Elijah finds the presence of God not in earthquake, wind, or fire, but in the sound of sheer silence. When the disciples face a great storm on the sea, they cry out with fear. Jesus says: “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” Amid the storms of life, we gather to seek the calm presence of Christ that soothes our fears. in comforting words of scripture and in the refreshing bread and cup of the eucharist, God grants us peace and sends us forth to be a sign of God’s presence to others.
1 Kings 19:9-18
The Lord speaks to Elijah on Mount Horeb
I will listen to what the Lord God is saying
Hearing and confessing the word of faith
Jesus walking on the sea
Worship Themes and Music
We live in a noisy society, bombarded by sound everywhere we go. Music plays while we shop; radios and televisions blare advertisements both political and otherwise; road noise and construction can sometimes be deafening. Elijah goes to Mount Horeb to seek out God. Rather than finding God in wind, earthquake or fire, he finds God in silence. Similarly, the disciples experienced Jesus as the calm amidst the storm when they were out on the water.
In our song of the day this week we will sing, “No storm can shake my inmost calm while to that Rock I’m clinging. Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing?” With these words we proclaim God is our rock and no matter the storms we will continue to sing. Singing is important, but what if we consider that to be a metaphor for all the actions we take in praise of God? The text could just as well read, “since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth, how can I keep from praising?”
How do you continue to use your humanity to continue to praise God, despite the storms?
What places in your life is Jesus calling you to walk on the water with him?
Fear, trust, and faith are interwoven in these readings. Are there actions or decisions in your life that can be influenced by an honest talk with yourself about how fear, trust, or faith are playing a role?