October 25, 2020 Reformation Sunday Lamentations-3 Rev. Dr. Twining F. Campbell
For the prelude Imre Szilas plays “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” by Johann Pachelbel and “Toccata and Fugue in D minor,” by J.S. Bach, for the Postlude. The anthem is one of Imre’s own compositions – “Glory to God In the Highest.”
Following the welcome and prayer, we begin with the first stanza of “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” – which is based on Lamentations 3:23.
Rev. Dr. Martha Campbell tells our community the announcements, prayer concerns and then leads the everyone in prayer and The Lord’s prayer.
Then share in a Responsive Reading based on the Creeds, Confessions and Catechisms of the Presbyterian Church (USA) before the anthem.
Rev. Dr. Twining Campbell lead us in our Prayer of Illumination then reads the scripture lesson – selected verses from Lamentations 3.
The sermon is the third in our series on Lamentations and begins by observing that lament is a common form of prayer in the Psalms and was a prayer in pain that leads to trust and how to pray a lament. The Bible accounts show us that we DO NOT HAVE TO SETTLE – that tomorrow doesn’t have to be a repeat of today, that we don’t have to be enslaved to fear or despair — that we can change, move, heal and leave behind whatever needs to be left behind so we can step into a better future.
The service closes with thanks, followed by the charge and benediction.
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