This sermon is still part of the “Unsung Heroes of the Exodus” series, this time focusing on Miriam. But as happens from time to time, the trajectory of the sermon was altered by the deaths of nine people in Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina. To that end, the graphic for the day is only this:
Narrative Lectionary Reading: Acts 10:1-17, 34-35
Note: On this day a child was baptized and three youth were Confirmed!
On this day that is filled with invocations of the Holy Spirit, a day of water and promises, there is perhaps not a sentence we need to hear more than this: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality.” What an amazing admission of heavenly plenty! The only thing that mars the moment is the immediately following phrase, “but in every nation everyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him,” because that phrase neatly feeds our sinful need to break up peoples into categories of clean and unclean, acceptable and unacceptable. Because isn’t that really the way many folks read this? That those who do NOT fear God and do NOT do what is right are unacceptable to God? Continue reading