(August 10, 2014) Peter wants to join Jesus out on the water, where the storm is raging, but when he takes his eyes off Jesus and sees the power of the storm, he is overwhelmed with fear and starts to sink. How often do we feel overwhelmed, like we’re drowning, facing the raging storms of chaos in our lives and in the world around us? Can we still hear and join Jesus in the midst of the storm? (Matthew 14:22-33)
Between the end of the sermon and the prayer that you will hear at the end of the recording, I played a music video that I had created (using some stock images and some images from news and events, the latter for which I do not have copyright permission, and so I have not uploaded the video to a place it can be seen). The song was the acoustic version of “Praise You in this Storm,” by Casting Crowns, and instead of literal storm images, I flooded the screen with pictures of human and natural tragedy, from images of Hurricane Katrina and others, to #BringBackOurGirls demonstrations, to pictures of Gaza exploding, to refugee children in the U.S. Southwest (followed immediately by an old image of a Japanese-American Internment camp, in case we didn’t get the message). You get the idea.
If you are using firefox as a browser, it sometimes doesn’t like to play the audio file and will tell you it is “corrupt.” I assure you the preacher is not! Please try another browser. I don’t know why it does this.