This Coming Sunday

April 2, 2017

Preacher: Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli

Sermon: “The Terror of Stillness”

Texts: Psalm 116 Mark 4:35-41

Psalm 116

1 I love the Lord, because he has heard

   my voice and my supplications. 
2 Because he inclined his ear to me,
   therefore I will call on him as long as I live. 
3 The snares of death encompassed me;
   the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
   I suffered distress and anguish. 
4 Then I called on the name of the Lord:
   ‘O Lord, I pray, save my life!’ 

5 Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
   our God is merciful. 
6 The Lord protects the simple;
   when I was brought low, he saved me. 
7 Return, O my soul, to your rest,
   for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. 

8 For you have delivered my soul from death,
   my eyes from tears,
   my feet from stumbling. 
9 I walk before the Lord
   in the land of the living. 
10 I kept my faith, even when I said,
   ‘I am greatly afflicted’; 
11 I said in my consternation,
   ‘Everyone is a liar.’ 

12 What shall I return to the Lord
   for all his bounty to me? 
13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
   and call on the name of the Lord, 
14 I will pay my vows to the Lord
   in the presence of all his people. 
15 Precious in the sight of the Lord
   is the death of his faithful ones. 
16 O Lord, I am your servant;
   I am your servant, the child of your serving-maid.
   You have loosed my bonds. 
17 I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice
   and call on the name of the Lord. 
18 I will pay my vows to the Lord
   in the presence of all his people, 
19 in the courts of the house of the Lord,
   in your midst, O Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord!


Mark 4:35-41

35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side.’ 36And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37A great gale arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, ‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’ 39He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’ Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. 40He said to them, ‘Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?’ 41And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, ‘Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

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