Sunday, June 15, 2008

Iowa River Flood Update 9: The Church United

Today Parkview Church gathered at West High Auditorium for a very meaningful time of family worship. It was beautiful coming together as a community to worship our God and to experience such great unity grounded in our common purpose. There were tears, hugs, and laughter.

Four weeks ago those of us in the Worship Ministry thought it would be good to introduce the song “I Have a Shelter from the Storm”. Here are the lyrics:
I have a shelter in the storm
When troubles pour upon me
Though fears are rising like a flood
My soul can rest securely
O Jesus, I will hide in You
My place of peace and solace
No trial is deeper than Your love
That comforts all my sorrows

I have a shelter in the storm
When all my sins accuse me
Though justice charges me with guilt
Your grace will not refuse me
O Jesus, I will hide in You
Who bore my condemnation
I find my refuge in Your wounds
For there I find salvation

I have a shelter in the storm
When constant winds would break me
For in my weakness, I have learned
Your strength will not forsake me
O Jesus, I will hide in You
The One who bears my burdens
With faithful hands that cannot fail
You’ll bring me home to heaven
Little did we know that the second week we would sing this song would be days after the tornado decimated the town of Parkersburg, Iowa. As is tradition when we learn a new song we planned to sing it again this weekend long before we knew of the 500 year flood about to hit our community and state. How amazing it was singing these words and realizing that our sovereign God is perfect in His timing. What a great source of truth and encouragement for such a time as this.

Below are a few pictures (thanks Holly) from today’s services followed by a few additional updated pictures of today’s continued flooding.







Here Pastor Jeff is leading in the prayer following his message.



These pictures show us closing our service with the hymn "It Is Well".





These were taken this afternoon at the church. If you look at the basketball hoop and play set you can see that the water has only risen a few more inches since yesterday.













This is a picture below the emergency spillway at the Coralville Reservoir. The water was incredibly violent. The good news is that the reservoir crested today. Though the river is still a few days from its crest, we are anticipating the waters to go down in a matter of days.





8 comments:

Andrew & Makenna said...

You guys rocked it up there again today. Very appropriate songs. We enjoy your posts!

Bob Kauflin said...

Scott,

A friend referred me to this post. So glad that God was able to use I Have a Shelter in your congregation. That's exactly why we put together the Come Weary Saints CD, to have more songs that we can sing during times like you're experiencing. I pray your church continues to draw upon our Father's limitless resources of comfort and strength in Christ. Thanks for leading them well.

Deut. 33:26-27 “There is none like God, O Jeshurun, who rides through the heavens to your help, through the skies in his majesty. The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms.

Elizabeth Gregg said...

Scott,

I have been keeping up with all your posts. Your story about the new song gave me chills. God works in amazing ways. Please know that people around the country are praying for all of you in this recovery time. Parkview holds a dear place in my heart. Thanks for keeping us updated!

Ms. Holly said...

No problem Scooter. :)

Rev. Sergio Lopes said...

Scott,
Lianne, the girls and I have been praying for all of you at Park View Church. In the midst of the storm there is unity, there is strenght, the power of God is manifested. We love you all and we are praying for you. Know that the Lord will continue to use your lives to minister to so many that are affected by the flood. In Christ.

Rev. Sergio Lopes and family.

elly said...

Scott,

Thanks for the pictures. I feel so far away that it doesn't seem real when I hear about the floods. I am praying for Parkview, and for you and Carrie. I'm sure you're exhausted!

He tells the waters when to be still.

Elly

Amanda Stevenson said...

I found your blog via the Parkview website. My grandmother is a member at Parkview, and my husband and I have visited many many times. We have and will continue to pray for your church family. We live in Burlington (Iowa) and although we are flooding, we consider ourselves incredibly lucky when we look at other communities in our state. God bless you all!

tom (manila) said...

Scott, the flood pictures bring Psalm 19:1 ("the skies proclaim the work of his hands") to life. I wonder what He has in store for Parkview during these trying times.