Lectionary Scriptures and Comments

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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 Today’s Scriptures Click the following links to read today’s scriptures or scroll to the very bottom of this blog post for those scriptures also. Lectionary Scriptures for the day selected by http://www.commontexts.org/

 Psalm 30 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2030&version=MSG

2 Samuel 14:25-33 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Samuel%2014:25-33%20&version=MSG

 Matthew 9:2-8       http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%209:2-8&version=MSG

The Prayer Book of the Bible 060813

The last few days I’ve been reading from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible.  Whenever I read something by Bonhoeffer, I am struck how he can speak so simply and without pretense strike to the heart of a matter. As a result I’ve been reading the Psalms, or rather praying the Psalms.

I’m doing it randomly and letting my eyes fall upon whatever Psalm my Bible falls open to, then praying through, reading it aloud slowly.  I encourage us to do this daily, or even more often, and for just a few minutes become totally absorbed by the Holy Spirit. It is not something we do—it is something we let.

 Yes, for a few moments a day, we should let go, and breathe

deeply. And pray the Psalms.

 Pray for world peace,

Pastor Bill

 

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Psalm 137

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Psalm 30

The Message (MSG)

A David Psalm

30 I

give you all the credit, God

    you got me out of that mess,

    you didn’t let my foes gloat.

2-3 God, my God, I yelled for help

    and you put me together.

God, you pulled me out of the grave,

    gave me another chance at life

    when I was down-and-out.

4-5 All you saints!

Sing your hearts out to God!

    Thank him to his face!

He gets angry once in a while, but across

    a lifetime there is only love.

The nights of crying your eyes out

    give way to days of laughter.

6-7 When things

were going great

    I crowed, “I’ve got it made.

I’m God’s favorite.

    He made me king of the mountain.”

Then you looked the other way

    and I fell to pieces.

8-10 I called

out to you, God;

    I laid my case before you:

“Can you sell me for a profit when I’m dead?

    auction me off at a cemetery yard sale?

When I’m ‘dust to dust’ my songs

    and stories of you won’t sell.

So listen! and be kind!

    Help me out of this!”

11-12 You did

it: you changed wild lament

    into whirling dance;

You ripped off my black mourning band

    and decked me with wildflowers.

I’m about to burst with song;

    I can’t keep quiet about you.

God, my God,

    I can’t thank you enough.

2 Samuel 14:25-33

The Message (MSG)

25-27 This Absalom!

There wasn’t a man in all Israel talked about so much for his handsome good

looks—and not a blemish on him from head to toe! When he cut his hair—he always

cut it short in the spring because it had grown so heavy—the weight of the hair

from his head was over two pounds! Three sons were born to Absalom, and one

daughter. Her name was Tamar—and she was a beauty.

28-31 Absalom lived in Jerusalem for two years, and not once did he see the king face-to-face. He sent for Joab to get him in to see the king, but Joab still wouldn’t budge. He tried a second time and Joab still wouldn’t. So he told his servants, “Listen. Joab’s field adjoins mine, and he has a crop of barley in it. Go set fire to it.” SoAbsalom’s servants set fire to the field. That got him moving—Joab came to Absalom at home and said, “Why did your servants set my field on fire?”

32 Absalom answered him, “Listen, I sent for you saying, ‘Come, and soon. I want to send you to the king to ask,“What’s the point of my coming back from Geshur? I’d be better off still there!” Let me see the king face-to-face. If he finds me guilty, then he can put me to death.’”

33 Joab went to the king and told him what was going on. Absalom was then summoned—he came and bowed deeply in reverence before him. And the king kissed Absalom.

Matthew 9:2-8

The Message (MSG)

Who Needs a Doctor?

1-3 Back in the boat, Jesus and the disciples recrossed the sea to Jesus’ hometown. They were hardly out of the boat when some men carried a paraplegic on a stretcher and set him down in front of them. Jesus, impressed by their bold belief, said to the paraplegic, “Cheer up, son. I forgive your sins.” Some religion scholars whispered, “Why, that’s blasphemy!”

4-8 Jesus knew what they were thinking, and said, “Why this gossipy whispering? Which do you think is simpler: to say, ‘I forgive your sins,’ or, ‘Get up and walk’? Well, just so it’s clear that I’m the Son of Man and authorized to do either, or both. . . .” At this he turned to the paraplegic and said, “Get up. Take your bed and go home.” And the man did it. The crowd was awestruck, amazed and pleased that God had authorized Jesus to work among them this way.

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