SERMON TITLE: “Journey Together with God’s Direction”
SERMON TEXT: Exodus 13:17-22 and 40:34-38
PREACHER: Rev. Kim James
OCCASION: October 16, 2022, at First UMC
In early September, my husband, my mother, and I went on a trip to Oregon. Because we had many places to go and many people to see, I had spent a lot of time carefully planning our route, coordinating with relatives, and making reservations where we were going to stay. Most of our trip went well, and we had a really nice vacation. But our journey together got off to a rocky start. On the afternoon of our first day, we had just barely passed Ontario, Oregon, on our way to Pendleton, when all traffic was diverted off Interstate 84 due to a wildfire that had just started along the freeway. With no alternate highway to Pendleton, we had to make some major changes to our driving route and rearrange our hotel reservations. Thank goodness for cell phones and Google Maps! Forced off our familiar roadways, we would have been pretty lost without that internet guidance and digital direction.
In this month of our stewardship drive, we’re talking about our “Journey Together.” Last Sunday, with the help of Abram and Sarai, we talked about our “journey together with our people.” Next Sunday, we’re going to see what Isaiah can tell us about our “journey together with rejoicing.” On October 30, when we bring our pledge cards back to church, Jesus and the disciples will inform us about our “journey together with purpose.” Today, though, with the help of Moses and the newly-liberated Hebrew people, I invite you to consider with me our “journey together with God’s direction.”