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.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Daily Prayer, Sunday, August 25, 2013

In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me;
incline your ear to me and save me. (Psalm 71:2-3)

Invitatory Psalm 24
The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,
   the world, and those who live in it.

You have founded it on the seas
   and established it on the rivers.

Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
And who shall stand in your holy place?
Those who have clean hands and pure hearts,
who do not lift up their souls to what is false,
   and do not swear deceitfully.
They will receive blessing from the Lord,
   and vindication from the God of their salvation.
Such is the company of those who seek you,
   who seek the face of the God of Jacob.

Lift up your heads, O gates!
and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is the King of glory?
The Lord, strong and mighty,
the Lord, mighty in battle.

Who is this King of glory?
the Lord of hosts,
You are the King of glory.

Psalms 90, 92, 93

Daily Lectionary Reading, Hebrews 12:25-29
25 See to it that you don’t resist the one who is speaking. If the people didn’t escape when they refused to listen to the one who warned them on earth, how will we escape if we reject the one who is warning from heaven? 26 His voice shook the earth then, but now he has made a promise: Still once more I will shake not only the earth but heaven also. [l] 27 The words “ still once more ” reveal the removal of what is shaken—the things that are part of this creation—so that what isn’t shaken will remain. 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that can’t be shaken, let’s continue to express our gratitude. [m] With this gratitude, let’s serve [n] in a way that is pleasing to God with respect and awe, 29 because our God really is a consuming fire. _________________________________________________ l Exod 19:18 m Or hold on to grace n Or offer priestly service
[Common English Bible]

Prayer for Today: God, open our ears to listen to your word. Open our mouths to express thanks for your gifts to us. Open our entire lives and will to please you. Amen.

Psalms 108, 109

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