God’s Gift of Lament
Today’s Preacher: Joel Ortiz
The entire service, approx 40 minutes, is available on YouTube, below.
Sermon Title: Sweet Sorrow
In this series we are exploring “Lament” as God’s gift to us and actively engaging in lament for our world, our community, our families and ourselves.
Our aim is to learn together how to lament well. Each Sunday we are entering into grief of a particular issue at both a corporate and individual level. This will bring a strong ‘contemplative’ feel to our services. We will sing songs about human suffering, rather than songs that say move too quickly to announce that everything is going to be okay. Each week we are endeavouring to use poetry and/or responsive readings, as well as testimony of lament.
Jesus will be our focus as we grapple with the deep truth that Jesus is named “a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief” (Isaiah 53:3).
He, more than anyone who walked on earth, understood the depth of the tragedy and paradox embedded into the heart of humanity. Yet, it is through Jesus, and his obedience through death to resurrection, that we have hope. Each week we end on a note of hope and praise.