This will be the back page of the bulletin for the services this coming Sunday (September 30, 2018, 19th Sunday after Pentecost – Year B) at Fishkill United Methodist Church.
There are two interesting things about this week’s Scripture readings. First, the Disciples are complaining about someone else doing their job. But remember that Jesus sent out 70 individuals to preach His message (Luke 10: 1 – 2) and this individual very well may have been part of that group. But the Disciples are acting as if they are the only ones who have the authority to do that preaching. Even today, we have disagreements across and within denominations as to who has the authority to deliver God’s word.
And that brings up the second interesting point. The Book of Esther is the only book in the Canon (and one of two in all the books of Scripture) where God is never mentioned.
While the primary reason for the inclusion of Esther in the Old Testament is to explain the Jewish festival of Purim, it also serves as a reminder that we don’t have to mention God to know of His Presence in our lives. And His presence is not limited to just a few but for all, no matter their race, gender, ethnicity, or social status. The Book of Esther also reminds us that those who seek to repress or persecute any group will pay the ultimate price.
We do not need to be someone special to know that wherever we may be, God is with us. Because God is with us no matter where we may be, we are able to offer support through our prayers and actions to those in pain, who suffer from injustice or persecution.
Where is your God? He is where He is, right next to you and in you. When people see you, hear you and watch you, will they see God?