This week, let’s meet a few doors down from the Tap House at The Half Barrel (formerly Bilotti’s). Around past the bar is a back seating area where we will gather.
As for a topic, let’s talk about the “Psalms of Ascent”. Psalms 120-134 were historically sung as people travelled “Up” to Jerusalem (since Jerusalem was built on a hill) for the Jewish Holy Days throughout each year. We will begin by reading Psalm 120: http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=292848405 and talk through what the poet is describing.
If you have time, also listen to Pastor Andrew Arndt’s 2013 sermon from the Denver-based Bloom, a community of house churches. You can find it at http://bloomchurch.bandcamp.com/track/oct6-blessed-are-the-distressed-ps-120 It gives some great context of how this psalm intertwines with life today.
Here are some questions to get things rolling:
- What life experiences might this Psalm be describing?
- Are there times in life when it is helpful to embrace pain and discomfort instead of trying to explain it away or cover it up?
- In Lent, what kind of a discipline or practice might help us to enter into this in-between space of unresolved pain and suffering?
See you there.