Bulletin 6.13.21

Psalm 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth!"

A Reflection Before the Service

  • This is a story about a man named Harold Crick and his wristwatch. Harold Crick was a man of infinite numbers, endless calculations, and remarkably few words. And his wristwatch said even less. Every weekday, for twelve years, Harold would brush each of his thirty-two teeth seventy-six times. Thirty-eight times back and forth, thirty-eight times up and down. Every weekday, for twelve years, Harold would tie his tie in a single Windsor knot instead of the double, thereby saving up to forty-three seconds. His wristwatch thought the single Windsor made his neck look fat, but said nothing.

     

    - “Kay Eiffel” (played by Emma Thompson) in the 2006 film, Stranger Than Fiction (Director: Marc Forster; Writer: Zach Helm)

     

    The things He says are very different from what any other teacher has said. Others say, “This is the truth about the Universe. This is the way you ought to go,” but He says, “I am the Truth, and the Way, and the Life.” He says, “No man can reach absolute reality, except through Me. Try to retain your own life and you will be inevitably ruined. Give yourself away and you will be saved.” He says, “If you are ashamed of Me, if, when you hear this call, you turn the other way, I also will look the other way when I come again as God without disguise. If anything whatever is keeping you from God and from Me, whatever it is, throw it away. If it is your eye, pull it out. If it is your hand, cut it off. If you put yourself first you will be last. Come to Me everyone who is carrying a heavy load, I will set that right. Your sins, all of them, are wiped out, I can do that. I am Rebirth, I am Life. Eat Me, drink Me, I am your Food. And finally, do not be afraid, I have overcome the whole Universe.” That is the issue.

     

    - C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing, 1996), p. 160

     

The Call to Worship

  • The Forty-sixth Psalm (vv. 8ff, ESV)

     

    Come, behold the works of the LORD, how He has brought desolations on the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; He burns the chariots with fire.

     

     "Be still, and know that I am God.

    I will be exalted among the nations;

    I will be exalted in the earth!"

     

    The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

     

    (Prayer)

     

  • This is a story about a man named Harold Crick and his wristwatch. Harold Crick was a man of infinite numbers, endless calculations, and remarkably few words. And his wristwatch said even less. Every weekday, for twelve years, Harold would brush each of his thirty-two teeth seventy-six times. Thirty-eight times back and forth, thirty-eight times up and down. Every weekday, for twelve years, Harold would tie his tie in a single Windsor knot instead of the double, thereby saving up to forty-three seconds. His wristwatch thought the single Windsor made his neck look fat, but said nothing.

     

    - “Kay Eiffel” (played by Emma Thompson) in the 2006 film, Stranger Than Fiction (Director: Marc Forster; Writer: Zach Helm)

     

    The things He says are very different from what any other teacher has said. Others say, “This is the truth about the Universe. This is the way you ought to go,” but He says, “I am the Truth, and the Way, and the Life.” He says, “No man can reach absolute reality, except through Me. Try to retain your own life and you will be inevitably ruined. Give yourself away and you will be saved.” He says, “If you are ashamed of Me, if, when you hear this call, you turn the other way, I also will look the other way when I come again as God without disguise. If anything whatever is keeping you from God and from Me, whatever it is, throw it away. If it is your eye, pull it out. If it is your hand, cut it off. If you put yourself first you will be last. Come to Me everyone who is carrying a heavy load, I will set that right. Your sins, all of them, are wiped out, I can do that. I am Rebirth, I am Life. Eat Me, drink Me, I am your Food. And finally, do not be afraid, I have overcome the whole Universe.” That is the issue.

     

    - C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing, 1996), p. 160

     

  • The Forty-sixth Psalm (vv. 8ff, ESV)

     

    Come, behold the works of the LORD, how He has brought desolations on the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; He burns the chariots with fire.

     

     "Be still, and know that I am God.

    I will be exalted among the nations;

    I will be exalted in the earth!"

     

    The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

     

    (Prayer)

     

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