Resources for the 5th Sunday of Lent
Prayer of Covenant Faithfulness
God of righteousness and God of grace, teach us always to live in agreement with your
Holy Word which you have written in the laws of nature, in your holy word by your
prophets, and on our hearts and minds through the power of your Holy Spirit. While
we journey through this temporal life, give us the strength to do your will and to keep
Do YOU Want to See Jesus? John
by Rev. Rick Thompson
Forgiven and Forgotten, to be Remembered, Jeremiah
Rev. Randy L Quinn
The Greek Mizzion
John 12: 20-33 by Rev. Thomas Hall
Create In Me A Clean Heart, Psalm 51:1-12 , by T. Hall
Fumbling in the
Dark, John 12:20-33, by John Nadasi
Please God, John 12:20-33, by Pastor PJ
Who will get glory?
John 12:20-33, Jim Hill from B.C.
Have Mercy On Me,
51:1-12, Doug in Riverside
Melchizedek, Hebrews 5:5-10, by KK in Brookfield
Have Mercy On Me
Doug in Riverside
When we who are made in the image and likeness of God turn to God in prayer, our
thoughts and emotions and words cover the spectrum between praise and lament. We tend to
praise God when things are going well, when we experience well-being, order,
security, and trust in the reliability of Gods good creation (Hopkins,
1990:16). But when things are not going well, when we find ourselves in a situation of
disorientation and distress, our prayers often turn to laments: Why me, O God? What
have I done to deserve this anguish? Or: How long, O God? How long will you
hide your face from me?
In her book Journey Through the Psalms A Path to Wholeness, Denise Dombkowski
Hopkins points out that the psalms offer us a school of prayer: The
psalms teach us that there are many different kinds of prayer and many different ways of
praying to God that articulate the whole range of human emotions: fear, praise, anger,
thanksgiving, joy, despair. All of the emotions that mark a persons struggle for
faith from day to day appear in the Psalter. Psalm language grasps for us the many facets
of God and our relationship to God, whom we experience as both present and absent
(p. 3). Last weeks psalm was the cry of anguish of a poet lamenting the absence of
God in her or his season of disorientation.
The psalmist has done nothing to deserve this
suffering, and is complaining in faith to God. God is not so far absent that the psalmist
has given up on prayer itself; but the prayer is a lament about undeserved disorientation.
By contrast, this weeks psalm, which is one of only seven penitential
laments in the psalter, gives voice to the psalmists acceptance of
suffering as deserved punishment for sin (p. 57). Tradition assigns this psalm to
David as an expression of his deep regret and repentance in the aftermath of his sexual
abuse of Bathsheba, the killing of her husband Uriah, and the death of the child
conceived when he forced Bathsheba to submit to his advances. This is not what
we would call a wholesome or uplifting story.
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