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Looking Ahead

Dear Friends,

Screen Shot 2017-08-16 at 4.31.58 PM Our prayers go out to our brothers and sisters in the path of the storm this week. I was thankful to read this article in USA Today recounting numerous acts of heroism in the Houston area, people working together in community to selflessly serve one another. However, amid tragic circumstances like Hurricane Harvey, we are compelled to ask questions like, “Where is God?”

This week in worship we’ll take a look at Moses’ encounter with the burning bush. Moses asks the question, “What shall I call you?” and God responds, “I AM WHO I AM.” In ancient Hebrew culture, a person’s name conveyed something about the very nature of that person. Paraphrasing, this original Hebrew phrase can be understood as “It is I who am with you.” In other words, the very name of God is a reminder to us of His presence with us. The very essence of His being is His desire to be with us. It is no surprise that we find this in the person of Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, God with us.

If you have the time, you will find it helpful to read Exodus 3:1-15 as you prepare for worship this Sunday.

See you there,

Nic Merchant