Good News for the Hurting // Luke 7:11-15

The only way out is through.
— Robert Frost

The Christian life is anything but the exemplar of ease and comfort that many of us seek. But what we receive, what we have, is God himself. Particularly, in times of dire affliction and distress, the LORD promises us himself, unconditionally and unreservedly. He is with us in our deepest anguish, heartache, and despair. And he will never leave nor forsake us! Yes, Jesus Christ is the Good News for the Hurting, and he is Good News even unto death; because Jesus, the destroyer of Death, is with us.


CALL TO WORSHIP

Body of Christ, let us prepare our hearts to receive the Lord, Giver of Life, Healer and Redeemer.
Lord, open our hearts and minds to receive your Word.

He is the Alpha and the Omega. Through Him, we have everlasting life.
Let our hands and feet be ready to worship you, Lord.

He is the Father and the Sacrificial Lamb. In him, all things begin and end. He is Creator of all things, and we beloved characters in the tale of His glory.
Lord, let words of praise spring from our lips. Let songs of praise pour from our mouths.

The Lord God is our Savior, our only need.
We are sustained by His hands and nourished by His word.
Heavenly Father, we gather to worship in need of your sustaining love.
Still our minds and grant peace to our souls as we hear your Word.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION 

Heavenly Father, the life of this world is a life of suffering.
Everywhere we look there is brokenness, sin, and pain.
We confess that we are a people prone to hopelessness in dark places.
We cannot see a way out of our despair.


In our grief and anguish, we turn to worldly vices, staring blankly at TV screens,
numbing our minds with drink, eating ourselves into comfort. We are in need of your Grace.
Lord, remind us that we will never be abandoned. 

In our pain, we believe it is up to us.
That we alone carry the weight of the world.
That we alone are left to fix it.
Lord, remind us that your love is sustaining.
Remind us that in you, all is possible. 


Father, for your people, you endured the weight of all sin, past and present.
You are both the Shepherd and the Lamb. You are the everlasting Light.
We lay our burdens at your feet that you may take them up. 
We praise the Light, for we have seen the darkness. Grant us your peace. Amen.