As the second of two services to practice lament, Pastor Sharon Brown opened chapel by reading Psalms 42 and 43. Pastor Gibson spoke about community prayer, discussing how our culture is more individualistic, but that many cultures do things together: eat together, prayer together, lament together. He read for us Psalms 60 and 85, both of which are communal laments. The rest of chapel was spent in small groups in a time of prayer.

Due to the nature of this chapel, no audio is provided.


Sharon Garlough Brown (GRTS adjunct faculty) is an author, retreat speaker and spiritual director. A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, Sharon has served on the pastoral staff of congregations in Scotland, Oklahoma, England and most recently in West Michigan, where she co-pastored Redeemer Covenant Church with her husband, Jack, for many years. Her spiritual formation novels, “Sensible Shoes” and “Two Steps Forward,” follow the journey of characters who are learning to rest in the love of God. Her third novel in the Sensible Shoes series, “Barefoot,” was released by InterVarsity Press earlier this month.

Rev. Dr. Walter R. Gibson, Jr., currently serves as pastor of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Lansing, Mich. Having earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Southern Methodist University, Dr. Gibson began his theological training at the College of Biblical Studies (Houston, TX), and Houston Graduate School of Theology where he earned his master’s degree (2001) and Doctor of Ministry (2014). He is the author of the inspirational book “No More Business As Usual.” He is married to the love of his life, Tarsha Gibson, and they have two dynamic sons, Cameron and Christian.