You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.’ For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence; he will cover you with his inions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, or the arrow that flies by day, or the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or the destruction that wastes at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only look with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
Because you have made the Lord your refuge, the Most High your dwelling-place, no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the adder, the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.
Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name. When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honor them. With long life I will satisfy them, and show them my salvation.
Zoom Wednesday, March 25 at 7:30 pm
I will send out a Zoom invitation tomorrow, in the hope that many of you will join. The format of our prayers will be a different than last week’s evening prayer. We will hear a scripture passage appointed for the day, and follow the order of Responsive Prayer from our book of worship: the creed, the Lord’s Prayer, prayer of the day, silent prayer, blessing.
As we keep periods of silence together, in our Zoom meetings, we support one another and give spiritual value to the isolation forced on us by the virus. And we ask God to bless our social distancing and be present to us in it. The Spirit moves deeply in us when our minds are turns to God’s word, and our bodies and voices are quiet.
Before the Zoom gathering, you might arrange a sacred place in your home, with a Bible, a candle, a bowl of water, an icon, a flower, a picture of a loved one, or something else that focuses your mind on prayer and meditation.
The call will include time to check-in with one another.