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May 29, 2022

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Sermon “Agony in the Garden: Lament and Activist Burnout” – David Alton – sermon audio

Psalm 22:1-21

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?  Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?  O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer; and by night but find no rest.  Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.  In you our ancestors trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them.  To you they cried and were saved; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.  But I am a worm and not human, scorned by others and despised by the people.  All who see me mock me; they sneer at me; they shake their heads; “Commit your cause to the Lord; let him deliver—let him rescue the one in whom he delights!”  Yet it was you who took me from the womb; you kept me safe on my mother’s breast.  10 On you I was cast from my birth, and since my mother bore me you have been my God.  11 Do not be far from me, for trouble is near, and there is no one to help.  12 Many bulls encircle me; strong bulls of Bashan surround me; 13 they open wide their mouths at me, like a ravening and roaring lion.  14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast; 15 my mouth is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death.  16 For dogs are all around me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they bound my hands and feet.  17 I can count all my bones.  They stare and gloat over me; 18 they divide my clothes among themselves, and for my clothing they cast lots.  19 But you, O Lord, do not be far away!  O my help, come quickly to my aid!  20 Deliver my soul from the sword, my life from the power of the dog!  21 Save me from the mouth of the lion!  From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued me.

Psalm 88

O Lord, God of my salvation, at night, when I cry out before you,let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry.  For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draws near to Sheol.  I am counted among those who go down to the Pit; I am like those who have no help, like those forsaken among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, like those whom you remember no more, for they are cut off from your hand.  You have put me in the depths of the Pit, in the regions dark and deep.  Your wrath lies heavy upon me, and you overwhelm me with all your waves.  Selah You have caused my companions to shun me; you have made me a thing of horror to them.  I am shut in so that I cannot escape; my eye grows dim through sorrow.  Every day I call on you, O Lord; I spread out my hands to you.  10 Do you work wonders for the dead?  Do the shades rise up to praise you?  Selah 11 Is your steadfast love declared in the grave or your faithfulness in Abaddon?  12 Are your wonders known in the darkness or your saving help in the land of forgetfulness?  13 But I, O Lord, cry out to you; in the morning my prayer comes before you.  14 O Lord, why do you cast me off?  Why do you hide your face from me?  15 Wretched and close to death from my youth up, I suffer your terrors; I am desperate.  16 Your wrath has swept over me; your dread assaults destroy me.  17 They surround me like a flood all day long; from all sides they close in on me.  18 You have caused friend and neighbor to shun me; my companions are in darkness.

Matthew 26:36-45

Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”  37 He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee and began to be grieved and agitated.  38 Then he said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me.”  39 And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me, yet not what I want but what you want.”  40 Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, “So, could you not stay awake with me one hour?  41 Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”  42 Again he went away for the second time and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.”  43 Again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy.  44 So leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words.  45 Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest?  Now the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.