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 2, 2011

Daily Prayer, Saturday, July 2

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

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.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you.

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you judge the peoples with equity
and guide the nations upon earth.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you.

The earth has yielded its increase;
God, our God, has blessed us.
May God continue to bless us;
let all the ends of the earth revere you.

Psalms 50, 51

Daily Lectionary Reading, Psalm 145:8-14
8 “The LORD is merciful and compassionate, very patient, and full of faithful love.
9 The LORD is good to everyone and everything; God’s compassion extends to all his handiwork.”
10 All that you have made gives thanks to you, LORD; all your faithful ones bless you!
11 They speak of the glory of your kingdom; they talk all about your power, 12 to inform all human beings about God’s power and the majestic glory of God’s kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is a kingship that lasts forever; your rule endures for all generations.
The LORD is trustworthy in all that he says, faithful in all that he does.(y)
14 The LORD supports all who fall down, straightens up all who are bent low.

[y LXX, DSS (11QPs a ), Syr; MT lacks these lines, but they correspond to the nun line in the alphabetic acrostic poem. Common English Bible]

Today's prayer:
O Lord, you have shown us mercy, compassion, and faithful love. And you have shown mercy, compassion, and faithful love to many others that we have difficulty showing any mercy or compassion or love of any kind. We give you thanks for what you have done for us, and ask that you help us to understand what it means that you are King, that your concern is with all the world, not just with our particular corner of it. Support us when we fail to understand, or understanding, fail to carry out, your intentions for us. Amen.

Psalms 75, 77

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