It took a year to read the Bible, then almost 9 months to read the Apocrypha. Now, I'm going to try to offer reflections on the Narrative Lectionary. But, I won't be posting daily--at least, for a while.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Daily Prayer, Thursday, June 23, 2011

I will sing to you, Lord, for you have dealt bountifully with me.

Invitatory Psalm 150
Praise the Lord!

We praise you in your sanctuary;
we praise you in your mighty firmament!
We praise you for your mighty deeds;
We praise you according to your surpassing greatness!
We praise you with trumpet sound;
We praise you with tambourine and dance;
We praise you with strings and pipe!
We praise you with clanging cymbals;
We praise you with loud clashing cymbals!

Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!

Psalms 19, 20, 21
Daily Lectionary Reading, Genesis 22:1-8

Lectio Divina
Abraham said, "God himself will provide the lamb for a burnt offering, my son." So the two of he walked on together (Genesis 22:8).

How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I bear pain in my soul, and have sorrow in my heart all day long? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? (Psalm 13:1-2)

Prayer for Today:
Faithful God, we come before you with our needs,
with all our fears, our anxieties, all our uncertainties
and our doubts. As we wallow in the midst of our
deep inner anguish of the soul, we can’t seem to
find you in that dark and empty space inside each of us.
But dear God, where are you, we can’t find you?

We have a deep sense of alienation from our God!
Has this been brought on by our spiritual disobedience?
Have we allowed the pressures of life to undermine
our faith and trust in our Faithful and Forgiving God?
Have we separated ourselves from God by our lack
of commitment to God’s ways, to God’s guidance?

Ever-present God, deep in our souls there is even still
that comforting reassurance that comes from a lifetime
of trusting in God, that, even though we feel alienated
from God, we know that God is never far from us—
never further than our breath, and closer than touch.
We rejoice in God’s unfailing mercies; we celebrate
the constancy of our God; and even though there may
still be a darkness in our soul, there is also joy and light—
because God’s face is turned towards us, and God’s
ear is always attentive to our needs and hears our fears.
Let us sing for joy for the renewing powers of our God. Amen.
If used in shared worship, please provide an acknowledgement as follows:
© 2011 Joan Stott – "The Timeless Psalms" RCL Psalm Year A, used with permission.[13]a_2011.htm

Midday Psalm 119:25-32

Psalms 22, 28

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