Disorienting Pain, Loss and Suffering

Sunday we will spend time acknowledging the Disorienting Pain, Loss and Suffering that we experience as individuals, as a faith community and as inhabitants on this planet. Together we will cry out, lamenting to the Holy One.

To participate in worship more fully from your home, gather a bowl, some salt, and a glass of water. During our time of Lament people will be invited to add salt to the water in a bowl as we offer our tears of lament together, sharing in our suffering and struggle. Those at home are invited to do a similar ritual by adding salt to a bowl of water. During the following prayer, you are invited to trouble the waters of your home as we trouble the waters in the sanctuary.  

Everything Changes
In our sermon series we are exploring how our brains were designed to be suspicious of change, and for good reason–homeostasis in good measure helps us thrive, protecting us from danger. But if we look closely at what the Creator set in motion, we find that change is the most constant part of life and necessary for animating our spirits as we find renewed purpose throughout life. Jesus advocated for changes that would keep us moving toward greater goodness!  “Everything Changes” John 12:20-26 In our scripture this week Jesus asks us to let go of life “as it is” in order to create and multiply the love that is eternal. What feels like the chaos, or recklessness, of change is the breaking-open of possibility and the sprouting of new life. This is what it means to follow the change-maker Jesus and serve his purpose of more love in the world. -Pastor Courtney

Publish Date:

August 25, 2022

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