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.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Daily Prayer, Saturday, July 16

Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart to revere your name (Psalm 86:11)

Invitatory Psalm 67
God, be gracious to us and bless us
and make your face to shine upon us,
that your way may be known upon earth,
your saving power among all nations.


Psalms 141, 146

Daily Lectionary Reading, Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24

  • LORD , you have examined me.
  • You know me.
  • 2 You know when I sit down
  • and when I stand up.
  • Even from far away,
  • you comprehend my plans.
  • 3 You study my traveling and resting.
  • You are thoroughly familiar
  • with all my ways.
  • 4 There isn’t a word on my tongue, LORD ,
  • that you don’t
  • already know completely.
  • 5 You surround me—front and back.
  • You put your hand on me.
  • 6 That kind of knowledge
  • is too much for me;
  • it’s so high above me
  • that I can’t fathom it.
  • 7 Where could I go to get away
  • from your spirit?
  • Where could I go to escape
  • your presence?
  • 8 If I went up to heaven,
  • you would be there.
  • If I went down to the grave,
  • you would be there too!
  • 9 If I could fly on the wings of dawn,
  • stopping to rest only
  • on the far side of the ocean—
  • 10 even there your hand would guide me;
  • even there your strong hand
  • would hold me tight!
  • 11 If I said, “ The darkness will definitely hide me;
  • the light will become night around me, ”
  • 12 even then the darkness
  • isn’t too dark for you!
  • Nighttime would shine bright as day
  • because darkness is the same
  • as light to you!

  • 23 Examine me, God! Look at my heart!
  • Put me to the test!
  • Know my anxious thoughts!
  • 24 Look to see if there is any idolatrous way  in me,
  • then lead me on the eternal path!

Prayer for Today (from Joan Stott):
All-Knowing God, whilst I can try to hide much of my inner
being from other people, either because I am ashamed—
or because I want to hold something of me back to retain
some private distance from people; I know I cannot hide
from you. Do I hide from others because they may not like
me if they really knew me? Do I fear not being loved, liked
or even accepted by others? Why should this matter to me?
I can only say and pray ‘Thank you, God’ that God still loves
and accepts me. How very blest I am with this knowledge.


All-Loving God, you live in the depths of my being, deeper
than any technology can reach, and deeper than any probing
by learned people, and when I open myself to your presence—
you permeate my whole being with your tenderness and love.
Why would I want to escape from such love and understanding?

If used in shared worship, please provide an acknowledgement as follows:
© 2011 Joan Stott – "The Timeless Psalms" RCL Psalm Year A, used with permission.

Psalms 140, 142, 143

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