders, and their heavy labors hadn’t slowed their expansion. So the Pharaoh issues a baleful decree: every male child born to the Israelites was to be cast into the Nile River and drowned.
Against this dire decree, God raised up a couple unlikely heroes. Their names were Shiphrah and Puah, and they were the midwives responsible for delivering the Hebrew babies and carrying out their executions. But because these women honored God more than the Pharaoh, they refused to carry out the ruler’s order. Through their heroic efforts, many Israelite babies were rescued, and the Israelites continued to prosper.
Join us this Sunday at 9:30 for a lighthearted reminder that you don’t have to be a superhero to make a big difference in the world. Saint Paul observed that God chooses “the weak things of the world to shame the strong” (1 Cor 1:27)—weak things like us, and our little church! Let’s be inspired to stand up, step out, and do some little things that make a big difference for the Kingdom of God.