I am glad the psalm series is 4 weeks this year rather than 6 as in some past versions, and that this week’s accompanying gospel is a robust one, since the orientation/re-orientation themes are showing more overlap that I originally thought. (See last week’s blog for overall resources for the NL psalms series, one of which really addresses this reality.)
Themes for the psalm include the Lord as light and salvation (v.1a)and also as stronghold/fortress (v.1b). The RCL using this psalm omits the triumph-over-enemies verses 2-3, yet most of us can at least relate to the idea that sometimes there seem to be forces, however we name them, that work against us. Verse 4 is a famous one: “One thing I asked of the Lord that I will seek after: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life/forever.” The psalm then speaks of beholding the Lord’s beauty, and inquiring in his temple (v. 4b), and of being sheltered and hidden but also set high on a rock (v.5). It continues: “Now my head is lifted up above my enemies all around me” (v.6a), and closes with sacrifices, joy and singing (v. 6b)
This site also has other lectionary-based ideas resource for leaders of contemporary worship. By Ann Scull, Gippsland, Australia. Includes stories, poem/meditation, reference to a meditative song, a film clip, and a kids’ sermon idea. http://seedstuff.blogspot.com/2011/02/epiphany-8-february-27-god-never.html
Newly discovered RCL resource (both of these passages are in the RCL, although the Psalm is v. 1, 4-9) http://spirit-net.ca/sermons/s-sermon-main.php#prayer
Joan Stott, prayers and meditation based on Psalm 27:1, 4-9 http://www.thetimelesspsalms.net/w_resources/epiphany3%5B3%5Da_2017.htm http://www.thetimelesspsalms.net/w_resources/lent2c_2013.htm http://www.thetimelesspsalms.net/w_resources/epiphany3a_2011.htm
Four liturgies with communion for the Psalm by Thom M. Shuman, PC(USA). https://lectionaryliturgies.blogspot.com/search?q=Psalm+27
Responsive Paraphrases and an offering prayer http://thebillabong.info/lectionary-2/year-a-matthew/11a-epiphany-3a/
Opening Prayer/Collect (themes from Psalm 27) Original liturgical resource: please give credit to Barb Hedges-Goettl if using/adapting:
O God, our rock and our salvation, our shelter in the day of trouble, lift up our heads and free us from fear, that we may behold your beauty inquire into your dwelling place, and praise you with shouts of joy. Amen.
CALL TO WORSHIP (from Ps.27 NIV) Original liturgical resource: please give credit to Barb Hedges-Goettl if using/adapting:
One: The Lord is my light and my salvation— Many: so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
so why should I tremble?
The one thing I ask of the Lord—
the thing I seek most—
is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy,
ALL Praise the Lord with music and song!
*Call to Confession Original liturgical resource; please credit Barb Hedges-Goettl if using/adapting.
God is our light and our salvation, yet at times we still tremble and are afraid. God works within and among us to increase our faith and our support of one another. Let us together confess our need for this help and for God’s forgiveness.
*Prayer of Confession Original liturgical resource; please credit Barb Hedges-Goettl if using/adapting.
O God, sometimes I am impatient with my own journey and with the journey of others. I want us all to just be there. Forgive me when I look at all that surrounds me rather than at you. Forgive me when fear takes the place of trust in you. Be my light and fortress when I face threatening people and situations. Overcome my fears and troubles. (Silent confession)
*Assurance of Pardon (from Psalm 27, The Message Paraphrase) Original liturgical resource; please credit Barb Hedges-Goettl if using/adapting.
God is our quiet, secure place in a noisy and threatening world. God is the perfect oasis, the source of beauty and knowledge. God holds up our head and shoulders against all that tries to pull us down. And so we gather here to share and give thanks and praise for the Good News: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.
*Confession of Faith adapted from The Theological Declaration of Barmen**
The Theological Declaration of Barmen was written in 1934 by a group of church leaders in Germany to help Christians withstand the challenges of the Nazi party and the so-called “German Christians,” a popular movement that saw no conflict between Christianity and Hitler’s ideology. It is one of the confessions included in the PC(USA)’s Book of Confessions as part of our constitution.
God’s sovereign love is a mystery beyond the reach of our minds.
Human thought ascribes to God the greatest power, wisdom,
And goodness. But God reveals his love in Jesus Christ by showing power
in the form of a servant, wisdom in the folly of the cross, and
goodness in receiving sinful human beings. The power of God’s love in Christ
to transform the world discloses that the Redeemer is the Lord and Creator
who made all things to serve the purpose of his love.
God has created the world of space and time to be the sphere of
God’s dealings with us. In its beauty and vastness, magnificence and awfulness,
order and disorder, the world reflects to the eye of faith the majesty and
mystery of its Creator. God has created us in a personal relation with Godself that we may respond to the love of the Creator. God has endowed us
with capacities to make the world serve God’s needs and to enjoy
its good things. Life is a gift to be received with gratitude and a task
to be pursued with courage. We are free to seek life within the purpose of God: to develop and protect the resources of nature for the common welfare,
to work for justice and peace in society, and in other ways to use our creative powers for the fulfillment of human life. Thanks be to God.
Liturgies from a Progressive/Post-Liberal Theology, Revd Rex A.E. Hunt, Uniting Church in Australia. https://www.rexaehuntprogressive.com/liturgy_collection/year_a_liturgy_collection/year_a_christmasepiphany/epiphany8a2722011.html
Two liturgies with communion for the Psalm by Thom M. Shuman, PC(USA). https://lectionaryliturgies.blogspot.com/search?q=Matthew+6
Prayers, Collects and Litanies by Bruce Prewer, Uniting Church in Australia. http://www.bruceprewer.com/DocA/17EPIPH8.htm
For more, see http://www.textweek.com/yeara/epipha8.htm
An RCL-based list of hymn resources: http://spirit-net.ca/sermons/s-hymnchoice.php
- Hymnary.org, hymns, scores, media, information.
- The Seedbed Psalter, with selected tunes for singing.
- Contemporary/Praise Song suggestions, Together to Celebrate, David MacGregor.
- Hymns with Scripture Allusions: Psalm 27. The Cyber Hymnal.
- Hymn Selections, The Lutheran Hymnal, Lutheran Worship.
- Psalm Settings by Dale A. Schoening, Metrical Psalms
- At Digital Hymnal (midi files, guitar chords, karaoke files, projection text):
Abide with me
All praise to our redeeming God
Christ the world’s true light
God of Grace and God of Glory
God is my strong salvation
In heavenly love abiding
The Lord is my light, my light and salvation
Who would true valor see
PCUSA Hymnal (1990) .1= verse 1 is particularly tied to the theme Bold=hymn particularly tied to theme ( ) link is less direct
179.1 God Is My Strong Salvation
186.4 Thy Mercy and Thy Truth, O Lord
(202.1) Psalm 67
203.1 God of Mercy, God of Grace
206.2+4 O Hear Our Cry, O Lord
209.4 My Song Forever Shall Record
(232.27) Psalm 118.19-29
263 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
339.1 Be Thou My Vision
340 Eternal Light, Shine in My Heart
4.1+2 Creator of the Stars of Night
5.3 Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
(9.2) O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
(10.3) On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry
12.4 People, Look East
(14.4) Savior of the Nations, Come
(15.3) Rejoice! Rejoice, Believers
(20) Watchman, Tell Us of the Night
(21.3) All My Heart Today Rejoices
(22.3) Angels, from the Realms of Glory
(26) Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light
(27.2) Gentle Mary Laid Her Child
30.2 Born in the Night, Mary’s Child
31.3 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
32 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
(33.3) Holy Night, Blessed Night
(35.4) In Bethlehem a Newborn Boy
43.1 O Little Town of Bethlehem
68.3 What Star Is This, with Beams So Bright
69 O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright
73.1 Swiftly Pass the Clouds of Glory
84.3 In the Cross of Christ I Glory
118.2 The Day of Resurrection!
120.4 Hail Thee, Festival Day!
141.2 A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing
149.2 The Head That Once Was Crowned
203.1 God of Mercy, God of Grace
301.4 Lord Jesus, Think on Me
327 O Word of God Incarnate
340 Eternal Light, Shine in My Heart
384.2 O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go
411 Arise, Your Light Is Come!
(427.3) Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service
431.3 O Lord, You Gave Your Servant John
447.3 Lead On, O King Eternal
448.3 Lead On, O King Eternal
454.2+3 Blessed Jesus, at Your Word
457.2 I Greet Thee, Who My Sure Redeemer Art
462 Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies
463 Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies
474 O Splendor of God’s Glory Bright
506.1+2 Deck Yourself, My Soul, with Gladness
510.1+5 Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts
511.1+5 Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts
526.2 For All the Saints
548.1 O Radiant Light, O Sun Divine
549.1 O Gladsome Light
550.1 O Light Whose Splendor Thrills
(601.5) Song of Zechariah (Benedictus)
(602.3) Song of Zechariah (Benedictus)
603 Song of Simeon (Nunc Dimittis)
604 Song of Simeon (Nunc Dimittis)
605 Song of Simeon (Nunc Dimittis)
165 When in the Night I Meditate
169 In the Day of Need
170 The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want
171 The King of Love My Shepherd Is
172 My Shepherd Will Supply My Need
173 Psalm 23
174 The Lord’s My Shepherd
175 The Lord’s My Shepherd, All My Need
179 God Is My Strong Salvation
191 God Is Our Refuge and Our Strength
192 God, Our Help and Constant Refuge
193 Psalm 46
197 My Soul in Silence Waits for God
210 Our God, Our Help in Ages Past
212 Within Your Shelter, Loving God
231 Psalm 118.14-24
234 I to the Hills Will Lift My Eyes
240.4 Out of the Depths
259 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
260 A Mighty Fortress is Our God
261 God of Compassion, in Mercy Befriend Us
265 Great God, We Sing That Mighty Hand
275 God of Our Life
293 This Is My Father’s World
307 Fight the Good Fight
341 Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine!
342 By Gracious Powers
348 Christian Women, Christian Men
361 How Firm a Foundation
365 Jesus, Priceless Treasure
446 Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken
447 Lead On, O King Eternal
448 Lead On, O King Eternal
476.5 O Worship the King, All Glorious Above!
544 ay Is Done 554 Let All Things Now Living
“Salvation” in Psalm 27:
See 3B, separate blog entry
Also, for illustrations, see