West End United Methodist Church

Encounter Service of Prayer and Presence, January 18, 2023

Speakers:Erin Racine
Topics:Encounter Service of Prayer and Presence

The Encounter Worship Series is a mid-week service of  “prayer and presence” taking place in conjunction with West End’s Wednesday evening dinner and programming.  Rev. Erin Racine, Pastor of Hospitality and Congregational Care, leads the service this evening, and Matthew Phelps, West End’s Minister of Music, is the music leader.  In the current series we are looking at scriptures through various means.  The scripture for the evening is Exodus 3.1-15, the story of Moses and the burning bush, which is also the scripture for this coming Sunday.  After the scripture is read, Erin asks us to imagine that we are Moses, and she guides us through this passage, step by step, asking us what we hear, smell, feel, as we walk through the scene.  Encountering God in the burning bush, she asks us to put ourselves in Moses’ place as God reviews the plight of our people in Egypt, then announces that you are being sent to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.  There is then a period of reflection with three questions to guide our individual reflection, all relating to an encounter with God in our daily lives.   (NOTE: Below is a pdf of this evening’s program for viewing and/or downloading.)



  • Exodus :3:1-15


Encounter Service Bulletin (1/18/2023)