Saturday, August 15, 2009

A Psalm for Sunday--20th Sunday of Ordinary Time

His mercy endures forever.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever;
Give thanks to the God of gods,
for his mercy endures forever;
Give thanks to the LORD of lords,
for his mercy endures forever.

His mercy endures forever.


Who led his people through the wilderness,
for his mercy endures forever;
Who smote great kings,
for his mercy endures forever;
And slew powerful kings,
for his mercy endures forever.
His mercy endures forever.

And made their land a heritage,
fore his mercy endures forever;
The heritage of Israel his servant,
for his mercy endures forever;
And freed us from our foes,
for his mercy endures forever.

His mercy endures forever.


Psalm 136; 1-3, 16-18, 21-22, and 24
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These photos were all taken on our last cruise to Alaska, two years ago. We are getting ready for another cruise adventure beginning in three weeks. My husband is already halfway packed. Hope he doesn't get overconfident and forget something essential.
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If you realize that I normally choose the psalm from the liturgy of the Sunday, you might notice that this is not the psalm being said or sung on the 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time. This Sunday we are repeating the psalm from last week's liturgy, so rather than try to illustrate the same one again, I chose one that impressed itself upon me when it was prayed one day during the past week.
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A note again about "Ordinary Time": as explained in this post a while back , ordinary is not dull or plain, but counted. And whom can we count on more faithfully than the Lord? Oops, shifting word meaning again. (ordinary--not dull but counted, count--not enumerate but depend.)

6 comments:

PERBS said...

I am wondering just whre the totem poles were found. I spent 19 days in Alaska traveling around with friends, but I don't remember seeing those.

Rocky Mountain Retreat said...

Very pretty photos and great words to read them by!

Katney said...

The totem poles were in Ketchikan. The surise was in the Inside Passage. The forest was near Skagway.

Lew said...

The time may be ordinary, but the scenery is defitely not! Alaska is also a beautiful place. I'm looking forward to your posts from the new trip.

As for the cicada, wikipedia has a time-lapse sequence of the molting. Scroll down to the life cycle section. You can barely see the split in the shell back in my photo.

Janie said...

Beautiful and inspiring photos. I especially like the first one.

Liz said...

Are you going to Alaska again on your cruise?