Psalm 148:1-14 – Praise Him Sun and Moon

Psalm 148:1-14

1Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord from the heavens;

praise him in the heights!

2Praise him, all his angels;

praise him, all his host!

3Praise him, sun and moon;

praise him, all you shining stars!

4Praise him, you highest heavens,

and you waters above the heavens!

5Let them praise the name of the Lord,

for he commanded and they were created.

6He established them forever and ever;

he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed.

7Praise the Lord from the earth,

you sea monsters and all deeps,

8fire and hail, snow and frost,

stormy wind fulfilling his command!

9Mountains and all hills,

fruit trees and all cedars!

10Wild animals and all cattle,

creeping things and flying birds!

11Kings of the earth and all peoples,

princes and all rulers of the earth!

12Young men and women alike,

old and young together!

13Let them praise the name of the Lord,

for his name alone is exalted;

his glory is above earth and heaven.

14He has raised up a horn for his people,

praise for all his faithful,

for the people of Israel who are close to him.

Praise the Lord!

  • Light a candle to remember God’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath.
  • Bring your attention again to Praise the Creating One.
  • Let praise arise in you.
  • Name the praises that arise for the Creating One.
  • Rest in this hope and pray.
  • What hope does resurrection bring to the world today?
  • How has God been faithful to you?
  • How has God been faithful to your neighbor?
  • How has God been faithful to the world?
  • Sit in praise.
  • What is God’s message for you?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received. Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, May 19, the Fifth Sunday of Easter Year C

Acts 11:1-18
Psalm 148:1-14
Revelation 21:1-6
John 13:31-35

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Psalm 23 – He Leads Me Beside Still Waters

PSALM 23:1-6

1   The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
2        He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
3        he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
for his name’s sake.

4   Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff —
they comfort me.

5   You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6   Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
my whole life long.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath.
  • Come and sit by the water.
  • Sit in Christ’s presence.
  • Set other cares aside so that you can sit and be with the Lord.
  • Notice what it feels like to sit and be with the Lord.
  • From this place of love, let the Lord lead you.
  • From this place of gentleness, let the Lord lead you.
  • From this place of peace, let the Lord lead you.
  • From this place of surrender, let the Lord lead you.
  • From this place of goodness, let the Lord lead you.
  • From this place of mercy, let the Lord lead you.
  • Hold this place of love, gentleness, peace, surrender, goodness, and mercy.  Breathe in this place where you dwell with the Lord.  Carry it with you today.
  • Breathe in this place before you make decisions.
  • Breathe in this place before you speak.
  • Breathe in this place before you act.
  • Let Christ lead your day.
  • Take time to reflect at the end of the day.  Where did Christ lead you?
  • What is God’s message for you?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received. Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, May 12, the Fourth Sunday of Easter Year C

Acts 9:36-43
Psalm 23:1-6
Revelation 7:9-17
John 10:22-30

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Good Friday: Psalm 22:1-31 – My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?

Psalm 22:1-31

1   My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
2   O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
and by night, but find no rest.

3   Yet you are holy,
enthroned on the praises of Israel.
4   In you our ancestors trusted;
they trusted, and you delivered them.
5   To you they cried, and were saved;
in you they trusted, and were not put to shame.

6   But I am a worm, and not human;
scorned by others, and despised by the people.
7   All who see me mock at me;
they make mouths at me, they shake their heads;
8   “Commit your cause to the LORD; let him deliver —
let him rescue the one in whom he delights!”

9   Yet it was you who took me from the womb;
you kept me safe on my mother’s breast.
10  On you I was cast from my birth,
and since my mother bore me you have been my God.
11  Do not be far from me,
for trouble is near
and there is no one to help.

12  Many bulls encircle me,
strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
13  they open wide their mouths at me,
like a ravening and roaring lion.
14  I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
it is melted within my breast;
15  my mouth is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
you lay me in the dust of death.

16  For dogs are all around me;
a company of evildoers encircles me.
My hands and feet have shriveled;
17  I can count all my bones.
They stare and gloat over me;
18  they divide my clothes among themselves,
and for my clothing they cast lots.

19  But you, O LORD, do not be far away!
O my help, come quickly to my aid!
20  Deliver my soul from the sword,
my life from the power of the dog!
21       Save me from the mouth of the lion!

From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued me.
22  I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters;
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
23  You who fear the LORD, praise him!
All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him;
stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
24  For he did not despise or abhor
the affliction of the afflicted;
he did not hide his face from me,
but heard when I cried to him.

25  From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
my vows I will pay before those who fear him.
26  The poor shall eat and be satisfied;
those who seek him shall praise the LORD.
May your hearts live forever!

27  All the ends of the earth shall remember
and turn to the LORD;
and all the families of the nations
shall worship before him.
sup>28  For dominion belongs to the LORD,
and he rules over the nations.

29  To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down;
before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
and I shall live for him.
30  Posterity will serve him;
future generations will be told about the Lord,
31  and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn,
saying that he has done it.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • As you walk the Via Dolorosa, the Way of Suffering, with Jesus, what is the cry that shouts out from the very depth of your being?
  • Oh, Lord, do not be far away!
  • As you walk the Via Dolorosa, the Way of Suffering, with Jesus, what part of you shouts, “Crucify”?
  • Oh, Lord, do not be far away!
  • As you walk the Via Dolorosa, the Way of Suffering, with Jesus, what part of you shouts, “But he is innocent!”
  • Oh Lord, do not be far away!
  • As you walk the Via Dolorosa, the Way of Suffering, with Jesus, what part of you is dying with Jesus on the cross?
  • Oh, Lord, do not be far away!
  • I need you.
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Friday, April 19, 2019, Good Friday (Year C)

Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Psalm 22:1-31
Hebrews 10:16-25
John 18:1-19:42

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Maundy Thursday: Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 – I Will Call on Him as Long as I Live

During Holy Week, Readings and Meditations will be posted up to four times a day around  6 am, 12 pm, 3 pm, 6 pm

Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19

1   I love the LORD, because he has heard
my voice and my supplications.
2   Because he inclined his ear to me,
therefore I will call on him as long as I live.

12  What shall I return to the LORD
for all his bounty to me?
13  I will lift up the cup of salvation
and call on the name of the LORD,
14  I will pay my vows to the LORD
in the presence of all his people.
15  Precious in the sight of the LORD
is the death of his faithful ones.
16  O LORD, I am your servant;
I am your servant, the child of your serving girl.
You have loosed my bonds.
17  I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice
and call on the name of the LORD.
18  I will pay my vows to the LORD
in the presence of all his people,
19  in the courts of the house of the LORD,
in your midst, O Jerusalem.
Praise the LORD!

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • Gaze at the image of Christ gently holding and embracing the newborn lamb.
  • Imagine you are being held by Christ.
  • See the gentleness and love in his eyes.
  • Feel the warmth and assuredness of his arms.
  • Hear the words of adoration as he welcomes you into the world.
  • He has heard your voice and supplications.
  • How do you desire to respond to Christ today?
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Thursday, April 18, 2019, Maundy Thursday (Year C)

Exodus 12:1-4 (5-10) 11-14
Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
John 13:1-17, 31b-35

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Wednesday of Holy Week: Psalm 70 – O Lord, Make Haste to Help Me

During Holy Week, Readings and Meditations will be posted up to four times a day around  6 am, 12 pm, 3 pm, 6 pm

Psalm 70

1   Be pleased, O God, to deliver me.
O LORD, make haste to help me!
2   Let those be put to shame and confusion
who seek my life.
Let those be turned back and brought to dishonor
who desire to hurt me.
3   Let those who say, “Aha, Aha!”
turn back because of their shame.

4   Let all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you.
Let those who love your salvation
say evermore, “God is great!”
5   But I am poor and needy;
hasten to me, O God!
You are my help and my deliverer;
O LORD, do not delay!

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • Who are the ones who are seeking your life?
  • Who wants to hurt you?
  • Who is judging you because of their own shame?
  • Deliver me, O God, from death and hurt and judgment and shame..
  • I need your help now to free me from these places of bondage.
  • Deliver me so that I may return to you and rejoice in you.
  • Deliver me.
  • Now.
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Wednesday, April 17, 2019, the Wednesday of Holy Week (Year C)

Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 70
Hebrews 12:1-3
John 13:21-32

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Tuesday of Holy Week: Psalm 71:1-14 – Rescue me, O my God

During Holy Week, Readings and Meditations will be posted up to four times a day around  6 am, 12 pm, 3 pm, 6 pm

Psalm 71:1-14

1   In you, O LORD, I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame.
2   In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me;
incline your ear to me and save me.
3   Be to me a rock of refuge,
a strong fortress, to save me,
for you are my rock and my fortress.

4   Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked,
from the grasp of the unjust and cruel.
5   For you, O Lord, are my hope,
my trust, O LORD, from my youth.
6   Upon you I have leaned from my birth;
it was you who took me from my mother’s womb.
My praise is continually of you.

7   I have been like a portent to many,
but you are my strong refuge.
8   My mouth is filled with your praise,
and with your glory all day long.
9   Do not cast me off in the time of old age;
do not forsake me when my strength is spent.
10  For my enemies speak concerning me,
and those who watch for my life consult together.
11  They say, “Pursue and seize that person
whom God has forsaken,
for there is no one to deliver.”

12  O God, do not be far from me;
O my God, make haste to help me!
13  Let my accusers be put to shame and consumed;
let those who seek to hurt me
be covered with scorn and disgrace.
14  But I will hope continually,
and will praise you yet more and more.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • In you, Creator, I take refuge.
  • Recreate me.
  • In you, Redeemer, I take refuge.
  • Redeem me.
  • In you, Sustainer, I take refuge.
  • Comfort me.
  • Notice the praise that arises as you are covered with love and grace and mercy.
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Tuesday, April 16, 2019 the Tuesday of Holy Week (Year C)

Isaiah 49:1-7
Psalm 71:1-14
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
John 12:20-36

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Monday of Holy Week: Psalm 36:5-11 – Your righteousness is like the might mountains

 

DSCN0889During Holy Week, Readings and Meditations will be posted up to four times a day around  6 am, 12 pm, 3 pm, 6 pm

Psalm 36:5-11

5   Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.
6   Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
your judgments are like the great deep;
you save humans and animals alike, O LORD.
7   How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
8   They feast on the abundance of your house,
and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
9   For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.

10  O continue your steadfast love to those who know you,
and your salvation to the upright of heart!
11  Do not let the foot of the arrogant tread on me,
or the hand of the wicked drive me away.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • Delight in the Lord.
  • Delight in the steadfast love of the Lord.
  • Delight in the faithfulness of the Lord.
  • Delight in the righteousness of the Lord.
  • Delight in the creation of the Lord.
  • Notice how you desire to take refuge in the shadow of God’s wings.
  • Notice how you desire to feast on God’s abundance.
  • Notice how you desire to drink deeply God’s fountain of life.
  • Notice how you desire to linger with God, to be filled with God’s love and energy and light.
  • Let this love and energy and light fill you.
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

 

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Monday, April 15, 2019, the Monday of Holy Week (Year C)

Isaiah 42:1-9
Psalm 36:5-11
Hebrews 9:11-15
John 12:1-11

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Liturgy of the Passion: Psalm 31:9-16 – Deliver Me

Psalm 31:9-16

9   Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress;
my eye wastes away from grief,
my soul and body also.
10  For my life is spent with sorrow,
and my years with sighing;
my strength fails because of my misery,
and my bones waste away.

11  I am the scorn of all my adversaries,
a horror to my neighbors,
an object of dread to my acquaintances;
those who see me in the street flee from me.
12  I have passed out of mind like one who is dead;
I have become like a broken vessel.
13  For I hear the whispering of many —
terror all around! —
as they scheme together against me,
as they plot to take my life.

14  But I trust in you, O LORD;
I say, “You are my God.”
15  My times are in your hand;
deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.
16  Let your face shine upon your servant;
save me in your steadfast love.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • The morning brought Hosannas and rejoicing.
  • As the day goes on the distress and the grief returns.
  • Something is not right.  I have lost sight of you.
  • I hear the whispers of those who plot to take my life.
  • Who is plotting to take your life?  Who wants you to turn away from God?
  • Turn to the light and feel the warmth on your face. Feel the face of God shine upon you.
  • Stay turned to the light as you invite God to deliver you from your enemies.
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, April 14, 2019, Palm Sunday (Passion Sunday) (Year C)

  • Liturgy of the Palms Luke 19:28-40
  • Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
  • Liturgy of the Passion Isaiah 50:4-9a
  • Psalm 31:9-16
  • Philippians 2:5-11
  • Luke 22:14-23:56

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Liturgy of the Palms: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 – This Is the Day

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

1   O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his steadfast love endures for ever!

2     Let Israel say,
“His steadfast love endures for ever.”

19  Open to me the gates of righteousness,
that I may enter through them
and give thanks to the LORD.

20  This is the gate of the LORD;
the righteous shall enter through it.

21  I thank you that you have answered me
and have become my salvation.
22  The stone that the builders rejected
has become the chief cornerstone.
23  This is the LORD’s doing;
it is marvelous in our eyes.
24  This is the day that the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
25  Save us, we beseech you, O LORD!
O LORD, we beseech you, give us success!

26  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD.
We bless you from the house of the LORD.
27  The LORD is God,
and he has given us light.
Bind the festal procession with branches,
up to the horns of the altar.
28  You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
you are my God, I will extol you.

29  O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • This is the day the Lord has made.
  • Let us rejoice and be glad in it!
  • As you  walk to Jerusalem, notice what you are carrying.
  • What obstacles have you overcome on the journey?
  • Who has traveled with you?
  • How do you wish to rejoice today?
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, April 14, 2019, Palm Sunday (Passion Sunday) (Year C)

  • Liturgy of the Palms Luke 19:28-40
  • Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
  • Liturgy of the Passion Isaiah 50:4-9a
  • Psalm 31:9-16
  • Philippians 2:5-11
  • Luke 22:14-23:56

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Psalm 27 – Let Your Heart Take Courage

Psalm 27

1The LORD is my light and my salvation;

whom shall I fear?

The LORD is the stronghold of my life;

of whom shall I be afraid?


2When evildoers assail me

to devour my flesh —

my adversaries and foes —

they shall stumble and fall.


3Though an army encamp against me,

my heart shall not fear;

though war rise up against me,

yet I will be confident.


4One thing I asked of the LORD,

that will I seek after:

to live in the house of the LORD

all the days of my life,

to behold the beauty of the LORD,

and to inquire in his temple.


5For he will hide me in his shelter

in the day of trouble;

he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;

he will set me high on a rock.


6Now my head is lifted up

above my enemies all around me,

and I will offer in his tent

sacrifices with shouts of joy;

I will sing and make melody to the LORD.


7Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud,

be gracious to me and answer me!

8“Come,” my heart says, “seek his face!”

Your face, LORD, do I seek.

9Do not hide your face from me.


Do not turn your servant away in anger,

you who have been my help.

Do not cast me off, do not forsake me,

O God of my salvation!

10If my father and mother forsake me,

the LORD will take me up.


11Teach me your way, O LORD,

and lead me on a level path

because of my enemies.

12Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries,

for false witnesses have risen against me,

and they are breathing out violence.


13I believe that I shall see the goodness of the LORD

in the land of the living.

14Wait for the LORD;

be strong, and let your heart take courage;

wait for the LORD!

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the deep breath.
  • Bring your attention to a place of false witness where you are struggling to see the path.
  • Name this struggle.
  • Invite God to lead you.
  • Imagine God setting you high on a rock.  
  • Imagine in this place you are in the fullness of God’s light.
  • Look down at the path you have traveled.  
  • From the high rock you can see the path that God cleared for you.
  • Let your eyes see, let your heart beat with joy, let your love flow, be with God in this place, high upon a rock.
  • Savor this face-to-face time with God.
  • Share gratitude for the clarity of the path.
  • What is God’s message for you?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, March 17, 2019, the Second Sunday in Lent (Year C)

  • Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18
  • Psalm 27
  • Philippians 3:17-4:1
  • Luke 13:31-35

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