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June 5th, 2020

Chapel – 6/5/20

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.   Psalm 3:5-6

 

With All I Am, by Hillsong

June 4th, 2020

Chapel – 6/4/20

“Jesus wept.” — John 11:35

Insight

That’s it. Short, to the point. Finding himself at the graveside of a dear friend, seeing the anguish of others he loved all around him, Jesus wept. Some say he wept to show his humanity. It’s more likely he wept because of his humanity. We understand that — it’s a natural response to hardship, pain and loss in our world. And we’re dealing with a great deal of that these days. So, when those emotions come out from down deep and need to get out, just remember, like you and me, Jesus wept. After all, we’re only human.

 

Prayer

Gracious God,

We’re having a tough time here. We see challenges all around us; we see people we know and love hurting, scared and worried. In fact, that describes each of us, too. The emotions can be overwhelming. You know exactly how that feels since you experienced all the same pain and loss as we do. Calm our fears and wipe away our tears. Refill our emotional energy tanks so that we can serve your people in this time of incredible need. Allow your love for us to empower us, despite our fears and emotions, to claim your strength.

Bless us, protect us, and help us serve.

Amen.

 

Watch – Mercy Me, “The hurt and the healer”

Contributed by: Pastor Michael Stahl

June 3rd, 2020

Chapel – 6/3/20

O Little Flock, Fear Not the Foe (tune)
One of my all-time favorite hymn tunes comes from O Little Flock, Fear Not the Foe. For some reason the melody popped in my head today. It seems that the devil is having a field day lately. Just add nationwide riots to the mix of what we are already dealing with. The devil is happy to see the world burn and see people in conflict with one another. Maybe this tune popped in my head so I could share it with you.
Here are the words to the first and third verses.

O little flock, fear not the foe
Who madly seeks your overthrow;
Dread not his rage and pow’r.
And though your courage sometimes faints,
His seeming triumph o’er God’s saints
Lasts but a little hour.

As true as God’s own Word is true,
Not earth nor hell’s satanic crew
Against us shall prevail.
Their might? A joke, a mere facade!
God is with us and we with God—
Our vict’ry cannot fail.

Despite all appearances, our Lord Jesus Christ is reigning on the throne. By faith alone we hold it as true. God’s promises cannot prove false. May God strengthen your faith to believe this today and always. This faith gives us the courage to face the world that we live in. Just remember that courage is not the absence of fear, but rather, often it is feeling the fear and doing what needs to be done anyway. We can tremble and still be assured. “God is with us and we with God — Our vict’ry cannot fail.”

Oh, and by the way, fittingly this hymn is number 666 in the Lutheran Service Book. Hmmm, coincidence?

Contributed by: Mr. Kevin Streeter