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Narrative Lectionary: Perplexed, Fearful, and Amazed (Luke 24:1-12)

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Link to the text:  https://classic.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke24%3A1-12&version=NRSV;NIV;NLT;GNT;MSG

While most versions title this pericope “Jesus’ Resurrection,” this is a Monday-morning quarterback viewpoint. The Message more accuratelycalls this “Looking for the Living One in a Cemetery.”The women are looking for Jesus’ body to finish what they couldn’t before the Sabbath. They find the body gone and they are “perplexed” (NRSV). This sounds like a puzzle that leads to reasoned consideration in an easy chair with your pointer finger by your mouth, but the Greek means they are thoroughly perplexed and at a complete loss.

While in this state, the women are confronted by two men in blindingly white, glowing clothing. Like all meetings between humans and God’s messengers, the encounter makes them afraid. They bow down, and the two messengers remind them how Jesus spoke of his resurrection. And the women remember Jesus’ words. The women then tell those words to the disciples. The term for the “words” of Jesus and the “words” of the women about their encounter is the same (rhema, v.8 and v.11). Thus, the Greek appears to indicate that the women used the same words as the two messengers did–that they spoke as Jesus spoke and they tell what Jesus had said.

The reactions of the women and the disciples are, of course, quite different. The women appear to believe the messengers, going forward to share this nascent Good News. The text specifically reports that the disciples do not believe the women, thinking their words (rhema) an idle tale. This disbelief is in accord with the legal and cultural norms of biblical times when women were not accepted as witnesses in court and life.

In this part of Luke 24, there are not as yet any eyewitnesses to the risen Christ himself.  Jesus does not appear to anyone. The eyewitnesses have only, as of now, beheld the absence of Jesus’ body. The women find that the body missing and are perplexed. Peter finds the graveclothes empty and is amazed. What we have are eyewitnesses to the sharing of the news. We have messengers (the two men and the women). We have the word of the two messengers reminding the women of Jesus’ words. We have the word of the women telling the disciples what happened. What we have is words about the Word.

This is in some ways just the beginning of the story. The Word is told, it is shared, before it is experienced. It is heard before it is understood. Jesus’ followers have been told the Good News; and shortly they will see and experience the resurrected Jesus themselves. They have been telling Good News and soon they will be living into (but not solving) the mystery of the resurrected life, of new life. But in this passage, the words predicting and proclaiming the resurrection and the absence of the body are what they have.  

Since the Resurrection, we too are witnesses who share words about the Word. Since the Ascension, while believing in the Resurrection, we too are witnesses to an “absent” Jesus with regard to his body.  In the Church, we live out the words about the Word through the preaching of the Word. In the Church, we participate in the absent, ascended, resurrected Jesus through sharing in the body of Christ in the Lord’s Supper.  And, in the world, we live out our witness to the Word and to the resurrected Christ by speaking of God’s selfless love and by acting in selfless love as the body of Christ.

Links

This year’s Working Preacher commentary is at https://www.workingpreacher.org/commentaries/narrative-lectionary/resurrection-3/commentary-on-luke-241-12-7. Further WP commentaries on this text can be found at https://www.workingpreacher.org/?s=Luke+24%3A1-12+E

For other ways of looking/thinking about this passage (themes with links expounding on them), see https://bjhlog.wordpress.com/2021/03/25/narrative-lectionary-themes-and-resources-for-easter-luke-24-1-12/

Questions

  1. What does it mean to look for the living among the dead?
  2. How do we use Jesus’ words when we tell the Good News?
  3. Where do we see legal and cultural disbelief of groups of people today?
  4. What does it mean that Jesus’ body is absent but present?
  5. What are the next steps in our own journey to knowing the resurrected Jesus?
  6. How can the church more fully witness to that journey?

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Barb Hedges-Goettl is a Presbyterian pastor and liturgical scholar recently moved to Rehoboth Beach, DE. She works with middle school special ed students in between writing liturgy, spending time with her husband Len, and training their new puppy, Cocoa.

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Narrative Lectionary Themes and Resources for Easter: Luke 24: 1-12

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An overview from pulpfiction.com addressing some of the aspects of meaning of Luke 24 can be found at  https://www.pulpitfiction.com/notes/easterc where the passage is part of the lectionary texts addressed there.

Another intro is found in a Working Preacher podcast* on the text, see https://www.workingpreacher.org/podcasts/narrative-lectionary-078-empty-tomb.

The arresting aspect of the text for me is that it stops short of where we usually go on Easter. The aspect of the incredulity of the resurrection and what they have to go on in these first verses from Luke 24 is taken up at minute 3 of the NL podcast listed above.  What is it that the disciples and Peter have in this pericope?  They are given an empty space into which a testimony/the word comes. Circling back to the tomb and finding nothing, they are called to go and tell others. This is also what we have—testimony to share.  Doubt on Easter (and not just by Doubting Thomas!), with an emphasis on the Greek is addressed at http://lectionarygreek.blogspot.com/2013/03/luke-241-12.html  For more on this, see my separate post “Perplexed, Afraid and Amazed.”

Taking this in a slightly different direction is “How can we believe the unbelievable?” by Eric Barreto https://www.workingpreacher.org/commentaries/narrative-lectionary/resurrection-3/commentary-on-luke-241-12.

Preaching professor Tom Long also takes up the theme of the resurrection as unbelievable, too good to be true, at https://www.christiancentury.org/article//empty-tomb-empty-talk

Another take on this is to think of ourselves as entering, vs. solving, the mystery. See  http://caitlintrussell.org/2019/04/21/entering-the-easter-mystery-or-life-joy-and-suffering-luke-241-12/    or as improv and surprise (by Homer Henderson), see                                                                                               https://day1.org/weekly-broadcast/5d9b820ef71918cdf200241c/sunday_morning_at_the_improv   

Giving death its due (which might be appropriate these days) provides fodder for “We are all terminal, but… “ by Princeton Seminary President Craig Barnes at                                  https://www.christiancentury.org/article/2004-04/we-re-all-terminal 

The resurrection as an unnatural event, presenting a similar theme, w/ emphasis on the but, is Theodore J. Wardlaw at   https://www.christiancentury.org/article/2007-03/unnatural-event                                                    

The above WP podcast* (minute 7:30) also unfolds the question, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” We tend to look for the dead among the dead, but the dead are no longer dead. Sin has been forgiven; we no longer reside in brokenness and imperfection and despair. See also Joseph S. Pagano https://www.episcopalchurch.org/sermon/the-angels-question-the-great-vigil-of-easter-2019/

This year’s written Working Preacher commentary** lifts up the theme of the relationship between Jesus’ absence/the empty tomb and Jesus’ presence and also the related theme of remembrance. The theme of remembrance is also found in https://www.progressiveinvolvement.com/progressive_involvement/2010/03/lectionary-blogging-easter-luke-24-112.html

The podcast* also addresses the role of the women (beginning and end of the podcast) and “on the first day of the week,” echoing Genesis to talk about a new creation, in which the future re-creation breaks into the now. (minute 6)

Narrative Lectionary: Advent 4 Luke 1:5-25, 57-80 (Psalm 113)

NEWLY ADDED: Word study (from Blue Letter Bible site):

https://1drv.ms/w/s!AuB3z496aTHTgbxn81cx4nLTOazOfA

 

Luke 1:5-25, 57-80

https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=4222

Stresses the parallels between Abraham/Sarai and John/Elizabeth and the long history leading to salvation.

https://clergystuff.com/daily-devotions/luke-15-13-57-80-zechariahs-song

Devotional on Zechariah’s song and John as the last prophet of the Messiah (newly discovered NL site)

http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S2305-08532013000100035

This dramatic, scholarly monologue, examines the events that Luke 1 recounts, retelling them from the eyewitness viewpoint of Elizabeth, from a female and gynocentric perspective.

https://www.preceptaustin.org/luke-1-commentary

Multiple translations & commentaries of Luke 1 presented in interlinear fashion

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benedictus_(Song_of_Zechariah)

Wikipedia on Song of Zechariah

https://zenit.org/articles/reflection-on-canticle-of-zechariah/

Pope John Paul II on the Song of Zechariah

https://www.efca.org/blog/understanding-scripture/advent-devotional-zechariah%E2%80%99s-song-benedictus-luke-167-79-cf-15-25-57

Exegetical commentary on Song of Zechariah from the Evangelical Free Church tradition

https://www.truthforlife.org/resources/sermon/zechariahs-song/

https://www.oneplace.com/ministries/truth-for-life/

Sermons on Zechariah’s Song by Alistair Begg (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alistair_Begg)

https://www.lifeway.com/en/articles/sermon-christmas-zecharaiah-song-benedictus-luke-1   Sermon: What did Zechariah sing? Includes retelling of story in Buechner-style fashion

https://spaciousfaith.com/new-testament-texts/luke-15-25/

Another one that reminds me of Buechner, but more pointed at the listeners than the last

https://www.salvationarmy.org.nz/zechariah%E2%80%99s-song

Sermon Zechariah’s song of salvation focusing on the salvation of the listeners

For Psalm 113 resources, see https://1drv.ms/w/s!AuB3z496aTHTrw8s7zJwjvREBpy8

For Psalm 113 bulletin, see https://1drv.ms/w/s!AuB3z496aTHTry3rylKpfkNxFuf6

For a sermon (in two voices) on Psalm 113 focusing on word study, see https://1drv.ms/w/s!AuB3z496aTHTry4vtnRwmk5Lx4b1

For bulletin on Song of Zechariah/Fourth Sunday of Advent which we are treating as joy:    Includes opening prayer, call to worship, rite of confession, hymns, offering prayer, Advent candle lighting (but we are calling this Sunday “joy.”)  https://1drv.ms/w/s!AuB3z496aTHTgbxGz2NX22aFtG-eCA

Images

Newly discovered site for NL bulletin covers and other NL resources!! https://clergystuff.com/free-stuff#narrative-lectionary-2019-20-bulletin-covers  Look for Zechariah’s song

Music

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwavglPhNGA

James Beuaregard’s song is based on Luke 1:67-79; request chords/lyrics/notation from jamesbeauregardmusic@gmail.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rYw41Tkk_c

Chant of Canticle of Zechariah

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feBexmmxpjo

Vaughn-Williams version of Song of Zechariah

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ne9DOokin9s

A contemporary take with Powerpoint including lyrics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mm-2aEZKh4k

An animated musical theater-style version of Zechariah’s song (likely entitled “His name is John!”)

Luke 1:57-80 hymns (Presbyterian Hymnal)

1.68-79

1 Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

2 Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

186 Thy Mercy and Thy Truth, O Lord

204 Psalm 72

205 All Hail to God’s Anointed

230 This Is the Day the Lord Hath Made

236 Now Israel May Say

423 Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun

601 Song of Zechariah (Benedictus) *

602 Song of Zechariah (Benedictus) *

1.78-79

4 Creator of the Stars of Night

5.3 Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

9.2 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

20 Watchman, Tell Us of the Night

30.2 Born in the Night, Mary’s Child

31.3 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

32 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

68.3 What Star Is This, with Beams So Bright

69 O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright

141.2 A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing

301.3 Lord Jesus, Think on Me

454.2+3 Blessed Jesus, at Your Word

462 Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies

463 Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies

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

548.1+2 O Radiant Light, O Sun Divine

549.1 O Gladsome Light

550.1 O Light Whose Splendor Thrills

 

Psalm 113 PH

113

204 Psalm 72

205 All Hail to God’s Anointed

225 Praise the Lord! *

226 Sing Praise Unto the Name of God *

253 I’ll Praise My Maker

254 Psalm 146

600 Song of Mary (Magnificat)

113.1-4

185 Psalm 33

213 God, Our Lord, a King Remaining

214 O Come and Sing Unto the Lord

215 Come, Sing with Joy to God

220 All People That on Earth Do Dwell

227 Not Unto Us, O Lord of Heaven

423 Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun

477 Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim

491 Stand Up and Bless the Lord

113.3

205.3 All Hail to God’s Anointed

229.3 From All That Dwell Below the Skies

423.1 Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun

473.5 For the Beauty of the Earth

546 The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, Is Ended

113.4-6

148 At the Name of Jesus

155 Rejoice, the Lord Is King

185.10 Psalm 33

191.3 God Is Our Refuge and Our Strength

194 Peoples, Clap Your Hands!

204.8-11 Psalm 72

205.3+4 All Hail to God’s Anointed

213 God, Our Lord, a King Remaining

227.1 Not Unto Us, O Lord of Heaven

259.1 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

113.5-9

49.2 Once in Royal David’s City

67.4 Brightest and Best of the Stars of the Morning

253.2+3 I’ll Praise My Maker

254.9 Psalm 146

332 Live Into Hope

600.4 Song of Mary (Magnificat)

 

Narrative Lectionary: 1 Kings 12:1-7, 25-29 (October 27, 2019)

 

A Question/Crisis of Servanthood: 1 Kings 12:1-17; 25-29; (Mark 10:42-44)

 

CROSS REFERENCES

The labor protested by the people is depicted in 1 Kings 5

Two golden calves cf Exodus 32

Comparison of Aaron (Ex. 32) and Jeroboam https://www.jstor.org/stable/3263268?read-now=1&seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

God’s response to Israel’s request for a king 1 Samuel 8:11-17

The king as the helper of the needy Psalm 72:12-14

Bethel (where Jeroboam puts a golden calf): Genesis 12:8; 28:10-19 and 35:9-15.

Ahijah info: https://globalchristiancenter.com/christian-living/lesser-known-bible-people/31919-ahijah-the-shilonite

 

POTENTIAL THEME:

Servant leadership means that the leaders serve the people rather than vice versa

This means that Christians are called to serve the world, and also to let others help/serve them. (While some help too little, others do not accept help enough.)

Of course there is a whole field in and outside of Christian circles dealing with servant leadership For a general overview, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Servant_leadership (not very well-written)

See also noblesse oblige-the duty of the nobility to take care of and serve the people https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noblesse_oblige

 

For a Christian overview, see https://faithandleadership.com/programs/spe/articles/200706/servant.html

This articles focus on learning servant leadership through suffering is an interesting juxtaposition to the response of Rehoboam’s subjects to his inability to hear their cries & respond appropriately to their suffering. Sometimes Christians seem to call one another to suffering as though all suffering is good–some suffering requires protest, leaving, or refusing to participate.

 

Patheos has numerous articles on Christian servant leadership; see https://www.google.com/search?q=patheos+servant+leadership&oq=patheos+servant+leadership&aqs=chrome..69i57j33.10598j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

 

Theology of Work has a five day devotional on servant leadership

https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/2931

and an article dealing directly with the story of Rehoboam https://www.theologyofwork.org/old-testament/samuel-kings-chronicles-and-work/from-failed-monarchies-to-exile-1-kings-11-2-kings-25-2-chronicles-10-36/rehoboams-failure-to-tell-good-advice-from-bad-2-chronicles-101-19

Other articles by Theology of Work at https://www.google.com/search?sxsrf=ACYBGNSX4mrWVe7FGx5_8ficOXGl_wsj4Q:1571017107630&q=theology+of+work+servant+leadership&spell=1&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjQmIvlzprlAhXhlOAKHcUVBV4QBQguKAA&biw=1821&bih=876

 

Institute of Faith, Work and Economics offers this take

https://tifwe.org/a-biblical-mandate-for-servant-leadership/

 

ILLUSTRATIONS

The servants (and lords!) at Downton Abbey, who see service as honorable and rewarding

 

Public servants today: Marie Yovanovitch (could be contrasted with others!)

 

IMAGES

Engravings https://preachingandworship.org/search/1%20kings%2012

Children’s illustration http://www.freebibleimages.org/illustrations/rehoboam-jeroboam/

Servant leadership images https://www.google.com/search?sxsrf=ACYBGNTZfGKwA5ChwdT7BtQobd5aj4lYhg:1571016590950&q=images+servant+leadership&tbm=isch&source=univ&sxsrf=ACYBGNTZfGKwA5ChwdT7BtQobd5aj4lYhg:1571016590950&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj60tvuzJrlAhWCY98KHdu7DKAQsAR6BAgKEAE&biw=1821&bih=876#imgrc=E4oR051DF6aJvM

 

PRAYERS

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Mighty God, your servant Rehoboam divided your kingdom with his tyranny, yet you remained faithful to both kingdoms, even in the midst of conflict. Show us your presence in conflict, and help us to resolve our differences, uniting this world in your name. Amen. https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=2564

HYMNS

Built on a rock   ELW 652
God of tempest, God of whirlwind ELW 400

CITY (Presbyterian Hymnal)

348 Christian Women, Christian Men

408 Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life

413 All Who Love and Serve Your City

424 O Jesus Christ, May Grateful Hymns Be Rising

431 O Lord, You Gave Your Servant John

437 Our Cities Cry to You, O God

 

Also PH 477 Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim

COMMITMENT: PLEDGE OF

100.2 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

101.2 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

157 Our King and Our Sovereign, Lord Jesus

183.4 In You, Lord, I Have Put My Trust

227.3 Not Unto Us, O Lord of Heaven

252.1 O Lord, You Are My God and King

339 Be Thou My Vision

342.4 By Gracious Powers

343 Called as Partners in Christ’s Service

350 Fill My Cup

364 I Sing a Song of the Saints of God

365 Jesus, Priceless Treasure

369 I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me

370.4 Just as I Am, Without One Plea

372 Lord, I Want to Be a Christian

375 Lord of All Good

384 O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go

388 O Jesus, I Have Promised

389 O Jesus, I Have Promised

391 Take My Life

392 Take Thou Our Minds, Dear Lord

398 There’s a Sweet, Sweet Spirit

410 When I Had Not Yet Learned of Jesus

354 Index of Topics and Categories

414 As Those of Old Their Firstfruits Brought

427 Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service

447 Lead On, O King Eternal

448 Lead On, O King Eternal

461.4 God is Here!

516 Lord, We Have Come at Your Own Invitation

522 Lord, When I Came Into This Life

525 Here I Am, Lord

 

COMMITMENT: PRAYER FOR

132.1 Come, Great God of All the Ages

316.3 Breathe on Me, Breath of God

321 Holy Spirit, Truth Divine

339 Be Thou My Vision

351 Give to Me, Lord, a Thankful Heart

357 O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee

360 Hope of the World

366 Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me

378 Make Me a Captive, Lord

387 Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us

396 O for a Closer Walk with God

397 O for a Closer Walk with God

425 Lord of Light, Your Name Outshining

456 Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun

461.4 God is Here!

516 Lord, We Have Come at Your Own Invitation

522 Lord, When I Came Into This Life

535 Go with Us, Lord

COMMITMENT: URGED

333.1 Seek Ye First

398.2 There’s a Sweet, Sweet Spirit

490.4 With Glad, Exuberant Carolings

 

EXEGESIS

Brueggemann on the results of oppressive leadership (last 3 paragraphs deal with this passage): http://www.jmm.org.au/articles/2620.htm

 

Working Preacher’s commentaries and podcasts:

https://www.workingpreacher.org/search/Default.aspx?cx=001947499050786061073:fplx-aun2rq&q=1%20kings%2012:1-17,%2025-29&cof=FORID:10&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&search_domain=WWW

 

Working Preacher podcast addressing servant leadership, faithfulness of God, Reformation Sunday setting, and Jeroboam’s actions https://www.workingpreacher.org/narrative_podcast.aspx?podcast_id=1186

Another entry on leadership

http://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=4214

 

Working Preacher podcast addressing bully leadership and how to understand power & God’s power  https://www.workingpreacher.org/narrative_podcast.aspx?podcast_id=677

 

Working Preacher: The yoke amid the rivalry https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=2564

 

America, Trump and the Two Golden Calves. Written right after Trump’s election, this Israel-based evangelical/conservative author proposes the two golden calves, placed by Jeroboam in two very different geographic/socio-political settings could represent the Democrats and Republicans (neither one actually being God!)

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/78807/america-trump-two-golden-calves-opinion/

 

Blogging the Bible: Two golden calves. Actually. So, why doesn’t God get angrier about them?  Asks lots of questions about God’s actions in this time period; addresses broader context of chapters 12-16. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2006/11/two-golden-calves-actually-so-why-doesn-t-god-get-angrier-about-them.html

 

PRAYERS, ETC.

Except the Sarasota Statement, these are all by Barb Hedges-Goettl; please give credit if using/adapting.

 

Opening Prayer (Psalm 72:12-14 The Message)

God, our Parent and Creator, you are worthy to rule over us.

You rescue the poor and the destitute.

You open a place in your heart for the down-and-out.

You restore the wretched of the earth.

You free them from tyranny and torture.

You bleed with those who bleed.

You die with those who die.

Teach us, your people, to be more like you.                                                                                  In the name of Jesus, our best example,                                                                                          and in the power of the Spirit, we pray. Amen.

 

 

Call to Worship

One: O God, you have served us from eternity.

Many You made us. You provide for us. You watch over us.

You rescue us. You stay with us. You save us.

You have compassion on us. You love us.

And so, O Lord, this day and forevermore

we love and serve you.

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*Opening Hymn  O Worship the King, O Glorious Above               Blue Hymnal, 476

*Call to Confession                                                                                             Reader

We are called to serve one another and to serve the Lord. This call is not easy,                      and we do not do it consistently or well. Let us ask for—and receive–God’s forgiveness.

*Prayer of Confession (unison)                                                                           Reader

God, sometimes we are all too human.                                                                                          We hedge our bets by not giving you our all.                                                                            We like to be needed, serving others to feel important.                                                    We like to be in charge, refusing the help offered by others. 

(Silent confession)

Forgive us and cleanse our motives.                                                                              Empower us to serve you fully.                                                                                              Enable us to treat those we help as the important ones.                                          Humble us so that we accept the help of others.

*Assurance of Pardon (Matthew 20:28)                                                                                              The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve,                                                                 and to give his life as a ransom for many.                                                                                Thanks be to God for the Good News: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.

Offering Hymn Lord of Light, Your Name Outshining                             Blue Hymnal, 425

* Prayer of Dedication (unison)                                                                           Pastor Barb

O God, make us servants of your grace. Use our talents in your service.                       Commission us to fulfill your purpose. Invest these gifts with your love. Amen.                                         

Prayer for Illumination (sung )                                                         Blue Hymnal, #129 v. 3

Come, O spirit, dwell among us; Give us words of fire and flame.

Help our feeble lips to praise You, Glorify Your Holy name.

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Three in one: what mystery!

We would sing our loud hosannas Now and through eternity.

 

Hebrew Scripture Reading: I Kings 12:1-19                                                               Reader

Message Are You Being Served?                                                                   Pastor Barb

*Confession of Faith (Preamble to the Sarasota Statement**)

      We are people of hope who confess Jesus Christ is Lord over a Kingdom                     in which no one is hungry, violence is no more, and all suffering is gone.                     All sit together around a shared table, wolves and lambs enjoy each other’s company, and every tear is wiped away from every eye.

    Our hope is not simply that we will experience this Kingdom in the future,         but that, as Christ’s prayer demands, this Kingdom comes “to earth as it is                    in heaven.” So, we lament any and all instances of its absence. When we witness hunger, injustice, discrimination, violence, or suffering, we grieve deeply and repent of our sins that have enabled such brokenness to persist – knowing that these things should not be.

     Furthermore, we are incited to act and to be vehicles of change through          which God’s Kingdom breaks into the world and our earthly lives.                                    Our commitment is to acts that feed, clothe, instruct, reconcile, admonish, heal,   and comfort – reflecting the power of God’s hope and an eagerness to see  the Kingdom made manifest.

     We believe God’s Kingdom comes not because we are confident in our own capacities, but because we trust in God, who can do more than we can ask                  or imagine. We are humbled and amazed that, in and through the life, death,              and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God includes us in the work of redeeming all creation and reconciling the whole world. And so we thank and praise God. Amen.

 

*Closing Hymn  Lord, You Give the Great Commission                   Blue Hymnal, 429

 

 

 

 

Fall Narrative Lectionary: Genesis 2:4-25 (9/8/19)

Cover image: https://www.galerieart.cz/chagall_021_tvoreni.jpg

Another 20th century illustration of creation: https://www.picassomio.com/carlos-cenoz-bermejo-dino/9951.html

Google: Images Genesis 2:18 or whatever piece you are using

CHILDREN’S SERMON

http://storypath.upsem.edu/this-moose-belongs-to-me/ Children’s storybook “This Moose Belongs to Me” addresses issues of stewardship.*

LITURGICAL RESOURCES

https://spaciousfaith.com/2013/10/25/worship-pieces-genesis-24-9/ Call to Worship from Gen 2:4-9

https://www.reformedworship.org/article/december-2012/praising-god-maker

Eight worship service outlines on the theme of creation (from “Reformed Worship”)*

Week 1: In the Spotlight of God’s Love (Matt. 10:28-31)
Week 2: Taste and See that the Lord Is Good (John 4:46-53)
Week 3: Wondrous Time (John 2:1-12)
Week 4: God the Gardener (Gen. 2:4b-15; John 6:1-15)
Week 5: The Gift of Community (Gen. 2:15-25; Ps. 92; John 5:1-18)
Week 6: Communion with God (Gen. 3:1-8; Ps. 23; John 14:15-24)
Week 7: The Challenge of These Days (Prov. 30:18-19, 24-28; Ps. 104; John 3:1-8)
Week 8: The Wonder of the New Creation (John 11:1-7, 17-25)

https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-story-of-creation-for-child-like.html An intergenerational story of creation (Genesis 1-2) told in gestures and words*

 

Opening Prayer adapted from the Book of Common Worship (1993)

O God, we believe you still create. You still speak. You still guide. You still are with us. You still breathe life into the world. You still provide for us what we need. We want to see more clearly. We want to listen more carefully. We want to walk more faithfully. We want to breathe more deeply. We want to trust more completely. Empower us this hour to see and to hear, to walk and to breathe, and to trust you.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Call to Worship

Original Resource by Barb Hedges-Goettl. Please give credit if using/adapting.

One: O God, we come one by one.                                                                                           Many: O God, we come together.                                                                                               

We come because it is not good to be alone.                                                                              We  come because we need companionship on the journey.                                                     We seek communion with you.                                                                                                    We seek communion with one another.                                                                                     Provide us today with the helps and companions we need,                                                 that we may walk faithfully and joyfully in your way.                                                     ALL: IN JESUS’ NAME, AMEN.

Rite of Confession Original Resource by Barb Hedges-Goettl. Please give credit if using/adapting.

*Call to Confession: At times we forget—or do not believe—that God has called us to live together in harmony. Let us ask God to forgive and re-direct us.

*Prayer of Confession

O God, it is hard to journey together. This one complains too much.                                 That one goes too fast. This one gets on my nerves. That one slows me down.                 We don’t agree on where to go and how to get there. Yet you created us                           to live together and to help one another. Forgive our disbelief.                         Redirect us so that we see your image and your gifts in each person.                   (Silent confession)

*Assurance of Pardon: God created us to live with one another in harmony and without shame, relying on God’s grace and mercy. Together, we share—and give thanks for—the Good News:                               In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.

 

Prayer of Dedication adapted from the Book of Common Worship (PC-USA 1993)

O God, you greatly love us. You ever seek us. You mercifully redeem us.                 Give us grace that in everything we may yield our gifts and ourselves,                          our wills and our works as a continual thank-offering to you.                                    Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Prayer of Great Thanksgiving (Eucharistic Prayer)

One: The Lord be with you.

Many: And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

 

O God, you created the vast universe and called it good. You made us in your image   and called us very good. And then you declared that it is not good for us to be alone. You give us all of creation, each other and your Son as companions on our journey.  And so we thank you, O God.

You gave Adam and Eve the food and water of the garden, providing for their needs. So, too,  you provide for us through this meal. You join us to creation. You join us to you. You join us to each other and to all the faithful in every time and place. And so we thank you, O God.

When we are rebellious, rejecting your help and the help of others, you do not leave us alone.   Instead, you faithfully pursue us, calling and claiming us as your people, made in your image. You call us to live in harmony with creation. You call us to live as neighbors and family. You call us to live united to you.  And so we thank you, O God.

Let your Holy Spirit move over us and over these earthly gifts of bread and cup.  Join us together in the  communion of the body and blood of Christ. Join us together with another and all your people in anticipation of the heavenly banquet,  in which all creation will join in your praise, all divisions will be healed and we will be united with you forever.     Amen.

EXEGETICAL RESOURCES

Word study on “help meet/suitable companion” Genesis 2:18 https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H5828&t=KJV

NL from Working Preacher commentary* https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=2553

https://www.hprweb.com/2015/07/an-anthropology-of-gaudium-et-spes/

Discussion of the theological anthropology in Gaudium et Spes/Genesis 1 and 2, in which the human is seen as a creation in the likeness of Christ, the Trinity and God the Creator.*

https://www.hprweb.com/2015/08/an-anthropology-of-gaudium-et-spes-part-2/

Part 2 of discussion of anthropology in Gaudium et Spes/Genesis 1 and 2: the above: created in God’s image as male and female.*

https://reformedjournal.com/faith-humility-and-pedogenesis/

This article, “Faith, Humility, and The Process of Soil Formation,” discusses the importance and variety of soil, creation of the first human, and the human mission of cultivating the earth.*

https://www.theologyofwork.org/the-high-calling/helper-what

“A Helper for What?” looks at how to work together at work.*

http://day1.org/7267-creation_is_underway

“Creation is underway,” in Buechner’s narration of the morning’s household events as an analogy of Genesis 1-2 from his Alphabet of Grace.*

SERMONS

http://day1.org/4421-greg_garrett_always_creating_a_sermon_delivered_to_the_academy_of_homiletics

Uses creation from Genesis & John to demonstrate how imago dei means sub-creating, which points to truth and leads to flourishing.*

 

https://thebibleproject.com/videos/genesis-1-11/

Animated video introducing Genesis 1-11’s literary design, flow and its contribution to the story of Jesus*

 

HYMNS
157 hymns for Genesis 2*: https://hymnary.org/texts?qu=Genesis+2&media=text&page=0

“Sing We Now of Eve”* Based on Genesis 2; 3:1-20 Recommended Tune: Picardy, a French carol, Chansons populaires des provinces de France (1860)vMeter: 87 87 87* https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/sing-we-now-of-eve-first-woman

Sung version of the creation story from Madagascar with translation* https://globalworship.tumblr.com/post/44250422616/masikoro-believers-sing-creation-story

Summer Hebrews Series #1-Hebrews 1:1-4 and John 1:1-5 (7/14/19?)

Featured image:  https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&source=images&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwiX8bqd6J3jAhXFZc0KHS7nCd0QjRx6BAgBEAU&url=http%3A%2F%2Frippleeffectdisciplines.com%2F5-7-15-god-actually-communicates-with-humans-hebrews-11-4%2F&psig=AOvVaw3UkhkTpk5YQrsx7Plp3ma9&ust=1562417316242334

Note: We are planning a “Christmas in July” for 7/28. In fact, Hebrews and John 1 are together in the RCL for Christmas; see resources below–and the incarnational themes for Hebrews could lead to a twinning of Christmas/Advent themes and Hebrews throughout this series.

INTRODUCTION  to Hebrews summer Narrative Lectionary series: https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=4080

From the RCL, which also includes verses from chapter 2 in its pericope, this commentary answers the question “Why preach a series on Hebrews” and talks incarnation.  Also gives two illustrations, one from Kierkegaard and the other from The Man Which Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales. https://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/proper-22b/?type=lectionary_epistle

Book of Hebrews resources: http://www.textweek.com/epistlesrevelation/hebrews.htm

 

WORSHIP RESOURCES

Opening prayer of adoration: https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2012/09/opening-prayer-hebrews-1-1-4.html

1:1-4 and 2:5-12 for two readers                                                                                                            https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2012/09/readers-theatre-hebrews-1-1-4-2-5-12.html

Original prayers:

Opening Prayer   by Barb Hedges-Goettl; please give credit if using/adapting.

God, you have spoken, and you continue to speak, to your people.

Reveal Christ Jesus to us this day as your Son and heir.

In him, reveal to us your glory and your very self,

that we may be purified and sustained by him,

sharing in his life and light. In his name,

the name above all others, we pray, Amen.

CALL TO WORSHIP (from Hebrews 1 and John 1 The Message)                                                by Barb Hedges-Goettl; please give credit if using/adapting.

One: The Word came first.

Many: The Word was with God and the Word was God.

By his Son, God created the world in the beginning.

Everything was created through the Word.

Nothing—not one thing!—came into being without him

and it will all belong to the Son at the end.

The Son perfectly mirrors God.

He is stamped with God’s nature.

He holds everything together by what he says,

His Life is the Light to live by.                                                                                      

The Life-Light blazes out of the darkness

and the darkness cannot put it out.

ALL: THANKS BE TO GOD.              

RITE OF CONFESSION  by Barb Hedges-Goettl; please give credit if using/adapting.

*Call to Confession:

God sent Jesus to light our way, but at times we stumble about cursing the darkness instead of using the light that God provides, and so we seek God’s forgiveness.

*Prayer of Confession                                                                                        Reader O God, you give us glimpses of your light,                                                               but sometimes, instead of following you, we stumble around on our own.                        We accept poor imitations of your light.                                                                     We try to catch your light and hold it,                                                                      so that we do not have to always look to you.                                                                         You speak the words that give and sustain life,                                                                             but we listen to the noise around us instead.

Forgive us. Give us eyes to see and ears to listen. (Silent Confession)

*Assurance of Pardon (from Psalm 40, The Message)                                Pastor Barb                                                     When Jesus had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor              at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven. And so we give thanks and praise                 to God for the Good News:   In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.

 

FREE POWERPOINT BACKGROUND

1:1-2  https://www.heartlight.org/powerpoint/905.html

 

OTHER IMAGES for bulletins/powerpoints

https://www.google.com/search?safe=active&q=hebrews+1:1-4+images&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiT3NK75p3jAhXHX80KHZamDwMQsAR6BAgHEAE&biw=1517&bih=730

 

CHILDREN’S SERMON

For preaching series on Hebrews: http://worshipingwithchildren.blogspot.com/2012/09/year-b-proper-22-27th-sunday-in.html

Remaining Faithful to Jesus: “The Neglected Gift” https://sermons4kids.com/neglected_gift.html

God’s proud parent speech https://www.episcopalchurch.org/sermons-that-work

CRAFT PROJECT/Sunday School:   By His Own Mighty Word He Holds the Universe Together http://www.sundayschoollessons.com/pent17kart.htm

 

HYMNS

Hymnary search at  https://hymnary.org/search?qu=Hebrews+1%3A1-4

Cyberhymnal

:1

1:2

1:3

The Lutheran Hymnal

Hebrews 1:06  Hark! Ten Thousand Harps and Voices.

221

At Digital Hymnal (midi files, guitar chords, karaoke files, projection text):

Memorizing scripture through song: Hebrews 1:1-3                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dWMHYUtmbI

Presbyterian Hymnal (1990)

1.1-4
331.1+3 Thanks to God Whose Word Was Written
1.1-2a
255.4-6 Now Praise the Lord
327 O Word of God Incarnate
330 Deep in the Shadows of the Past
1.1
222.7 Psalm 103
319.2 Spirit
1.2-14
309 Of the Father’s Love Begotten
1.2-4
4 Creator of the Stars of Night
74 Jesus on the Mountain Peak
75 O Wondrous Sight, O Vision Fair
83 O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High
133 All Glory Be to God on High
137.2 We All Believe in One True God
346.1 Christ, You Are the Fullness
474 O Splendor of God’s Glory Bright
1.2a
10.4 On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry
31.2 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
36.2 In the Bleak Midwinter
41.2 O Come, All Ye Faithful
49.2 Once in Royal David’s City
52.2 Sheep Fast Asleep
54.3 From Heaven Above
55.5 That Boy-Child of Mary
57.4 The Snow Lay on the Ground
60.3 Silent Night, Holy Night
74.4 Jesus on the Mountain Peak
75.3 O Wondrous Sight, O Vision Fair
139.2 Come, Thou Almighty King
148.1 At the Name of Jesus
412.5 Eternal God, Whose Power Upholds
454 Blessed Jesus, at Your Word
485 To God Be the Glory
512.1 Living Word of God Eternal
1.3-14
41 O Come, All Ye Faithful
42 O Come, All Ye Faithful
141 A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing
142 All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!
143 All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!
150 Come, Christians, Join to Sing
153 He Is King of Kings                                                                                                                      306 Fairest Lord Jesus
477 Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim
566 Glory to God in the Highest (Gloria in Excelsis)
575.6 Glory to God in the Highest (Gloria in Excelsis)
1.3a
133.3 All Glory Be to God on High
203.1 God of Mercy, God of Grace
263 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
412.5 Eternal God, Whose Power Upholds
474 O Splendor of God’s Glory Bright
519.4 Thee We Adore, O Hidden Savior, Thee
548.1+2 O Radiant Light, O Sun Divine
549.1 O Gladsome Light
550.1 O Light Whose Splendor Thrills
1.3c-d
110.1 Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands
147 Blessing and Honor
151 Crown Him with Many Crowns
155 Rejoice, the Lord Is King
308.4 O Sing a Song of Bethlehem
466.3 O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
1.3c
154.3 Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor
341.1 Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine!
492.1 Baptized in Water
1.3d
133.2 All Glory Be to God on High
194.2 Peoples, Clap Your Hands!
1.4
148.3 At the Name of Jesus

NAME: OF CHRIST
4.3 Creator of the Stars of Night
19.4 To a Maid Engaged to Joseph
142.1 All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!
143.1 All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!
147.2 Blessing and Honor
148 At the Name of Jesus
260.2 A Mighty Fortress is Our God
310.2 Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee
311.2 We Meet You, O Christ
346.3 Christ, You Are the Fullness
371R Lift High the Cross
395.3 Have Mercy, Lord, on Me (Take Pity, Lord)
442.2 The Church’s One Foundation
466.2+4 O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
477.1 Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim
498.3 Child of Blessing, Child of Promise
500.3 Become to Us the Living Bread
504.1 Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether
515.3 Now to Your Table Spread
539.1 Savior, Again to Thy Dear Name We Raise
548.2 O Radiant Light, O Sun DivineEXEGESIS

Christological questions from the passage: https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=486

Brief overview of Hebrews & our passage; also includes John 1  http://montreal.anglican.org/comments/archive/zxmascm.shtml                                                 This same author also publishes his leftover, more technical word-study type notes Again still yet includes John 1. See http://montreal.anglican.org/comments/archive/zxmascl.shtml

Commentary from the passage’s use for RCL at Christmas focuses on  “What’s His Name,” allowing readers to listen in on God’s announcement of the name of his Son,  http://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=1479                                 At Christmas, the RCL also includes John 1:1-14, for that commentary see http://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=1523

Another commentary from the Christmas context; this one addresses the wisdom underpinnings of the passage, Jesus as Logos/logic,  and even mentions John 1! Also addresses Jesus as the anointed king. http://wwwstaff.murdoch.edu.au/~loader/BEpChristmasDay2.htm

This passage is also in the RCL for 22B (October, 2018), This Working Preacher commentary takes up the challenges of the NRSV’s inclusive language translation, which loses the concept of “Son of Man,” thus truncating some of the meaning of Hebrews’ discussion of incarnation. http://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=2276

This one addresses the concept of Jesus as trailblazer using Harriet Tubman as an example. Also touches on the problem of the NRSV’s lack of the phrase “Son of Man.”http://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=422

From the RCL context, this commentary introduces the book of Hebrews as well as discussing 1:1-4 (and 2:5-12). For chapter 1, it focuses on the word given the prophets, Christ as the Word, and the nature of the Son. http://wwwstaff.murdoch.edu.au/~loader/BEpPentecost19.html

Exhortation against lack of commitment; addresses 1;1-4 but continues through 2:12. http://www.crivoice.org/biblestudy/bbheb2.html

Hebrews as providing hope/the big picture (Christmas context) https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=3517

Incarnation plus pre-existence and exaltation (Heb. 1:1-12 in Christmas context) https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id

Christmas Reflection: Alone with the Stars                                         https://www.theologyofwork.org/the-high-calling/christmas-reflection-alone-stars

 

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Summer Psalm Series #3B-Psalm 27:1-6 Exegesis/Word study

This Sunday we will have a baptism; the verses in this Psalm about enemies, which are omitted from the RCL, align themselves as a compare/contrast to the psalmist’s statements about God. For me, this will be fodder for talking about which kin(g)dom we are choosing by choosing baptism and what we mean by rejecting sin and evil.

There are all kinds of parallels/contrasts in the language used for enemies and for God, such as

salvation has an overtone of freedom, being set loose v. the word for enemies, which has the sense of being hemmed in/in a tight spot

trembling/revering/fearing God v. trembling/revering/fearing enemies

war being lifted up v. the psalmist being lifted up onto the rock and having his (her) head lifted up

the enemies encamping in a temporary sense v. the psalmist dwelling in the house of the Lord foever

the Lord as the heart of the psalmist’s life v. the enemies coming to eat the flesh of the psalmist (this “flesh” can be a euphemism for the genitals as the source of life)

 

Details below.

 

 

v.1 Light as in diffused light, an uncountable noun that is not the same as light(s)/luminaries that grant light. See https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H216&t=KJV

 

v.1 Salvation (cf. Joshua/Jesus)

https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?strongs=H3467&t=KJV

 

 

Outline of Biblical Usage [?]

  1. to save, be saved, be delivered
    1. (Niphal)
      1. to be liberated, be saved, be delivered
      2. to be saved (in battle), be victorious
    2. (Hiphil)
      • . to save, deliver
  1. to save from moral troubles
  2. to give victory to

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)

יָשַׁע yâshaʻ, yaw-shah’; a primitive root; properly, to be open, wide or free, i.e. (by implication) to be safe; causatively, to free or succor:—× at all, avenging, defend, deliver(-er), help, preserve, rescue, be safe, bring (having) salvation, saving

 

 

 

 

  1. 1 – whom shall I fear

 

  • to fear, revere, be afraid
    1. (Qal)
      • to fear, be afraid
      • to stand in awe of, be awed
      • to fear, reverence, honour, respect
    2. (Niphal)
      • .to be fearful, be dreadful, be feared
      • to cause astonishment and awe, be held in awe
      • to inspire reverence or godly fear or awe
    3. (Piel) to make afraid, terrify
  • (TWOT) to shoot, pour

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)

יָרֵא yârêʼ, yaw-ray’; a primitive root; to fear; morally to revere; causatively to frighten:—affright, be (make) afraid, dread(-ful), (put in) fear(-ful, -fully, -ing), (be had in) reverence(-end), × see, terrible (act, -ness, thing).

 

Also be in awe of, reverence, admire, venerate. See https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H3372&t=KJV

 

 

  1. 1 strength

 

The KJV translates Strong’s H4581 in the following manner: strength (24x), strong (4x), fortress (3x), hold (2x), forces (1x), fort (1x), rock (1x), strengthen (1x).

Outline of Biblical Usage [?]

  • place or means of safety, protection, refuge, stronghold
    1. place of safety, fastness, harbour, stronghold
    2. refuge (of God) (fig.)
    3. human protection (fig.)

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)

מָעוֹז mâʻôwz, maw-oze’; (also מָעוּז mâʻûwz ); or מָעֹז mâʻôz (also מָעֻז mâʻuz; from H5810; a fortified place; figuratively, a defence:—force, fort(-ress), rock, strength(-en), (× most) strong (hold).

 

  1. 1 – of my life

The word translated “life” also apparently serves as an adjective:

 

adjective

  • living, alive
    1. green (of vegetation)
    2. flowing, fresh (of water)
    3. lively, active (of man)
    4. reviving (of the springtime)

masculine noun

  • relatives
  • life (abstract emphatic)
    • . life
  1. sustenance, maintenance

feminine noun

  • living thing, animal
    • . animal
  1. life
  2. appetite
  3. revival, renewal
  • community

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)

חַי chay, khah’-ee; from H2421; alive; hence, raw (flesh); fresh (plant, water, year), strong; also (as noun, especially in the feminine singular and masculine plural) life (or living thing), whether literally or figuratively:— age, alive, appetite, (wild) beast, company, congregation, life(-time), live(-ly), living (creature, thing), maintenance, merry, multitude, (be) old, quick, raw, running, springing, troop.

 

Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon [?]

https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H2416&t=KJV

  1. alive, living
  2. lively, vigorous
  3. reviving
  4. raw
  5. fresh
  6. life: living/sustenance; refreshment; prosperity/welfare/happiness

 

v.1 fear: to fear, tremble, revere, dread, be in awe or dread

  1. (Qal)
    • to be in dread
    • to be in awe
  2. (Piel) to be in great dread
  3. (Hiphil) to cause to dread

 

 

v.2 “Enemies” is a word that means a tight place; cf. salvation as a wide/free place. https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H6862&t=KJV

צַר tsar, tsar; or צָר tsâr; from H6887; narrow; (as a noun) a tight place (usually figuratively, i.e. trouble); also a pebble (as in H6864); (transitive) an opponent (as crowding):—adversary, afflicted(-tion), anguish, close, distress, enemy, flint, foe, narrow, small, sorrow, strait, tribulation, trouble.

 

v.2 foe(s)- one who hates/persecutes the other as an enemy, adversary, foe

https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H341&t=KJV

 

v.2 come to eat up my flesh-flesh here includes the possibility of referring to the male “organ of generation”; that is, the genitals, particularly as the source of life. https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H1320&t=KJV

 

v.2 Enemies stumble-tremble in the ankles, presumably through weakness, however, maybe this is an echo of the possible fear mentioned above?

https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H3782&t=KJV

כָּשַׁל kâshal, kaw-shal’; a primitive root; to totter or waver (through weakness of the legs, especially the ankle); by implication, to falter, stumble, faint or fall:—bereave (from the margin), cast down, be decayed, (cause to) fail, (cause, make to) fall (down, -ing), feeble, be (the) ruin(-ed, of), (be) overthrown, (cause to) stumble, ×utterly, be weak.

 

 

 

 

v.2 and fall:

https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H5307&t=KJV

  • to fall, lie, be cast down, fail
    1. (Qal)
      • to fall
      • to fall (of violent death)
      • to fall prostrate, prostrate oneself before
      • to fall upon, attack, desert, fall away to , go away to, fall into the hand of
      • to fall short, fail, fall out, turn out, result
      • to settle, waste away, be offered, be inferior to
      • to lie, lie prostrate
    2. (Hiphil)
      • .to cause to fall, fell, throw down, knock out, lay prostrate
      • to overthrow
      • to make the lot fall, assign by lot, apportion by lot
      • to let drop, cause to fail (fig.)
      • to cause to fall
    3. (Hithpael)
      • .to throw or prostrate oneself, throw oneself upon
      • to lie prostrate, prostrate oneself
    4. (Pilel) to fall

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)

נָפַל nâphal, naw-fal’; a primitive root; to fall, in a great variety of applications (intransitive or causative, literal or figurative):—be accepted, cast (down, self, (lots), out), cease, die, divide (by lot), (let) fail, (cause to, let, make, ready to) fall (away, down, -en, -ing), fell(-ing), fugitive, have (inheritance), inferior, be judged (by mistake for 6419), lay (along), (cause to) lie down, light (down), be (× hast) lost, lying, overthrow, overwhelm, perish, present(-ed, -ing), (make to) rot, slay, smite out, ×surely, throw down.

 

 

V.3 encamp/pitch a tent-an impermanent kind of dwelling

Fear-same word as in v.1 “whom shall I fear?”

 

V 3 heart-really the seat of the person/everything/personhood cf. living/life although possibly more internalized?

https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H3820&t=KJV

לֵב lêb, labe; a form of H3824; the heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the centre of anything:—care for, comfortably, consent, × considered, courag(-eous), friend(-ly), ((broken-), (hard-), (merry-), (stiff-), (stout-), double) heart(-ed), × heed, × I, kindly, midst, mind(-ed), ×regard(-ed), × themselves, × unawares, understanding, × well, willingly, wisdom.

inner man, mind, will, heart, understanding

 

 

  1. inner part, midst
    • midst (of things)
    • heart (of man)
    • soul, heart (of man)
    • mind, knowledge, thinking, reflection, memory
    • inclination, resolution, determination (of will)
    • conscience
    • heart (of moral character)
    • as seat of appetites
    • as seat of emotions and passions
    • as seat of courage

 

v.3 confident:

בָּטַח bâṭach, baw-takh’; a primitive root; properly, to hie for refuge (but not so precipitately as H2620); figuratively, to trust, be confident or sure:—be bold (confident, secure, sure), careless (one, woman), put confidence, (make to) hope, (put, make to) trust.

Does this echo freedom/being out of a tight spot?

https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H982&t=KJV

 

  1. 4 dwell/set up an abode (also used for marrying)-a more permanent kind of inhabiting versus encampment of the enemy above. Continue/rest/tarry/inhabit etc.https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H3427&t=KJV

 

  1. 4 house-home, temple, abode, place, household, family

https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H1004&t=KJV

 

  1. 4 day-year, lifetime, yesterday/today/tomorrow

https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H3117&t=KJV

 

v.4 life-same as v.1

 

v.4 see-to see, perceive, look, behold, prophesy, provide

https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H2372&t=KJV

  1. (Qal)
    • to see, behold
    • to see as a seer in the ecstatic state
    • to see, perceive
      1. with the intelligence
      2. to see (by experience)
      3. to provide

 

  1. 4 beauty-
  • kindness, pleasantness, delightfulness, beauty, favour
    1. delightfulness
    2. symbolic name of one of two staves
    3. pleasantness

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)

נֹעַם nôʻam, no’-am; from H5276; agreeableness, i.e. delight, suitableness, splendor or grace:—beauty, pleasant(-ness).

https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H5278&t=KJV

 

v.4 inquire-

  • to seek, enquire, consider
    1. (Piel)
      • to seek, look for
      • to consider, reflect

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)

בָּקַר bâqar, baw-kar; a primitive root; properly, to plough, or (generally) break forth, i.e. (figuratively) to inspect, admire, care for, consider:—(make) inquire (-ry), (make) search, seek out.

https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H1239&t=KJV

 

  1. 4 temple
  • palace, temple, nave, sanctuary
    1. palace
    2. temple (palace of God as king)
    3. hall, nave (of Ezekiel’s temple)
    4. temple (of heavenly temple)

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)

הֵיכָל hêykâl, hay-kawl’; probably from H3201 (in the sense of capacity); a large public building, such as a palace or temple:—palace, temple.

https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H1964&t=KJV

 

  1. 5 in the time same as days/years/lifetime in v. 4
  2. 5 of trouble

adjective

  • bad, evil
    1. bad, disagreeable, malignant
    2. bad, unpleasant, evil (giving pain, unhappiness, misery)
    3. evil, displeasing
    4. bad (of its kind – land, water, etc)
    5. bad (of value)
    6. worse than, worst (comparison)
    7. sad, unhappy
    8. evil (hurtful)
    9. bad, unkind (vicious in disposition)
    10. bad, evil, wicked (ethically)
      • in general, of persons, of thoughts
      • deeds, actions

masculine noun

  • evil, distress, misery, injury, calamity
    • . evil, distress, adversity
  1. evil, injury, wrong
  2. evil (ethical)

feminine noun

  • evil, misery, distress, injury
    • . evil, misery, distress
  1. evil, injury, wrong
  2. evil (ethical)

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)

רַע raʻ, rah; from H7489; bad or (as noun) evil (natural or moral):—adversity, affliction, bad, calamity, displease(-ure), distress, evil((-favouredness), man, thing), +exceedingly, × great, grief(-vous), harm, heavy, hurt(-ful), ill (favoured), + mark, mischief(-vous), misery, naught(-ty), noisome, + not please, sad(-ly), sore, sorrow, trouble, vex, wicked(-ly, -ness, one), worse(-st), wretchedness, wrong. (Including feminine raaah; as adjective or noun.)

https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H7451&t=KJV

 

  1. 5 house-The KJV translates Strong’s H5520 in the following manner:den(1x), pavilion (1x), tabernacle (1x), covert (1x).

Outline of Biblical Usage [?]

  • thicket, lair, covert, booth

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)

סֹךְ çôk, soke; from H5526; a hut (as of entwined boughs); also a lair:—covert, den, pavilion, tabernacle.

https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H5520&t=KJV

 

Secret-masculine noun

  • covering, shelter, hiding place, secrecy
    1. covering, cover
    2. hiding place, shelter, secret place
    3. secrecy
      • secrecy (of tongue being slanderous)

 

feminine noun

  • shelter, protection

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)

סֵתֶר çêther, say’-ther; or (feminine) סִתְרָה çithrâh; (Deuteronomy 32:38), from H5641; a cover (in a good or a bad, a literal or a figurative sense):—backbiting, covering, covert, × disguise(-th), hiding place, privily, protection, secret(-ly, place).

https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H5643&t=KJV

 

 

  1. 5 tabernacle (covers from tent to permanent installation!) Transliteration

‘ohel

Pronunciation

ō’·hel (Key)

Part of Speech

masculine noun

Root Word (Etymology)

From אָהַל (H166)

Dictionary Aids

TWOT Reference: 32a

KJV Translation Count — Total: 345x

The KJV translates Strong’s H168 in the following manner: tabernacle(s) (198x), tent(s) (141x), dwelling (2x), place(s) (2x), covering (1x), home (1x).

Outline of Biblical Usage [?]

  • tent
    1. nomad’s tent, and thus symbolic of wilderness life, transience
    2. dwelling, home, habitation
    3. the sacred tent of Jehovah (the tabernacle)

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)

https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H168&t=KJV

 

 

v.5 set me up

The KJV translates Strong’s H7311 in the following manner: (liftholdetc…) up (63x), exalt (47x), high (25x), offer (13x), give (5x), heave (3x), extol (3x), lofty (3x), take (3x), tall (3x), higher (2x), miscellaneous (24x).

Outline of Biblical Usage [?]

  • to rise, rise up, be high, be lofty, be exalted
    1. (Qal)
      • to be high, be set on high
      • to be raised, be uplifted, be exalted
      • to be lifted, rise
    2. (Polel)
      • .to raise or rear (children), cause to grow up
      • to lift up, raise, exalt
      • to exalt, extol
    3. (Polal) to be lifted up
    4. (Hiphil)
      • .to raise, lift, lift up, take up, set up, erect, exalt, set on high
      • to lift up (and take away), remove
      • to lift off and present, contribute, offer, contribute
    5. (Hophal) to be taken off, be abolished
    6. (Hithpolel) to exalt oneself, magnify oneself
  • (Qal) to be rotten, be wormy

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)

רוּם rûwm, room; a primitive root; to be high actively, to rise or raise (in various applications, literally or figuratively):—bring up, exalt (self), extol, give, go up, haughty, heave (up), (be, lift up on, make on, set up on, too) high(-er, one), hold up, levy, lift(-er) up, (be) lofty, (× a-) loud, mount up, offer (up), presumptuously, (be) promote(-ion), proud, set up, tall(-er), take (away, off, up), breed worms.

https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H7311&t=KJV

 

Note that the enemies rising up in war is kuwm in v.3, a rhyming that would echo in Hebrew for the listeners, who are used to the word play made possible by the various vowel pointings for shared tri-literal roots in Hebrew

 

  1. 5 rock-also strength

צוּר tsûwr, tsoor; or צֻר tsur; from H6696; properly, a cliff (or sharp rock, as compressed); generally, a rock or boulder; figuratively, a refuge; also an edge (as precipitous):—edge, × (mighty) God (one), rock, × sharp, stone, × strength, ×strong. See also H1049.

https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H6697&t=KJV

 

v.6 lifting up head is same verb as in latter half of v.5 where God sets me up

v.6 enemies-personal and/or national

  1. 6 joy

The KJV translates Strong’s H8643 in the following manner: shout (11x), shouting (8x), alarm (6x), sound (3x), blowing (2x), joy (2x), miscellaneous (4x).

Outline of Biblical Usage [?]

  • alarm, signal, sound of tempest, shout, shout or blast of war or alarm or joy
    1. alarm of war, war-cry, battle-cry
    2. blast (for march)
    3. shout of joy (with religious impulse)
    4. shout of joy (in general)

https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H8643&t=KJV

 

 

Summer Psalm Series #3 Psalm 27:1-6 and Matthew 6:25-34

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)

 

BULLETIN COVERS

Psalm 27

https://www.google.com/search?q=free+bulletin+covers+psalm+27&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiHodab8_HiAhXLq1kKHRmXB00QsAR6BAgAEAE&biw=1501&bih=720#imgrc=s1upHxqrVihXxM:

https://www.google.com/search?q=clipart+psalm+27&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjhgNKf9PHiAhXomuAKHXuGBTIQsAR6BAgFEAE&biw=1501&bih=665

Matthew 6

https://www.google.com/search?biw=1493&bih=665&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=nkIKXZnFGY6RggeFt6uwDw&q=clipart+Matthew+6%3A25-34&oq=clipart+Matthew+6%3A25-34&gs_l=img.3…182778.196779..197138…0.0..0.188.1524.16j1……0….1..gws-wiz-img…….0j0i8i30.cZTqWJZ-vVU

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http://www.mscperu.org/grafic/graficoslit/aTO/08_to_a.htm

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

LITURGICAL RESOURCES

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

Psalm 27

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.

Matthew

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

SERMONS

Matthew

Epiphany 8A – Matthew 6:24-34 “Do Not Worry”

https://lectionaryliturgies.blogspot.com/search?q=psalm+27

HYMNS

An RCL-based list of hymn resources: http://spirit-net.ca/sermons/s-hymnchoice.php

Psalm 27

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

LIGHT: GOD

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

LIGHT: CHRIST
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)

CONFIDENCE
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

 

EXEGETICAL RESOURCES

“Salvation” in Psalm 27:

https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexImage.cfm?tv=1561477322153&a

https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H3468&t=KJV

See 3B, separate blog entry

Also, for illustrations, see

Devotions on Psalm 27:1-6, The Lord is My Light

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