This Sunday at Immanuel: Chapter 20: The Queen of Beauty and Courage
Chapter 20 of The Story is the story of Esther, an orphaned Jewish girl who becomes Queen of Persia in the post exile time of Israel, in 480 BC. Her privilege, however, is not without responsibility. What seems like a Cinderella story from a lower story point of view is a story filled with salvation overtones in God’s upper story. Esther (with help from cousin Mordecai) saves the people of Israel who chose to remain in Persia from death by “pogrom”, as planned by the evil Haman. This story of intrigue, tension and resolution is also a call to action for each of us. This Sunday we will explore this story’s challenge that God’s people everywhere offer themselves to God for service, “at all times, and in every way”.