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Environmental
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Lectionary Reflections

Year A, Proper 22

Year B, Proper 19

Year C, Epiphany 3

All Years, Easter Vigil

Year B, Proper 21
(vs 7-14)

St. Andrew
(vs 1-6)

 

Year B, Lent 3

 

Psalm

Psalm 19

1 The heavens declare the glory of God, *
and the firmament shows his handiwork.
2 One day tells its tale to another, *
and one night imparts knowledge to another.
3 Although they have no words or language, *
and their voices are not heard,
4 Their sound has gone out into all lands, *
and their message to the ends of the world.
5 In the deep has he set a pavilion for the sun; *
it comes forth like a bridegroom out of his chamber;
it rejoices like a champion to run its course.
6 It goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens
    and runs about to the end of it again; *
nothing is hidden from its burning heat.
7 The law of the LORD is perfect
    and revives the soul; *
the testimony of the LORD is sure
and gives wisdom to the innocent.
8 The law of the LORD is perfect
    "and revives the soul; *
the commandment of the LORD is clear
and gives light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the LORD is clean
    and endures for ever; *
the judgments of the LORD are true
and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
    more than much fine gold, *
sweeter far than honey,
than honey in the comb.
11 By them also is your servant enlightened, *
and in keeping them there is great reward.
12 Who can tell how often he offends? *
cleanse me from my secret faults.
13 Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins;
    let them not get dominion over me; *
then shall I be whole and sound,
and innocent of a great offense.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my
    heart be acceptable in your sight, *
O LORD, my strength and my redeemer.

 

Reflections on Psalm 19

Reflection on Psalm 19
by the Rev Dcn Helen B. Hanten

This psalm which begins, "The heavens declare the glory of God...." reminds us of one way that God's handiwork in the creation is seen in regular and glorious patterns. As the sun rises and traverses its path through the sky and sets again, "one day tells its tale to another, and one night imparts knowledge to another." Despite all the uncertainties and sometimes enexpected tragedies of daily living, the rising and setting of the sun, the moon, the planets and the stars are part of the rhythm of the cosmic order that we can rely on, and by those rhythms the earth, "this fragile earth, our island home" is blessed. The psalm writer even has the sun itself rejoicing!

Reflection on Psalm 19
by Jill Peterman

There is something eternal in the night sky. The ancient past and the present moment come together in a stunning starry array. Light from stars light-years away originated millions of years ago. Aurora lights dance in earths magnetic field produced by solar storms from our own sun days ago. It is a dark cold clear night and I am outside, present to this glory.

But how do I see, or interpret this? What knowledge or sense or spirit informs me when I look at the stars? It may be totally different for you. Patterns in the night sky are recognizable by some but not others. Yet, we all look up. Even bright city lights cannot dim the brightest stars. The person there has to look harder, or perhaps leave more to memory.

Seeing is part of what we take in with our senses. It can influence us to look farther, or to shut our eyes. Will the sun come up tomorrow? We certainly hope for and expect this, as "one day tells its tale to another, one night imparts its knowledge to another." (Psalm 19) We live in hope of this gift.

As a child I always looked to the stars and imagined or hoped others were looking too. I even hoped my teenage music idols were looking up too. What did other kids in Australia see? I certainly did not know. Yet I felt a link to others by this looking up. As I stand under the clear, bright moon with brilliant stars and crunchy snow under my feet, I hope I will always be able to see.

Reflection on Psalm 19
by the Rev Tom Harries

The opening of the Psalm is one of the most beautiful creation texts. The heavens declare the glory of God. In our Eucharistic prayer a we say of God's relation to humanity "you made us for yourself." We are made for God and one of our important roles is as witnesses to give glory for all that God has done. In this passage from Psalm 19 that idea is extended it's not just humans but the heavens, the firmament, and all of creation are created by God and joining giving glory to God.

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To Reflections on other Readings for Year A, Proper 22

  Semi-Continuous Track
Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Exodus 20: 1-4, 7-9, 12-20
Isaiah 5: 1-7
Psalm
Psalm 19
(this page)
Psalm 80:7-14
New Testament Reading
Philippians 3: 4b-14
Gospel
Matthew 21:33-46
General Reflection on the Gospel Theme Track Readings (except New Testament)

 

To Reflections on other Readings for Year B, Proper 19:

Reflections available at the active links
Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary
Revised Common
Lectionary
 
Semi-Continuous Track
Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament
(Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Isaiah 50: 4-9
1 Kings 8: (1, 6, 10-11), 22-30, 41-43
Isaiah 50: 4-9a
Psalm
Psalm 19 (this page) or
Wisdom of Solomon 7: 26—8: 1
New Testament Reading:
James 2: 1-5, 8-10,14-18
James 3: 1-12
Gospel
Mark 8: 27-38 or
Mark 9: 14-29

To Reflections on other Readings for Year B, Lent 3

Reflections available at the active links
Standard (Episcopal)
Lectionary
Revised Common
Lectionary
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Psalm
Psalm 19: 7-14
(this page)
Psalm 19
(this page)
New Testament Reading:
1 Corinthians 1: 18-25
Gospel

John 2: 13-22

John 2: 13-22

To Reflections on other Readings for Year B, Proper 21:

Reflections available at the active links
Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary
Revised Common
Lectionary
 
Semi-Continuous Track
Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament
(Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Esther 7: 1-6, 9-10; 9: 20-22
Psalm
Psalm 19
(this page)
Psalm 124
Psalm 19: 7-14
(this page)
New Testament Reading:
James 4: 7-12 (13 – 5: 6)
James 5: 13-20
Gospel
Mark 9: 38-43, 45, 47-48
Mark 9: 38-50

To Reflections on other Readings for Year C, Epiphany 3:

Reflections available at the active links
Standard (Episcopal)
Lectionary
Revised Common
Lectionary
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Nehemiah 8: 2-10
Nehemiah 8: 1-3, 5-6, 8-10
Psalm
Psalm 19
(this page)
New Testament Lesson
1 Corinthians 12: 12-27
1 Corinthians 12: 12-31a
Gospel

To Reflections on other Readings for the Feast of St. Andrew:

Reflections available at the active links
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading
Psalm
Psalm 19 or 19: 1-6
(this page)
New Testament Reading:
Romans 10: 8b-18
Gospel
Matthew 4: 18-22

 

  • The Rev Dcn Helen B. Hanten was a deacon emeritus of St. Andrew's by-the-Lake Episcopal Church, Duluth, MN, when she originally wrote this reflection in 2000. 
  • Jill Peterman was Co-Chair of MEESC (2005-present) and a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Duluth, MN when she originally wrote her reflection in 2007.
  • The Rev Tom Harries was Co-Chair of MEESC (2005-present), rector of Holy Communion Episcopal Church, St. Peter, MN, and Total Ministry Mentor when he originally wrote his reflection in 2012.

Helen, Jill, Tom, and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to the Rev Dcn Helen B. Hanten, Jill Peterman, The Rev Tom Harries, or any member of the MEESC or our Webverger or send a letter to:


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