I am an emeritus professor from Cornell University and was a Commissioned Lay Preacher in the Presbyterian Church (USA). For many years I have followed the Daily Lectionary as printed in the Mission Yearbook of my church. For each day of a two-year cycle, the lectionary lists four psalms and three other scriptural passages--usually one from the Old Testament and two from the New Testament. My practice is to copy down a verse or two from one of the psalms and from each of the other three passages. After I have written out all four selections, I reflect upon them, rearrange their order, and incorporate them into a meditation. Sometimes I retain much of the original wording; sometimes all that remains of a selection is an idea that was stimulated when I read the original words. All selections are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. For the Daily Lectionary, see the link below.

Awaken Our Souls--July 3, 2016

Jesus, you have proclaimed the good news;
you have said the time is fulfilled, and
the kingdom of God has come near.

Awaken our souls, for your word
will grow mightily and prevail;
you will not leave your people
like sheep without a shepherd.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 108; 150; 66; 23
Num. 27:12-23
Acts 19:11-20
Mark 1:14-20
Selected Verses
Ps. 108:1
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast;
          I will sing and make melody.
          Awake, my soul! 

Num. 27:15-17
Moses spoke to the LORD, saying, "Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint someone over the congregation who shall go out before them and come in before them, who shall lead them out and bring them in, so that the congregation of the LORD may not be like sheep without a shepherd." 

Acts 19:20
So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed.

Mark 1:14-15
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news."

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