In May of 2010 Franklin Tennessee was flooded in the same way Columbia was this weekend. I heard in the news Sunday night that volunteers were coming to Columbia from Franklin and I remembered a prayer that was posted back then on a blog and think it is fitting and proper for today.
A prayer from Scotty Smith, pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, TN:
Heavenly Father, I’m gladly driven today to Romans 8:28 in the midst of our unprecedented ordeal. Seeing the aerial view of tens of square miles… driving through several neighborhoods… checking on numerous friends… dragging ruined furniture and belongings to the street from my son’s home… it’s all quite sobering. But it’s also quite centering.
Father there are no exceptions to the category called “in all things” in which you work for the good of your children. There’s no fine print qualifying the limits of your goodness. There’s no hidden rider in this passage excluding certain crises or delineating mitigating circumstances. There’s no broken situation too big or too little NOT to be thought of in terms of you, and your purposeful calling on our lives in the gospel.
We love you, NOT because you’ve promised a life free of hard things and confusing providences. We love you because you first loved us and gave your Son, Jesus, for our redemption. May this good news never be cliché to us, but evermore profoundly humbling, gladdening and centering.
Even if it’s hard for us to imagine what good things you might bring through this bad flood… (or any of a number of mind-blowing, heart-wrenching, envelope-pushing situations many of you may be going through right now)… we have NO reason NOT to trust you… NOT to anticipate great grace and profound mercy… NOT to stay present in whatever stories of redemption and restoration you choose to write by the waters of this flood.
You are the Lord of the flood and the fresh-water spring… you are the God of the tornado and the cool morning breeze… you are the Ruler of the fear-producing earthquake and the promise-laden rainbow. You alone are God, and you alone are good. Give us enough gospel-manna to worship you and serve our neighbors all day long. So very Amen, I pray, in Jesus’ wonderful and merciful name.
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Our Services at Calvary Chapel Northeast Columbia focus on teaching the Bible, fellowship, worship and prayer.
The Word ~ Come join us as we study God’s Word verse by verse, chapter by chapter and are always excited to see what God will do as we seek after Him.
Fellowship ~ We have amazing fellowship with one another so you can expect to be encouraged and uplifted by the love shared through God’s people.
Worship ~ We worship the Lord, lifting Him high that He might be magnified in all we are.
Prayer ~ We pray and seek the Lord’s will in our lives and are blessed to watch Him continue to shape and mold us to be more like Him.
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CCNE Service Times
9:30 am Intercessory Prayer
9:45 am Morning Service
10:30 am Children's Church Classes
4:00 pm Youth Group
(on the 2nd & 4th Sunday's)