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Your Staff Comforts Me ... from StoryShare | stories | Psalm 23 | 1 Samuel 16:1-13 | C. David McKirachan | Keith Wagner |
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"Your Staff Comforts Me" by C. David McKirachan
"In the Lord's House" by Keith Wagner
"Judged by the Heart" by Keith Wagner

Your Staff Comforts Me
by C. David McKirachan
Psalm 23

There were four of us, American teen aged boys, living in an Ethiopian Orthodox monastery near Addis Ababa. We were there for three months helping to build a school for the local children. >> More


Easter 4 ... from SermonStudio | devotional | Psalm 23 | from the book Water From the Rock | Stephen P. McCutchan |
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
-- Psalm 23:1

Psalm 23 is likely the most famous of all the psalms. Its words of trust have sustained people throughout generations. You can imagine Jesus claiming God as shepherd (v. 1) and being restored in his times of retreat in prayer (v. 2). He could feel God leading him in the >> More


Proper 14 / Pentecost 12 / Ordinary Time 19 ... from SermonStudio | devotional | Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 | from the book Water From the Rock | Stephen P. McCutchan |
Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honor me; to those who go the right way I will show the salvation of God.
-- Psalm 50:23

Psalm 50 complements the passage from Isaiah that is critical of people who perform the acts of worship but do not allow their acts of worship to shape their daily lives. Psalm 50 is a vision >> More


Psalm 22:23-31 ... from SermonStudio | Preaching | Psalm 22:23-31 | from the book A Journey Through the Psalms: Reflections for Worried Hearts and Troubled Times | Schuyler Rhodes |
Take a look around and conduct an informal survey. Who is it that we lift up in our culture? What kind of people garner praise and adoration? Who is it that causes us to pause and nod in affirmation? The answers come quickly, don't they? In our culture, those who gain adoration are celebrities. They are famous for little else >> More


Psalm 23 ... from SermonStudio | Preaching | Psalm 23 | from the book A Journey Through the Psalms: Reflections for Worried Hearts and Troubled Times | Schuyler Rhodes |
This psalm sits with incredible familiarity on the couch next to us. Like an old friend caught up in the warming embers of faded and familiar stories, the words slide easily over the tongue as we recite these words.

This, to a large degree becomes a problem as we seek to understand this psalm. Most people who read scripture tend >> More


Psalm 23 ... from SermonStudio | Preaching | Psalm 23 | from the book A Journey Through the Psalms: Reflections for Worried Hearts and Troubled Times | Schuyler Rhodes |
My daughter hates going down into our basement. Adolescent fears, real and imagined, coalesce within her, making it impossible to go down there with a load of laundry unless our family dog, Charlie, is with her. Charlie makes it okay. He wags his tail and follows her faithfully downstairs and she does the chores required and returns happily to the >> More


Psalm 23 ... from SermonStudio | Preaching | Psalm 23 | from the book A Journey Through the Psalms: Reflections for Worried Hearts and Troubled Times | Schuyler Rhodes |
Today's psalm is a poem for those who have planted their standard in the ground. It speaks to those who have made the choice and committed themselves to the God of Israel. "The Lord is my shepherd," and no other. From a host of idols and wannabe gods this is the one. This is the one who causes us to >> More


Psalm 23 ... from SermonStudio | Preaching | Psalm 23 | from the book A Journey Through the Psalms: Reflections for Worried Hearts and Troubled Times | Schuyler Rhodes |
What Sunday school child cannot recite this psalm? It is an iconic piece of sacred literature that spreads far beyond the doors of church or synagogue. It is read at funerals of atheists and recited in rote rhythms at many a public event. Like cliches, however, the psalm has become so widely known for a reason.

These are powerful words >> More


Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 ... from SermonStudio | Preaching | Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 | from the book A Journey Through the Psalms: Reflections for Worried Hearts and Troubled Times | Schuyler Rhodes |
Ask someone who doesn't go to church what it is that they don't like about church. Ask anyone. In fact, ask several people. Invariably they will say that they don't like all that judgment stuff. If they're talking about judgmental people, then who can blame them? No one wants to step into a community and find the wagging finger of >> More


Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c ... from SermonStudio | Preaching | Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c | from the book A Journey Through the Psalms: Reflections for Worried Hearts and Troubled Times | Schuyler Rhodes |
The power of these words is rooted in memory. The remembering of God's mighty works is basis for praise. The remembering of the salvation story gives light to future generations. Indeed, as we move beyond the psalms to Christian scripture and its derivative faith, we are called to remember as we celebrate the sacrament of holy communion. Memory, it seems, >> More


Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23 ... from SermonStudio | Preaching | Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23 | from the book A Journey Through the Psalms: Reflections for Worried Hearts and Troubled Times | Schuyler Rhodes |
The opening lines of this psalm proclaim the love of God that is both trustworthy and lasting. It's not only lasting, it's permanent. In a world where human relationships are pretty much disposable, the notion of trusting, permanent love registers somewhere in the mind as a fantasy. With many people on third and fourth marriages, lifelong commitment is just not >> More


Psalm 123 ... from SermonStudio | Preaching | Psalm 123 | from the book A Journey Through the Psalms: Reflections for Worried Hearts and Troubled Times | Schuyler Rhodes |
A wise preacher once said that original sin did not involve an apple or a big snake. He said that original sin was really humanity's obsessive need to be in charge of things. He also added that after all these millennia, it could hardly be called "original." There is truth in these words. The despoiling of our planet is the >> More


Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 ... from SermonStudio | Preaching | Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 | from the book A Journey Through the Psalms: Reflections for Worried Hearts and Troubled Times | Schuyler Rhodes |
The definition of a true friend is someone who knows all there is to know about you and still loves you. More than that, a true friend is always there for you. In the modern vernacular, a true friend, knowing all there is to know about you, still "has your back." Most people present a careful construct of themselves to >> More


My Shepherd ... from SermonStudio | stories | Psalm 23 | from the book Lectionary Tales for the Pulpit | David E. Leininger |
There is a 2,000-year-old story that may or may not be apocryphal. It took place when much of the world was unknown and largely unmapped. Cartographers had to have some way of portraying those areas of the earth that were as yet unexplored, so they symbolized these regions by dragons, monsters, and large fish. The message was clear. Uncharted territories >> More


God, All Praise We Give To The Saviour ... from SermonStudio | worship | Psalm 136:1-9, 23-26 | from the book Lectionary Hymns for Cycle B | Clyde W. Wentzell |
Refrain
God, all praise we give to the Saviour,
Dying and rising, giving us new life.
Son of God, pointing toward heaven,
All praise to you, steadfast in love.

1. Lord, you are good, all your works show your glory;
You are the sun shining forth in the night.
True to your word, you have made us new people.
All praise to you, steadfast in love. Refrain

2. Lord, >> More

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