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8.5.2018 Conversations with God about Lament (Rev. Jonathan St. Clair)

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Old Testament Lesson

A reading from the book of Psalms. A maskil of David. When he was in the cave. A prayer.

Psalm 142:1 I cry aloud to the Lord;I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy. 2 I pour out before him my complaint;before him I tell my trouble. 3 When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who watch over my way. In the path where I walkpeople have hidden a snare for me. 4 Look and see, there is no one at my right hand; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge;no one cares for my life. 5 I cry to you, Lord; I say, “You are my refuge,my portion in the land of the living.” 6 Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need;rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me. 7 Set me free from my prison, that I may praise your name. Then the righteous will gather about mebecause of your goodness to me.


New Testament Lesson

A reading from the book of Hebrews.

Hebrews 7:24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. 25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. * * * Hebrews 10:19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22a let us draw near to God with a sincere heart.