So Moses, barefoot before this burning bush that is amplifying and conveying the very active, challenging Word of G-d, asks who he’s supposed to say sent him when he walks into the palace of the most powerful man in the known world and insists upon the active and complete liberation of a substantial part of a slave labor force. “Go to them and say,” G-d says, “YHWH.”
YHWH. The Tetragrammaton. What we translate, for the most part, as LORD in the NRSV and most English translations, but importantly, we leave as “I Am Who I Am” in this part of the Moses cycle. God names Godself as the verb “to be,” so another translation could be “I Am Becoming What I Am Becoming,” and let’s go with that for the moment.
On August 31, we will have two Ministers-In-Training serving our congregation, Zane and Kathy. Both are students at Brite Divinity School; Kathy is in her final year (or so), Zane is just starting. Both have experience in ministerial, churchy and pastoral roles, and both are talented in a lot of ways.
Both are still growing, learning and refining their gifts, weak points and skillsets. Midway Hills has a long history of being a Teaching Church that equips ministerial students to serve the greater and growing church. (By the way, I met Katherine Godby this past weekend, she says hello!) It is a license for student ministers to not only try new and exciting things, to challenge and encourage a vital church, to serve alongside people who do justice inclusively and diversely, but to make mistakes if necessary, learn from snafus, and move on stronger and better than before.
I like our church for this. We don’t just do it for student ministers; y’all do it for each other, for me, for everyone. Thank you for that, and let’s keep it up. We are made in the image of God, and we are becoming what we are becoming. We can’t stay static if the God we are seeking, if the Christ we are chasing, if the Spirit we are breathing, is the action verb in a world that would rather just stop. Let us bless others as we have been blessed, and I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday.
P.S. DON’T FORGET THE POTLUCK! MMMMMMMMM!