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Minnesota Episcopal
Environmental
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Episcopal Church in Minnesota
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Lectionary Reflection

Lent 5, Year A
Revised Common Lectionary

Proper 5, Year B
Revised Common Lectionary

Vigil of Pentecost, All Years
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Proper 8, Year B
Revised Common Lectionary

 

Proper 14, Year B
Revised Common Lectionary

Psalm

Psalm 130

1Out of the depths have I called to you, O LORD; LORD, hear my voice; *
let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.
2If you, LORD, were to note what is done amiss, *
O LORD, who could stand?
3For there is forgiveness with you; *
therefore you shall be feared.
4I wait for the LORD; my soul waits for him; *
in his word is my hope.
5My soul waits for the LORD,
more than watchmen for the morning, *
more than watchmen for the morning.
6O Israel, wait for the LORD, *
for with the LORD there is mercy;
7With him there is plenteous redemption, *
and he shall redeem Israel from all their sins.

 

Reflection on Psalm 130
by the Rev Dcn Helen Hanten

Psalm 130 is a cry for help; a deliverance from whatever troubles the writer who knows God is merciful and has great power to redeem sinners. The writer knows that everyone has need for redemption, but it appears his burden is so great that he is seriously awaiting signs of God's mercy and steadfast love.

He then suggests Israel should take the same attitude in all its difficulties.

Might we suggest that the governments, businesses, institutions and, indeed, individuals who have ignored the effects of climate change and particularly the evidence that human endeavor is responsible for much of it, take a more open stance. A merciful God will perhaps forgive our honest mistakes, but a refusal to consider the evidence while continuing to contribute to the problem is testing God's great powers of redemption.

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Reflections available at the active links
Revised Common
Lectionary
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Psalm

Psalm 130
(this page)

New Testament Lesson
Romans 8: 6-11
Gospel
John 11: 1-45

 

To Reflections on other Readings for Year B, Proper 5

Reflections available at the active links
Revised Common
Lectionary
 
Semi-Continuous Track
Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament
(Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
1 Samuel 8: 4-11 (12-15), 16-20 (11: 14-15)
Psalm
Psalm 138
Psalm 130
(this page)
New Testament Reading:
Gospel
Mark 3: 20-35
 

 

To Reflections on other Readings for Year B, Proper 8

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Revised Common
Lectionary
 
Semi-Continuous Track
Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament
(Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
2 Samuel 1: 1, 17-27
Wisdom of Solomon 1:13-15; 2: 23-24
Psalm
Psalm 130
(this page)
Lamentations 3:21-33, or
Psalm 30
New Testament Reading:
Gospel
 

 

To Reflections on other Readings for Year B, Proper 14

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Revised Common
Lectionary
 
Semi-Continuous Track
Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament
(Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
2 Samuel 18: 5-9, 15, 31-33
1 Kings 19: 4-8
Psalm
Psalm 130
(this page)
Psalm 34
New Testament Reading:
Gospel

The Rev Dcn Helen Hanten was deacon emeritus at and an active member of St. Andrew's by-the-Lake Episcopal Church, Duluth, MN, when she originally wrote this reflection in 2012. Helen and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to The Rev Dcn Helen Hanten or any MEESC member, or mail them to:


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