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.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Daily Prayer, Monday, July 4, 2011

Accept my offerings of praise, O Lord, and teach me your ordinances (Psalm 119:109)


Invitatory Psalm Monday 95
O come, let us sing to the Lord:
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
We come into your presence with thanksgiving;
we make a joyful noise to you with songs of praise.
You, Lord, are a great God,

In your hands are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are yours also.
The sea is yours, for you have made it,
and the dry land, which your hands have formed.

Psalms 57, 61, 64

Daily Lectionary Reading, Matthew 13:1-9
That day Jesus went out of the house and sat down beside the lake. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he climbed into a boat and sat down. The whole crowd was standing on the shore.

3 He said many things to them in parables: “A farmer went out to scatter seed. 4 As he was scattering seed, some fell on the path, and birds came and ate it. 5 Other seed fell on rocky ground where the soil was shallow. They sprouted immediately because the soil wasn’t deep. 6 But when the sun came up, it scorched the plants, and they dried up because they had no roots. 7 Other seed fell among thorny plants. The thorny plants grew and choked them.

8 Other seed fell on good soil and bore fruit, in one case a yield of one hundred to one, in another case a yield of sixty to one, and in another case a yield of thirty to one.

9 Everyone who has ears should pay attention.” [Common English Bible]

Prayer for Today:
You sent your word to us to show us the way, but we are not always willing to receive it or benefit from it. O Lord, we repent for allowing distractions to get in our way, to let our own inattentiveness keep us from watchfulness, and our weakness in face of temptation. You have given us ears--we now ask you to help us turn them on. Amen.

Midday Psalm 119:89-96

Psalms 87, 88, 91

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