November 06, 2018: “Be Bold in Trust and Service” (1 Kings 17: 8—16 and Psalm 46)

November 06, 2018

Rev. Sarah TevisTownes


Bible Session Topic

This week, we have two scriptures. The first is Psalm 46, a song reassuring us that God is with us. The second, 1 Kings 17:8-16 reminds us what it takes to trust both God and one another. Join us to celebrate community, honor our veterans, and learn what Truth God is revealing in these texts.


 Bible Session Scripture

1 Kings 17: 8—16

 Then the word of the One came to Elijah, saying, “Go now to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and live there; for I have commanded a widow there to feed you.”

10 So Elijah set out and went to Zarephath. When he came to the gate of the town, a widow was there gathering sticks; he called to her and said, “Bring me a little water in a vessel, so that I may drink.”

11 As she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, “Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” 12 But she said, “As Yahweh lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of meal in a jar, and a little oil in a jug; I am now gathering a couple of sticks, so that I may go home and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.”

13 Elijah said to her, “Do not be afraid; go and do as you have said; but first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterwards make something for yourself and your son. 14 For thus says Yahweh the God of Israel: The jar of meal will not be emptied and the jug of oil will not fail until the day that the One sends rain on the earth.”

15 She went and did as Elijah said, so that she as well as he and her household ate for many days. 16 The jar of meal was not emptied, neither did the jug of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah.


Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;
God will help it when the morning dawns.
The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter;
God utters God’s voice, the earth melts.
The God of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.

Come, behold the works of the One;
see what desolations God has brought on the earth.
God makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
God breaks the bow, and shatters the spear;
God burns the shields with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations,
I am exalted in the earth.”
11 The God of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.