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October 15, 2017

October 15, 2017

Pastor Mark – Still Called

October 15, 2017 from St. Stephens UMC on Vimeo.

Jonah 1:15-2:9New International Reader’s Version (NIRV)

15 Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard. And the stormy sea became calm. 16 The men saw what had happened. Then they began to have great respect for the Lord. They offered a sacrifice to him. And they made promises to him.

Jonah Prays to the Lord

17 Now the Lord sent a huge fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights. From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. He said,

“When I was in trouble, I called out to the Lord.
    And he answered me.
When I was deep in the place of the dead,
    I called out for help.
    And you listened to my cry.
You threw me deep into the Mediterranean Sea.
    I was deep down in its waters.
    They were all around me.
All your rolling waves
    were sweeping over me.
I said, ‘I have been driven away from you.
    But I will look again
    toward your holy temple in Jerusalem.’
I had almost drowned in the waves.
    The deep waters were all around me.
    Seaweed was wrapped around my head.
I sank down to the bottom of the mountains.
    I thought I had died
    and gone down into the grave forever.
But you are the Lord my God.
You brought my life up
    from the very edge of the pit of death.

“When my life was nearly over,
    I remembered you, Lord.
My prayer rose up to you.
    It reached you in your holy temple in heaven.

“Some people worship the worthless statues of their gods.
    They turn away from God’s love for them.
But I will sacrifice a thank offering to you.
    And I will shout with thankful praise.
I will do what I have promised.
    I will say, ‘Lord, you are the one who saves.’ ”