Glastonbury psalm

January 13, 2013

Adapted from Psalm 98.

Oh, sing to the LORD a new song! For He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory. The LORD has made known His salvation; His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations. He has remembered His mercy and His faithfulness to Glastonbury.
Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth. Shout, Wearyall Hill! Shout joyfully, Glastonbury Tor! Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises, Somerset Levels and Moors.
Sing to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and the sound of a psalm, with trumpets and the sound of a horn, St. John’s and St. Benedict’s parishes and St. Mary’s chapel. Shout joyfully before the LORD the King, O ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, Chapel of St. Thomas the Martyr, and St. Michael’s tower.
Let the Atlantic Ocean roar, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell in it. Let the River Brue clap her hands. Let the hills be joyful together before the LORD, for He is coming to judge the earth. With righteousness He shall judge the world, and the peoples with equity.


January 13, 2013

Isaiah 58:6, 9b-12 (New King James Version)
“ Is this not the fast that I have chosen:
To loose the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the heavy burdens,
To let the oppressed go free,
And that you break every yoke?

Father, we cry out for the loosing of the bonds of idolatry in Glastonbury and England, especially sun gods, sky gods, and mother godesses. The covenant of the Blood of Christ Jesus trumps the covenants of magic, witchcraft, fairy visions, rock music, and druidry. The truth of the good news of Jesus Christ reigns over the myths of King Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, Merlin, and Morgana. We declare that at the name of Jesus, the yoke of the Celtic underworld god, Afallach, must bow. At the name of Jesus, the yoke of the Celtic otherworld god, Gwynn ap Nudd, must bow. At the name of Jesus, the yoke of the Lady of the Lake, Celtic water goddess Lady Vivien, must bow.

“ If you take away the yoke from your midst, The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, If you extend your soul to the hungry And satisfy the afflicted soul, Then your light shall dawn in the darkness, And your darkness shall be as the noonday. The LORD will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. Those from among you Shall build the old waste places; You shall raise up the foundations of many generations; And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.

Let it be so in Glastonbury and England, dear Lord. Let it be. Amen.

Luke 3:15-16,21-22

January 13, 2013

Now as the people were in expectation, and all reasoned in their hearts about John, whether he was the Christ or not, John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. (Luke 3:15-16)
      Holy Spirit, please give us expectant hearts that eagerly await what you will do in our lives.

      Jesus, you are the Christ, the anointed one of God. Baptize us anew with your Holy Spirit and fire.

When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while he prayed, the heaven was opened. And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are my beloved Son; in you I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:21-22)
      Father, help us take the same pleasure you do in your son Jesus. Thank you.

Sunday: 146, 147 * 111, 112, 113; Isa. 40:1-11; Heb. 1:1-12; John 1:1-7, 19-20, 29-34
HC: 89:1-29 or 89:20-29; Isaiah 42:1-9; Acts 10:34-38; Luke 3:15-16,21-22
Monday: 1, 2, 3 * 4, 7; Isa. 40:12-23; Eph. 1:1-14; Mark 1:1-13

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