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Friday, October 25, 2013

Thanksgiving for a Good Harvest

23rd Sunday after Pentecost

Praise is due to you,
O God, in Zion;
and to you shall vows be performed,
2. O you who answer prayer!
To you shall all flesh come
3. When deeds of iniquity overwhelm us,
you forgive our trangressions.
4. Happy are those whom you choose and bring near,
to live in your courts!
We shall be satsified with the
goodness of your house,
your holy temple!

5. 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;
6. By your strength you established the mountains;
you are girded with might.
7. You silence the roaring of the seas,
the roaring of the waves,
the tumult of the peoples.
8 Those who live at earth's farthest bounds are awed by you signs;
you make the gateways of the mornings and the evening shout for joy.

9. 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.
10. You water its furrows abundantly,
settling its ridges,
softening it with showers,
and blessing its growth.
11. You crown the year with your bounty;
your wagon tracks overflow with richness.
12 The pastures of the wilderness overflow,
the hills grid themselves with joy,
13. the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,
the valleys deck themselves with grain,
they shout and sing together for joy.

"Now thank we all our God with hearts and hands and voices."
United Methodist Church worship notes revised common lectionary
Revised CommonLectionary Vanderbilt Divinity Library

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Revised Common Lectionary Season after Pentecost Proper 22

First Reading

Lamentation 1.1-6
Psalm 137

How we feel oppressed and endure shame, anger and feel little grace
from God our heavenly father is reaching out. Pray and question how
the person with no sense of righteousness gets ahead and we seem
fall further into the pit.

Second Reading

II Timothy
Also my ancestors were enslaved. Righteousness prevailed and they
were freed.
Slavery would create ripe situations for cowards and little compassion
for those willing to fight a foe that could not be easily defeated.
We need to overcome fear! Sharing your religion is good for your
soul and an indept recognition that we can have compassion
toward each other

Luke 17.5-10
The mustard seed carries enough faith that it will move mountains.
Our inheritance from Abraham gives us an idea on how to have and
be faithful to God Almighty. By all means we should do our duty.