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.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Daily Prayer, Friday, July 1

All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and your faithful ones shall bless you!

Invitatory Psalm 118
O Lord, we give thanks to to you, for you are good;
your steadfast love endures forever!
Out of my distress I called on the Lord;
the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place.
With the Lord on my side I do not fear.
What can mortals do to me?
Open to me the gates of righteousness,
that I may enter through them
and give thanks to the Lord.

This is the gate of the Lord;
the righteous shall enter through it.

Psalms 41, 42, 43, 47

Daily Lectionary Reading, Zechariah 4:9-12
9 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion.
Sing aloud, Daughter Jerusalem.
Look, your king will come to you.
He is righteous and victorious.
He is humble and riding on an ass,
on a colt, the offspring of a donkey.
10 He will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
and the warhorse from Jerusalem.
The bow used in battle will be cut off;
he will speak peace to the nations.
His rule will stretch from sea to sea,
and from the river
to the ends of the earth.
11 Moreover, by the blood of your covenant,
I will release your prisoners
from the waterless pit.
12 Return to the stronghold,
prisoners of hope.
Moreover, declare today
that I will return double to you. [Common English Bible]

Prayer for today:
We rejoice, O Christ,
for in your tender compassion
you should our burdens and ease our heavy hearts.
Give us the strength to carry each other
as you have carried us. Amen.
(RCL Prayers, Fortress Press)

Midday Psalm 119:78-88

Psalm 74

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