SERMON TITLE: “Vigorous Women of God”
SERMON TEXT: Exodus 1:8-10, 13 – 2:10
PREACHER: Rev. Kim James
OCCASION: May 9, 2021 (Mother’s Day & UMW Day) at First UMC
Last Sunday I was gone from you because I was in Montana visiting my mom. I had to wait until both of us had our COVID vaccinations plus two weeks, but then it was high time for me to get up there to see her. It had been nearly two years since we were last together, so you can imagine how many good, long hugs we needed and gave each other.
At first, the visit was just going to be Mom and me. But then my older brother from North Dakota and my younger brother from Washington decided to come. In pretty quick order, we ended up having a family reunion of 41 people eating tacos in my cousin’s large garage. I met one cousin I had never met before, and saw a couple of cousins that I hadn’t laid eyes on in probably 40 years. Plus, of course, there were some spouses and children and grandchildren. I have to give my older brother, his wife, and my cousin a good deal of credit for instigating the taco dinner party. But it was my mom and my aunts who were the strong and determined ladies who organized the dinner and spread the news about the event. Even as I can see them aging and slowing down, those women in our family still had the vigor to bring us together in a powerful way.
Because today is Mother’s Day and United Methodist Women’s Sunday, I want to talk about strong women. I invite you to consider our scripture reading from Exodus chapters one and two and think about what it might mean to be “vigorous women of God.”