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Praying at the Edge
Sermons are different on paper than when they are preached on Sunday. How will this be heard? Does this connect with people? How should I say this? Those are all questions I continually ask myself in sermon preparation. Lament is a topic that is generating considerable discussion these days. But how big of a role should it have in public worship? I know there are times for communal lament such as when something terrible happens to the nation, city, or church community. But how much room should we have in our weekly service for those who are hurting and in need of personal lament? Perhaps Dr. Pemberton’s suggestion of publically reading a Psalm a week would be a good start. I don’t know the answer, but I do know that every Sunday we have people deeply struggling with their faith, their health, and their emotions. Perhaps a joyful service is just what they need. Who could say that a weekly celebration of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is a bad thing? But shouldn’t we also leave at least some room for people to grieve and mourn what they’ve lost? What do you think?
For more information on the two books I mentioned this morning click below:
Megan’s Secrets by Mike Cope
If you want to watch the interview Mike Cope did with Glenn Pemberton that I showed this morning click here.
On a different note, I am thankful for the privilege I have had of serving with Paul Arnold as a shepherd of this church. He has provided wonderful guidance in the years he has served and will be missed. Of course he will still be here at church and I am extremely grateful for that.