Sunday, September 08, 2013

Decisions, Decisions

This Sunday's suggested lectionary reading for Episcopal churches presents the option of different O.T. and Psalm selections as illustrated below,

Jeremiah 18:1-11 & Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17 (Option 1) or
Deuteronomy 30:15-20 & Psalm 1 (Option 2); and
Philemon 1-21; Luke 14:25-33
This is nothing new, but I wonder how many churches chose Option 2 over Option 1?

The reason I say this is that Option 1's Psalm selection contains words that might go against the doctrine and discipline of the Episcopal church, and that might get your rector in trouble.

How could anything in Holy Scripture be contrary to Episcopal practice you ask?

Hear the offending verses from Psalm 139,

 13 For it was you who formed my inward parts;
   you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
   Wonderful are your works;
that I know very well.
15   My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
   intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.
In your book were written
   all the days that were formed for me,
   when none of them as yet existed.
17 How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God!
   How vast is the sum of them!
18 I try to count them—they are more than the sand;
   I come to the end (or I awake)—I am still with you.
I hope and pray that those liberal congregations that are in solidarity with the Episcopal church's support for abortion were allowed to hear and inwardly digest those words today. 

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