My God is a Rock
Worshipping with the Psalms as our focal point, in this series we focus on the promises of God, whose love and grace are enduring structural features our lives. In these days of instant gratification and fleeting interest, the Psalms remind us of the steadfast nature of God, calling each of us who are made in the image of God to be steadfast in our promises. We’ll prepare ourselves for a new start in the Fall with some promises as a church, to work toward fulfilling our missional goals and to be a safe haven where all can know the sure foundation of God!
“The Lord is my solid Rock, my fortress, my rescuer. God is my rock I take refuge in him. . . my place of safety.”
We begin our series exploring the steadfast nature of God with the phrase, “God is good… all the time… and all the time… God is good!” Indeed, life is not always good, people are not always good, hard times do come. But God IS always good and gives us the strength to face anything, anytime. We will focus on the role of our communal worship – especially around the table – as a safe and life-giving place of refuge where all are welcome.
“When my heart is weak, I cry out to you from the very ends of the earth. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I am.”
Lead me to the Rock
Our spiritual path leads us toward a God that is “higher” than anything of this world. Too often we try to count on our own power, and we struggle when we realize that it is not enough to effect the kind of transformation we seek. We will explore how our spiritual growth program can be expanded by inviting people to small groups to gather for support around many issues. How can we, as a church, keep leading each other on the spiritual path toward the God who raises us up?
“Because he will shelter me in his own dwelling during troubling times; he will hide me in a secret place in his own tent; he will set me up high, safe on a rock.”
Shelter of the Rock
One of the basic needs of every human being is shelter. Whether we need physical shelter in the form of a place to hang our hats, emotional shelter in the form of encouragement and affirmation amidst life’s struggles, or spiritual shelter in the form of a supportive faith community, shelter is a gift of God’s grace which we can participate in bringing to the world. We will focus this week on our relationship with the homeless in our community, considering several ways that we can offer the ministry of shelter with and through agencies already doing good work.
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing to you, LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”
My Rock and my Redeemer
To be “redeemed” is to be set on a right and good path. As this series comes to a close, we engage in a ritual of promises to walk the good path together.