Scripture Reading: The Feast of Purim Inaugurated
The Book of Esther is one of the great stories of turning grief and loss into new life, hope, and a thriving future. It tells how a Jewish girl became the queen of Persia and saved her people from a plot to destroy them. She is assisted in this by Mordecai, her cousin and guardian. It also explains how a special festival, called Purim, was established to recall and celebrate the deliverance that the Jews had experienced. The scripture reading describes the establishment of the holiday. In this sermon Pastor Bob recounts the story and describes how establishing the Feast of Purim celebrates the turning of sorrow into gladness and from morning into a holiday.