Soil of Remembrance

Posted on 08/12/2018 by Rev. Jennifer L. Faust

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In His Hands
Original Music and Lyrics by Obie Philpot
Edits and Additions by Benjamin R. Faust

He has the whole world in His hands
He has the whole world in His hands
He has the whole world in His hands
He has the whole world in His hands

So why should we worry
and why should we fear
When our Heavenly Daddy
is always so near
He is near
He's so near
He's right here!

He has my brothers and my sisters in His hands
He has my brothers and my sisters in His hands
He has my brothers and my sisters in His hands
He has the whole world in His hands

He has the little bitty baby in His hands
He has the widow and the orphan in His hands
He has the business man and beggar in His hands
He has the whole world in His hands

He has the rivers and the mountains in His hands
He has the oceans and the valleys in His hands
He has the seasons and the ages in His hands
He has the whole world in His hands

lyrics by Henry van Dyke
music by Ludwig van Beethoven

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee,
God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flow'rs before Thee,
Op'ning to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
Drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness,
Fill us with the light of day!

All Thy works with joy surround Thee,
Earth and heav'n reflect Thy rays,
Stars and angels sing around Thee,
Center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain,
Flow'ry meadow, flashing sea,
Singing bird and flowing fountain
Call us to rejoice in Thee.

Thou art giving and forgiving,
Ever blessing, ever blest,
Wellspring of the joy of living,
Ocean depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our Brother,
All who live in love are Thine;
Teach us how to love each other,
Lift us to the joy divine.

Mortals, join the happy chorus,
Which the morning stars began;
Father love is reigning o'er us,
Brother love binds man to man.
Ever singing, march we onward,
Victors in the midst of strife,
Joyful music leads us Sunward
In the triumph song of life.

lyrics by Munster Gesangbuch
music by Schlesische Volkslieder

Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature,
O thou of God and man the Son,
Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor,
thou, my soul's glory, joy, and crown.

Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,
robed in the blooming garb of spring:
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer
who makes the woeful heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight,
and all the twinkling starry host:
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
than all the angels heaven can boast.

Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations!
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, praise, adoration,
now and forevermore be thine.

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Father God, Thank You for giving us this time to be here. To sing Your praises and worship You. To hear what is said from Your vessel, which so happens to be me today. I ask that You be given glory and that all we do is for You and You alone. May Your name be lifted high. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Please be seated.

Today, I am going to share a fireside chat. Get comfortable. Fireside chats are informal so don’t feel like you have to be chained to your chair or anything.

Today, I’m going to talk about dirt. Different kinds of dirt. I called this fireside chat Soil of Remembrance. And, I want us to pretend that people in the Bible collected dirt samples and kept them for future generations, as soil samples of Remembrance.
If I say something like that, when and where would the dirt, well, more like soil samples come from? What about Abel’s fields? A sample to see what kind of fields God approves? Maybe?

What about a soil sample after the flood? To see what the soil was like and maybe from before to compare them?

What about soil samples from Egypt since the Israelites wants to go back there so much….maybe they need a reminder of the soil...of where they came from? Would that have helped them to see what God brought them from or not?

What about soil from the march around Jericho? Wouldn’t that be interesting? I’d want that if I was there.
Let’s move to the New Testament. Soil of where Jesus walked. I mean we can’t collect the Sea of Galilee and put it in a container for when Jesus walked on water. That wouldn’t work so great.

But we can get soil samples from when Jesus spit in the dirt to make the clay stuff He put on the blind man. We can get samples of when Jesus scribbled in the sand when the religious leaders brought the adulterous woman to Him. When can collect soil samples when Jesus stood before Pontius Pilate, when He was whipped, when He was crucified, and He died.

When can collect soil samples when He arose. When He appeared before Mary.

When could possible collect soil samples in the prison with Paul and Silas.

There are so many places we could collect soil samples. You may be asking why do such a thing?

I’m glad you asked. Yes, soil is dirt. There isn’t much we can do with it. But knowing that the soil sample is from a certain place might help some to relive that event. If you could go back in time and relive an event from the past, is there a time or place in which you go back?

I will tell you some of mine. I see Ruth gleaning in the fields. I see Esther standing beside her cousin Mordecai. I see Joshua and Caleb coming back to tell what they saw. I see David dance. I see Daniel praying. I see Jesus.

Though I spoke of soil samples, it isn’t really about dirt. It is about what we remember from reading. What we can see with our mind’s eye.

If we remember, if we see, we can go anywhere. What do you see? What do you remember?

I wonder what songs Paul and Silas sang in the prison. Whatever songs they were the chains were broken.

What we remember, what we see, is but a small part. I want you all to remember a part of the Bible, one story that really sticks out to you. Maybe it is even just a small part of the story. Remember it. Maybe it is the story of Paul and Silas in prison, singing. I want you to remember that. I want you to remember that when you are having a hard day. I mean, these two were in prison and singing. Seems kind of like a weird place to sing, but they were singing. Remind yourself that even in your hardest times, you can see the good, too. Maybe even try singing. It might help.

I believe if we can remember our Bible pieces and see things with our hearts we will be able to give encouragement and be more like Jesus every day. Please try it.

This was my fireside chat. The altar call is very simple. I want us to pray that God would help us encourage others and be more like Jesus.

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