Praying with the Psalms: Lament

Dear Ones,

When was the last time you “ugly cried”? Screamed in your car? Visited a rage room? What if I told you that all of those activities could be incorporated into a spiritual practice? This Sunday, we’re diving into the concept of Lament.

Lament is an action word, not an emotion; it’s how we use our bodies to express and metabolize emotions such as grief or anger, and it’s how we share those feelings with God most authentically and unabashedly. We’ll hear a reading of Psalm 6, and explore how lamenting is truly an embodied practice that we can engage in for our own spiritual health, or in solidarity with others, strengthening our communal spiritual health. I won’t ask you to scream in the Sanctuary (well, I probably won’t), but I will ask you to come with an openness to trusting the gift of your body and all the ways we can use it to grow closer with God.

Join me on Sunday at 11am in the Sanctuary and on YouTube, and we’ll dive in together.

In faith,


Holy Week Services

Palm Sunday – April 2, 11am in the Sanctuary and YouTube

Maundy Thursday – April 6, 6:30pm foot-washing ceremony in the Chapel, 7pm communion service in the Sanctuary

Good Friday – April 7, 7pm Tenebrae service in the Sanctuary

Easter Egg Hunt – April 8, 9am-11am in Memorial Park (the playground next to the church), or in Willett Hall if rainy

Easter Children’s Church – April 9, 9:30-10am in the Sanctuary

Easter Potluck Brunch – April 9, 9:30-11am in the Parlor

Easter Festival Worship – April 9, 11am in the Sanctuary and YouTube, preceded by a prelude with brass quartet at 10:45am in the Sanctuary

If you’d like to lean into other Lenten opportunities this season, check them out here.

image credit: “She Became Herself With Tears”, painting by Caitlin Connolly, 2016

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