To kick off our year of thinking about Shalom, we begin in September with Shalom of the Body, and an ambitious project to come together to walk the Exodus, 375 miles from Egypt to the Promised Land. Listen to the latest episode of 1stCast “Shalom” to learn more about this project, which you can find by clicking here. This link will take you to our podcast page.
This project will get us out of the house, out into nature, thinking about journeys, and engaging our bodies in physical activity while we reflect on our relationships with Christ as a walk or journey.
A walk or a journey then can be a helpful metaphor for exploring our relationships with God.
And throughout the Bible, God’s people are on the move! From Israel’s wandering in the wilderness to Paul’s missionary journeys, walking and travel were common biblical experiences. We will spend September delving into both biblical journeys and walking with Christ in our sermon series: Pilgrim’s Progress: The Christian Journey and through our Walk the Exodus project.
The goal of Walk the Exodus is for us as a congregation to collectively cover the 375 miles from Egypt to the Promised Land during the 30 days of September. We will do this through travel activities such as walking, biking, running, and going for a drive, but also through gardening, reading, and watching films about walking or journeys. You can find a list of books and films we recommend if you’re looking for a little inspiration by clicking here. This link will take you to a PDF document on our website.
Every 15 minutes spent on one of these activities will count as 1 mile. You can keep track of your time with a tracking sheet which you can print and use at home. You can find the tracking sheet by clicking here. Clicking this link will take you to a PDF document on our website. On Thursdays email or call Lisa J. to report your time for the week. On Fridays we’ll update our collective progress in the Friday email and on the home page of our website. You can sign up to receive the Friday email here. Clicking this link will take you to the Subscribe page on our website.
In our Sunday email we will send out a list of inspirational quotes for the week to feed your imagination as you continue your journey. You can sign up to receive the Sunday email here. Clicking this link will take you to the Subscribe page on our website. If you are already signed up to receive the Friday email, you are already automatically signed up to receive the Sunday email. Inspiration quotes for the first week are available here. Clicking this link will take you to a PDF document on our website.
So lace up your sneakers, and let’s get walking! God wants to take us on a journey.