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Over the past year or so, you have heard your friends and neighbors at St. Andrew share a few words about ways they have experienced God in their lives, especially when unlooked-for or in a surprising environment. Worship Planning team chose the title “28:16 Stories” based on Genesis 28:16, when Jacob awakes from his dream and exclaims “surely God was in this place and I did not know it”. This verse comes near the end of the wonderful story of Jacob’s dream in which he has a vision and receives a promise from God – it’s wonderful to read it in context (printed to the right).
Most of us don’t feel that we’ve had visions or that God has come to us in a dream. But we’ve heard our friends share how they felt that very presence, and even a calling, through an experience on a mission trip, through the living example of a loved one or the voice of a stranger. Listening to our sisters and brothers at St. Andrew share stories of how they have experienced God “in real life” helps us all remember our own experiences – and hopefully will help us all pay closer attention to how God is present in our lives every day.
Do you have a story you would be willing to share with the rest of us on a Sunday morning during worship? Come talk to someone on the Worship Planning team – Pastor Matt or Pastor Kyle, Matthew Penning, Patti Benson or Lora Morgan Dunham.
Jacob’s Dream at Bethel, Genesis 28:10 – 17
Jacob left Beer-sheba and went towards Haran. He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place. And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And the LORD stood beside him and said, ‘I am the LORD, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring; and your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you and in your offspring. Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.’ Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the LORD is in this place—and I did not know it!’ And he was afraid, and said, ‘How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.’
by Lora Morgan Dunham