Intersections: God’s Stories – Our Stories

Rev. John Shaver

Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 9:30am - Livestream Worship

“I said to the Lord, I’m going to hold steady on to you, and I know you will see me through.”   Harriet Tubman
Dear SDUMC Family,

I hope that you are finding a few moments to take in God’s creation on this beautiful North County weekend. My prayer is that amid these challenging days, you can feel God’s hand upon you even though we may feel apart during these “physically-distanced” days.

This Sunday, we will continue our sermon series, Intersections: God Stories – Our Stories, with a movie that I know will speak to all of us. As I was flying back from Nicaragua in February, I finally had some time to watch a movie about one of the great American heroines, Harriet Tubman. Throughout my life, I had heard numerous stories about this inspiring, courageous, and amazing woman. During my childhood, my parents would take us to visit the historical sites along the Underground Railroad. We would hear incredible stories of her work to save others. I also remembered that her faith life gave her the fortitude to continue moving as obstacle upon obstacle would try and impede her work. If you have a chance, I recommend the movie to you (or email me after Sunday and I’ll share the movie with you).

Cynthia Erivo, who played Harriet in the movie, shared, “What was wonderful about playing Harriet and diving into that part of her is that it gave me access to my own faith. It made me braver in my prayers. It made me want to pray, and not be afraid to do it out loud if I needed to. I hope that this film will let people know and teach people that if they feel they’re unimportant that they hold the power to change the world and change the things in this world. Harriet managed to save lives consistently with her faith, wits, and determination.” Even though we have all been created as uniquely different people, I hope Harriet Tubman’s story will share a sense of resilience, hope, and the ability to be a world-changer.

I look forward to joining you for Livestream Worship at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday (or whatever time you may be worshiping with us). The morning will be filled with inspiring music, life-changing scripture, the story of one, Harriet Tubman, who truly listened to God and changed the world, and two baptisms (yes, we will be sharing in two special baptisms this week).

Have a blessed weekend!

Grace and Peace,


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