You shall be my people, and I will be your God.
Love one another as I have loved you.
We have heard these declarations again and again as we have been worshiping together. They are like a refrain in a beloved hymn. The more often we sing them, the deeper they penetrate into our soul. They are the foundation of our life together. Everything we are, everything we do grows out of the love of God and our identity as the people of God.
In the coming weeks we are going to look in on the lives of Sarah and Abraham, our ancestors in faith. They were living a comfortable and prosperous life, and out of the blue God said to them (and I paraphrase), “Pull up stakes and go. Leave behind everything that is familiar to you, and go to a place… well let me see… I’ll show you later. But go!”
Sarah and Abraham were given a promise and so began their journey. But there were exasperating delays and detours all along the way. How do we respond to unexpected changes? How do we keep going if we are not sure where we are going?
Let’s find out what we can learn from them about our own journey as a congregation. You can read ahead: Genesis chapters 12 through 25. Invite some friends to read with you and to come to worship with us. It’s going to get interesting!
And don’t forget to keep one another in prayer:
Show me your ways, O God,
Teach me your paths,
Lead me in your truth and teach me,
For you are the God of my salvation:
I wait for you all day long. (Psalm 25:4-5)
Together in Christ,
Rick Neale, Pastor
Pastor Rick Neale
Rick is serving as our contract-call pastor. He is a Teaching Elder in the PCUSA, and he has pastored churches in upstate New York and Miami, FL. After coming to Atlanta, he served as Chaplain for Oncology at Northside Hospital. His previous pastorate was at Church of the New Covenant in Doraville, GA.