The last time I preached this story was a few years ago, when our last confirmation class joined the church. And, as a total fluke, two of our youth (Timothy Stewart and Max Vigilante) will confirm their faith this Sunday and join the church. It is a special day in the life of DHPC and this special story seems divinely inspired to coalign.
The weeks are winding down on our Faces of our Faith worship series which has shaped this past year of our worship time together. And today’s bold and untold faith lesson comes from the tale of Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch. That’s how I have always heard this story described: Philip . . . . and the Ethiopian Eunuch. Philip is always first and always named, and the Ethiopian Eunuch is always second and described.
But this week, we focus in on the Ethiopian. It is his baptism story, the story of God sending Philip out onto some backwoods road to welcome the Ethiopian into God’s community. But the reality is that the Ethiopian is already out there – reading scripture, trying to connect with God despite the fact that God’s community had long told him he wasn’t wanted or welcome. It’s pretty remarkable really.
Join us Sunday as we explore the faith of the hopeful outcast and what this newly confirmed member of Christ’s church can teach us about being God’s people. And don’t miss out on the opportunity to welcome Timothy and Max into adult membership in the church, as they (like the Ethiopian) profess their faith in Christ and their desire to join our Church. There will be cake 🙂
- Scripture: Acts 8:26-40
- Sermon: “Out There: The Ethiopian Eunuch”
Blessings as we continue to celebrate Christ’s Easter promises,