Preparation for Sunday, February 27

Dear Friends,
Hope you are all having a good week and able to safely enjoy the snow.
This Sunday Gil George from RiversWay is bringing the message, and Seth Martin will lead us in music. I’m looking forward to a wonderful time of community with you and communion with the Spirit.
Gil’s message will reflect on the Place of Lament in Worship. "Is it Okay to be mad at God?".
He has sent us the following Queries and Scripture for our contemplation. Blessings and peace on the rest of your week.

Queries:
In what ways do I express or repress lament?

Is lament something I am able to bring to or direct at God?

What (if any) connections do I see between the laments below and praise?

Psalm 13 <To the leader. A Psalm of David.>

How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I bear pain in my soul, and have sorrow in my heart all day long?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
Consider and answer me, O LORD my God!
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death,and my enemy will say, "I have prevailed";
my foes will rejoice because I am shaken.
But I trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me. (NRSV)

Matthew 26:36-44

Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to His disciples, "Sit here while I go over there and pray." And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and distressed. Then He said to them, "My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me." And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will." And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, "So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour? "Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, "My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done." Again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. And He left them again, and went away and prayed a third time, saying the same thing once more." (NRSV)