LESSON: Lamentations 3:19-23
MESSAGE: “At the Center of Grief”
There’s a lot happening this week at UPA! As the weather turns and fall hits, I’m waiting with anticipation for the coming of pumpkins on Saturday. It’s wonderful to see everything come together in full swing and I’m excited for the buzz that will come with so many people being in out and around the church during the week!
In addition, we have new art up in the Betty Meyer Gallery. I was immediately struck by the contrast between the black and white ink drawings from the “Song for Nadia” comic book, and the splashes of color present in the work done by people in recovery from opioid addiction and grieving family members who have lost loved ones to overdoses. I’m excited for the reception for this art on Sunday following our service. Please join me in welcoming our special guests Karima, Lori, Sarah, and Mayor Ruthanne Fuller. There’s a lot of humanity displayed in this showing – the joy of life and the grief of loss contrast with each other in each panel.
Our service on Sunday will contain that contrast as well. As we come together in joy as we celebrate World Communion Sunday and our kids make scarecrows for the Pumpkin Patch, we will also wrestle with grief and loss as we look into a passage from the book of Lamentations. Sunday’s text is right in the center of this collection of poetry, which lays out the grief of the people of Israel as the city of Jerusalem is destroyed by the Babylonians and they are taken into exile. And still, at the center of this text is the call to see the faithfulness of God. How do we see the vibrancy of life as “new every morning” even in the sadness of grief filled moments in our life?
Blessings and peace,
Prelude: “Prelude in D” J. S. Bach
Anthem: “Siyahamba” South African freedom song
Meditation: “Spirit” Manley
Postlude: “Chorale Prelude in F” Zachau
This Sunday’s School
This Sunday we have a special community event.
All students will be invited to make scarecrows outside with David Walsh during worship.
We hope all your students can join us.
Next Sunday, October 13th
we will be making something to sell at the Pumpkin Patch for our Shoe that Grows mission.
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