Lesson for Chapel Services on Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Genesis 12: 1-9
A READING FROM THE BOOK OF GENESIS
Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. Abram took his wife Sarai and his brother’s son Lot, and all the possessions that they had gathered, and the persons whom they had acquired in Haran; and they set forth to go to the land of Canaan. Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. Then the Lord appeared to Abram, and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. From there he moved on to the hill country on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the Lord and invoked the name of the Lord. And Abram journeyed on by stages toward the Negeb.
THE WORD OF THE LORD
and the People respond, "Thanks be to God.”
Abram, Sarai, and their family were on a long journey toward a new land and a new life. Abram is sometimes referred to as “radically obedient,” as he heard his marching orders from God and didn’t ask any questions. He simply packed up and went.
The very first thing Abram does when he gets to a new place is build an altar. He puts the worship of God as his first priority. As an Episcopal School, I like to think that we give our relationship with God that same attention. Through practices like Chapel services each week for all divisions, our morning devotional time, and corporate prayer at meetings, we remind the community that God is an important part of this place and our life together.
May this academic year be a wonderful journey for us all!
Chapel services for all divisions are on Wednesdays.
All members of our community are most cordially invited. And parents are a most welcome addition.