Longing of the Heart
Many of us have probably verified our identity on an internet website. Typically, we sign up as “users” and give answers to standard questions from our personal past. Where did we meet our spouse? What was the name of our first pet? What was the name of our first childhood school? Later, when we give the right answers to these personal questions our identity can be determined. What about the identity of the people of God? It has been said “the great questions — ‘Who are we?’ ‘Why are we here?’ ‘What is our task?’ — are best answered by telling a story.” Or perhaps still more important, what is the deepest, greatest longing of our hearts?
This Sunday we will hear a story that took place more than three thousand years ago. Can such an old story really answer today’s questions? Who are we? Why are we here? What should we do? What is the deepest longing of the heart?
Answers this coming Sunday!
The sermon will be from 1 Samuel 1:1-28. “The Deepest Longing of the Heart.”
As Jacob’s story continues, this week the kids see that God doesn’t need our help to keep his promises and he keeps them even when others oppose us!
During the ICF Delft service, children leave for their own Bible teaching at Treasure Seekers part-way through the service, after the kids’ song, and rejoin for the final song of the service. The creche room is also available for 0-2 year olds. For those not attending ICFD in person, we’ll continue to send materials by email.
This Sunday the kids’ Bible passage is Genesis 29:1 – 30:43. The Big Idea is that God begins to keep his promises to Jacob despite Laban’s deceitfulness and Rachel and Jacob’s scheming. Here is a video telling the story. The kids’ song is: “God’s People Aren’t Super-Brave Superheros” [Hardwick]. Here it is on youtube — with actions!
The memory verse for the Jacob series is simplified from the NIV:
“People make many plans, but only the Lord’s plans work forever.” Proverbs 19:21
Location:New Church Delft