Several people came by my door last Sunday, shook my hand, looked me in the eyes, and said, "I Will," repeating new Pastor Emeritus Phil Mercer's call to action in his Labor Day sermon. He had outlined the last major call to action when FUMC Plano made the exodus from its previous location to the "Land of Promise" where we now sit. Bishop Gary Mueller will also have an encouraging word of exodus when he takes our pulpit on Sunday, Oct. 1. Exodus - movement forward - is the story of God's work with us from Genesis to Revelation.
Until then, for the next three weeks, I will be preaching a series entitled, "Exodus: Then and Now." As with the Hurricane Harvey evacuees and the Katrina evacuees before them, we find ourselves at points in sudden exodus to what can become a new start in life for ourselves, our family, our church. Such a time has come to our church as we continue through the Healthy Church Initiative (HCI) process. We are discovering what the "promised land" is that God is leading us toward. Reading Simple Church, individuals and classes are learning that it means taking a few very important things with you while leaving other things behind. Our text this week is Exodus 12:1-14. It is a grand adventure God has for us. I hope you will say, "I will" this fall.
See you Sunday in the happening place,