Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Dear Friends and Family of Christ Church,

It’s St. Patrick’s Day! To open his story and the Bible passages assigned for his Feast Day, just hold down your control key and click your mouse over the Patrick link on this page.


Tuesday, March 17, 2020         RCL Daily Office Readings, Year 2

Saint Day*

Gertrude of Nivelle

AM Psalm 78:1-39

PM  78:40-72
Gen. 45:1-15

1 Cor. 7:32-40

Mark 6:1-13

Psalm 96: A Psalm that prays our joy. Yesterday, I noted how the Psalms pray us, helping us express the breadth and depth of our thoughts and feelings to God. They help us to be honest in presenting to God what we really think and feel. Yesterday’s Psalms prayed our fears and anger. 

Today’s Psalm, Psalm 96, also helps us to pray honestly to God, but this time it is expressing the breadth and height of our joy and praise. It is so effusive in its joy that over thousands of years, countless hymns, songs, and anthems have been composed to try and capture its great emotional feel. Hear just a few of its verses:

“O sing to the Lord a new song;

                 sing to the Lord, all the earth.

                Sing to the Lord, bless his name;

                 tell of his salvation from day to day. “

The Psalmist is so caught up in this joy, that s/he envisions all the elements of the Earth joining in the song.

“…let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it.

                  Let the field exult, and everything in it.

                 Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord;

                  For he is coming”

Today is a good day for joy. With all that is currently mitigating against expressing joy, let this Psalm help you; let it pray joy into you. 

* Commemorations in italics are from A Great Cloud of Witnesses; others are from Lesser Feasts & Fasts 2018.