Worship with Pastor Don Francis
Sermon theme for August 13-14
to read the Psalm.
What gives us hope? In what do we place our trust? When my son turned 12 we were driving back from a kayak trip on the Brule River and he asked me how I got into a good university. I told him I was active in church, music, scouts and earned good grades in school. He said, “I can do that.” And he did.
I admit that church, music, scouts and school have provided a life-long foundation, surrounded me with mentors and friends, and prepared me for the careers I’ve had. For awhile I thought I had the power to direct the course of my life but have learned that it is not a linear trajectory and I am not always in charge. I have also been involved in people’s lives to learn that life can be unexpectedly shortened, or astoundingly lengthened.
So where does our hope lie? When life takes its surprising and unpleasant turns, where do we look for direction that leads to happiness? The psalms are consistent in their faith response, and this week we will turn to Psalm 62 that could be read, for a spiritual retreat, along with Psalms 61 and 63. Verses 1-2 and 5-6 are nearly identical in their wording, a clear emphasis, with the only change being the words help and hope: “my help comes from God,” and “my hope comes from God.” In verse 7 is the summary of faith: “In God is my salvation and glory, the rock of my strength.” People, even people of rank, oppression, and riches are but a breath. In God are power and steadfast love.
As individuals or as a church, what gives us hope on life’s ride through its twists and turns? What does it mean to trust God?
I invite you to join us in worship this week on Saturday or Sunday, in person or online, even if it has been awhile since you came last. Masks are welcome. Contact me if you would like a call or visit. I am at the church Monday through Thursday and work at home Friday. God bless you.
Pastor Don Francis