Sunday, Aug. 12 - Out of the Depths...
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplications!
If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with you,
so that you may be revered.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
more than those who watch for the morning,
more than those who watch for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the Lord!
For with the Lordthere is steadfast love,
and with him is great power to redeem.
It is he who will redeem Israel
from all its iniquities.
Adapted by Barbara Gibson
Out of the depths we cry to you, source of all!
Beloved, hear our voices!
Let your ears be open
to the sound of our prayers!
We wait for your presence; our souls wait,
and we hope for a comforting word.
Our souls wait for the beloved one
more than those who watch all night for the morning
more than those who wait for the sun to rise.
O people let us put our hope in the source!
For there we will find wisdom and compassion
and the power of renewal and change.
From the course of all, the people will find
the help we need in these terrible times.
Sermon: Out of the Depths
Pastor Tim Phillips
“Out of the depths” in Psalm 130 taps into all those stories we have to tell about the connection between loss and chaos.
If our ancestors saw the depths of the sea as a metaphor for the evil of chaos, it was the job of the divine to control it.
So we have this creation story in Genesis that says: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, and the earth was without form and void and the Spirit moved on the face of the deep.”
In other words, out of the depths of this chaos, the Spirit creates something new.
Be Thou My Vision
~ Bob Chilcott
Belle Chenault, soprano
~ Ruth Duck
Janet Whitlock, soprano