Lem’s Sermon Notes
March 1 Lent 2B
This next Sunday has been set aside as a special day to recognize those who have been so instrumental in dedicating time, effort and talent to the various ministries of our congregation. You may be quite surprised at how varied and extensive some of these ministries are.
The time I usually use to deliver the sermon will be taken with this recognition. This special time is a sermon in itself. Therefore, I will not be preaching. In this space, however, I will share a small portion of insights I have gained from studying one of the lectionary texts for that day.
Psalms 22 is one of, what I like to call, the angry psalms. It is one of two I used extensively as a hospice chaplain. (The other is Psalms 44). It is a very angry prayer to God.
Basically the prayer says “I wish I had never been born.” It then enumerates a list of complaints concerning of unfair and uncalled for suffering.
Often, in my chaplaincy, to those who were terminally ill, they harbored severe unexpressed anger toward God, and everything in his creation for their suffering. Included in the people I worked with were young people suffering from terminal illnesses which were to take them to their graves during the prime of their lives. Some had small children they wanted to raise.
I used this psalm to illustrate it is ‘OK’ to be angry with God and to express that anger in prayer. Basically, I would say, “God can take it.” It is strange how once our anger is expressed, we can begin to realize how much God loves us. After all “God so loves the world (us) that he gave his only son.” John 3:16.
Once we have vented our anger, we can here and feel the love of God enter and soothe us. It’s really awesome isn’t it.
Sermons for the Next Four Sundays
March 8 Forget Everything Except Jesus 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 Lent 3B
March 15 The Leader/Servant John 13:1-20 Lent 4B
March 22 Accepting Judgment Psalms 51:1-12 Lent 5B
March 29 A Procession of Promises Mark 11:1-11 Palm Sunday
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