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Jeremiah's Complaint

Who likes a whiner? Not me!

Just don't tell me you don't like winter or that you're tired of the rain. Don't tell me the kids these days are terrible or that old people ought to catch up to the digital world. Don't tell me your cable/internet bill is too high or that your grass needs cutting twice a week and what a time thief that is!!!

If you don't vote don't EVEN think of complaining about the politicians to me, 'cause that'll be my first question: "Did you vote?" If you voted I'll let you vent a little and we'll move on. If you didn't vote ... zip it. 

Who likes a complainer? Not me. Suck it up, buttercup.

Yet Jeremiah prays his Complaints to God. Yes he does.

And they're recorded for all to see. Thankfully we learn throughout the book of Jeremiah God both hears his complaints and God does not indulge them. Jeremiah 15 is one such moment in the prophet's life and it's worth our attention. 

I envy the intimacy of Jeremiah's prayer. I envy that Jeremiah was willing to lay out his entire life before God, confessing his own misgivings about what God would have him to do and to say. Jeremiah always did it and said it regardless, always faithful to his calling. But the depth of Jeremiah's prayers, the interior nature of them, is a breath of fresh air.

This weeks sermon looks at one of Jeremiah's prayer, a Desperate Prayer if ever there was one! 

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Behind our worship services

Two weeks ago, the Coronavirus wasn’t on our Monroe County doorstep. So much has changed. We went from a discussion about cancelling worship service for a Sunday to suspending all gatherings at the church building for the indefinite future.

So much is changing. Allow me to tell you about our worship.

We’ve made the decision to record, rather than live-stream, our worship services. Why? Recording allows greater freedom and more control. For example, Mike will record about a month’s worth of music at one time with a full Praise Team. This allows a larger group, a robust sound and editing for quality. It also allows the Praise Team to gather only once a month, limiting risks of exposure.

Preaching will necessarily become more intimate. I’m not a performer. I see no value pretending to deliver a sermon to people gathered in the sanctuary. You’ll be watching from some kind of screen. You’ll probably be at home. It’s highly likely you’ll be watching alone or with a small group, like your family. That’s the reality to which, like you, I’m adjusting.

We’re all adjusting. Parents are coming to terms with school closings. Employers and employees are facing a darkly serious economic future. We’re all adjusting to “sheltering in place.” Adjusting to a different approach to preaching is simply a component of what we’re all doing.

On the other hand, I do want to talk with you. I want to hear your story. I would like to share your story within our worship service. This can be another way connecting. If you’re interested, please send me an email.

God is good. God is good, even now, as we’re all adjusting to new realities, including our worship services.

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