Psalm 78: They should set their hope in God

PSALM 78:1-7

1   Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;
incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
2   I will open my mouth in a parable;
I will utter dark sayings from of old,
3   things that we have heard and known,
that our ancestors have told us.
4   We will not hide them from their children;
we will tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might,
and the wonders that he has done.

5   He established a decree in Jacob,
and appointed a law in Israel,
which he commanded our ancestors
to teach to their children;
6   that the next generation might know them,
the children yet unborn,
and rise up and tell them to their children,
7        so that they should set their hope in God,
and not forget the works of God,
but keep his commandments;

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit 5 to 15 minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the breath.
  • What does God desire for you to teach the children?
  • Where shall you teach?
  • How will this bring glory to God?
  • How will God prepare you?
  • What gifts has God provided you?
  • What new hope do you perceive?
  • Give thanks to God for this time to recognize the gifts God has given and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, November 6, 2011,  the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25
Psalm 78:1-7
I Thessalonians: 4:13-18
Matthew 25:1-13
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Humility is the mother of all virtues…

Humility is the mother of all virtues;

purity, charity and obedience.

It is in being humble that our love becomes real, devoted and ardent.

If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace,

because you know what you are.

If you are blamed you will not be discouraged.

If they call you a saint you will not put yourself on a pedestal.


Mother Teresa


  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit in silent meditation 5 to 15 minutes paying attention to the breath.
  • Focus on Mother Teresa’s words above.
  • What word or phrase captures your attention?
  • What freedom do you notice?
  • What tension or bondage do you notice?
  • What hope do you encounter?
  • Is there a message from God to you?
  • Is there a call to action?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in humble remembrance and thanksgiving.  Give thanks to God for anything new that has been revealed to you.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, October 30, 2011,  the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Joshua 3:7-17
Psalm 107: 1-7, 33-37
I Thessalonians: 2:9-13
Matthew 23:1-12
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Matthew 22: 34-46 Which commandment in the law is the greatest?

GOSPEL MATTHEW 22:34-46

34When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, 35and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 37He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38This is the greatest and first commandment. 39and a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

41Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: 42“What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” 43He said to them, “How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying,
44  ‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
until I put your enemies under your feet”’?
45If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?” 46No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit in silence 5 to 15 minutes paying attention to the breath.
  • Name the ways that you love God with your heart.
  • Name the ways that you love God with your soul.
  • Name the ways that you love God with your mind.
  • Love the ways you love your neighbor as yourself.
  • What do you notice is missing from the love you share?
  • Who needs the love you share?
  • Give thanks to God for this time celebrate Gods love for you and your love for God.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, October 23, 2011,  the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Deut 34:1-12
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
I Thessalonians: 2:1-8
Matthew 22:34-46
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1 Thessalonians – In spite of great opposition

1 THESSALONIANS 2:1-8

1You yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our coming to you was not in vain, 2but though we had already suffered and been shamefully mistreated at Philippi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition. 3For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery, 4but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts. 5As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; 6nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others, 7though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. 8So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Spend 5 to 15 minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the breath.
  • Where do you declare the Gospel in spite of great opposition?
  • What gentleness do you feel?
  • What tension do you feel?
  • Where do you share yourself in spite of great opposition?
  • What gentleness do you feel?
  • What tension to you feel?
  • Is there a message for you from God?
  • What tender mercy is God calling you to be?
  • 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, October 23, 2011,  the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Deut 34:1-12
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
I Thessalonians: 2:1-8
Matthew 22:34-46
If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD