Good morning, Church, and welcome! Today, we are delving into God’s amazing work in our auditory system. With the amazing and mind bogglingly intricate networks of muscles, nerves, bones, and more that facilitate our ability to hear and to listen, there is no wonder that we would get around to looking at this sometime. Today, perhaps even more than most, I want to encourage you to listen. Our reading for this post will be sparse, but there are a few extra songs that I want to encourage you to listening to.
Are You Listening – United Pursuit
Voice of God – Dante Bowe
“You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act—they will be blessed in their doing” (James 1:19-25, NRSV).
Quiet – Elevation Rhythm
No One But You – Hillsong Worship
Church, my prayer for us today is that we would be a people are listening to and not simply hearing the world around us. Let us take time in the quiet to listen for God’s voice. Let us enjoy the beauty found in lively music; cold, blustering winds; fast or slow rolling water, the sound of a loved one breathing, and in the calls of a pet that is speaking to us. May we be listening to what others are saying, listening to the words coming out of our own mouths, listening to the good things that God has created, and listening for the still-small voice and the thunderous crackling of God.
Awake my Soul – Mumford & Sons
Here We Are Again – Plini
Prelude; cello suit no. 1 in G major – J. S. Bach / Yo-Yo Ma
O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it. Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you. For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well” (Psalm 139:1-14, NRSV).
Thank you for joining us today! If you haven’t listened to this week’s sermon yet, it is posted on our YouTube channel, our website, and now as a podcast on Spotify, iTunes, and a few other platforms too! If you prefer to listen to worship music in a playlist format, don’t forget that all of these songs are also available on our Spotify playlist so that you can worship as you go about your week. Our playlist is updated every week so that the songs for the most recent message will be right at the top of the queue. We also have a newsletter that talks about more ways to connect and worship with us as a community in Christ, so if you would like to connect with us in that way there is more information about how you can do that on our website. Thanks, and God bless!