February 21st. Sacred Listening.

February 21st. Sacred Listening.


Psalm 30

I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up,
    and did not let my foes rejoice over me.
O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
    and you have healed me.
O Lord, you brought up my soul from Sheol,
    restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit.

Sing praises to the Lord, O you God’s faithful ones,
    and give thanks to God’s holy name.
For God’s anger is but for a moment;
    God’s favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may linger for the night,
    but joy comes with the morning.

As for me, I said in my prosperity,
    “I shall never be moved.”
By your favor, O Lord,
    you had established me as a strong mountain;
you hid your face;
    I was dismayed.

To you, O Lord, I cried,
    and to the Lord I made supplication:
“What profit is there in my death,
    if I go down to the Pit?
Will the dust praise you?
    Will it tell of your faithfulness?
10 Hear, O Lord, and be gracious to me!
    O Lord, be my helper!”

11 You have turned my mourning into dancing;
    you have taken off my sackcloth
    and clothed me with joy,
12 so that my soul may praise you and not be silent.
    O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever.

REFLECTION by Rev. Sara Wilhelm Garbers

For the next four Sundays of Lent, our pastoral staff will preach on the same passage: Psalm 30. Rev. Daniel, Jeff, Carter, and I (Sara) each get to engage the text as we listen to hear God’s invitations to us in the midst of our community. In this way, we’re practicing a form of Lectio Divinia with the congregationLectio is an ancient Christian practice of engaging with scripture as a living text wherein we believe that God speaks to us. So I invite you to also listen in and discern what you hear as you sit with Psalm 30.

Invitation: Begin by stilling your heart and mind as you breathe in deeply God’s Spirit.

Slowly read Psalm 30 aloud three times.

Pause for silence after each reading.


What words or phrases stand out to you?

What is God inviting in you as you listen?


Will you join us the next four Sundays of Lent as we listen together?

From Rev. Howard Thurman

Lord, Lord, Open Unto Me

Open unto me, light for my darkness
Open unto me, courage for my fear
Open unto me, hope for my despair
Open unto me, peace for my turmoil
Open unto me, joy for my sorrow
Open unto me, strength for my weakness
Open unto me, wisdom for my confusion
Open unto me, forgiveness for my sins
Open unto me, tenderness for my toughness
Open unto me, love for my hates
Open unto me, Thy Self for myself

Lord, Lord, open unto me!



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