Bible Study for the Ordinary Week 17

  • 7/26 – Psalm 90 – Have I ever taken the time to reflect on the brevity of life? What were the gains? Prayer starter: Lord, you know the number of our days and the toil and trouble we may encounter. GIve us the wisdom to cope with these and to enjoy the blessings of each day.
  • 7/27 – Psalm 91– Have I ever experienced the assurance given in this psalm? Prayer starter: Lord, may I trust in you like your son Jesus did when facing evil, danger, or suffering.
  • 7/28 – Psalm 92 – How can my Sundays better reflect God’s delight in his works of creation and of salvation? Prayer starter: All your works, O Lord, are great and a pure reflection of your bounty and of your love. May we always be moved by wonder and delight when we contemplate them.
  • 7/29 – Psalm 95 – What were the most significant liturgies I have experienced? What did they change in my life? Prayer starter: Lord Jesus, you sit at the right hand of the Father. May we, as the people of your pasture, be led by your Holy SpIrit and listen today and every day to your word.
  • 7/30 – Psalm 97 – Does my faith in God’s lordship and kingdom bring me true gladness and joy? Prayer starter: Thy kingdom come, O Lord! May righteousness and justice flourish through our lives so that everyone may come to worship you as their king.
  • 7/31 – Psalm 98 – How can music enhance my prayer, whether in the congregation or at home? Prayer starter: Let the music resound in all our churches and our communities to sing endless praise to the glory of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen!
  • 8/1-1 Thessalonians 1 – Am I worshipping the Living God, or an image of a god I have created? Prayer starter: Today, O living God, I make space in my heart and my mind so that I may hear you speak.

The month of August will have us studying in the short letters of Paul; to the churches in Thessalonika, Philippi, Colosea, and to his friend, Philemon.

Bible Study for the Ordinary Week 16

  • 7/19 – Psalm 80 – What are the signs that God is still a shepherd to his people? Prayer starter: We praise you, Lord, for watching over the needs of your flock. We praise you for sending us your only Son, Jesus, to be the good shepherd seeking out any lost sheep.
  • 7/20 – Psalm 81 – How can we make better use of silent meditation and reflection in our liturgies? Prayer starter: Lord, you deserve to be praised through shouts of joy and music. But may we praise you even more through listening to your voice and abiding by your word.
  • 7/21 – Psalm 83 – When facing adversity and hostility, is my prayer more on the side of vindication or of forgiveness? Prayer starter: Lord, you are a merciful God not only for your people, but also for all nations on earth. Help us to live as disciples of Christ in a true spirit of forgiveness.
  • 7/22 – Psalm 84 – How can we better develop the sense of beauty and wonder in our churches and liturgies? Prayer starter: O living God, you are my joy and my happiness. May your presence always be the light that shines upon my path.
  • 7/23 – Psalm 85 – Which experiences of the past make me trust that God can restore any tribulation into jubilation? Prayer starter: Heavenly Father, through your son Jesus, you have worked wondrous deeds of salvation. May we walk in righteousness and peace to bear fruits worthy of such great salvation.
  • 7/24 – Psalm 86 – Who is the God I am praying to and how do I view my relationship with him? Prayer starter: O merciful and gracious God, I trust that you listen to me every time I cry to you. May I never part away from your ways.
  • 7/25 – Psalm 89 – How does my faith in Jesus as Messiah help me find an answer to the questions raised in this psalm? Prayer starter: Your promises, O Lord, are irrevocable and will never fail. We praise you for sending us Jesus as your anointed and your beloved Son. May we always listen to his voice.

Bible Study for the Ordinary Week 15

  • 7/12 – Psalm 69 – In which circumstances did prayer help me cope with suffering, mine and that of my loved one? Prayer starter: Lord Jesus, as we struggle with suffering, we look on to you. Help us to find the courage to cope and the serenity of those who trust in the God who heard you cry on the Cross.
  • 7/13 – Psalm 71 – How can I be more receptive to elderly people and to their story of faith? Prayer starter: Lord, we praise you and we thank you for the invaluable legacy of faith and wisdom of our elderly people. Do not forsake them and keep them in your love.
  • 7/14 – Psalm 72 – How can my prayer reflect a real concern for justice and lead me to appropriate commitment? Prayer starter: O Lord, give to the leaders of our time a greater sense of justice for all and of compassion for those who are most in need.
  • 7/15 – Psalm 73 – How can prayer purify my motivations to pursue righteousness? Prayer starter: O God, you are the reward and being near to you is the true blessedness. Help me to walk every day in the peace of your presence.
  • 7/16 – Psalm 74 – Are today’s tragedies calling for a lament in communal prayer? Prayer starter: Lord, do not forget the multitudes who suffer from hunger, exploitation, war, ethnic feuds, and natural disasters. Help us to work with them so that their hope be revived and their dignity restored.
  • 7/17 – Psalm 77 – Did I ever experience spiritual drought and darkness and how did I overcome these? Prayer starter: O God, may we hear you and see you even when prayer gets tough, and may we always keep the dialogue with you alive, no matter what.
  • 7/18 – Psalm 78 – How can I pass on to the next generation the story of God’s mercy in my personal life? Prayer starter: O God, we are the people you have redeemed. May we learn that your grace and your mercy, not our sins and our sinfulness, are the beginning and end of our history.

Spend some time…

BreakfastPlease plan to spend some unhurried time with our parish family this coming Sunday, July 12th. A breakfast will be served following Holy Mass. This is always a great time to “catch up” with the members of our church family to see what’s up in their lives, as well as to share stories about how God has impacted lives in between the times we were last afforded the opportunity to share this news.

Bible Study for the Ordinary Week 14

  • 7/5 – Psalm 56 – In these times of economic uncertainty, how does my faith in God help me cope? Prayer starter: Lord, you are the light of my life. Cast away any fear from my heart that I may stand firm on the paths of righteousness and peace.
  • 7/6 – Psalm 60 – What can I do to restore faith and hope within my own community? Prayer starter: Lord Jesus, you have promised to be present to your church until the end of ages. Give her the courage and the serenity to go through today’s difficulty times.
  • 7/7 – Psalm 62 – How deep, inspiring, and fulfilling is my trust in God? Prayer starter: Lord God, you are my God. May I find no other delight than being loved by you and loving you in return.
  • 7/8 – Psalm 63 – Which aspect of prayer fascinates and nourishes me most? Prayer starter: O Lord, you are my god and my life, a feast for my soul and the delight of my life. To you, O loving Father, I want to sing for joy every day of my life.
  • 7/9 – Psalm 65 – How can I treasure the blessedness of creation and make better use of it? Prayer starter: O God, Creator of all things, we praise you and we thank you for the daily gifts and wonders of creation. We praise you for the special care you take of all those who live on this planet.
  • 7/10 – Psalm 66 – How can my prayer better reflect concerns for, and praise for, the community and for the world? Prayer starter: O God, you love and care for all your children on earth and for all peoples. May we all join in prayer to sing your glorious praise.
  • 7/11 – Psalm 68 – In which situations of life have I found the most compelling experience of God’s presence? Prayer starter: Blessed are you, Lord of might and glory, for the loving care you take on the poor, the needy, the desolate, and the sick.