That's right, it is The Fifth With First!
This time around our Workship Project teams us up with the Ronald McDonald House (that is their logo depicted on the left side of The Whiteboard). We'll be helping out at the Ronald McDonald House this Sunday (after our brief prayer service at the big ramada at Chaparral Park) by cleaing up the common room, making sack lunches for the families, and doing some light maintenance work outside.
For folks attending the Worship Service in the Sanctuary you'll get to learn more about the Healthy Packs program in worship and then actually pack some Healthy Packs in the Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour!
It is going to be great either way, and both services will be tied together by our morning's scripture reading from Exodus 3:1-15.
It is a familiar scripture passage, one that we know as The Story of the Burning Bush.
But don't let its familiarity keep you from its startling lesson, namely that God needs us.
God needs us to listen.
God needs us to reach out.
God needs us to be a part of the plan of salvation, not just for ourselves but for all God's people.
Just like God invites Moses to be a part of the larger plan, God invites us to be a part of the work of salvation.
Just like God pushes Moses beyond his comfort zone, God pushes us to take up challenges that we never thought we could handle on our own. Which is the point really, because we are not on our own. God is with us -- inviting us, challenging us, pushing us, needing us to be willing participants in everything that is to come.
So come out this Sunday for Workship or Worship. Come to hear God's word, to celebrate God's love, and to live out your faith as we serve our local community.
Exodus 3:1-15 Moses at the Burning Bush
Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, ‘I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.’ When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, ‘Moses, Moses!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ Then he said, ‘Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.’ He said further, ‘I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.
Then the Lord said, ‘I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.’ But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?’ He said, ‘I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.’
But Moses said to God, ‘If I come to the Israelites and say to them, “The God of your ancestors has sent me to you”, and they ask me, “What is his name?” what shall I say to them?’ God said to Moses, ‘I am who I am.’ He said further, ‘Thus you shall say to the Israelites, “I am has sent me to you.” ’ God also said to Moses, ‘Thus you shall say to the Israelites, “The Lord, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you”: This is my name for ever,and this my title for all generations.