Pastor’s Discipleship Letter. September 6, 2020
Reflections on Exodus 12: 1 – 14 for worship on September 6, 2020
Exodus 12:1- 14
(Read the passage.)
We ground our faith in acts of God in history. We understand worship as essential.
Worship is more than singing songs, saying prayers, and hearing a sermon. Worship moves us to re-enter and re-create the memories that make us who we are. We give ourselves to the power of that memory, we become part of the people who have lived that memory for generations. Acts of worship allow children to participate in a meaningful way, understand what the celebration means and why it calls us to action.
The Passover marks the founding of the people Israel as those God liberates from slavery in Egypt. The passage records the original event and gives future generations the model for recalling and celebrating the event. There is a meal with roasted lamb, bitter herbs, and unleavened bread. Among the poor, lamb is shared. The meal is eaten being ready to flee at any moment.
The angel of death would “pass over” the houses marked with the lamb’s blood. This marks the people as those protected by God. This is why early Jewish Christians spoke of Jesus’ saving power as “the blood of the lamb.”
How is Israel to keep alive the memory of God’s saving act in Exodus and Passover?
What do we Christians do in the way of worship / celebration to celebrate the memory of God’s acts?
What elements of worship (singing, praying, scripture, etc.) are most important to you? Which of these worship elements are you able to do at home?
Does the worship video help you deepen your ability to worship God? Does the worship video help you keep alive the memory of God’s acts?