20 June 2021 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

20 June 2021 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

“A Life-Giving Father in These Times”

4th Sunday After Pentecost
Father’s Sunday

Job 38:1-11
Mark 4:35-41

We have a God Who walks with us, not only in the easy times, but also in the storms and the trials that we face in our lives. God is the One Who can calm the storms for us, the One Who can bring us the hope and the knowledge that we need to face any situation, however dire we may feel that the situation is. God is the true life-giver even in these times we are in right now.

As Christians we don’t walk the journey of life on our own, we walk with a God Who wants to know us, to be there for us in everything that we have to face, to give us the true meaning of life, and when we call upon Him we can have the confidence, the faith to know that He will be there to guide and strengthen us in any situation.

Allow me to share an excerpt from a booklet which was given to me years back which I would like to share with you.

If you have a secret sorrow, a burden or a loss,
an aching need for healing, Tell and share it to Jesus.
If worry steals your sleep, and makes you turn and toss,
if your heart is feeling heavy, Tell and share it to Jesus.
Every obstacle to faith, or doubt you come across,
every prayer unanswered, Tell and share it to Jesus.
For Jesus Christ has borne our brokenness, and dearly paid the cost,
to turn our trials to triumph. Come, tell and share it to Jesus.

Sadly, far too often, we act like the disciples who were afraid on the boat. We try to face the problems that we encounter on our own, we look to the world, use our own knowledge and intellect and its solutions, and often find that the solutions it offers don’t bring us the peace that we long for- our faith doesn’t enter into the equation.

Our Gospel today simply reminds us that our Lord Jesus Christ stilled the waters for the disciples and He is just right there.