Good morning. We are very glad you chose to join us today. I hope you find something new and inspiring in today’s worship and message.
I have included the text from today’s bible verse and blessing below.
This verse from Kings has had quite an impact on me over the last 10 years.
Such a simple line but the power in the calm, I have found to be practically deafening!
All these big events happen, but they are not often where we find God. Yet that still, calm, almost silent whisper, is where He choses to speak to us.
So today I ask you to cast your cares on him, quieten your mind as much as possible and ask Him to speak to you…for His servant is listening. Expect a reply. Expect a response. The LORD wants relationship with us which comes from asking and waiting for an answer.
And, at the end of the message, whatever you received from the worship, the music, the message, the verse… I pray you have the courage and confidence to move closer to Him.
Just one remark about the worship music for today’s service – there is one slight change in song choice. We were not able to include the song “Graves into Gardens” in our video playlist this week. It is referenced during one of the personal videos.
Be blessed, be challenged and enjoy the walk with Him guiding your path.
3 Elijah was afraid[a] and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, 4 while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” 5 Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” 6 He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again. 7 The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” 8 So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. 9 There he went into a cave and spent the night.
The Lord Appears to Elijah
And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” 11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 14 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”15 The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. 16 Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet.1 Kings 19:3-16 (NIV)
Farewell Noah van der Veer
Noah van der Veer will be leaving our church family, and his own family, to start a year at a Bible college in the Netherlands. Karissa Leonard and her two children share a few words and a prayer to equip him going into this new year.
Available initially on Vimeo for 2 weeks or on YouTube as a playlist.