Last Sunday we were pleased to welcome Brad Tricola to give a guest sermon. Brad continued with our theme of lament, specifically communal lament, how we grieve, and how we help those who are grieving. He began his sermon with Psalm 44:9-26.
Yet you have rejected us and abased us,
and have not gone out with our armies.
You made us turn back from the foe,
and our enemies have taken spoil for themselves.
You have made us like sheep for slaughter,
and have scattered us among the nations.
You have sold your people for a trifle,
demanding no high price for them.
You have made us the taunt of our neighbours,
the derision and scorn of those around us.
You have made us a byword among the nations,
a laughing-stock among the peoples.
All day long my disgrace is before me,
and shame has covered my face
at the words of the taunters and revilers,
at the sight of the enemy and the avenger.
All this has come upon us,
yet we have not forgotten you,
or been false to your covenant.
Our heart has not turned back,
nor have our steps departed from your way,
yet you have broken us in the haunt of jackals,
and covered us with deep darkness.
If we had forgotten the name of our God,
or spread out our hands to a strange god,
would not God discover this?
For he knows the secrets of the heart.
Because of you we are being killed all day long,
and accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Rouse yourself! Why do you sleep, O Lord?
Awake, do not cast us off for ever!
Why do you hide your face?
Why do you forget our affliction and oppression?
For we sink down to the dust;
our bodies cling to the ground.
Rise up, come to our help.
Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love.
As you read through the text and listen to Brad’s sermon, take time to ponder the queries below:
- As a church, what have we needed to grieve in the past (examples: programs, families leaving, pastoral transitions, building stuff, etc.)?
- As a church, what might we still need to grieve?
- As a church, what are some things that we lament about in our local area?
- How might communal lament brings us greater peace?
*Note that there are some jumps throughout the sermon, as the Q&A portions could not be included.*
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