Walking the Exodus Way
The word “Way” is a familiar term for pilgrims of many faiths. There are the physical pilgrimages that people of faith make by walking. The physical aspect of walking through or to a sacred place helps the pilgrim connect; mind, body, and spirit, to a faith they feel connected to and strive to live out in daily life.
We at Advent will be preaching on Exodus every Sunday during that time. Our Wednesday Bible Study (10:30 am) has already begun to delve deep into the spirit of Exodus as we speak about our own personal Exodus’.
We hope you’ll join us in the journey, and share with us your exodus story. Blessings to you on the WAY.
The Community’s Talents – The Rev. Deacon Charles Graves IV (Based on Matt. 25:14-30) Sunday Nov. 19, 2017 Delivered at St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church, Columbus Ohio
The Parable of the Talents is well known in scripture and it reminds us to “use well” all of the resources God gives us. How might God be calling us individually and collectively to use what we have? How does God help us to examine ourselves and communities to see what resources there are and what needs we might help to meet? How might this relate to “keeping our lamps trimmed” and “doing unto the least of these” as Christ tells us in Matthew 25?
Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning – The Rev. Deacon Charles Graves IV (Based on Matt. 25:1-13) Sunday Nov. 12, 2017
God calls us to always be prepared, to keep awake and to anticipate Christ’s arrival among us both everyday and in the age to come. And yet God also often calls us out of our plans and surprises us in ways we couldn’t imagine. All of this occurred before our eyes at the 143rd Convention of the Diocese of Southern Ohio this weekend. Listen as this collectively preached sermon explores Gods presence in our plans and in our holy surprises!
Legacies of the Souls and Saints – The Rev. Deacon Charles Graves IV (Based on Deuteronomy 34:1-12) Sunday Oct. 29, 2017
This time of year it’s often said that there is a ‘thin curtain’ between the living here on Earth, and the departed souls whom we remember in generations past. How do we remember those who have gone before us, and celebrate the saints across time and space while carrying on our own legacy for future generations? What does the death of Moses in Deuteronomy have to do with Halloween?
Seeking Purpose and Awe – The Rev. Stacy Salles (based on Exodus 33:12-23) Sunday Oct. 22, 2017
Having a purpose in life is to be healthy. Mix that with a dose of an awesome experience and you have a human ready to work to serve others. Moses asks God for both of those things. As Christians we have been given purpose and awesome experiences. What are we to do with them?
(Painting by Jack Baumwert. Faithful man with wonderful art. Check his website out at https://theschoolofthetransferofenergy.com)
Apples to Apples, and a Golden Calf – The Rev. Deacon Charles Graves IV (Based on Exodus 32:1-14) Sunday Oct. 15, 2017
A question to young children about what is valuable results in answers that can teach us about what we need to honor in our lives.
God and the Marshmallow Test – The Rev. Stacy Salles (based on Exodus 20) Sunday Oct. 8, 2017
What can the Marshmallow Experiment teach us about God – Children are seated with a marshmallow in front of them. If they hold off on eating it they can get two marshmallows. Can they wait?
Water from the Rock – The Rev. Deacon Charles Graves IV (based on Exodus 17:1-7) Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017
From the places of Massah and Meribah, of provocation and temptation a people are formed. It is grace that allows us to become who God created us to be in the midst of struggle and providence.
Manna – The Rev. Stacy Salles (based on Exodus 16) Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017
Manna – Wandering in the wilderness, the Hebrews are worried about food. God provides a strange substance which they named Manna. It is not important what Manna is, but rather what God intended in his provision of it and what the story can teach us today as individuals and as the Church.
The Point of No Return (No Turning Back) – The Rev. Deacon Charles Graves IV (based on Exodus 14:19-31) Sunday, Sept 17, 2017
There’s a point in our journey through life where there is no going back. It is a journey that was experienced in the story of Exodus, and a story that people are experiencing throughout the world right now. In order to live one must move forward. It is easy for individuals and congregations to get stuck in “the good ole days”. We get stuck out of fear and also because we don’t trust God to lead us. Today’s Exodus story is about God guiding and protecting a people in a journey that’s just beginning. At the end of that journey is a promise of abundant life.
Transformative Suffering – The Rev. Stacy Salles (based on Exodus 12:1-4) Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017
In these last few weeks the world has witnessed how the disastrous aftermath of hurricanes bring neighbors and strangers together in unexpected and generous ways. It took suffering to transform the Hebrews into a special community of people called to a destiny of being a light to gentiles and a place where foreigners should be welcome (not that it got live out, but that was God’s purpose). Why must we wait for disaster to strike before reaching out to others. God calls the church to be a community of people that engages with neighbors and strangers before disaster strikes.
A Burning Bush, Passion, and the Need for Belonging – The Rev. Stacy Salles (based on Exodus 3:1-15) Sunday, Sept. 1, 2017
A passionate young man, torn between two communities, finds belonging with a very passionate God. It is a story that reminds Christian individuals and communities that the only place they can find belonging is with this God of passion and in that relationship a reawakening of the purpose of the Church can burn with an unquenchable fire.
The Radical Generosity of Three Women – The Rev. Charles Graves IV (based on Exodus 1:15-2:10) Sunday, Aug 26, 2017
Pharaoh has ordered all newborn Hebrew babies to be murdered. Three women take a risk of radical generosity. No-one knew he would become a great leader. It’s a relevant story for those who walk the Christian Way as we seek ways to help our neighbors survive in a world full of struggle. (Please note, the midwives were Hebrew, not Egyptian).