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The psalmist calls the Israelites to learn a new song. They are very familiar with the songs of sorrow and suffering. But the psalmist reminds them that as “children of Zion” they have a new song to sing, a song of joy and praise of God who has saved them...

Lord, help me remember the many times you have set me free from evil, fear, pain, sorrow, and indifference. By your Holy Spirit, help me more clearly see the vision of your grace in Christ Jesus and feel anew the joy of my salvation. Lord, I praise you, and I will try to sing my new song and to dance with joy. Amen.


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Lectionary Week
August 31—September 6, 2020
Scripture Overview

We move forward in the story of Moses to the climax in Egypt, the tenth plague. God tells the Israelites to prepare for the terrible night to come and establishes the feast of Passover. It is to be an eternal reminder of what God has done for the people. The psalmist praises God for faithfulness and victory, including overthrowing those who would oppress them. Egypt is not mentioned specifically, yet the Passover represents just such a situation. Paul echoes Jesus in summarizing much of the Law in one simple commandment: Love your neighbor as yourself. Jesus provides practical teaching on handling disagreements. Our first responsibility is to go to the other party privately and then include others only as necessary. Gossip and social media are not the ways to handle our disputes.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

Read Exodus 12:1-14. How has the story of Passover shaped your faith?
Read Psalm 149. How has God called you to seek freedom from oppression for yourself or others through praise and through action?
Read Romans 13:8-14. What does it mean to consider love a driving force rather than a warm feeling? How does this understanding change the way you act toward yourself and your neighbors?
Read Matthew 18:15-20. When have you participated in or witnessed true reconciliation? How did you see compassion at work?

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