I'll Carry You

Posted on 01/23/2011 by Rev. Jennifer L. Faust

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Please turn around and click one of the offering plates by the doors, and give as the Lord leads.

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BETTER IS ONE DAY

How lovely is
Your dwelling place
Oh Lord Almighty,
For my soul longs
And even faints
For You

Oh, here my heart
Is satisfied
Within Your presence
I sing beneath
The shadow of
Your wings

Better is one day in Your courts
Better is one day in Your house
Better is one day in Your courts
Than thousands elsewhere

One thing I ask,
And I would seek,
To see Your beauty
To find You in
The place Your glory dwells

One thing I ask
And I would seek,
To see Your beauty
To find You in
The place Your glory dwells

My heart and flesh cry out
To You, the Living God
Your Spirit's water to my soul

I've tasted, and I've seen
Come once again to me
I will draw near to You
I will draw near to You
To You

BLESSED BE YOUR NAME

Blessed Be Your Name
In the land that is plentiful
Where Your streams of abundance flow
Blessed be Your name

Blessed Be Your name
When I'm found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed Be Your name

Every blessing You pour out
I'll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

Blessed be Your name
When the sun's shining down on me
When the world's 'all as it should be'
Blessed be Your name

Blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there's pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name

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You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be Your name

PRAISE YOU IN THIS STORM

I was sure by now,God, that You would have reached down
and wiped our tears away,
stepped in and saved the day.
But once again, I say amen
and it's still raining
as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain,
"I'm with you"
and as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives and takes away.

Chorus:
And I'll praise you in this storm
and I will lift my hands
for You are who You are
no matter where I am
and every tear I've cried
You hold in your hand
You never left my side
and though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry to You
and raised me up again
my strength is almost gone how can I carry on
if I can't find You
and as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
and as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives and takes away

Chorus

I lift my eyes onto the hills
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth
I lift my eyes onto the hills
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth

Chorus

GLORY IN THE HIGHEST

You are the first, You go before
You are the last, Lord, You're the encore
Your name's in lights for all to see
The starry host declare Your glory

Glory in the highest
Glory in the highest
Glory in the highest

Apart from You there is no God
Light of the world, the brightened morning star
Your name will shine for all to see
You are the one, You are my glory

And no one else could ever compare
To You, Lord
All the earth together declares

All the earth will sing Your praise
The moon and stars, the sun and rain
Every nation will proclaim
You are God and You will reign


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Lord Jesus, thank you for your presence here, this place. Thank you that we have an opportunity to be in your presence and worship you with other believers. I ask as we continue this service that you would make yourself known. I ask that we would hear your voice calling our name and listen to what you say, and then do what you ask. I pray that my words will be yours. I pray all this in the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.

I'll Carry You

My sermon for today is called I'll Carry You. The words I'll Carry You are words that God says to you, to me, when we can no longer go on.

As I was watching a video on youtube that I have seen before, I had this idea and I want to share it with you all. The video is of a father-son team that participates in races. That in itself isn't unique, but the special thing about this team is that the son has cerebral palsy and when a computer was made for him he told his parents he wanted to compete in a race. So his father agreed to push him in a special wheelchair. They have been doing this for decades.

The father-son team has participated in over 1,000 races, some of them triathlons where the father swims, runs, and ride a bicycle. His son lays in a boat which is tied to the father, rides in a special chair on a bike, and gets pushed in his special wheelchair. This father-son team is Dick and Rick Hoyt. If you would like more information, you can go to their website teamhoyt.com. Hoyt is spelled H-O-Y-T.

Now, some of you may be wondering 'but what does that have to do with the sermon?' I'm getting to that. After I watched this video, I had this thought. God runs for us. When we are tired, weary, weak, and can't go on; God picks us up and runs for us. His strength is sufficient. It does not run dry.

I'm remembered of Isaiah 40:31 which says they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not grow weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Have you had a time in your life where you were so tired, so weary, and weak that you couldn't go on? You couldn't put another foot in front of you and you fell to the ground and cried out to God. You said something like "God, I can't go on. Please come and help me. Carry me for I am weak and weary."

When we cry out to God in our weakness, he does hear us. He hears us always. Have there been times where you cried out and some how...you don't know how...strength came into your body and you could move forward? It was not your strength that returned, but God gave you His!

There have been times in our lives when we have been weak, tired, weary, and unable to go on and God has come and picked us up. One of my favorite examples of this is the poem Footprints. It goes like this:


FOOTPRINTS

One night a man had a dream.
He dreamed He was walking along the beach with the LORD.
Across the sky flashed scenes from His life.
For each scene He noticed two sets of footprints in the sand.
One belonging to Him and the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of His life flashed before Him,
he looked back at the footprints in the sand.
He noticed that many times along the path of His life there was only one set of footprints.
He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times of His life.

This really bothered Him and He questioned the LORD about it.
LORD you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way.
But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life there is only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.

The LORD replied, my precious, precious child, I Love you and I would never leave you!
During your times of trial and suffering when you see only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.

Carolyn Carty, 1963


To know that God sees all and carries us when we are in our greatest need, does it not give you a feeling of being loved. He does not let us go alone, but he walks beside us. When we can not possibly go on for the pain, sadness,  the weariness has overwhelmed us, God alone comes and carries us. He runs for us!
God is telling you this day "I'll Carry You, my child. I won't let you fall." And another amazing thing is that He can carry all of us at once! He is SO big and SO awesome! He's our Daddy and He will always be with us.
When you think your hope is gone and no one hears your cries, He does. When you think no one understands you, He does. When you hurt so deep inside and what to die, He hears you. When you feel alone, like no one cares, He does. When your body aches and disease covers every pore, He sees. When you feel ugly or unworthy, He lifts your chin and says "You are mine."
Through all of this and more, God says "I'll Carry You." You don't have to ask. He'll just know when you need him. If you do call out, He'll come.
Have you noticed God carrying you? If you have, thank Him. Thank you, Lord, for carrying me today! When I feel like my desires and dreams are coming to an end, you carry me! Thank you Lord! Thank you Lord!

You all are invited to come to the altar. Ask God to show you times that he carried you. He'll show you. If you are at a place where you need him to carry you, ask. I know his answer will be "I'll Carry You, my child."
You are all free to leave then. Please be respectful of those at the altar and not talk in public chat. Please use Instant message. After you are done at the altar, please join us in the fellowship room to your left for a time of chatting and hanging out. God bless you all. May God give you peace and may you be aware of when He carries you.

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