Moses' story begins with Pharaoh’s decree to kill the newborn Hebrew boys, a deliberate attempt to destroy the hope of God’s people. In this sermon, Raquel Lettsome reflects on how the circumstances of life can likewise assault one’s hope and delivers an impassioned word of encouragement to those who—like Moses—have been forced into hiding to keep hope alive.
Raquel Lettsome is an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church with 20 years of congregational ministry experience that transcends denominational lines. She is also the managing partner of Say AMEN!, a digital clearinghouse for preaching, teaching, and worship arts. For 16 years, Lettsome served as the first female Executive Minister of the historic 4000 member St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in Newark, NJ. A graduate of Yale University (B.A.) and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div. and Ph.D.), she is a New Testament scholar whose most recent publications include the commentary essay on Mark’s Gospel in Fortress Commentary on the Bible: The New Testament, the three pastoral essays for Feasting on the Gospels commentary series, and an essay in More Power in the Pulpit: How America’s Best Black Preachers Prepare Their Sermons. Lettsome is the proud wife of the Rev. Lydell C. Lettsome, M.D. and mother of Tiffany Simone and Luke Charles.