Psalm 105:1-11, 45b
1O give thanks to the LORD, call on his name,
make known his deeds among the peoples.
2Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his wonderful works.
3Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
4Seek the LORD and his strength;
seek his presence continually.
5Remember the wonderful works he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he has uttered,
6O offspring of his servant Abraham,
children of Jacob, his chosen ones.
7He is the LORD our God;
his judgments are in all the earth.
8He is mindful of his covenant for ever,
of the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,
9the covenant that he made with Abraham,
his sworn promise to Isaac,
10which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute,
to Israel as an everlasting covenant,
11saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan
as your portion for an inheritance.”
45bPraise 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.
- As you settle into your breath, what name of God is close to you today? (Use this name of God which is close to you for the remainder of the meditation today.)
- Call upon _____.
- How do you desire to sing praise to _____?
- How do you see _____’s glorious works today?
- Seek ____: ____’s strength and ____’s presence.
- Seek ____ in all things.
- What do you desire from ____ today?
- How do you desire to honor ____’s covenant with you today?
- How do you desire to honor ____’s covenant with the world today?
- How do you desire to embrace your inheritance with _____ today?
- How do you desire to embrace the world’s inheritance with _____ today?
- What is your message from _____?
- Give thanks to _____ 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, July 26, 2020, the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)
Psalm 105:1-11, 45b
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
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.