Week 1—Discovering Our Hunger (Psalm 107:1-9)

Week 1—Discovering Our Hunger (Psalm 107:1-9)

After asking ourselves the questions provided at the beginning of the exercise, we wrote poems including our answers.  Then the groups shared their responses with all of us in response to what we hear about the church, what we notice about our feelings, and what we need to ask from God for this interim time. Click here to read the poems.

1.  First of all, we noted that participants were being honest and open, feeling as if they can express what they are feeling without fear of being rejected.  They admitted to being upset and feeling lost and having high emotions about the process.  They want change, but they want it NOW, frustrated with the process.  Our congregation includes realists and idealists, and we are trying to bring both camps together to find a common path. 

Questions for Additional Consideration:

  • What are your emotions at this time? 

  • If you are frustrated, is your frustration with the process (length of time, type of activities or seeming lack of activity, etc.) causing anxiety and, therefore, fear?

  • Do you feel comfortable expressing your concerns and ideas?  Why or why not? 

2.  Generally, the group expressed that we are choosing to remain positive and prayerful and choosing to be unwavering toward our goals.  We are looking for leadership and are accepting of it.  We are seeking guidance and direction, peace and joy, as we wait for God’s vision and patience as we wait for one another. 

Questions for Additional Consideration:

  • Toward which goals are we unwavering? 

  • Are we willing to compromise and/or adjust our focus? 

  • Which leadership are we accepting of, the leadership we will find with a new pastor, the leadership we have at this time, or both?

  • Could opening our minds to new possibilities lower our anxiety?

  • 3.  Finally, the group described our congregation as one based in servanthood and caring, supportive of the process and especially of the common good.  This makes us hopeful and positive.  We ask God for loving hearts, able to accept and understand one another, able to compromise, and able to forgive one another and ourselves.  We hope to be tolerant of one another and to have the strength, courage, and faith to speak to one another in love.  One person suggested that we are distracted by certain things and forget what is truly important to God.

  • Is there someone in the congregation (please don’t name out loud!) for whom you are intolerant or to whom you feel you cannot speak openly?  Pray for that person, for their needs, for their healing, for God’s blessing on them. 

  • Spend time in prayer, asking God what you can do to be a part of change and seeking to hear God’s voice and leading in your own heart.

  • Ask God to give you the clarity to express your thoughts in a manner that the other person can hear, and to help you hear what he or she is saying.  Ask God for the courage and faith to forgive, even if they he or she has not requested it.

  • Ask God to heal our anxiety and turn it into faith and love, for God, for one another, and for our community and world.