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, August 20, 2011

Daily Prayer, Saturday, August 20, 2011

I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart.


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

Psalms 26, 27, 29

Daily Lectionary Reading, Psalm 124
If the LORD hadn’t been for us— let Israel now repeat!— 2 if the LORD hadn’t been for us, when those people attacked us, 3 then they would have swallowed us up whole with their rage burning against us! 4 Then the waters would have drowned us; the torrent would have come over our necks;p 5 then the raging waters would have come over our necks! 6 Bless the LORD because he didn’t hand us over like food for our enemies’ teeth! 7 We escaped like a bird from the hunters’ trap; the trap was broken so we escaped! 8 Our help is in the name of the LORD , the maker of heaven and earth. [Common English Bible]

Today's Prayer (from Timeless Prayers)
The external and internal things that entrap individuals
and nations usually relate to greed, selfishness, and
poor choices in priorities. We can just as easily be
devoured by self-indulgence as by torrents of flood waters;
we can also be swallowed up by pride in our achievements
as by rampant wild-fires; and we can easily be destroyed
by powerful storms as by the forces of exclusiveness.

Blessed be the God of our ancestors, who has loved us
all, including me, and has given me the assurance that
nothing in life or death can separate me from God, not
because God is on ‘my side’, but because God is all loving;
all merciful; all forgiving; and that as my Creator, Deliverer,
Sustainer and Renewer, I can confidently journey with God.
If used in shared worship, please provide an acknowledgement as follows:
© 2010 Joan Stott – "The Timeless Psalms" RCL Psalm Year C, used with permission.

Psalms 35:1-3, 9-28; 38

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