Season After Pentecost – A Choral Reading in Praise of the Lord: Preacher and Seeker widen the circle (The Psalms Passage)

Seeker 1: “Praise the Lord!”
Preacher: Praise the Lord O my soul! Praise the Almighty who is worthy of praise!
Seeker 1: “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.”

Preacher: Let us gather to together to praise our God. Let us sing songs and lift up praise melodies in the Lord’s name!
Seeker 1: “Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them.”

Preacher: I have studied the works of the Lord and delight in the Lord’s words. They rule my day and night.
Seeker 1: “Full of honor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever.”

Preacher: The Lord’s righteous is my stronghold. It holds me up through storm and trial. It never fails.
Seeker 1: “He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds; the Lord is gracious and merciful.”

Preacher: The mercy of the Lord endures forever. Gracious is the Lord’s care for me. I have known the Lord’s gentle hand and it sustains me.

Seeker 2: What has the Lord done that is worthy of praise, fellow believer?
Preacher: “He provides food for those who fear him; he is ever mindful of his covenant.”

Seeker 2: Who does the Lord show favor to? Who is worthy of the Lord’s blessings?
Preacher: “He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving them the heritage of the nations.”

Seeker 2: The Lord is mighty. The ways of the Lord are far beyond me. How can I trust that the Lord cares about one such as me?
Preacher: “The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy. They are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness”.

Seeker 2: Tell me more about this Lord. I am needful of my Lord God.
Preacher: “He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever. Holy and awesome is his name.”

Seeker 2: I would fear this Lord; but I also desire to know the Lord God better.
Preacher: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding.

Seeker 1: Let us come together to learn about and worship the Lord God. The Lord is just and mighty, gracious and merciful. All are invited to draw near and widen their understanding. And let us praise our Lord God for all of the blessing that have been bestowed upon us!
All: “His praise endures forever.” (Psalm 111)

When Preacher and Seeker first debuted, I envisioned two people talking privately, on to another. One who was steeped in the knowledge of God and one who was learning. As time went by Seeker became more knowledgeable, and confident in her/his faith. So the conversation became a ongoing confession of faith and understanding. Now a second Seeker has joined, as an invitation for people of all experiences of faith. It is my ongoing hope, beloved reader, that you have felt free to use these “conversations” as you have felt led. Selah!

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About Carole Boshart

I have two blogs on WordPress. "A Simple Desire" which is based on the daily "Sips of Scripture" published and sent out by Third Way Cafe. "Pondering From the Pacific" is based on my reflections on the world - sometimes religious/spiritual, and sometimes not so much.

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