31.August.2014, #259

The theme for this Sunday was "shalom = peace with God and peace with one another" and the text was Jeremiah 29:10-11.

First song was Leaning On the Everlasting Arms.  Since we didn't have a sound person, I played it in G so as to belt it a bit more than usual.  That song easily meshes with Peace Like a River, which included 3 verses and 1 additional that I made up on the fly: "peace like a river", "joy like a fountain", "love like an ocean", and "hope like a flashlight."  Following that we prayed as a collective these words from Saint Augustine (Algerian theologian, 354-430):

Look upon us, O Lord, and let all the darkness and heaviness of our souls vanish before the beams of your brightness. Fill us with holy love, and open to us the treasures of your wisdom. All our desire is known by you; therefore perfect what you’ve started, by making us holy and conforming our desires to yours.  We seek your face; turn your face unto us and show us your glory. Then our longing will be satisfied, and our peace will be perfect.

Then we sang I Need Thee Every Hour, and I closed with a brief reading of Romans 15:13:

May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace as we trust in him, so that we may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Posted on October 17, 2014 .