Finding God through Unemployment (or any loss) - John Van Sloten

March 13, 2016

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryIn this message we continue our series on, The Parable of the Tanking Economy with a focus on the topic of unemployment.

I remember the first day I was out of work.
I felt very alone; as if nobody had ever lost their job
A formerly unemployed man

God, God . . . my God! Why did you dump me miles from nowhere?...
I call to God all the day long. No answer. Nothing.
Psalm 22:1-2 MSG

The lack of work also damages the spirit. Work is sacred
Work gives dignity to a family.
Pope Francis, The Catholic Register, August 19, 2015

Your worth is not determined by what you do or what you make, but in who you choose to be. My will for you is not WHAT you go through but HOW you go through it. And how I'm hoping you go through it is WITH me... Because I'm here, and you're not alone."
An unemployed woman on God's take on her

He has never let you down, never looked the other way
when you were being kicked around. He has never wandered off to do his own thing; he has been right there, listening.
Psalm 22:14 MSG

You are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God's instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.
1 Peter 2:9-10, MSG

Songs for this service, click to listen/watch.



Bless the Lord (10,000 Reasons)

Come as you are

It is Well With My Soul

Lean on Me

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Wikimedia February 1931 - Unemployed men queued outside a depression soup kitchen opened in Chicago by Al Capone. National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland
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