The Worship Quote of the Week for (04/23/1996):

Seeking God

"If with all your hearts ye truly seek me, ye shall ever surely find me,"
thus saith our God.
(paraphrase of Jeremiah 29:13)

These are lines from Mendelssohn's oratorio ELIJAH. The scene is one of
famine and misery for the people of Israel. No rain, no water, no food. The
people sing "HELP, LORD! Zion spreadeth her hands for aid but there is
neither help nor comfort." Things are looking bad, real bad. But the prophet
Obadiah comes and points them in the right direction. "Ye people, rend your
hearts and not your garments. For your transgressions, the prophet Elijah
hath sealed the heavens through the word of God. I therefore say to thee,
Forsake your idols. Return to God for he is slow to anger and merciful and
kind and gracious, and repenteth him of the evil." Then comes the fabulous
tenor aria. "If with all your hearts . . . . (see above)" WHAT A MOMENT!

Well, not many of us are experiencing hunger due to famine. And when we hear
"Forsake your idols," we're not thinking of the bronze sculpture on the
mantle piece. But there are so many areas in our lives where we need to
"RETURN TO GOD" and "SEEK HIM WITH ALL OUR HEARTS," knowing that he is slow
to anger and merciful and kind and gracious. WOW!

This is a little bit of an advertisement. Anyone who is in central North
Carolina may be interested in our upcoming performance of Mendelssohn's
ELIJAH. Two hours of Biblical drama set to beautiful (and powerful) music.
Hard to beat!

ELIJAH by Felix Mendelssohn
Chapel Hill/Carrboro Community Chorus (90 voices)
Musica Chamber Orchestra
Carl Stam, conductor (that's me)

Friday, May 10, 8:00pm
University United Methodist Church
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Have a great week,
Chip Stam