St Alban’s Episcopal Church
Wednesday, August 3, 2022
The Epistle for Sunday Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
The Sunday text is longer than this; it’s a list of examples of the ancestors’ faith, and you will hear it then. But the core of this section is right here. Short and sweet — and maybe helpful. You might think about this in difficult times – which are actually all times. What IS faith anyway? “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what was seen was made from things that are not visible. “Faith means, literally, “trust.” If we “believe” something we trust it. If we believe someone we trust them. And faith is powerful. Faith in something or someone determines to a large extent what you do with your life.
Sing praise to God who reigns above, the God of all creation, the God of power, the God of love, the God of our salvation; with healing balm, my soul he fills, and every faithless murmur stills; to God all praise and glory. What God’s almighty power hath made, his gracious mercy keepeth; by morning glow or evening shade his watchful eye ne’er sleepeth, Within the kingdom of his might, lo! all is just and all is right; to God all praise and glory; Let all who name Christ’s holy Name give God all praise and glory; let all who know his power proclaim aloud the wondr’ous story! Cast each false idol from its throne, the Lord is God and he alone; to God all praise and glory.