- Watch the Sermon
- Watch the full playlist
- Read God in the City article by Rev Simon Carey Holt
- If you would like to read more, Simon Carey Holt has a book titled Eating Heaven: Spirituality at the Table.
Over the next 4 weeks, Kat Mattila and Julia Pope will be journeying with you all through a new sermon series called Reclaiming Lament.
This series is about not only reclaiming the Laments of the Bible but reclaiming the practice of Lament practice. This spiritual practice is a gift from God, We are seeking to reclaim in our lives, in our families, in our church and in our society.
Week Four: Reclaim Lament by positioning it between Now & Not Yet.
- Watch the sermon
- Watch the full service
- Discussion Question: ‘When I lament, how can I remind myself of the Joy to come?”
Week Three: Lament Don’t Grumble
This week Kat lead us in a devotional of Lamentation 3:19-32. She shared on the difference between faithless grumbling and faithful lament. Here are some more useful resources:
- Read the book of Lamentations
- The Bible Project Video – Lamentations
- The Difference Between Lament & Grumbling – Video
Week Two: Live Well, Lament Well
This week Julia spoke of the movement of lament from Live Well – Lament Well – Live Well anew. Below are the resource Julia mentioned in her sermon.
- Watch Julia’s sermon
- The Global Message of Ecclesiastes
- An Uninvited Friend: A Reflection on Grief
- Greif, a reflection
- Beyond Blue – Grief & Loss
- 10 Comforting Verses for the Person in Grief
- Greif – What NOT to Say
Week One: Guided by the Psalms
a third of the psalms are Laments, so what a good place to start our series. The psalms of Lament lift up and call attention to the reality of human loss and human pain without making moral judgements about whose fault it is, it’s simply part of human life that needs to be processed – proceed with God, with ourselves and with other believers.
Psalms of Lament are a model of how the Israelite learnt to live, worship and pray in the midst of pain and loss.
- Listen to Kat’s sermon
- Read Psalm 13
- The Seven Elements of Trust PDF
- Lament in COVID-19 Article N.T. Write
Week Five: Habakkuk
This series is meant to encourage you to trust God more deeply and to meditate on his word and what it promises, to give you strength and hope in difficult times.
Each day you 1. READ God’s Word, 2. WATCH the devotional, 3. RESPOND in prayer, journaling, a chat with another believer etc.
Unsure how to engage with reading scripture?? Check out this simple guide to slow-reading
Week Four: Nahum
The book of Nahum is a collection of poems announcing the downfall of Assyria, one of Israel’s worst oppressors. Referencing Daniel, Exodus, and Isaiah, Nahum shows us that the destruction of Nineveh and Assyria are examples of how God works in history in every age.
Read Nahum here
Week Three: Jonah
A subversive story about a rebellious prophet who despises God for loving his enemies.
If you’ve ever attended church or Sunday school, you’ve likely heard about the story of Jonah at some point. But the prophet Jonah’s remarkable experiences with storms at sea, being eaten by a fish, and plants that miraculously grow and die in a day have lessons that go much deeper than you may think.
Read Jonah here
3 min Jonah Devotional/reflection VIDEOS
Week Two: Amos
The book of Amos is an intriguing prophetic book written by Amos, a shepherd and fig tree farmer dwelling in southern Judah. He is called by God to go to Bethel and announce warnings of judgment to the northern kingdom of Israel.
Read Amos here
Reflective questions for the week:
But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. – Amos 5:24
- What are the things that are clouding our vision, what is getting in the way of us hearing from God and living our whole lives as an act of devotion and worship?
- What is getting in the way of us enacting God’s righteousness and justice in the world, of caring for the poor and needy in our community?
Lord Jesus thank you for seeing me, truly seeing me for who I am.
Thank you that I am in a lucky country at the moment, that while our numbers of COVID are up we have officials who are taking the steps to protect us and a society who is on the most part looking out for our neighbours.
Lord I acknowledge the power I have and the means that I am gifted, it isn’t promised and so I thank you.
Lord I also know that these gifts can sometimes be a distraction, they are lovely but I can become afraid of losing them and of sharing them around.
Lord, I ask you to make the obstacle to my faith known, show me what is getting in the way of truly knowing you and letting your justice and righteousness pour out of me.
Lord don’t allow me to be a hypocrite who attends your services, reads your words yet show no action toward those you love. Lord surround me with people who will walk with me in faith, show me the people you wish me to serve.
In your loving, just and righteous name. Amen
Week One: Hosea
The northern kingdom of Israel enjoyed moderate success from conquering neighbouring kingdoms, but they were spiritually bankrupt. In the book of Hosea, God sends Hosea to Israel during King Jeroboam II’s reign to admonish them of their perpetual idol worship and dependence on outside nations.
Read Hosea here
Here are two short and wonderful video resources to get you started:
Here is a 5 day devotional: Sowing and Reaping Righteous Love. Based on Hosea 10:12
Download devotional PDF Sowing and Reaping Righteous Love