West End United Methodist Church

The God of Hagar

Speakers:Carol Cavin-Dillon
Topics:Children's moment, Sermon, Sunday service

In our sermon series using texts from Genesis with the theme “Family Matters,” today’s story is, perhaps, “the other story,” of Hagar and Ishmael and a somewhat shameful aside to the more familiar story of Abraham, Sarah, and Isaac.  This is analogous to stories in our own histories, and in the present, where certain types of people are relegated to another place or another level of humanity.  In the story of Hagar, though, in the end God claims Hagar and Ishmael, and that should say something significant to us in our own time.    (NOTE: We usually post the 11 o’clock service, but with the COVID-19 threat we are having only the 8:45 service today, and that is the service we are posting.  NOTE:  Although the video begins with the Children’s Moment, once it starts you can scroll back to the beginning of the service if you want.  The video of the entire service is available to watch.)


  • Genesis :21:8-21