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Lectionary Reflection

Year A, Proper 15 Standard Episcopal Lectionary Revised Common Lectionary Psalm

Psalm 67 (Standard and RCL)

May God be merciful to us and bless us, *
show us the light of his countenance and come to us.
Let your ways be known upon earth, *
your saving health among all nations
Let the peoples praise you, O God; *
let all the peoples praise you.
Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, *
for you judge the peoples with equity
and guide all the nations upon earth.
Let the peoples praise you, O God; *
let all the peoples praise you.
The earth has brought forth her increase; *
may God, our own God, give us his blessing.
May God give us his blessing, *
and may all the ends of the earth stand in awe of him.

Reflection on Psalm 67 by the Rev Wanda Copeland

It is now the middle of August, the height of the growing season in the northern hemisphere. Crops are bursting out in all fields. Long sunny summer days allow farmers to cut, turn and finally bale hay. In the sweet days of late summer, the richness within the stalks fills the air as does freshly baked bread. The chore of gathering hay for the long winter is tiring and scratchy. Yet it is pregnant with satisfaction as one can look back and see the progress. Now we have enough for the cattle, pigs and chickens. Now the barn will bulge with the abundance of the earth for months to come. The earth has truly brought forth her increase.

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To Reflections on other Readings for Year A, Proper 15:

Reflections available at the active links
Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary
Revised Common Lectionary
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Lesson:
Isaiah 56:1(2-5)6-7
Genesis 45: 1-15 or Isaiah 56: 1, 6-8
Psalm

Psalm 67 This Page

Psalm133 or Psalm 67 (This Page)
New Testament Lesson
Romans 11: 13-15, 29-32
Romans 11: 1-2a, 29-32
Gospel

The Rev Wanda Copeland has been rector of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Elk River, MN; assistant rector at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, Roseville, MN; Chair of MEESC; and Chair and Acting Chair of the Episcopal Ecological Network. She originally wrote this reflection in 1999. Wanda and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to The Rev Wanda Copeland or any MEESC member, or mail them to:

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