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.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Daily Prayer, Wednesday, August 17, 2011

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

Invitatory Psalm 100
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into the Lord’s presence with singing.

We know that you are God.
It is you that made us, and we are yours.
we are your people and the sheep of your pasture.

We enter your gates with thanksgiving,
and your courts with praise.
We give thanks to you, bless your name.
For you, O Lord, are good;
your steadfast love endures forever,
and your faithfulness to all generations.

Psalms 12, 13, 17

Daily Lectionary Reading, Psalm 138
I give thanks to you with all my heart, LORD I sing your praise before all other gods. 2 I bow toward your holy temple and thank your name for your loyal love and faithfulness because you have made your name and word greater than everything else.
3 On the day I cried out, you answered me. You encouraged me with inner strength. 4 Let all the earth’s rulers give thanks to you, LORD, when they hear what you say. 5 Let them sing about the LORD’s ways because the LORD’s glory is so great!
6 Even though the LORD is high, he can still see the lowly, but God keeps his distance from the arrogant. 7 Whenever I am in deep trouble, you make me live again; you send your power against my enemies’ wrath; you save me with your strong hand.
8 The LORD will do all this for my sake. Your faithful love lasts forever, LORD ! Don’t let go of what your hands have made. [Common English Bible]

Today's Prayer (from Timeless Psalms):
O Lord my God, in confident trust I come to worship you.
My life experiences have been complex and often filled with
anguish and pain; yet it is because of these things that
I now come before you now, content in your care of me
through all these challenge and struggles. O my God your
steadfast love has upheld me, even when I have been out
of my depths and bewildered by life - with all its upheavals.
You are always ‘there’ for me, and I praise your holy name!

If used in shared worship, please provide an acknowledgement as follows:
© 2010 Joan Stott – "The Timeless Psalms" RCL Psalm Year C, used with permission.

Midday Psalm 119:17-24

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