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Jan 21, 2024 – 3. Disconnection and Loneliness

Series:

Welcome – Pastor Stuart

Call to Worship – Pastor Stuart

Opening Hymn – Immortal, Invisible – #103

Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer – Pastor Linda

Prayer Song – Come & Find the Quiet Center – #2128

Pastoral Prayer, Lord’s Prayer – Pastor Linda

Online Moment – Online Minister Ernie

Anthem

Scripture – Lamentations 1:1-4 – Eli Reeves

Offering – Pastor Stuart

Offertory – Be Thou My Vision – Joyce, Arr. Anthony

Doxology – Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow – #94

Hymn of Preparation – This Is My Father’s World – #144

Scripture – Lamentations 3:19-26 – Eli Reeves

Message – 3. Disconnection and Loneliness

Closing Hymn – Saranam – #523

Announcements – Pastor Stuart – Pastor Dave

Benediction & Response – This Little Light of Mine – #585

Postlude – Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise – Arr. Jordan

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 all face social change that disrupts & also resets us.  Change happens in our world driven by demographic shifts, technology, cultural, political and economic forces.  Israel experienced this in the Exile in 589 BCE, a time of catastrophic change and the desolation of captivity.

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