Let my people go!

A worship series on the Exodus story

The Hebrew Bible readings in the lectionary for this fall happen to tell the story of the Exodus of the ancient Israelites from Egypt where they were slaves, through 40 years in the wilderness, to Canaan, where they were to settle. It's an extraordinarily dramatic story, perfect for a novel or movie. This story gives us the burning bush, the Passover, the parting of the Red Sea, manna in the wilderness, the Ten Commandments, the Promised Land. What a rich set of images and metaphors! But is this story more than a good yarn and source for Western literature and culture?

In an interview about the Exodus story, American Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso points out the mythic quality of this ancient story, and its central role in Jewish faith, saying, “What happened once upon a time happens all the time….”

This series examined the Exodus story for its meaning to us today. Many of the themes of the story are important to people in the Bathurst congregation: refugees, freedom, leadership, settlers and colonization. What's more, the ancient Israelites’ journey parallels many journeys (physical or spiritual) that we take individually or as a community. Perhaps even the departure of this congregation from the former church building to the TSP building, or the current Bathurst 2020 project can be understood in the light of this old story. And if we do make our own Exodus journeys, what sustains us in the wilderness, and how do we feel God's presence on the way?

Services in this series included:

  • Sunday, November 19
    Exodus 16: 2-15
    Marie Simon

  • Sunday, November 12
    You shall see the the glory of the Lord
    Caro Ibrahim

  • Sunday, November 5
    Exodus 32: 1-14

  • Sunday, October 29
    Exodus 17: 1-7
    Rosalinda Paredes

  • Sunday, October 22
    Exodus 20: 1-20
    Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Sunday, October 15
    Lindsay Tyler