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When everything around us is changing, when storms disrupt, fires destroy, and war rages, what do we have that is certain and secure and remains when all the temporary stuff of this world is gone?
Only God and those connected to God!
In this week's ToGather, we celebrate that God is our salvation, our stronghold, our refuge, our one certainty— whether we are in the middle of circumstances where all is unsure or we feel secure in this life!
Opening with Praise in Word and Song:
Let's begin ToGather with a special blessing to us from God's word:
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17).
We focus our ToGather worship on God as our Rock and Foundation, the only one on whom we can build our lives and to whom we can entrust our future. We sing "A Mighty Fortress" with Christy Nockels as we proclaim God as our Mighty Fortress:
Focusing on the Scriptures:
To prepare our hearts to receive our message, let's sing "Strength of My Life" with Vertical Worship:
Phil's message asks the question, "What Remains?" When crises come, when natural disasters strike, when war rages, when the economy is in turmoil, and when the future looks uncertain, where can we turn? Our answer is found in our Verse of the Day:
My salvation and my honor depend on God;
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
To follow up on our message from Scripture, we will join Corey Voss in singing the truth that "You Promised":
Sharing The Supper:
Brad Carter, of African Christian College in eSwatini, shares our Communion reflection today and reminds us of our hope in Jesus:
As we travel through life, Jesus meets us on our journeys, joins with us, and leads us home. Let's celebrate our Lord's presence in the old hymn, "He Leadeth Me," led by Candi Peason-Shelton:
Closing with Praise:
God is our stronghold, our rock of salvation, and our refuge in times of trouble. He will not abandon us, but instead will be with us, guide us, and support us on our journey home to him. Let's declare these truths in Scripture and song:
The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD;
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
The LORD helps them and delivers them;
he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.
Our closing song is "God of the Promise," led by Elevation Worship:
May the LORD be your ever-present help in times of trouble and your deliverer from every evil snare. May God Almighty be close to you as you live for him!