SUNDAY, JULY 26, 2020 – Pastor Steve Clark preaching
For this Sunday, READ Ezra 3:10-13 and REFLECT: After several generations in exile in Babylon, most of the people of Israel have returned to their beloved homeland and their capital city of Jerusalem. Under the prodding and guidance of Ezra, they begin rebuilding the temple which had been completely destroyed by the Babylonians. In this text, the people gather to celebrate the completion of the new temple’s foundation. The crowd’s reaction is mixed: some celebrate in joy at this new beginning (v. 11) , while others weep in grief as they remember what they have lost (v. 12). In the midst of what is currently going on in your life and in the world, what new beginnings are happening that are worth celebrating? What is being lost that causes you to grieve? Where are you seeing God’s work of “rebuilding” going on? How can you be part of it?