March 1st. Rejoice.

March 1st. Rejoice.

TAKE A MOMENT TO BREATHE IN GOD’S PRESENCE as you begin.


Philippians 4:4-7

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


REFLECTION 

On Sunday, Rev. Carter shared a song called “Rejoice” by artist Julien Baker. Carter suggested that this piece (in which Julien begins by confessing her addictions and despair before confronting and complaining to God for leaving her feeling alone in the world and then rejoicing know that God has never left her side) is a modern day Psalm–a song of a person who brings themselves fully to God with both rejoicing and complaint.

Question: If you were to write your own Psalm of complaint / confrontation / rejoicing, what would you sing?

Watch the music video for “Rejoice” here.

Lyrics for “Rejoice”
All of my friends, a plastic bag
Walking around, jumping the train tracks
It’s over the fence, veins all black
Sleep on a bench in the park on my birthday
Call the blue lights
Cursed your name
When I find I’m still awake
Give me everything good
I’ll throw it away
I wish I could quit but I can’t stand the shakes
Choking smoke, singing your praise
But I think there’s a God and he hears either way
I rejoice, and complain
I never know what to say
But I think there’s a God and he hears either way
And I rejoice, and complain
Lift my voice, that I was made
Somebody’s listening at night
The ghosts of my price when I pray
Asking, “why did you let them leave
And then make me stay?”
Know my name and all of my hideous mistakes
I rejoice, I rejoice
I rejoice, I rejoice

PRAYER. 
I rejoice. I complain. And I believe that you hear me either way. God, grant me the grace to raise my voice to you, and in this, to discover your great love and healing touch for me. Amen

TAKE A MOMENT OF SILENCE as you close.

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