1 Samuel 3.1–10
1 Corinthians 6.12–20
I want ask a question today, a simple question: where do we need to be to listen to God? (Short answer: In the house of God.)
We are commissioning Katie today for her role as coordinator of the Orphans and Vulnerable Children’s Project in Mwandi, Zambia.
I think I can safely say that she hasn’t determined to go there so much by screwing up her eyes and trying hard to believe she can do it as by listening for that ‘still, small voice’, which speaks so calmly, gently, tenderly, persistently, and insistently. That Voice that just doesn’t give up.
But where do we hear that voice? We need to be in the house of God to hear it.
We talked about the voice of God last week. According to Mark, Jesus hears God say,
You are my Son, the Beloved. With you I am well pleased.
We talked about how we miss out on hearing that Voice, because—
Our own inner voices, perhaps accusing voices, drown it out. The sounds of politicians and advertisements and newspaper publishers drown it out.
We need to be in the house of God to hear it. We miss it because we are not ‘in’ when it calls.
No sermon from me today. Katie Wallis and the band led us in worship, as a wind up for their marathon 15-week, 24-service promotion of Contemplating a Change, the CD that Katie & Matt Green co-wrote. All proceeds are going to Mwandi; that meant approx. $12600 at the start of the morning, and another ~$500 by the end. Well done, guys!
If you want to hear the CD, go here. If you want to buy one of the few unsold copies in existence, get in touch with us.
Katie goes overseas for 6 months in a few days time via Mwandi and other places in Africa; the others join her in a few months time. Good on you!
That’s the name of the 6-track CD put out by Katie Wallis and friends, and what a terrific night we had last night at its launch. It was a family affair—the Wallis family and many from the church family here at Centenary helped to put on a wonderful dinner and clear out the church so we could sit at tables there.
The CD comes out of Katie’s response to the Global Walking trip to Zambia that she and a number of others (including Ben Walton) went on last year, particularly to Mwandi, a village in which AIDS has taken a great toll.
Katie and band played some songs she had written, some with Matthew Green and Joy Stovall. They are wonderful and so moving, but of course I’m a fan. If you want to get hold of the CD ($15—cheap!), contact Centenary Uniting Church; all profits from the CDs are going to Mwandi.
Here are some pics of the night—thanks to Rob!
Katie with Toby on djembe