One of the most important tasks of the church is to be the keeper of stories: stories from scripture, stories from church tradition, stories from our own lives. The truths contained in these stories are the truths about how God works in the world.
The image of a lighthouse comes to mind. Before modern technology, lighthouse keepers were responsible for keeping the light shining so that ships off shore could navigate toward safety.
Perhaps the stories the church keeps serve a similar purpose: navigation among the rocks, a little light to see by in the dark.
The sermon each Sunday will focus on a Bible story—some well-known, some more obscure—and will ask the question: why is it important that the church tell this story? How does this story help us shine a light or navigate through life?
These stories tell us how to live, and how to treat each other, and what God dreams for us. These stories remind us that God always makes a way, that all are loved and welcomed, that there is enough.
What’s Your Story?
Throughout this worship series, we’d like to hear from you! In worship services, in the newsletter, and online, we’ll be sharing stories from you about how the stories of the Bible have touched your lives. Tell us about a time when you were afraid and the presence of God was a comfort to you. Tell us about how God made a way when you couldn’t see the way ahead. Tell us about how you were welcomed in an unexpected place. Tell us about a time when the story of Jesus inspired, challenged, or changed you.
If you’ve got a story to share—in worship, online, or in our newsletter—let Lee know. You can email her here.
What stories are we reading?
Join us as we explore the following stories:
September 17: God is always with us.
Story: Jacob dreams Text: Genesis 28:10-22
September 24: God makes a way where there is no way.
Story: Ezekiel and the dry bones Text: Ezekiel 37:1-14
October 1: God sends prophets to turn us around.
Story: Elijah Text: 1 Kings 17:1-17
October 8: To live well we love God and neighbor.
Story: Good Samaritan Text: Luke 10:35-37
October 15: Everybody counts.
Story: Lost and found (also: Prodigal Son) Text: Luke 15:1-10
October 22: Everybody’s welcome.
Story: The Great Banquet Text: Luke 14:15-24