Bulletin 6.21.20

Jeremiah 31:13b "for I will turn their mourning into joy and will comfort them and give them joy for their sorrow."

A Reflection Before the Service

  • Love is a burnin' thing,
    And it makes a fiery ring
    Bound by wild desire
    I fell into a ring of fire.

    - June Carter and Merle Kilgore, “Ring of Fire”, recorded by Johnny Cash (1963)

    When I get honest, I admit I am a bundle of paradoxes. I believe and I doubt, I hope and get discouraged, I love and I hate, I feel bad about feeling good, I feel guilty about not feeling guilty. I am trusting and suspicious. I am honest and I still play games. Aristotle said I am a rational animal; I say I am an angel with an incredible capacity for beer.

    - Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out

    If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and earnestly to hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I submit that this notion has crept in from Kant and the Stoics and is no part of the Christian faith. Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.
     
    - C. S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory (San Francisco: HarperCollins, 2001, pp. 25-26)

The Call to Worship

  • Jeremiah 31.12-14

    They will come and shout for joy on the height of Zion, and they will be radiant over the bounty of the LORD -- over the grain and the new wine and the oil, and over the young of the flock and the herd; and their life will be like a watered garden, and they will never languish again. Then the virgin will rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old, together, for I will turn their mourning into joy and will comfort them and give them joy for their sorrow. I will fill the soul of the priests with abundance, and My people will be satisfied with My goodness," declares the LORD.

    (Prayer)

  • Love is a burnin' thing,
    And it makes a fiery ring
    Bound by wild desire
    I fell into a ring of fire.

    - June Carter and Merle Kilgore, “Ring of Fire”, recorded by Johnny Cash (1963)

    When I get honest, I admit I am a bundle of paradoxes. I believe and I doubt, I hope and get discouraged, I love and I hate, I feel bad about feeling good, I feel guilty about not feeling guilty. I am trusting and suspicious. I am honest and I still play games. Aristotle said I am a rational animal; I say I am an angel with an incredible capacity for beer.

    - Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out

    If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and earnestly to hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I submit that this notion has crept in from Kant and the Stoics and is no part of the Christian faith. Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.
     
    - C. S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory (San Francisco: HarperCollins, 2001, pp. 25-26)

  • Jeremiah 31.12-14

    They will come and shout for joy on the height of Zion, and they will be radiant over the bounty of the LORD -- over the grain and the new wine and the oil, and over the young of the flock and the herd; and their life will be like a watered garden, and they will never languish again. Then the virgin will rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old, together, for I will turn their mourning into joy and will comfort them and give them joy for their sorrow. I will fill the soul of the priests with abundance, and My people will be satisfied with My goodness," declares the LORD.

    (Prayer)

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Bulletin Date: 2020-06-21