This Sunday’s scripture tells the story of Joseph, the youngest son of his father, Jacob. Aside from having rather grandiose and self-serving dreams, his brothers can’t help but notice that Joseph is the apple of their father’s eye. His obvious favoritism causes much resentment and jealousy among them. They kidnap their brother and sell Joseph into slavery. They think they’re done with him. But Joseph ends up becoming a trusted servant and advisor in the house of the Pharaoh. A drought comes upon that part of the world, and Jacob and his sons become refugees, seeking relief from famine and hunger. When they get to Egypt, their brother recognizes them. Our text for the day captures the scene of a dramatic and tearful reunion. When Joseph shows himself to them, they cannot speak for their shock and fear. Rather than seek revenge on them for their mistreatment and abuse, Joseph forgives them. The text for Jonathan’s sermon is Genesis 45:1-15, “Breaking the Chain.”
We will be welcoming new members into our church family at all three services. Marsha and Ralph Schilling will be joining us at 8:30. Lindy Miller, Louise Sowerby, Charles and Mary Ann Garland, Rowena Nardo and Gina Rembert will be received at 10 a.m. Samantha and J.B. Hanhart will also be baptized at 3rd service. We are grateful for these new friends and give thanks for the grace of God in their lives.
After 3rd service we’ll be enjoying Second Sunday Supper with El Pollo Loco chicken, salad, rice and beans, chips and drink, for the suggested donation of $5/person or $15/family. Enjoy a lovely summer evening and a delicious supper after worship!
See you at church!