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Service of Lament

A worship service from the Vital Worship Grants Event 2020 called a "Service of Lament."

Prelude: “There Is a Balm in Gilead”

Call to Worship: Matthew 11:28–29

Opening Prayer

Scripture: Psalm 88

Musical Lament: “O Lord, Hear My Prayer”

Prayer of Lament: for those who have lost their lives due to Covid-19

Prayer of Lament: for the changes to congregational song and in-sanctuary worship

Prayer of Lament: for the changes to community 

Musical Lament: “O Lord, Hear My Prayer”

Prayer of Confession: for racism

Prayer of Lament: for lives lost due to racism 

Musical Lament: “O Lord, Hear My Prayer” 

Scripture: Psalm 13 

Concluding Prayer 


Postlude: “How Can I Keep from Singing”

This service was led by:

David Bailey, Mary Bardolph, Emily Brink, Dale Cooper, Will Groenendyk, Betsy Steele Halstead, Chan Gyu Jang, Carlos Lemagne, Barbara Newman, Cornelius Plantinga, Jr., Paul Ryan, Kathy Smith, Reginald Smith, and Rebecca Snippe


“There Is a Balm of Gilead”
Text and Tune: African American Spiritual. 

“O Lord, Hear My Prayer”
Text: Psalm 102:1-2; adapt. The Community of Taizé. Tune: Jacques Berthier (1923-1994) © 1991 Ateliers et Presses de Taizé, Taizé Community, France, GIAPublications, Inc., exclusive North American agent.
All rights reserved. Reprinted under A-703303.

“How Can I Keep from Singing” 
Text and Tune: Robert Lowry; arr. Timothy Shaw © 2013 Hope Publishing Company.
Used by permission. CCLI #400063.