Bringing Our Pain to God: biblical lament in worship

by Steve Huyser-Honig, Joan Huyser-Honig. Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, June 2008.


This article describes biblical lament in real congregations and explores how Christians can bring pain and grief to God in worship.


tips to incorporate lament into worship; guidance on building a library of psalms; questions for discussion; links to additional resources

Recommended Audience

clergy and worship leaders



Practical Applications

  • Encourage lament and grieving in worship by with these ideas for preaching and songs.
  • Discern how to facilitate lament during worship by using the discussion questions with your team.

About the Contributor

Kelly Minas

Kelly Minas designs and directs evaluation processes for grants, resource consulting, and educational programs at the Center for Congregations. Kelly received an undergraduate degree in American culture from Vassar College, where she was active in interfaith work on campus, and a master’s degree in contemporary sociology from the University of Leicester in England.

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