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.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Daily Prayer, Thursday, September 29, 2011

Restore us, O God;
 let your face shine, that we may be saved.


Invitatory Psalm 150
Praise the Lord!

We praise you in your sanctuary;
we praise you in your mighty firmament!
We praise you for your mighty deeds;
We praise you according to your surpassing greatness!
We praise you with trumpet sound;
We praise you with tambourine and dance;
We praise you with strings and pipe!
We praise you with clanging cymbals;
We praise you with loud clashing cymbals!

Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!

Psalm 73

Daily Lectionary Reading, Exodus 20:7-9, 12-20

2 I am the LORD your God who brought you out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
3 You must have no other gods before me.
4 Do not make an idol for yourself—no form whatsoever—of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth. 5 Do not bow down to them or worship them, because I, the LORD your God, am a passionate God. I punish children for their parents’ sins even to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me. 6 But I am loyal and gracious to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.
7 Do not use the LORD your God’s name as if it were of no significance; the LORD won’t forgive anyone who uses his name that way.
12 Honor your father and your mother so that your life will be long on the fertile land that the LORD your God is giving you. 13 Do not kill. 14 Do not commit adultery. 15 Do not steal. 16 Do not testify falsely against your neighbor. 17 Do not desire your neighbor’s house. Do not desire and try to take your neighbor’s wife, male or female servant, ox, donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor. 18 When all the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the sound of the horn, and the mountain smoking, the people shook with fear and stood at a distance. 19 They said to Moses, “ You speak to us, and we’ll listen. But don’t let God speak to us, or we’ll die. ” 20 Moses said to the people, “ Don’t be afraid, because God has come only to test you and to make sure you are always in awe of God so that you don’t sin. ” 21 The people stood at a distance while Moses approached the thick darkness in which God was present.
Prayer for Today ([27]a_2011.htm):

God of light and God of darkness, God of many words, and God who does not need words, we are surrounded day and night by messages from God. All creation sings the praise of our Creating God; the skies tell the same message day after day, night after night; with God’s glory and majestic power the theme of their wordless messages and tuneless songs of praise. Our human limitations prevent us from adequately describing the wonders of our God, and we can only make do with words such as ‘speechless awe’ and in ‘breathless wonder’ of our God. God of wisdom and understanding, with hearts and minds filled with praise and thankfulness, we gather to meditate on God’s creative powers, and the way that God has given us laws by which to live in community; with the potential for each of us to respect and honour our ‘neighbour’; and to live together in harmony within God’s reign of peace and justice. We seek God’s blessing as we strive to obey these laws, which also calls us to praise and worship God with each part of our humanity.
If used in shared worship, please provide an acknowledgement as follows:
© 2011 Joan Stott – "The Timeless Psalms" RCL Psalm Year A, used with permission.

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