Week 5 of a 6-week series called Returning to the Promise. On this Reformation Sunday we hear from Hannah as she prays to have a child. Barren Hannah does indeed give birth to a son who would later anoint a shepherd boy, that would unite a divided people. On this Reformation Sunday, Hannah’s words remind us that we are a reformed and transformed people of God. A people that have open hearts and minds to how God works in this world - the last shall be first and the first shall be last.” And that reformation and transformation through Jesus’ love and grace is necessary for the sake of the world.
"Returning to the Promise" is a seven-week series based on stories from the Old Testament. Often, we are told that the Old Testament is full of judgement, wrath, and anger. But the Old Testament describes the very character of a loving God who continues to return to the faithful promise of unconditional and ongoing love for all of creation. It is why we first ground ourselves in "God is love" from 1 John 4.