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, September 21, 2013

Daily Prayer, Saturday, September 21, 2013

Help us, O God of our salvation,
for the glory of your name;
deliver us, and forgive our sins,
for your name’s sake. (Psalm 79:9)

Invitatory Psalm
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.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you.

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you judge the peoples with equity
and guide the nations upon earth.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you.

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

Daily Lectionary Reading, Psalm 79:1-9
The nations have come into your inheritance, God! They’ve defiled your holy temple. They’ve made Jerusalem a bunch of ruins. 2 They’ve left your servants’ bodies as food for the birds; they’ve left the flesh of your faithful to the wild animals of the earth. 3 They’ve poured out the blood of the faithful like water all around Jerusalem, and there’s no one left to bury them. 4 We’ve become a joke to our neighbors, nothing but objects of ridicule and disapproval to those around us. 5 How long will you rage, Lord? Forever? How long will your anger burn like fire? 6 Pour out your wrath on the nations who don’t know you, on the kingdoms that haven’t called on your name. 7 They’ve devoured Jacob and demolished his pasture. 8 Don’t remember the iniquities of past generations; let your compassion hurry to meet us because we’ve been brought so low. 9 God of our salvation, help us for the glory of your name! Deliver us and cover our sins for the sake of your name!
[Common English Bible]

Prayer for Today: choose a prayer from Joan Stott's website Timeless Psalms

Psalm 107

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