“Blessing for the Brokenhearted”

Dear Members and Friends,

Join us for worship this Sunday May 24th at 10:00am via Zoom. I’m preaching the final sermon in our Unraveled Series from II Samuel 21:1-14, the little-known story of Rizpah, a widow who publicly laments the lynching of her sons, refusing to leave their discarded bodies for months. It’s a difficult story, but one that can help us think about how we grieve in the wake of unthinkable loss and injustice. Rizpah shows us an honest, unapologetic grief and persistent strength in honoring the innocent lives taken from her.

Sunday Worship Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/150620342
On Sunday morning, we will also honor the deaths of choir member, Carl Dees, and Radcliffe Room volunteer, Barry Tindall. Both the Dees and Tindall families have postponed memorial services until we can gather in person, however, the church will mark the deaths of these two saints prior to our Prayers of the People on Sunday morning.

Finally, a blessing from Jan Richardson, from her lovely book The Cure for Sorrow: A Book of Blessings for Times of Grief:

There is no remedy for love but to love more.
—Henry David Thoreau
Let us agree
for now
that we will not say
the breaking
makes us stronger
or that it is better
to have this pain
than to have done
without this love.

Let us promise
we will not
tell ourselves
time will heal
the wound,
when every day
our waking
opens it anew.

Perhaps for now
it can be enough
to simply marvel
at the mystery
of how a heart
so broken
can go on beating,
as if it were made
for precisely this—

as if it knows
the only cure for love
is more of it,

as if it sees
the heart’s sole remedy
for breaking
is to love still,

as if it trusts
that its own
persistent pulse
is the rhythm
of a blessing
we cannot
begin to fathom
but will save us
Grace and Peace,

Image by Jan Richardson

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