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Lectionary 09-10

Lectionary 09-10

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Daily Prayer
Shadyside Presbyterian Church August 30, 2009 – September 11, 2010
 
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Daily Prayer is a publication of Shadyside Presbyterian Church © 2009. Psalter reading schedule by Steve Shussett, Office of Spiritual Formation PC(USA),2004. Revised Common Lectionary copyright ©1992 Consultation on CommonTexts. Used by permission.
 
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Daily Prayer
Believers make strong claims for the power of reading the Bible. As we atShadyside affirm every Sunday morning, reading the Bible gives us “the Wordof the Lord,” addressed to us individually and collectively; “thanks be toGod.” The slender volume you hold in your hand is a tool our congregationuses to hear and respond to this life-giving Word with our daily lives.Praying the Scriptures: Daily Prayer is something different from Bible study.What we seek here is the nurture of our spirits: daily worship, daily listening,and giving thanks to the Lord of our lives. Prayerful reading requires that weengage not only our minds, but our hearts and souls as well.Because Daily Prayer is a discipline, it will necessitate some method onthe part of the one who is praying: a regular time, place, cup of coffee,even paper or notebook and a favorite pen. Most people find that a writtenresponse to a word or phrase in the reading helps focus their conversationwith God and helps them take the word with them through their day.One Year’s Readings: The readings presented here are deliberately short;they can be read and reflected on in less than thirty minutes. They comefrom the
Revised Common Lectionary,
prepared by a group of scholarsrepresenting many of the major Christian churches. In this Lectionary, weread the New Testament through once every year, while the Old Testamentreadings extend over a two-year period. The readings also reflect the seasonsand festivals of the church year so that readings during Advent includeprophesies of the Messiah, Christ’s birth narratives, and expectations of theSecond Coming.The
Psalms 
are the prayer book of the Bible and, as such, have a special placein Daily Prayer. The plan for reading the Psalms presented here provides forreading all 150 Psalms once every eight weeks. Assigning the readings to a specific date allows all of us to be praying thesame scriptures daily – enhancing not only our conversations with God, butalso our prayerful connections with each other. In addition, the specific dateallows us to let go of a set of readings we may have missed and move onto today’s readings. Especially those who travel often will want to know thatthey can get the readings e-mailed or podcast automatically via RSS feedfrom www.pcusa.org/devotions. (Note that a different, more limited set of Psalms is included there.)

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