Dear Members and Friends of Immanuel Lutheran Church,
Vicar Caleb Douglas is preaching this Sunday. Here is his introduction to his sermon:
The primary text from which I will preach is our Old Testament lesson. The Lord takes the prophet Elijah up a mountain and, like Moses at the giving of the Law and the disciples Peter, James and John at Christ's Transfiguration, Elijah is given a glimpse of the glory of the Lord. There is a terrible and tempestuous wind, there is an earthquake and finally there is great fire, yet the Lord is in none of these. When Elijah hears a "still, small voice" (1 Kings 19:12, RSV), he responds by wrapping his face in his cloak, for he has heard the voice of the Lord. The powers of destruction the Lord was not recognized in, but in stillness and in smallness, a comforting and perhaps encouraging voice.
But this voice is the voice of the Word of God, and therefore has words to say. This same still, small voice is the one who tells Elijah to anoint two kings and a successor-prophet. This same still, small voice promises,
"Him who escapes from the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay; and him who escapes from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay." (1 Kings 19:17, RSV)
How can the still, small voice of the Lord, which was not in the powers of destruction, promise so much destruction and death? We shall look at the rest of the texts, which the Church in her wisdom has placed to be read alongside of one another, and see how our Incarnate Lord fulfils these texts in himself.
Looking ahead to Vacation Bible School, August 21-25, we could use some more adult volunteers. Do not worry so much about whether you have the skills to help. We have a treasure in VBS Director Karen Bazik who is great at giving jobs to each of us that are manageable for us. If you can help, please send her an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You need not work every day, but rather as you are able. Each day starts at 10 AM and goes until about 12:30 PM.
Have a good weekend, everyone. I hope to see you in church. If you are traveling, God go with you in your travels.