Where Are You, God?
WELCOME TO TODAY'S WORSHIP SERVICE
January 24, 2010
Where Are You, God?
Open your Bible
Light a candle
On Eagle's Wings
From the Bible:
1 Corinthians 12:12-31 (New International Version)
12The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. 13For we were all baptized by[a] one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
14Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. 15If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. 16And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. 17If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
21The eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!" And the head cannot say to the feet, "I don't need you!" 22On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
27Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues. 29Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues[b]? Do all interpret? 31But eagerly desire[c] the greater gifts.
And now I will show you the most excellent way.
a. 1 Corinthians 12:13 Or with; or in
b. 1 Corinthians 12:30 Or other languages
c. 1 Corinthians 12:31 Or But you are eagerly desiring
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Where Are You, God?
Where was God during the earthquake that devastated Haiti just over a week ago?
In this season of Epiphany, we look for God to be revealed. How is God revealed to us in a devastation such as the earthquake?
Is God in the earthquake?
Last week, an American preacher said that the whole country of Haiti is “cursed” because its founders made a “pact with the devil” some 200 years ago.
Is God in poverty?
Nearly 80 percent of Haiti’s population lives in abject poverty. How is this possible? One preacher wrote last week?
Years ago I read a book called Hunger for Justice. The author, Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, described walking through the streets of Calcutta and being overwhelmed by the poverty and suffering of there. A moral outrage started welling up inside of him. How could this happen? Jack started yelling at God. How could you allow this to happen God? As he thought more deeply about the situation he realized that in the suffering and poverty of the poor God was yelling at him and all of us, and at our institutions and governments that tolerate situations like this to occur.
Is God in our actions?
Is God in the rescue attempts? Is God in the food and water and medicine that are being delivered to the Haitian people? Is God in the rescue of orphans?
God is in the healing:
Now extinguish your candle
And close the Bible.
Go in peace; knowing that every loving action we take is part of God's work with us.