As the new year begins my sermon this Sabbath is based on Ps. 40:1-3. “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire, he set my feet on a roc and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.”
This passage could be the story of my journey to The ROC. While working in a hardware store for 5 years I was tempted to think my life of ministry was over, but God turned things around and put a new song in my mouth. Through The ROC, God has, this year, fed 325 children every week; provided Christmas gifts to 319 children who otherwise would have received no gift; provided emergency services to over 247 people this year with rent, utilities, food, gas, lodging, transportation and referrals to resources where they could get help.
“Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.” This is one of the goals of The ROC: to help people realize that he does care about them and to put a new song of praise to him in their mouth.”
Many of you are prayer supporters, financial supporters, volunteers and encouragers in this work. It is your support that, with God’s blessing, makes all these things possible. We cal all praise our God together with this new song going into a new year!