June 3, 2018 – Second Sunday after PentecostJun 02, 2018
Have you ever noticed how many travelers and journeys there are in scripture? Abraham and Sarah set off on a journey with a promise and little else. The Israelites begin a longed-for exodus with excitement, but quickly begin complaining and grumbling as their way becomes challenging and their pilgrimage turns into a 40-year wilderness trek. Fast forward a few thousand years and Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem to pay taxes, but find the need to take shelter in order to give birth to their child, Jesus, who in turn spends much of his adult ministry with disciples wandering from town to town. Paul ventures out with great purpose to share the news of Jesus, only to find some places welcoming and others less so. This is just a quick smattering of highlights! It wouldn’t take much
effort to identify a dozen other journeys described in scripture. Perhaps you have a favorite of your own.
Summer is a time when thoughts turn to journeys, because for some of us, it is a time of year when we ourselves, or those around us, work to carve out time for travel, for rest, or for welcome times of refreshment. But even if your summer plans don’t include any special travel, each day of our lives we find ourselves “on the way” whether it be to work or school, to the store, or to check-in on friends or neighbors. I wonder if travel and journeys figure so prominently in scripture because the movement from place to place is such a part of the human experience.
This week in worship we will spend some time pondering scriptural passages that highlight travels, trips, and journeys – those we choose, and those that choose us. In our gatherings, we’ll encounter the One who journeys with us, wherever our path leads. Whatever your summer plans include, join us on Sunday, June 3 at Center Park at 9:30 am for a time of worship, word, song, and prayer and to receive a blessing for whatever pathways you find yourself traveling this summer.
P.S. If you’re interested in joining a small group of prayer partners to accompany me as I travel to Egypt in the coming month, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.