Lament: Ash Wednesday
This reflection gets to the heart of Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent by exploring Joel 2 and our need to pray, to fast, to mourn, and to read God’s Word.
Advent Hope: Staying Afloat
In this Advent reflection, the author ponders the challenge of offering real hope in the midst of difficult circumstances.
Painful Path, Strong Faith
This exegesis of Luke 13:31-35 explores Jesus' prophetic path towards Jerusalem and argues that Christians are called to join Jesus on the same path of resistance, rejection, and difficulty.
Lament, Life in Community, and the Bread of Life
This article provides preaching notes by Katherine Thomas Paisley for 2 Samuel 18:5-33; John 6:35-51; and Ephesians 4:25-5:2. Themes include embracing lament, loving others within church, and poverty and hunger.
Lamenting What Can Be Changed
For the people of God living between memory and hope, the community lament of Psalm 85 seeks for things to be changed by asking: Is God with us? Is God angry over sin? Is God just?...
Laments for School Shootings
Three hymns written by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, and set to well-known tunes, that offer words of lament for school shootings.
Lament in Response to Disaster
This sermon starter is part of the "After the Disaster" sermon series. Dawn Chesser encourages corporate and personal lament as the appropriate first step in responding to loss and disaster.
Lament as connecting with God
Commenting on Jeremiah 20:7-13, Terence Fretheim suggests that Jeremiah's laments provide a model for openness in speaking to God about our deepest concerns. It does matter a great deal how we conceptualize God.
Lament of Tears and Joy
Tim Dearborn offers "An Advent Lament of Tears and Joy" and comments on the similarity of the "harsh realities of our world" with those of the world of the first Christmas.
Lament to Trust
This commentary on Psalm 40:1-11 details the Psalmists journey from deep lament to even deeper trust.
Paschal Sermon of St. John Chrysostom
A 4th-century sermon is still preached every Easter in Orthodox churches. This poetic sermon is heard but once a year, but many worshipers know it by heart.
Lament Resources for Race
This post was created in response to the shooting in a church in Charleston, South Carolina. It features a poem of lament and five other prayers and writings related to hate, racism, and violence.
Full Text Hymns on Lament
Hear Us, O Lord, As We Voice Our Laments©
Our Earth We Now Lament to SeePD
In sorrow I lamentPD
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Lamenting in Advent
This article reflects on the juxtaposition between Christmas cheer during Advent and the experience of holiday blues which many share. Advent, in addition to Lent, can also be a time for the church to practice lament.
Lament: Psalm 22 and Job 23
This responsive lament by Jeff Shrowder, and shared by Christine Longhurst, has a part for the right and the left side of the congregation to respond to the words taken from Job 23:1-9, 16-17.
Lament in Times of Sorrow: Psalm 77:1-20
This lament inspired by Psalm 77:1-20 is appropriate for the season of Lent, as well as funerals, or times of local, national, and international tragedy. The honesty of the grief expressed in such lament provides comfort....
Lament for a Broken Community
Jill Friend shares how the Psalms and prayers of lament are helping her community process their grief as they respond to allegations of abuse by a teacher at a local Christian school.
Lamenting the Death of Absalom
An engraving inspired by 2 Samuel 18:33. King David stands distraught in the foreground lamenting the death of his son, Absalom. Soldiers carry on their business behind him at the gate.
Lamenting for the Daughter of Jephthah
This engraving depicts a mournful and moving scene, inspired by Judges 11:3: The daughters of Israel lament on the mountain for Jephthah's daughter, who is soon to be killed because of her father's vow.
Preparing for Community Lament
This lectionary resource focuses on lament and includes liturgy planning notes, song suggestions, readings, prayers, and sermon starter notes for David's call to mourn the deaths of Saul and Jonathan.
Lament and Prayers for 9/11
This blog post highlights worship resources for commemorating the 9/11 terrorist attacks, offering lament and prayers to God for communal worship.