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Formative Moments, Shaping Faith

Formative Moments, Shaping Faith

Today’s scripture is: Exodus 12:1-4

What events have shaped your faith? This week we look at a major event in the Bible that has shaped both the Jewish faith and became a key event in our Christian faith, the Passover. From a historical event and record to a deeply spiritual shared ritual that opens the door for the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The Passover marked an event in the life of the early Israelites when they began the exodus from Egypt to become a people. Before, they were a group of slaves. Now, they would become a people. Every year, for thousands of years, devout Jews celebrate the passover feast, a remembrance of the struggles, the plagues of Egypt and the Israelites. It is a defining moment in their formative history. Jesus transformed this moment into a new formative event we call Holy Communion, the Eucharist, or “The Lord’s Supper.” It is a defining moment in our Christian faith that binds us together as one body and creates space for the presence of the Holy Spirit. In our Methodist theology, it is an “outward sign of an inward grace” which God can use as a “means of grace” to touch us and change us, to heal and restore, to renew and energize.

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