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Proper 27 (32) 2016 – Psalm 98:1a, 4

Monday, October 31, 2016

For this upcoming Sunday the lectionary offers the following passages: Haggai 1:15b-2-9; Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21 or Psalm 98; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17 and Luke 20:27-38.  Alternate passages include Job 19:23-27a and Psalm 17:1-9.

Psalm 98:1a, 4O sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things…Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises.

This passage reminds me of a scene that has been shared among several Broadway musicals I have seen.  One person begins to sing, and during their solo, they get a new outlook on life.  This changes their song, often to one of hope and optimism.  Their change transforms the cast who then join the soloist on stage and joyfully sing this new song.

Gracious God, help us shine your light toward others so that they can join us in a new song of life.  Amen.

Thought & Prayer for Proper 27 & Ordinary 32, 2010 – Psalm 98:1a, 4

For the twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost, the lectionary offers the following passages: Haggai 1:15b-2-9; Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21 or Psalm 98; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17 and Luke 20:27-38. Alternate passages include Job 19:23-27a and Psalm 17:1-9.

Psalm 98:1a, 4O sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things…Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises.

This passage reminds me a common scene that has been shared among several Broadway musicals I have seen. One person begins to sing, and during their solo, they get a new outlook on life. This changes their song, often to one of hope and optimism. Their change transforms the cast who then join the soloist on stage and joyfully sing this new song.

Prayer: Gracious God, help us shine your light toward others so that they might join us in a new song of life. AMEN.

Picture for Proper 28 & Ordinary 33 – Psalm 98:1a

O sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things.

Picture Citation

Easter 6 – Psalm 98:3-4

From Psalm 98:3-4 – [The LORD] has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises.

Have you ever thought of the fourth verse and its request to “make a joyful noise” as biblical license to sing loud and off-key? I have often joked in that regard. But in the verse that precedes this well known passage, the psalmist reminds us of God’s unwavering, unchanging love and of God’s commitment to us. As the Psalm continues, we are instructed to break out our musical instruments, our lyres, trumpets and horns.

Prayer:

Steadfast God, your faith in us and love for us is beyond comprehension. May our combined prayers of thanks and praise sound of a beautiful choir. AMEN.

Easter 6 – Psalm 98:1

We are approaching the sixth Sunday in the season of Easter, and the lectionary selections offer some familiar verses. The scriptures include: Acts 10:44-48; Psalm 98; 1 John 5:1-6 and John 15:9-17.

From Psalm 98:1 – O sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things. His right hand and his holy arm have gotten him victory.

“God is still speaking,” is a tagline used by the United Church of Christ as a reminder that God continues to be an active presence in our world today. ‘O sing to the Lord a new song, for God is doing marvelous things.’

Prayer:

Ever present God, incline our ears toward you so that we might hear your voice this day. AMEN.


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