Lesson: Psalm 77: 1-2, 11-20
Message: God Chaos and Comfort
In scripture God is often described with extremes. In some places the Divine is named with phrases that suggest a soft close intimacy such as “The Lord who Heals”, “Shepherd of Israel”, “Prince of Peace”, or “God of all Comfort”. In other places God is referred to with a distant reverence, such as “Ancient of Days”, “High Above the Nations of Earth”, or “Alpha and Omega”. One of the most vivid descriptions is found in Hosea, where God is described like a mother bear who is ready to rip another to pieces if separated from her cubs. It’s hard to hold these extremes together; nurturing on one end and distantly overseeing the chaos of nature on the other. This Sunday we’ll take a look at Psalm 77, which holds these two images in tension, and reflect on how we see and experience God in our lives. We’ll look at how each of these extremes might support us during our most challenging times as well as call us live into a greater sense of justice and mission.
Blessings and peace,
Prelude: “Prelude in G” Walther
Meditation: Fugue alla breve in E-flat” Fischer
Postlude: “Fugue in D Minor” J. C. Bach