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Truth, Lament, and Healing

Feb 28, 2021 | Lent, Megan Ramer, Narrative Lectionary - Year 3, Sermons

Jesus tells the truth about the violence his people were both experiencing and perpetrating. That truth-telling leads to lament: “Jerusalem, Jerusalem… How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!” And only then, in the wake of truth-telling and collective lament, can people find their way to the imaginative, healing, liberating path of Jesus. The writing of Joanna Lawrence Shenk leads us into engaging some Mennonite-specific truth-telling and lament about Dr. Vincent Harding and his experience as a Black prophetic leader in the mostly white Mennonite Church from the 1960’s on. We want to be willing! May we tell the truth, lament, and courageously find our way along the healing and liberating path to our Mother Hen Jesus’ wings. [sermon begins at 20:15]



Megan M Ramer



Narrative Lectionary – Year 3 – Lent


Permission to podcast the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-726929. All rights reserved.

  • Together – Text and music: Nathan Grieser 2014, rev. 2018 © 2014
  • As a Sigh Great with Yearning – Text: Pierre Jacob, English adap. Andrew Donaldson, © 2017; Music: Gaetan de Courreges; harm. Didier Godel © 1988

Additional Resources

  • Thy Word is a Lamp Unto My Feet – VT 398 – Text and music: Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith © 1984

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