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Topic: Worship (corporate) (10/04/07)
TITLE: Calling of the Bell
By Carol Wiley
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Terri, driving along Hwy 101, was headed to California for yet another business meeting. He was so tired of being on the road all the time and longed to be home with his family. They would be heading to church about now and he was missing another Sunday with them. At least the morning was beautiful and he could drive with the top down on his little red convertible. That was some consolation. He slowed his speed as he came to a small town and heard the church bell ringing out in welcome. Terri made a split-second decision to take the time to stop and attend services at The Chapel by the Sea, where the sound of the bell originated. He pulled into the parking lot and headed in with others who were arriving.
The Norton family heard the bell ringing as they were coming out of their hotel room to take a stroll around town. After they paused to listen to the pleasant sound, the children begged to go see the church with the bell. They set off to find it with the children leading the way. Upon seeing the church, the children were amazed at the shape, having never before seen a building that was a triangle, or a roof that came so low to the ground. The cute building overlooking the ocean drew them in for further investigation.
Patty was new to this town and had decided to attend church this morning; the only question was which one she should try. She hated going to new churches where she didn’t know anyone and would have to sit by herself. Then again, what didn’t she do by herself now that her husband had died? A sigh escaped. Then, she heard the church bell calling out for her to come and find comfort.
Late for church as usual, Mandy hurried along the road. It had been hectic this morning, with a call from her daughter, who always forgot the time difference. Usually the phone rang just as Mandy was getting ready to leave. As soon as she heard the ring of the church bell telling her it was time to go; Mandy would know the conversation needed to end. Oh, how she missed her daughter, and prayed that some day she would be drawn back home.
Members and visitors alike were headed into the church, with visitors pausing as they saw the view of the ocean through the front wall of windows. As everyone found seats, the newcomers wondered how anyone could listen to a sermon with that gorgeous view in the background.
The Pastor stood in the back and read Psalm 93,
and is armed with strength.
The world is firmly established;
it cannot be moved….
The seas have lifted up, O LORD,…
The seas have lifted up their pounding waves.
Mightier than the thunder of the great waters,
Mightier than the breakers of the sea—
The LORD on high is mighty….
The people sat in silence and watched. The waves crashed thunderously against the rocks in the distance. Water sprayed high into the air. Light played in and around the water. Wave upon wave formed, broke and then rolled onto the beach. The creation was spectacular. The power was awesome. The Creator was close.
They rose as one to worship the Lord. Their voices rose together with songs of praise to the Lord God Almighty.
Author’s Note: Bible Passages from Psalm 93, New International Version
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