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Greetings from The Downtown Church! This is a bi-weekly email with information about events, updates, and other fun things from the leadership of the church.

I’ve been reading and getting ready for our next series on Moses. I’m a big fan of Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 epic, The Ten Commandments, and grew up certain that Moses looked and sounded like Charlton Heston. (For those of you too young to know who that is, think this generation's Bradley Cooper.)

But that is not the biblical story. Moses was 80 years old when he was called by God to go to Pharaoh. In Exodus 3 and 4, Moses does everything he can to talk God out of sending him. He tells God why it's wrong. For every protest Moses comes up with, God knocks it down. Over and over, Moses tells God how bad it is going to be for him and the Hebrew people, how the Egyptians will never let it happen, what a mistake God is making by choosing him because he can’t even speak well enough to talk to Pharaoh in the first place.

But this is the person God needs for this moment in time. Not Moses when he was young and strong, but Moses when he was the age of Al Pacino or Betty White. Not Moses when he had ready access to Pharaoh and his wealth, but the weathered Moses who spent years out with the sheep, under the broad sky, providing for his family. Not Moses who could give eloquent speeches but the Moses who had learned to hum with the bleating of the lambs and let his deeds be his words.

This is a much better Moses than the one I grew up imagining. I look forward to learning with you what happens when an imperfect person places their life in the hands of God. Start reading!

See you virtually Sunday,
Lori

Join us online every Sunday at 10:30am on Facebook Live or our YouTube Channel. Get your breakfast, get comfy, and join us at 10:30am online.

In this time of stress and unease, feel free to reach out with prayer requests, pastoral concerns, or just general questions. Even though the church office is closed, we still check our voicemail, and you can always reach us via email. Several people have asked about giving during this time. You can always give online, through your bank's bill pay option, or just mail a check to the church.

United Methodists in Missouri are encouraged to follow their local and county health guidelines. The statement made by the President this morning does NOT change our earlier guidance to our local churches. This will mean many of our churches will continue to worship in ways that do not include being in-person. I want to remind you that as a United Methodist, we are to follow our General Rules, the first of which is Do No Harm. My guidance to all our local churches is to take that rule seriously. READ THE FULL STATEMENT HERE.
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