We started a new sermon series today that will take us through the end of August: Family Dynamics: The Saga of Jacob. In the lectionary for Year A, there are exactly four texts on Jacob. The series does have some of the Abraham and Sarah texts, but again, only some of the story. The five pericope is the beginning of the story of Joseph, Jacob and Rachel’s son.
The first lection is the one we read this morning on the Rebekah conceving the twins, the wrestling in the womb, the word of God that the elder would serve the younger and the Esau selling his birthright. The other stories the next week is when Jacob is on the run and we have the vision of “Jacob’s ladder,” then Laban tricking Jacob by giving his eldest daughter Leah in marriage before his younger daughter Rachel and finally the trip home and the late night wrestling with a messenger from God who renames Jacob and makes sure he limps the rest of his days.
ALL good stories, but lectionary skips over so much that instead of just preaching the lectionary, I have added the stories that actually create the whole sage. The Jacob narrative in Genesis is gritty, ugly, and filled with back biting and sibling rivalry, with jealousies and cheating. You wouldn’t know most of that if you only read what the lectionary shares.
So while we will do the four readings, they will be added to the greater story of Jacob and his redemption. This first week we get the birth narrative and the first bit of grasping and grabbing on Jacob’s part. We are introduced to the favoritism of the parents (and grandparents before them) and the first deep fracture of the brothers relationship.
We were blessed to hear Rachelle Goter on Clarinet with Dr. Bryan Mock accompanying on piano and Dr. Mock on organ. The Gathering Band shared “It is Well with my Soul, a hymn that always blesses me. You can find the whole of the worship service or just the sermon here.
I am excited about our virtual Vacation Bible Study this year. Covid-19 threw alot of plans into chaos, but I am so grateful for Brad Remington and our Family Ministries Council who decided to go ahead and find a different way to share in VBS. This past week several volunteers were taped for the lesson, the craft and a devotion. The videos will be uploaded each day next week beginning on Sunday so families can choose the time to share in VBS for their own children, or with others. The registration form is here and we need families to register so that we can make sure there are enough kits for everyone!
We are finding new ways to connect with a Wednesday devotional being sent through our phones and a new Zoom Church Wide Fellowship Hour next week. What a great way to be the community of faith together during this time of pandemic. I am thankful for God’s grace and love that is with us through it all.