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One the characteristics of a thriving church is “godly lay leaders.” For a long time – long before my arrival is 2003 – that has been true of this church. God has raised up elders and deacons here who love Jesus, pray for the church, are full of faith and give their utmost in order that God in Christ will be glorified. Each month one of our leaders leads the consistory in devotions. I have heard some of the most moving and powerful testimonies and insights in those minutes before consistory that I have ever heard. Last night was no exception. Elder Beth Durrant led devotions and I asked for her permission to use her thoughts for a “Sanitizer.” Here they are. Thank you, Beth

(There are) 142 references to ROCK in the Bible and that ‘Rock” symbolize Gods’ reliability, His love, His wisdom and salvation.
PSALM 18 The Lord is my ROCK, my fortress and my deliverer. My God is my rock in whom I take refuge, my salvation, my strong hold.
PSALM 62 Truly He is my Rock, my salvation, He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

Lord, you know our hearts and our every thought. You know when we sit and when we stand.
You know our history and our future. There are no mysteries to you.
When doubts and fears threaten to overwhelm our mind and body, Be the peace that calms the storm.
We remember who You are:

The Good Shepherd
You are our hope.

We will trust you even when it takes everything inside of us to be patient.
We will remember that when we cannot see the way out, you see it all so clearly and you are never overwhelmed.

Dear God, in these continuing tumultuous and uncertain times, thank (you) for never leaving our sides and for never ever leaving us alone.
We thank You for being our shelter in the stormy past.
We thank You for being our eternal home.
We thank You being our source of strength in times of distress and danger.
We thank you being our Mighty Fortress.
We thank You for being the solid rock we always can stand on, and we thank You God for being our Rock and our Redeemer, in Jesus name we pray, Amen.