Lamentations: Look Upon My Sorrow

The book of Lamentations is a record of the prophet Jeremiah’s sorrow and grief over Jerusalem when it was captured and God’s people were exiled from his presence. Jeremiah’s words have often been seen as pointing to Jesus’ unique suffering on our behalf, bearing the wrath and judgment of God for our sins. We also find in Lamentations the hope of restoration through repentance and faith as we turn to God.

The central message of Lamentations is that of God’s sustaining grace in the midst of suffering. It’s a book that deals with the reality of pain, the destruction sin brings, and the certainty of God’s mercy. God draws near to his suffering saints. In Jesus Christ, God has drawn closer to us than could have been imagined—he has become one of us, sharing in all that we suffer in this fallen world. Remembering him and his cross, and the glory into which he entered (and into which we too shall enter), we trustingly submit to him and his fatherly governance of our lives with hope. Lamentations is a book of mourning, where we see the terrible aftermath of our rebellion against God, yet also find hope and healing.

Lent provides us a specific “appointed time” where we can tell God we hurt. We can come clean over failed relationships, broken promises, selfish greed, destructive pride, the times we have failed to love and cherish God and others. It is in confessing that we join with others before God in need of his renewal and his healing. Lament opens us up to not only healing but renewal.

We don’t do lament very well and we want to learn the language of biblical lament. The Holy Spirit works the even in the hells of our own making and brings renewal through the Messiah’s lament and work on the Cross.


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Sermons in this series

Despair and Hope
March 15, 2020Pastor:Jeff Schultz

Sermon Notes

We all experience loss and pain in life. Just as important as the wounds we suffer are the messages we take from them about God, life, ourselves, and others. How do we move through losses and griefs so that we don’t end up protective, bitter, distanced, and doubtful, but hopeful, worshipful, and confident?

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Comfort from the Destroyer (Lamentations 2)
March 8, 2020Pastor:Joey Woestman

Sermon Notes

For the people of Israel to move into and begin to process their grief requires the courage to name their emotions, to identify the source of their lament. In this passage, the writer of Lamentations intensifies the expression of his own grief while calling the people of Jerusalem to turn in prayer to find comfort in God, their destroyer. How does God comfort us in our sorrow today when we feel that he could have done something differently to alleviate our sorrow? Join us as we learn to name our griefs before God from our study of Lamentations 2, “Comfort from the Destroyer.”

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Loss Loneliness and Lament (Lamentations 1)
March 1, 2020Pastor:Jeff Schultz

Sermon Notes

Lamentations is an extended poetic reflection on the destruction of Jerusalem, the exile of God’s people, and all the loss, horror, and confusion that went with those events. While the message of the gospel is joy and peace, it’s also healthy to grieve over losses, sorrows, and sin, especially as we head towards Easter. We see how our brokenness brings destruction and alienation as a people who mourns the difference between life as it is and the life of the world to come. And we long for a savior who offers hope. Join us as we look at “Loss, Loneliness, and Lament” from Lamentations 1.

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Remember That You Are Dust
February 26, 2020Pastor:Joey Woestman

Sermon Notes

Starting the Lenten season with a service of remembrance hosted by Art@Faith. With the application of ashes, we recognize our frailty and our need for a savior.

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