Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Word

Like many I'm struggling with how to bring Good News from the pulpit tomorrow. There are too many live videos, twitter feeds and prayer requests out there. I'm feeling more than ever like a speck on a marble of clay and lava that at any moment could be flicked from existence... and yet the task of preaching the Good News is at hand.

And so I am thankful to Pastor Julia, whose face I now know and voice I can hear, for reminding me that sometimes what is needed most to preach the word, is The Word:

God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see what the LORD has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

1 comment:

Pastor Julia said...

Thanks for the shout out! It's amazing how comforting the Bible can be when we need it. (Of course, it does have its indigestion producing moments as well.)