An act of desperation, love, and hope – This week at ELC


We begin a summer series featuring women in the Bible story with the story of the women in the Exodus.  It is Moses’ mother, his sister, and other women who, in the midst of great danger and desperation, act in love and hope to preserve this child’s life.  With their courage and love God acts to bring about the liberation of the Hebrew slaves.

Worship this week:  (Note change to summer schedule)

Saturday – 5:00 p.m. in the  chapel

Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship

10:00 a.m. Contemporary worship

Devotions for this week:  Miriam, and the women in the Exodus story

SHARE:   What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?

READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding

Sunday, Exodus 2:1-10  The baby in the basket

Monday, Exodus 2:11-22 Moses marries Zipporah

Tuesday, Numbers 12:1-9  Miriam and Aaron confront Moses

Wednesday, Numbers 12:10-16 Miriam stricken and healed

Thursday, Numbers 20:1-11 Death of Miriam, water from rock

Friday, Micah 6:1-8 Miriam recalled in prophet’s words

Saturday, Exodus 15:20-21  Miriam’s Song

TALK:  Consider some of these ideas:

 21And Miriam sang to them:
‘Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;
horse and rider he has thrown into the sea.’

                                                                        Exodus 15:21

While Moses was often at the center of the story of the exodus, he did not get there on in his own.  His mother, Pharoah’s daughter, and his sister Miriam were vital to God’s mighty story of freedom.  The midwives who protected him, his sister Miriam, Pharoah’s servant and his daughter, his wife, and others were crucial along the way.

  • Who are the women who have played a key role in your story of faith?
  • How does God work in sometimes unseen ways to accomplish great things?
  • Whose story should be lifted up?
  • When have you joined in a song of praise?

PRAY: God, you continue to write the story of salvation in many people in our lives.  Use us as well to act, and to bring praise when we notice the opportunity.  Amen.

BLESS:  May God surround you with strong helpers. Amen.



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