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, August 5, 2011

Daily Prayer, Friday, August 5, 2011

O God the Lord, let me hear what  you will speak, for you will speak  peace to your people, to your faithful, to those who turn to you in their hearts (from Psalm 85:8)

Invitatory Psalm Fri 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 76, 80

Daily Lectionary Reading, Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b
  •  Give thanks to the LORD ;
  • call upon his name;
  • make his deeds known
  • to all people!
  • 2 Sing to God;
  • sing praises to the Lord;
  • dwell on all his wondrous works!
  • 3 Give praise to God’s holy name!
  • Let the hearts rejoice of all those
  • seeking the LORD !
  • 4 Pursue the LORD and his strength;
  • seek his face always!
  • 5 Remember the wondrous works
  • he has done,
  • all his marvelous works,
  • and the justice he declared—
  • 6 you who are the offspring of Abraham, his servant,
  • and the children of Jacob,
  • his chosen ones.
  • 16 When God called for a famine in the land,
  • destroying every source of food,
  • 17 he sent a man ahead of them,
  • who was sold as a slave:
  • it was Joseph.
  • 18 Joseph’s feet hurt in his shackles;
  • his neck was in an iron collar,
  • 19 until what he predicted
  • actually happened,
  • until what the LORD had said
  • proved him true.
  • 20 The king sent for Joseph
  • and set him free;
  • the ruler of many people released him.
  • 21 The king made Joseph master of his house and ruler
  • over everything he owned,
  • 22 to make sure his princes acted according to his will,
  • and to teach wisdom to his advisors. 
  • 45 ...
  • Praise the LORD !

Today's Prayer (from Timeless Psalms): 
We give thanks for the way our forebears in the
faith trusted in God, and that they were never
disappointed in God’s guidance, mercy and care.
In ancient times, God led and blessed the people
chosen to be God’s own family; and through thick
and thin, God was there for them, especially in
their times of doubt and fear, and eventually led
them to their new home – just as God had promised.

Midday Psalm 119:122-128

Psalm 74

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