Lament. It’s not a word we use much. It’s also not something we do much. It is the act of coming to God not just when things are going well, but when things aren’t. It is the freedom to come to God with raw honesty rather than with a disguising veneer of composure. Maybe we don’t do it that much because we think God can’t handle our emotions and confusions? Or maybe we were simply taught that it is bad manners to complain? And yet about one third of the Psalms are lament Psalms. There is a thick vein of “My God, why have you forsaken me?” that runs through much of this songbook, and they teach us that there is little that can be said inappropriately to God when it comes from an honest desire to reach out to him. Author, Harold Senkbeil, says, ‘These psalms of lament teach us how to file a complaint with God. And complaining isn’t whining; if you’ve ever read your medical records, you’ll know that medical complaints are simply the physical symptoms of your distress. When you go to your doctor, you’re not whining; you’re just explaining where you hurt. You list your complaints because you know your condition should receive attention. It may not go away; some of the symptoms may remain. But you’ve gone to someone who can do something about it.’ Lament is also not solely an individual pursuit; it can be done by many for many. There is much to lament about the world at the moment, and there may well be things in your own life which need to be uncovered before God’s loving gaze and sprinkled with a few tears. Why don’t you grab a Psalm 22 or a Psalm 74 or a Psalm 43 and make the words your own as you get real with your God? He will listen. He will care.
This Sunday 5 July…
Of Power and Pandemics:How does this idea of the sovereignty of God stack up in a world that is beset by Covid-19, not to mention countless wars, famines and natural disasters? We will look through the lens of Matthew 8:23-27 at this question.
The next Prayer Service will be restarting this Sunday 5 July at 7pm in the church. Come along and pray with us. All are welcome.
Kids Programmes This Sunday
Spark is our program for older preschool to year 2 kids.
Blaze is for kids in years 3-5.
There will be no Ignite for years 6 and above, as it is the school holidays.
Ignite Youth Group
There is no Ignite Youth on Fridays or Sundays for the next couple of weeks as it is the School Holidays.
A big thank you from the Ignite Youth Group to everyone who donated clothing for the clothing drive last week. All the donations will be taken to the City Mission.
Young Adults Group
The Young Adults Group meets weekly. We are going to be having dinner together before faith @ 6:30 on Sunday 28 June. If you would like to join us, please contact the church.
Soup and Toast
We will be having our first Soup & Toast shared lunch this Sunday 5 July after the service! Please stay for this time of fellowship.
Our gathered mainly music sessions for young children have finished for term 2. They will begin again on Tuesday 21 July at 10am. Newcomers are welcome.
Men's Breakfast is back on Saturday 4 July from 8am! We will be having a discussion on the different experiences of the recent lock down. Share a cooked breakfast, coordinated by chef supremo Lindsay M. We'd love to see you there. Please consider inviting a friend.
Please note that the office will be closed next week. We recommend you contact the office either by email.
Young Adults Home Group
Every Thursday evening at 7:30pm. Please email the church to be added to the Facebook page, and check Facebook for updates of what we have going on. We'd love for you to join us!
Myth-busters Small Group
Myth-busters is a 5 week series exploring what the Bible actually says about some key topics rather than what we think it says. Please contact the office if you are interested.
SHAPE Small Group
Pastor Murray will be leading a SHAPE Small Group series, looking at how God has wired you for service. Please register your interest by contacting the office.
Wednesday Night Home Group
Home Group at the home of Paul and Ruth Ungemuth every second and fourth Wednesday at 7:30pm. Each week we share in supper, do a bible study and pray for each other. Will begin on Wednesday 13 February. Contact the office for more information.
Thursday Morning Home Group
Home Group in the church lounge on the third Thursday of the month at 10am. After morning tea we do a bible study and pray together. Contact the office for more information.
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