Scripture Montage of Jeremiah for 2 Readers
A: Hear these words of the prophet – scripture one and all – that capture daylight and darkness of life with God. All uttered in relationship to God, all freeing us to embrace honesty as fundamental for mental and human health.
B: Your words were found, and I ate them,
and your words became to me a joy
and the delight of my heart;
for I am called by your name,
O Lord, God of hosts.
A: I did not sit in the company of merrymakers,
nor did I rejoice; Why is my pain unceasing,
my wound incurable,
refusing to be healed?
Truly, you are to me like a deceitful brook,
like waters that fail.
B: Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob,
and raise shouts for the chief of the nations;
proclaim, give praise, and say,
‘Save, O Lord, your people,
the remnant of Israel.’
A: O that my head were a spring of water,
and my eyes a fountain of tears,
so that I might weep day and night.
B: You will be in the right, O Lord,
when I lay charges against you;
but let me put my case to you…
I was like a gentle lamb
led to the slaughter.
A:: Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed;
save me, and I shall be saved;
for you are my praise.
B: O Lord, you have enticed me,
and I was enticed;
you have overpowered me,
and you have prevailed.
I have become a laughing-stock all day long;
everyone mocks me.
A: Jeremiah, and all Scripture, invite us to say what is so for ourselves – this is how I feel, these are my struggles, this is what stops me. Hear how God responds to Jeremiah in the midst of his struggles and life:
B: But as for you, have no fear, my servant Jacob, says the Lord,
and do not be dismayed, O Israel;
for I am going to save you from far away,
For I am with you, says the Lord, to save you.
A: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end, they are new every morning, great is your faithfulness.”
Citations are not meant to be read publicly, but here are Jerimiah’s scripture references, in order read:
B: 15:16, 31:7, 12:1&11:19, 20:7, 30:10.
A: 15:18, 9:1, 17:14, and Lamentations 3:22-23.