My Church is in the middle of Exodus at the moment! A literal Exodus as our Curate, Youth worker and Associate Priest are all leaving (all for positive reasons I hasten to add) and a Biblical Exodus as we are ‘doing’ Moses at the moment.
The Exodus of preaching folk has meant that I have been drawn into the preaching on Exodus. All well and good BUT I’ve just looked up the passage the Rector has inflicted on me and it’s this:
"16 On the morning of the third day there was thunder and
lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud
trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled. 17 Then Moses led the
people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of
the mountain. 18 Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the LORD
descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from
a furnace, the whole mountain [b] trembled violently, 19 and the sound
of the trumpet grew louder and louder. Then Moses spoke and the voice
of God answered him"
First problem is there is not much of it, and the second problem is what to make of the not much of it that there is (if you see what I mean). I’ve never been one for the real tub-thumping sermons although one is very much suggested here, where every few lines I thump the pulpit, look the congregation in the eye(s) and repeat,
“And … the MOUNTAIN TREMBLED” (obviously emphasising a different syllable each time we come to this exegeted mantra!)
I also feel a teensy weensy bit of pressure when preaching at St Nix as it means occupying a Pulpit from which impressive people like Desmond Tutu and John Wesley have spoken from. So, my Biblically literate and highly articulate preaching friends ……. suggestions, nay … HELP?
(The Rector does actually call into the blog from time to time and this may pressurise him into allowing me a few more verses!)