The Storms of Life

Dr. Jonathan Sloan gives a sermon about God having the power to calm the storms of our life as we trust in Him. Based on 1 Kings 19:1-13 

The Service for the Lord’s Day

June 23, 2019    10:30 a.m.

 

WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD, THE LORD OF LIFE

Prelude
“Shall We Gather at the River”                               arr. J Raney
“Like a River Glorious”                                          arr. J Raney

 

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*The Greeting and Welcoming of One Another

(There are no strangers in God’s House, just friends we have not yet met.

Greet your neighbor with Christian love and let them know that you’re glad to see them!)

 

*Hymn                                            “Mighty Is Our God”

 

Call to Worship                                                                                                       AJ Baratta

Leader:     We gather this morning as people seeking shelter,

People:    looking to God and each other for help.

Leader:     When tough times take a toll on us;

People:    we reach out for encouragement and a renewal of faith.

       Leader:     God is with us through the good and the bad, and places people in our

lives who support and love us.

.      ALL:        Let us worship God!

 

*Hymn                                “All Creatures of Our God and King”

 

*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

       Even when we are following in Your path, we struggle as the wind blows against us.  As we cross troubled waters in Your name, we feel overwhelmed as the waves swallow us.  When we attempt to move mountains to get to You, we fear as the earth shakes. Help us to remember that storms of life will try to deter us, but:

       even though You created the wind, You seek to be at our backs, making the travels easier;

       even though You created the waves, You wish them only to carry us closer to Your comfort;

       even though the earth trembles it is merely in response to Your presence. 

Help us to see You through the storm and know that You are not the storm.…(Silent time of prayer)

 

*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:     Jesus silenced the howling wind. He calmed the raging waters; and He

moved mountains, all to ease our fears and bring us closer to Him.  He

forgives our sins,  quiets our restless souls and soothes our anxious hearts.

ALL:          Thanks be to God!

 

*The Gloria Patri – Hymn Tune, 581

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.

 

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

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Children’s Message

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Message          “The Storms of Life”        Dr. Jonathan Sloan

1 Kings 19:1-13                                  Pew Bible pg.284

Elijah Flees from Jezebel
19 Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So may the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life like the life of one of them by this time tomorrow.” 3 Then he was afraid; he got up and fled for his life, and came to Beer-sheba, which belongs to Judah; he left his servant there.

4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree. He asked that he might die: “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.” 5 Then he lay down under the broom tree and fell asleep. Suddenly an angel touched him and said to him, “Get up and eat.” 6 He looked, and there at his head was a cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. He ate and drank, and lay down again. 7 The angel of the Lord came a second time, touched him, and said, “Get up and eat, otherwise the journey will be too much for you.” 8 He got up, and ate and drank; then he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God. 9 At that place he came to a cave, and spent the night there.

Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10 He answered, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.”

Elijah Meets God at Horeb
11 He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. 13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

 

WE SEAL AND RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*Hymn #410                                                               “God is Calling through the Whisper”

 

Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer (Unison)

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, thy

will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

 

Offering

Offertory                                     “Be Everything”

Adonai Singers

 

*Doxology (The Hymnal, p. 606)

 

*Prayer of Dedication

 

WE GO FORTH TO SERVE

*Hymn #353                                                                  “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less”

 

Benediction

 

Postlude                                             “Toccata in F”                                                    D Buxtehude

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*Please stand, in body or in spirit