When we were kids, one of the scariest places to be was in our bedroom at night. It may have been the same room as it was in the daytime, but something about the darkness made it terrifying. Especially menacing were the “monsters under our bed” (or in our closet) that we knew would get us if we put even one toe out from under the covers. Those fears held us captive.
Now that we’re all grown up, those childhood fears seem far away, but if we’re paying really close attention, they have been replaced with some very real, and just as paralyzing, grown-up fears. The October 2016 worship series is about the things that scare us in our world today, the fears that drive our behavior and shape our lives. How will we respond as a people of faith? We will use the Book of Psalms to help us answer that question.
This series is for people who are inundated by the stories in the news and the fear-peddling narrative that the world is a scary place and everything is out to get us. The Psalms we have chosen to share as part of the series offer ways to deal with five different monsters: unsafety, loneliness, insignificance, the future and failure/regrets. The Psalms we’ll read and study all begin with some version of “fear not…”
To remind us that Jesus is light, and fear can be defeated, just like darkness, we’ll light a candle every week during the sermon, reminding us that we all have the power to turn from from darkness to the light. Carry this light with you as you go through the month, which ends with Halloween, or All Hallow’s Eve, an American holiday that both scares and delights us. Remember that God goes with you, and that Jesus is the Light of life.
John 1 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
The Word Became Flesh
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life,[a] and the life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.