Bulletin 2.7.21

Psalm 107:15 "Let them give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness, And for His wonders to the sons of men! "

A Reflection Before the Service

  • The kingdom for which the twelve prayed was a shadow, hence their disappointment and despair when Jesus was put to death: the egg of hope, which their fond imagination had been hatching, brought forth the scorpion of the cross, and they fancied that God had mocked and deceived them. But they lived to see that God was true and good, and that they had deceived themselves, and that all which Christ had told them had been fulfilled. And all who wait on God ultimately make a similar discovery, and unite in testifying that “the Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh him.” (Lam 3.25)

     

    For these reasons should all men pray and not faint.

     

    - A.B. Bruce, The Training of the Twelve (1894)

     

     

    We can no more have a private prayer then we can have a private language. A private language is impossible every word spoken carries with it a long history of development in complex communities of experience. All speech is relational making a community of speakers and listeners. So to is prayer... we are involved whether we will it or not, in a community of the Word spoken and read, understood and obeyed (or misunderstood and disobeyed). We can do this in solitude, but we cannot do it in private. It involves an Other and others.

     

    Eugene Peterson, Earth and Altar: The Community  Of

    Prayer In a Self-Bound Society (1985)

     

The Call To Worship

  • Psalm 107.14-15, 20-21, 29-31

     

    Reader: He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death

    And broke their bands apart.

     

    People: Let them give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness,

    And for His wonders to the sons of men!

     

    Reader: He sent His word and healed them,

    And delivered them from their destructions.

     

    People: Let them give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness,

    And for His wonders to the sons of men!

     

    Reader: He caused the storm to be still,

    So that the waves of the sea were hushed.

    Then they were glad because they were quiet,

    So He guided them to their desired haven.

     

    ALL: Let them give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness,

    And for His wonders to the sons of men!

     

    (Prayer)

     

  • The kingdom for which the twelve prayed was a shadow, hence their disappointment and despair when Jesus was put to death: the egg of hope, which their fond imagination had been hatching, brought forth the scorpion of the cross, and they fancied that God had mocked and deceived them. But they lived to see that God was true and good, and that they had deceived themselves, and that all which Christ had told them had been fulfilled. And all who wait on God ultimately make a similar discovery, and unite in testifying that “the Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh him.” (Lam 3.25)

     

    For these reasons should all men pray and not faint.

     

    - A.B. Bruce, The Training of the Twelve (1894)

     

     

    We can no more have a private prayer then we can have a private language. A private language is impossible every word spoken carries with it a long history of development in complex communities of experience. All speech is relational making a community of speakers and listeners. So to is prayer... we are involved whether we will it or not, in a community of the Word spoken and read, understood and obeyed (or misunderstood and disobeyed). We can do this in solitude, but we cannot do it in private. It involves an Other and others.

     

    Eugene Peterson, Earth and Altar: The Community  Of

    Prayer In a Self-Bound Society (1985)

     

  • Psalm 107.14-15, 20-21, 29-31

     

    Reader: He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death

    And broke their bands apart.

     

    People: Let them give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness,

    And for His wonders to the sons of men!

     

    Reader: He sent His word and healed them,

    And delivered them from their destructions.

     

    People: Let them give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness,

    And for His wonders to the sons of men!

     

    Reader: He caused the storm to be still,

    So that the waves of the sea were hushed.

    Then they were glad because they were quiet,

    So He guided them to their desired haven.

     

    ALL: Let them give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness,

    And for His wonders to the sons of men!

     

    (Prayer)

     

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