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.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Daily Prayer, Tuesday, March 13, 2012

We thank you, Lord, 
 for your steadfast love,
for your wonderful works
to humankind.

Invitatory Psalm 6
O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger,
  or discipline me in your wrath.
Be gracious to me, O Lord
for I am languishing;
O Lord, heal me,
  for my bones are shaking with terror.
My soul also is struck with terror,
  while you, O Lord—how long?
Turn, O Lord, save my life;
deliver me for the sake of your steadfast love.
I am weary with my moaning;
every night I flood my bed with tears;
I drench my couch with my weeping.
My eyes waste away because of grief;
they grow weak because of all my foes.

Depart from me, all you workers of evil,
  for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.
The Lord has heard my supplication;
the Lord accepts my prayer.

Psalm 65
Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion;
   and to you shall vows be performed,
O you who answer prayer!
   To you all flesh shall come.

When deeds of iniquity overwhelm us,
   you forgive our transgressions.

Happy are those whom you choose
   and bring near to live in your courts.
We shall be satisfied with the goodness
   of your house, your holy temple.

By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance,
   O God of our salvation;
you are the hope of all the ends of the earth
   and of the farthest seas.
By your strength you established the mountains;
you are girded with might.
You silence the roaring of the seas,
   the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples.

Those who live at earth’s farthest bounds
   are awed by your signs;
you make the gateways of the morning
   and the evening shout for joy.
You visit the earth and water it,
you greatly enrich it;
the river of God is full of water;
you provide the people with grain,
   for so you have prepared it.
You water its furrows abundantly,
   settling its ridges, softening it with showers,
   and blessing its growth.

You crown the year with your bounty;
your wagon tracks overflow with richness.
The pastures of the wilderness overflow,
the hills gird themselves with joy,
the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,
the valleys deck themselves with grain,
they shout and sing together for joy.

Psalm 66
Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth;
we sing the glory of your name;
we give you glorious praise.

Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
Because of your great power, 
your enemies cringe before you.
All the earth worships you;
they sing praises to you, 
sing praises to your name.”

Come and see what God has done:
God is awesome in deeds among mortals.
God turned the sea into dry land;
they passed through the river on foot.
There we rejoiced in the One who rules forever,
   whose eyes keep watch on the nations
   — let the rebellious not exalt themselves.

Bless our God, O peoples, 
let the sound of  praise be heard,
who has kept us among the living, 
and has not let our feet slip.
If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, 
the Lord would not have listened.
But truly God has listened 
and has given heed to the words of my prayer.
Blessed be God, you have not rejected my prayer
   or removed your steadfast love from me.

Psalm 70
Be pleased, O God, to deliver me.
O Lord, make haste to help me!
Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you.
Let those who love your salvation
   say evermore, “God is great!”

I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God!
You are my help and my deliverer;
O Lord, do not delay!
Daily Lectionary Reading, John 3:18-24
18 Whoever believes in him isn’t judged; whoever doesn’t believe in him is already judged, because they don’t believe in the name of God’s only Son. 19 “This is the basis for judgment: The light came into the world, and people loved darkness more than the light, for their actions are evil. 20 All who do wicked things hate the light and don’t come to the light for fear that their actions will be exposed to the light. 21 Whoever does the truth comes to the light so that it can be seen that their actions were done in God.” 22 After this Jesus and his disciples went into Judea, where he spent some time with them and was baptizing. 23 John was baptizing at Aenon near Salem because there was a lot of water there, and people were coming to him and being baptized. (24 John hadn’t yet been thrown into prison.) [Common English Bible]

Prayer for Today: O God, you have sent your Son to us. We confess that we have not always paid attention to the teachings and examples he gave to us. We have not noticed or we have gone our own way or we have preferred what others have offered to what he has required. Forgive us now. Help us to see the light. Help us to form our actions into what is pleasing to you. Amen.

Midday Psalm 119:97-104
Oh, how I love your law!
It is my meditation all day long.
Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,
  for it is always with me.
I have more understanding than all my teachers,
 for your decrees are my meditation.
I understand more than the aged,
   for I keep your precepts.
I hold back my feet from every evil way,
   in order to keep your word.
I do not turn away from your ordinances,
  for you have taught me.
How sweet are your words to my taste,
  sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Through your precepts I get understanding;
   therefore I hate every false way.

Psalm 102
Hear my prayer, O Lord; let my cry come to you.
Do not hide your face from me in the day of my distress.
Incline your ear to me;
answer me speedily in the day when I call.
I lie awake; I am like a lonely bird on the housetop.
All day long my enemies taunt me;
those who deride me use my name for a curse.
My days are like an evening shadow;
I wither away like grass.
But you, O Lord, are enthroned forever;
your name endures to all generations.

You will regard the prayer of the destitute,
   and will not despise their prayer.
Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth,
   and the heavens are the work of your hands.
They will perish, but you endure;
they will all wear out like a garment.
You change them like clothing, and they pass away;
   but you are the same, and your years have no end.
The children of your servants shall live secure;
their offspring shall be established in your presence.

Psalm 103
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me,
   bless your holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
   we do not forget all your benefits —
   who forgives all our iniquity,
   who heals all our diseases,
   who redeems our life from the Pit,
   who crowns us with steadfast love and mercy,
   who satisfies us with good as long as we live
        so that our youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Lord works vindication and justice 
for all who are oppressed.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
   slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

You will not always accuse, 
nor will you keep your anger forever.
You do not deal with us according to our sins,
   nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
   so great is your steadfast love toward those who fear you;
   as far as the east is from the west,
   so far you removes our transgressions from us.

As a parent has compassion for his children,
   so you have compassion for those who fear you.
For you know how we were made; 
you remember that we are dust.
As for mortals, their days are like grass;
they flourish like a flower of the field;
   for the wind passes over it,
   and it is gone,
   and its place knows it no more.

But the steadfast love of the Lord is
   from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear you,
   and you righteousness to children’s children,
   to those who keep your covenant
        and remember to do your commandments.
You have established your throne in the heavens,
   and your kingdom rules over all.….
Bless the Lord, O my soul.

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