Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19
1I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my supplications.
2Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
12What shall I return to the LORD for all his bounty to me?
13I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD,
14I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people.
15Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful ones.
16O LORD, I am your servant; I am your servant, the child of your serving girl. You have loosed my bonds.
17I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice and call on the name of the LORD.
18I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people,
19in the courts of the house of the LORD, in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the LORD!
- Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
- Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
- We serve a God who has many names.
- Today, what name do you wish to use to call upon the name of the Lord?
- Speak the name out loud.
- What feeling accompanies the name you speak?
- How do you need God to meet you in this feeling?
- Speak the name out loud again and again.
- Let God meet you and free you.
- In the freedom, how do you wish to praise God?
- What is your message from God?
- Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
- Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, June 14, 2020, the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)
Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7
Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19
Matthew 9:35-10:8 (9-23)
If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings. (c) 2020 The Rev. Dr. Lil Smith, DASD
Rev. Dr. Lil Smith is a trained spiritual director, supervisor, and co-founder of Retreat House Spirituality Center in Richardson, TX. Upon completion of her spiritual direction training, Lil began Praying the Lectionary in 2011 as a spiritual practice for her morning prayer time. Instead of reading about someone else’s experience of God, it was important for her to create a prayer practice that would encourage felt sense experience of the Holy emerging from within. It dawned on her others might enjoy the practice, as well. So she began to share them on this site.
As you experience the practice of Praying the Lectionary, adopt a loving, caring, and compassionate stance. If the end of your prayer and meditation time is not pointing to love and hope, there is more work to do. Keep wrestling. God is faithful to your journey. Love and hope will emerge. Be gentle with yourself and befriend any judgment that arises in you.