Grace Lutheran Church
Sunday, April 05, 2020
A congregation of the ELCA, serving Ormond Beach since 1961

Activities

We are cancelling the Wednesday Lenten service for April lst.
Please use the Lenten Reflections prepared by Pastor Meyer for this week's service.

 

 
 Dear Friends at Grace Lutheran in Ormond Beach, 


Our Lenten midweek series theme to accompany the Soup Suppers was The Psalms of Lent.  Our plan was to use the psalms that are assigned for each Sunday in Lent for our evening reflection and then pray those psalms daily the following week.  Because of social distancing during the pandemic,  we have had to cancel our midweek suppers and services.  I have been encouraging you to continue to pray these Psalms at home and am offering weekly reflections for each one.  I hope last Wednesday's email was helpful and I'm sure that Psalm 23, last week's psalm, was especially comforting during this last stressful week.

The psalm assigned for last Sunday was Psalm 130.

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 Lord there is steadfast love,
    and with him is great power to redeem.
It is he who will redeem Israel
    from all its iniquities.

The psalmist calls to mind the watery depths that are a biblical symbol of chaos, confusion, depression and despair in verse 1. Verse 2 is a cry for help.  Verse 3 is sometimes translated "If You were to mark iniquities" meaning pay attention to or hold against us our unjust actions. The Psalmist is acknowledging that if God "got even" with us we would be sunk. Yet, Yet, in verse 4 the saving reversal is that God offers forgiveness, grace, so that we can (not be afraid of God) hold God in a deep respect tinged with awe. Amazing grace. That grace says verse 5 is our only hope, God's word of promised forgiveness. And so, in verse 6 hope is on tiptoes in anticipation of God making things right.  
In verse 7, the Psalmist turns from the personal and private to the public and prophetic. All Israel is called to join in waiting for God to act.  God will act with "hesed" the Hebrew word that is translated "covenant faithfulness ", "loving kindness", "steadfast love ".   The Hebrew word "Ga al" is used in verses 7 and 8 and refers to the practice of buying back land that was last or a relative who was enslaved because of debt. God is our "next of kin" and has plenteous resources to make things right. 


May God bless you through Psalm 130 as you pray through it and into it this week.
God bless,
Pastor Meyer 

 

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Pastor Dennis Meyer 

Interim Pastor 

Worship - Sunday Mornings at 10:00 am
Bible Study - Thursdays at 10:00am (September through May)
Quilting Group - Tuesdays at 9:30 am (September through May)
Choir - Mondays at 6:30 pm an Sundays at 9 am (September through May)
Bell Choir - Wednesdays at 5:30 pm (September through May)
Confirmation Class - Thursdays at 4:15 pm (September through May) 
 
Any questions?  Feel free to call the church office at 677-9141 for more information.