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07.23.2017

 

Sermon Summary: How do you respond when pain, loneliness, and confusion persists? Where is God in these times? Join us this Sunday as we look at Genesis 16 and see how God meets us in our isolation and shame.

 

Passage to Consider: Genesis 16:1-10

1 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. She had a female Egyptian servant whose name was Hagar. 2 And Sarai said to Abram, “Behold now, the Lord has prevented me from bearing children. Go in to my servant; it may be that I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai.3 So, after Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian, her servant, and gave her to Abram her husband as a wife. 4 And he went in to Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw that she had conceived, she looked with contempt on her mistress. 5 And Sarai said to Abram, “May the wrong done to me be on you! I gave my servant to your embrace, and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked on me with contempt. May the Lord judge between you and me!” 6 But Abram said to Sarai, “Behold, your servant is in your power; do to her as you please.” Then Sarai dealt harshly with her, and she fled from her.
7 The angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur. 8 And he said, “Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?” She said, “I am fleeing from my mistress Sarai.”9 The angel of the Lord said to her, “Return to your mistress and submit to her.”10 The angel of the Lord also said to her, “I will surely multiply your offspring so that they cannot be numbered for multitude.”

 

Confession of Sin:

God, you are holy, filled with mercy and steadfast love.

Forgive us for preferring our own ways,
for rebelling against you,
and for rejecting your guidance.

-Silent Confession-

Father, hear us when we pour out our sorrows,
enable us to trust your promises to us,
and to believe you will provide all we need. Amen.

 

Song to Consider

I will build my house
Whether storm or drought
On the rock that does not move
I will set my hope
In your love, O Lord
And your faithfulness will prove
You are steadfast, steadfastBy the word you spoke
All the starry host
Are called out by name each night
In your watchful care
I will rest secure
As you lead us with your light
You are steadfast, steadfastI will not trust in the strength of kings
On your promise I will stand
I will shout for joy, I will raise my voice
Hallelujah to the Lamb!
You are steadfast, steadfast

In the moment of emptiness
All was fulfilled
In the hour of darkness
Your light was revealed
In the presence of death
Your life was affirmed
In the absence of holiness,
You are still God.

You are steadfast, steadfast
You are steadfast, steadfast.

Written by Sandra McCracken, Leslie Jordan and Josh Silverberg (with adaptations from Henri Nouwen)