Readings: Genesis 32:22-30 and Mark 14:32-36
Sermon: Pastor Bill Wessner - What is in a name?
Jacob is one of the patriarchs of the origin stories. He is the grandson of Abraham, the third generation of a family line that was the fulfillment of God’s promises – blessed to be a blessing. Like his forebears, he had some doubt about the promises, and took matters into his own hands. That didn’t go so well. He left home under the threat of a very angry twin brother, to make his own way in the world. Today’s scripture shows us Jacob as a grown man with a family, as he prepares to go home again.
Elim's weekly worship services focus on the Narrative Lectionary, which follows the sweep of the biblical story arranged in a narrative sequence to help us see Scripture as a story that has coherence and a dynamic movement. The arc of Elim's Biblical teachings are rooted in this understanding of scripture.