A Journey in Jeremiah
Jeremiah is often referred to as “the weeping prophet.” Closely associated with the book of Lamentations, the majority of the book is lament:
God’s lament for God’s people, who have disregarded the Law through idolatry and injustice. The prophet’s lament for the wayward people. The people’s lament for their painful dislocation from God, one another, and their comfortable status-quo.
Yet, even amidst the pain of exile, there is promise. Through the practices of lament and confession, God invites God’s people to come to terms with their corporate sin and systemic injustice, make meaning from their pain, and open themselves to the radically re-ordered future God has for them.
Our hope and prayer is that our journey in Jeremiah might move us beyond denial and despair; that in retrieving the practices of lament, confession, and meaning-making, we as God’s people may more faithfully interpret and respond to this exilic time in our life as a church, nation, and world.
“The return from exile may indeed be geographical. But first the movement is emotional, liturgical and imaginative; it requires forming a vision of the future free of the fearful dreams of entrenched power. It demands that we imaginatively free ourselves from the powers that have kept us in thrall, perhaps to a complacent orthodoxy, perhaps to excessive self-protection and self-assurance, perhaps to the fraudulent comforts of imperial finance and weaponry….The return from exile begins with an emotional act of civil disobedience.” –Walter Brueggemann, “Conversations Among Exiles”
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Questions for Reflection
|A Costly Call
|Is There No Balm in Gilead?
|God: Our Only Hope
Jeremiah 14:7–10, 19–22
|July 5, 10 am via Zoom
||Go Down to the Potter’s House
||New Hope as Important as Exodus
||For The City
Jeremiah 31:7–14, 31–34
Jeremiah 32:1–3a, 6-15