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Rooted Growing Branching

January 29, 2023

Order of Worship

LARC Service of Lament

Sermon: “Lamenting Abuse” – Scott Brubaker-Zehr – audio recording

Job 3:20-26

20 “Why is light given to one in misery and life to the bitter in soul, 21 who long for death, but it does not come, and dig for it more than for hidden treasures; 22 who rejoice exceedingly and are glad when they find the grave?  23 Why is light given to one who cannot see the way, whom God has fenced in?  24 For my sighing comes like my bread, and my groanings are poured out like water.  25 Truly the thing that I fear comes upon me, and what I dread befalls me.  26 I am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest, but trouble comes.”

Matthew 19:1-7, 10-14

19 When Jesus had finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went to the region of Judea beyond the Jordan.  2 Large crowds followed him, and he cured them there.  3 Some Pharisees came to him, and to test him they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause?”  4 He answered, “Have you not read that the one who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?  6 So they are no longer two but one flesh.  Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate.”  7 They said to him, “Why then did Moses command us to give a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her?”

10 The disciples said to him, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.”  11 But he said to them, “Not everyone can accept this teaching, but only those to whom it is given.  12 For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven.  Let anyone accept this who can.”  13 Then children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray.  The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them, 14 but Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not stop them, for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.”