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Jan 21, 2024 – 8:00am – 3. Disconnection and Loneliness

Series:

Welcome – Pastor Stuart

Online Moment – Online Minister Ernie

Hymn Sing – Pastor Dave

Scripture – Lamentations 1:1-4 – Online Minister Ernie

Pastoral Prayer, Silent Prayer & The Lord’s Prayer – Pastor Stuart

Scripture – Lamentations 3:19-26 – Online Minister Ernie

Message – 3. Disconnection and Loneliness

Communion – Pastors Dave, Linda & Stuart

Benediction

Response – Let There be Peace on Earth – 431

Lamentations 1:1-4 – New Revised Standard Version

1 How lonely sits the city that once was full of people! How like a widow she has become, she that was great among the nations! She that was a princess among the provinces has become subject to forced labor.

2 She weeps bitterly in the night, with tears on her cheeks; among all her lovers, she has no one to comfort her; all her friends have dealt treacherously with her; they have become her enemies.

3 Judah has gone into exile with suffering and hard servitude; she lives now among the nations; she finds no resting place; her pursuers have all overtaken her in the midst of her distress.

4 The roads to Zion mourn, for no one comes to the festivals; all her gates are desolate; her priests groan; her young girls grieve, and her lot is bitter.

 

Lamentations 3:19-26 – New Revised Standard Version

19 The thought of my affliction and my homelessness is wormwood and gall!

20 My soul continually thinks of it and is bowed down within me.

21 But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:

22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end;

23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him.

26 It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

We see growing discontent with religious institutions and church and rising individualism all of which results in disconnection from each other and great loneliness. Our technology both connects and isolates us. Our faith speaks to the desire we have for community and deeper connection that is life-giving for us. God is at work, in personal and social change, standing with us, leading us, nourishing our faith and building out hope.

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