Category: Psalms

Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths

 June 29, 2012

Jerusalem:  One City, Three Faiths             Jerusalem: sacred to all three of the major monotheistic faiths, a site of controversy, violence and abuse of the sacred, a place of contradiction.  Karen Armstrong, in her book, Jerusalem:  One City, Three Faiths, describes thousands of years of history of this city, a history filled with bloodshed.  With […]

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St. Gregory’s Abbey, Three Rivers, MI

 January 16, 2012

St. Gregory’s Abbey, Three Rivers, MI Benedictine monasteries pray all of the psalms over the course of one week, beginning with matins in the wee hours of the morning, through lauds, terce, sext, none, vespers and ending with compline before going to bed.  I have wanted to experience this for some time, just had to […]

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Bird by Bird – Psalm by Psalm. Welcome New Readers

 January 11, 2012

Bird by Bird – Psalm by Psalm I’m still in the beginning stages of this venture through the Psalms.  When I look at the entirety of the book, I am overwhelmed.  So many of the same themes are repeated over and over, how will I ever come up with new sermon material for each one?  […]

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Psalm 148 – All Creation Praise the Lord – Happy New Year!

 December 30, 2011

New Year’s Day, 2012 Isaiah 61:10-62:3        Psalm 148        Galatians 4:4-7            Luke 2:22-40 Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne? For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne. Why […]

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Psalm 126: Great Expectations

 December 6, 2011

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” thus Charles Dickens began his novel, A Tale of Two Cities. Dickens, in his writing on Christmas, did more to save Christmas from a neglected, little observed celebration than any person of his time, leading to our current time of excess. This time […]

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Advent Preparations

 November 30, 2011

Porch swing down in advance of snowstorm.  Listened to Handel’s Messiah to clear my head of Thanksgiving in order to focus on Advent, reflecting on end times and working on sermon.  Opened book of daily meditations by C.S. Lewis this morning and found the perfect quote to finish sermon.  Love the creative process!!!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

 November 22, 2011

I get a break from preaching this week so took advantage of the break to submit posts for earlier psalms:  Psalms 1-9.  Check them out when you have a chance.  Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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