This Sunday’s text is one of the hardest passages in all of scripture. After Abraham and Sarah’s long wait for a child, now the Lord commands Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac. It seems impossible. How could God first lead them into the future and then take that future away? It is a story that still provokes more questions than answers among those who hear it. Genesis 22:1-14 provides the occasion for Jonathan’s sermon, “The Sacrifice.”
It’s the first Sunday of the month, so we celebrate the gift of grace offered to us in the Lord’s Supper. As we gather at God’s table we are reminded that we are family together, nourished by the life and love of Christ. As always, the table is open, and all are welcome, without reservation.
It’s also the first Sunday of the new Annual Conference year, as our pastors Jonathan Chute and April Herron begin a new year with our congregation. Jonathan begins his twentieth year with RHUMC this Sunday, and April her third! Don’t miss the reception on the patio between the morning services!
We’re a few days away from July 4th, but we wish all a safe and joyful celebration of our nation’s birth, giving thanks for the freedom that is ours. Chuck and the Chancel Choir will be presenting “From Sea to Shining Sea” in the morning services. At 5:30 the 3rd service ensemble will be joined by Blues Music Award winner Doug MacLeod, and son Jesse, for a very special evening featuring both original and traditional American tunes. Happy Independence Day!
See you in church!