Dear Christ Church,
Last Sunday you surprised Christine and me by expressing appreciation in each service for our seven years at Christ Church. Thank you for loving us so well, and for taking the time as so many of you did, to write us a personal note last week. We are deeply grateful for you!
I”ve got three quick hits for you today. First of all, be sure to sign up now if you want to take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about Islam, one of the world’s largest and nation’s fastest growing religions. See details below.
Secondly, consider this week’s sermon “Part Two” of last week’s, when we looked at Elijah and the contest between Baal and Yahweh on Mt. Carmel, from 1 Kings 18. If you missed it, you can catch up online here. This week we look at 1 Kings 19. Elijah the Braveheart becomes Elijah the Despondent. What are Christians to make of this despondency?
Finally, I recently came upon this wonderful prayer, perfect for Sunday mornings when you awaken or as you drive to church. From The Valley of Vision, a collection of Puritan prayers:
We are going to the house of prayer, pour upon us the spirit of grace and supplication; We are going to the house of praise, awaken in us every grateful and cheerful emotion; We are going to the house of instruction, give testimony to the Word preached, and glorify it in the hearts of all who hear; may it enlighten the ignorant, awaken the careless, reclaim the wandering, establish the weak, comfort the feeble-minded, make ready a people for their Lord. Be a sanctuary to all who cannot come, Forget not those who never come, And do thou bestow upon us benevolence towards our dependants, forgiveness towards our enemies, peaceableness towards our neighbours, openness towards our fellow-Christians.
As fire came down from heaven upon Elijah’s sacrifice, may the fire of God descend upon us in worship as we offer up ourselves this Sunday, a living sacrifice! .”