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June 26, 2022
Series: Psalms: Rhythms of Grace
Title: Learning to Lament
Scripture: Psalm 42
Words to Consider:
Lament stems from an acute experience of pain, be it physical, emotional, or spiritual. It is the human response to anguish and adversity… Lament is an act of protest as the lamenter is allowed to express indignation and even outrage about the experience of suffering. The lamenter talks back to God and ultimately petitions him for help, in the midst of pain. The one who laments can call out to God for help, and in that outcry there is the hope and even the manifestation of praise. – Soong-Chan Rah, Prophetic Lament
A broken heart that doesn’t lament can breed unbelief. – Paul Miller, A Loving Life
As we make our way along the shadowy twists and turns of the way of lament, two questions confront us again and again… God, where are you?… [and] God, if You love me, then why? – Michael Card
To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of this world. – Karl Barth
Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak whispers the o’er fraught heart / and bids it break. – William Shakespeare, Macbeth
Trailhead Men’s Bible Study
Starting Wednesday, June 22, join us for a weekly one-hour men’s Bible study on the remarkable life of Jacob – a liar, loser, and loner who received overpowering grace from a hands-on God. We’ll be reading through Genesis 25-50 over the course of seven weeks. Jacob’s life speaks to our desire for approval and how God sometimes wrestles with us to bless us. Join us every Wednesday from 8 pm – 9 pm for a lively discussion here in the Trailhead sanctuary. Even if you can’t make it every week, come to the weeks that you’re able. We’ll keep the study to just one hour each week and will then head over to Recess for those who are interested. For details, contact SJ Morrison at 618-558-3062 or stm11@hotmail.com.
Building Work Day
Mark your calendars for July 23: we will be having a work day here at Trailhead from 8 am to 3 pm to clean up and fix up some projects around the building.  No special skills are required (although they are always appreciated), just a willingness to help and a desire to serve side-by-side with your church family!  More details will come soon.
Helpful Links
Shoot Christians Say is a way too familiar montage of just how strange we as believers can sound to outsiders. I’m not sure it qualifies as a “Helpful Link,” but it is funny… so maybe that alone makes it helpful!
Community is a huge value at Trailhead – we say it all the time: Life change happens best in small groups where you can know and be known, love and be loved. At the heart of community is friendship. The Atlantic ran an article that talked about the importance of friendship and the essential elements that make friendship possible. (Just a big FYI – all six of these elements are in play in the regular practice of our Community Groups.)
Last Sunday, I shared that a group of Trailhead people supported Be A Bridge NFP in their Juneteenth celebration by providing food for their feast. I’ve had a number of conversations where people simply didn’t know the history or context of Juneteenth celebrations. This is a super short article from Joe Carter over at The Gospel Coalition highlighting 9 things that you should know about Juneteenth.
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