Jun 20, 2020

SUMMER SOLSTICE

At the summer solstice, the Sun travels the longest path through the sky, and that day therefore has the most daylight. When the summer solstice happens in the Northern Hemisphere, the North Pole is tilted about 23.4° toward the Sun. Six months later, the South Pole is inclined about 23.4° toward the Sun.




PRAYER FOR THE DAY


God of Light and Truth,
thank you for giving me a mind
that can know and a heart that can love.
Help me to keep learning every day of my life,
for all knowledge leads to you.
Let me be aware of your presence in all things and at all times.
Encourage me when work is difficult and
when I am tempted to give up;
encourage me when my brain seems slow
and the way forward is difficult.
Grant me the grace to put my mind to use
exploring the world you have created,
confident that in you there is all wisdom
and the vastness of imagination.
For we long to live into the Mystery
that is You,
whose Name is most Blessed and Holy.
Amen.

CANTICLE     Daniel, Chapter 3, Selected Verses

Blessed are you, and worthy of praise,
Our Sovereign, God of our forebears!
Glory to your Name forever!
For your justice is clear in everything you do—
you always keep your promises,
your ways are true, and all your judgments are right.
So today our mouths are shut before you,

and shame and dishonor cover us who worship and serve you.
Please don’t abandon us forever, for your Name’s sake!
Don’t forsake your covenant with us!
Don’t withhold your mercy from us,
for the sake of your beloved Sarah and Abraham,
or your servants Rebekah and Isaac,
or your holy one Rachel and Jacob!
You promised they’d have descendants as countless
as the stars of heaven, as the grains of sand on the beach.

[Our repentance will be the undoing of injustice,

making peace and working toward reconciliation,
confessing our culture's brokenness,
acknowledging our participation in
racism, hatred, and exclusion.]
Let this be our sacrifice to you today,
and give us the ability to follow you with a whole heart,
for those who trust you completely will never be disappointed.
We hereby put our whole heart into following you,
into revering you and seeking your presence once again.
So please don’t let us be disappointed, and treat us gently,
because you yourself are gentle and so very merciful.
Deliver us by your marvelous works—
let your Name bring you the glory, Holy One!

May confusion overtake those [of privilege and the oppressors]!
May they be covered with shame,
and all their power and strength broken!
Let them learn that you alone are God,
you alone are Sovereign,
and glorious over the whole earth!

Bless you, our sovereign, the God of our forebears!
May you be praised and exalted above all forever!
Blessed is your holy and glorious Name!
may you be praised and exalted above all forever!
Bless you in the temple of your glorious holiness!
may you be praised and exalted above all forever!
Bless you on your throne of your reign!
May you be praised and exalted above all forever!
Bless you, who sees the depths from your seat upon the cherubim!
May you be praised and exalted above all forever!
Bless you in the expanse of the heavens!
May you be praised and exalted above all forever!

Everything YHWH has made, bless YHWH!
Praise and exalt God above all forever!
Angels of YHWH, bless YHWH!
Praise and exalt God above all forever!
Heavens, bless YHWH!
Praise and exalt God above all forever!
Waters above the heavens, bless YHWH!
Praise and exalt God above all forever!
Heavenly powers, bless YHWH!
Praise and exalt God above all forever!
Sun and moon, bless YHWH!
Praise and exalt God above all forever!
Stars in the sky, bless YHWH!
Praise and exalt God above all forever!
Rain and dew, bless YHWH!
Praise and exalt God above all forever!
Wind, bless YHWH!
Praise and exalt God above all forever!
Fire and heat, bless YHWH!
Praise and exalt God above all forever!
Cold and chill, bless YHWH!
Praise and exalt God above all forever!
Dew and rain, bless YHWH!
Praise and exalt God above all forever!
Frost and cold, bless YHWH!
Praise and exalt God above all forever!
Ice and snow, bless YHWH!
Praise and exalt God above all forever!
Night and day, bless YHWH!
Praise and exalt God above all forever!
Light and darkness, bless YHWH!
Praise and exalt God above all forever!
Lightning and clouds, bless YHWH!
Praise and exalt God above all forever!
Let the earth bless YHWH!
Praise and exalt God above all forever!
Mountains and hills, bless YHWH!
Praise and exalt God above all forever!


Everything that grows on the earth, bless YHWH!
Praise and exalt God above all forever!
Springs of water, bless YHWH!
Praise and exalt God above all forever!
Seas and rivers, bless YHWH!
Praise and exalt God above all forever!
Praise and exalt God above all forever!
Birds in the sky, bless YHWH!
Praise and exalt God above all forever!
Animals wild or tame, bless YHWH!
Praise and exalt God above all forever!
All humankind, bless YHWH!
Praise and exalt God above all forever!
Israel, bless YHWH!
Praise and exalt God above all forever!
Priests, bless YHWH!
Praise and exalt God above all forever!
Worshipers, bless YHWH!
Praise and exalt God above all forever!
Spirits and souls of the upright, bless YHWH!
Praise and exalt God above all forever!
Holy people of humble heart, bless YHWH!
Praise and exalt God above all forever!

For God has rescued us from Sheol,
and saved us from the hand of death—
saved us from the fiery furnace,
and delivered us from the blazing flames!

Give thanks for YHWH’s goodness,
for God’s everlasting love!
Bless the God of gods,
all who worship YHWH!
Praise and give thanks to God for such everlasting love!
Priests for Equality. The Inclusive Bible. Sheed & Ward.

[Words enboldened and inside brackets are additions to the text as adapted for our current days.]


PRAYER


God of light, spirit of compassion,
you open up the morning skies again before us.
You breathe in us the breath of life.
Be our guide in this new day.
Be present with and in us.
Heal us.
Lift us.
Stir us.
Gift us.
Let us be a blessing and a reflection of you.
Amen.


SONG FOR THIS DAY     (Click Here)

I'll praise my Maker while I've breath;
and when my voice is lost in death,
praise shall employ my nobler powers.
My days of praise shall ne'er be past,
while life, and thought, and being last,
or immortality endures.

Happy are they whose hopes rely
on Israel's God, who made the sky
and earth and seas, with all their train;
whose truth for ever stands secure,
who saves th'oppressed and feeds the poor,
for none shall find God's promise vain.

The Lord pours eyesight on the blind;
the Lord supports the fainting mind
and sends the laboring conscience peace.
God helps the stranger in distress,
the widow and the fatherless,
and grants the prisoner sweet release.

I'll praise my God who lends me breath;
and when my voice is lost in death,
praise shall employ my nobler powers.
My days of praise shall ne'er be past,
while life, and thought, and being last,
or immortality endures.