This week our worship will focus on remembering our story and setting The Table for God’s unfolding future. Worship will be grounded in Isaiah 44.1-8.
Dr. Juliana Claassens writes, “Isaiah 44:6-8 as part of the larger context of Isaiah 44 seeks to reestablish a new identity for the broken exiles by reminding the exilic community that their own identity should be understood in relation to the character of God. Having received a new name in vv. 1-5, the exiles are reminded that they are witnesses of the Redeemer God. They are called to testify to God’s liberative action in their lives which is a continuation of God’s redemptive action in the past.”
Think of our community in relationship to this ancient community to whom the prophet Isaiah is writing. Many of us relate to the experience of being “broken exiles.” Isaiah’s words may speak directly to some in our church community. We too are called to be witnesses to “the Redeemer God…to testify to God’s liberative action in [our] lives which is a continuation of God’s redemptive action in the past.” This is our story. Consider where God’s redemptive action might be leading our church in the future.
What dreams do you have for our church’s futures we set the table for God’s unfolding grace?