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The words of this prayer for a newly installed king apply just as readily to leaders of countries with a different form of government. They surely embody hopes and aspirations that I would wish for the United States of America. Yet many Americans, influenced deeply by the “gospel” of Ayn...

O God, grant our leaders your righteousness, so that they will defend the cause of the poor and deliver the needy who have no helper. Amen.


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Lectionary Week
January 6–12, 2020
Scripture Overview

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Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

Read Isaiah 42:1-9. What does it mean for Jesus to be a Servant Messiah? In what ways does God suffer with or for you?
Read Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14. As children of God, we are called to reflect God’s righteousness. How do you defend the poor and deliver the needy?
Read Acts 10:34-43. Consider the author’s proposal that those who fear God and do what is right may include people of other faiths. What would this mean for your faith and your relationships with those of other faiths?
Read Matthew 3:13-17. Remember your baptism. Did you make the decision to be baptized or did someone else make the decision for you? How does remembering your baptism guide you to do what God wants?

Respond by posting a prayer.

While several strategies for reopening the world are being discussed, I encourage you—the people of God everywhere—to allow this season to be a formative one during which you can make new discoveries about God and increase your faith. Use this time to embark on a life of prayer, a life of study, and a life of action—involvement in the community.” 

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