Sixth Sunday of Easter: The Psalm Passage – Praise Mode

Preacher: “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, Selah”
Seeker: The blessings of the Lord are not withheld from us. Although our circumstances may not be ideal according to this world, we are sustained by the Divine and we continue to testify to the Lord God’s love and compassion.
Preacher: “. . . that your way may be known upon earth, your saving power among all nations.”

Seeker: If we were protected from every mishap and downfall that the earthly life is filled with, how would the Divine’s support and guidance be made known? It is in our weakness and our need that the Lord’s mighty hand is seen.
Preacher: “Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.”

Seeker: We raise up praise not for the times that we have failed but that our failure does not separate us from the Divine’s love. Whether we have brought about our own strife, or that the world has brought strife to our doorstep – the Lord God does not abandon us. We are able to move forward despite what comes up against because the Divine is on our side.
Preacher: “Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Selah”

Seeker: When I was young and untutored, I thought that when good happened in the world it was because the Lord’s favor was received. Now I know that the favor of the Lord does not ebb and flow with the seasons and circumstances; but that the Lord’s love is ever with us. I praise the Lord not because I am lucky; and when times are hard I do not curse the Lord. I praise the Lord God because the Divine has given me the power to endure, in good and in bad.
Preacher: “Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you. The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, has blessed us.”

Seeker: My voice of praise joins with other voices, spanning time and place. Those who have gone before me and those who are yet to come praise the Lord in their own way, and from their own lives. Many voices of praise become one. And all of us are blessed.
Preacher & Seeker: “May God continue to bless us; let all the ends of the earth revere him.”