We are a small Episcopal Church on the banks of the Rappahannock in Port Royal, Virginia. We acknowledge that we gather on the traditional land of the first people of Port Royal, the Nandtaughtacund, who are still here, and we honor with gratitude the land itself and the life of the Rappahannock Tribe. Our mission statement is to do God’s Will in all that we do.

The Psalms Study

Mondays in Lent, Beginning on Zoom, March 6, 7pm Zoom link Meeting ID: 873 0418 9375 Passcode: 092098

Every week when we meet to worship, we hear a Psalm.   The familiar words of the Psalms wash over and through us, a foundational part of our liturgies.  We hear these psalms every week because their  words  hold deep theological significance for each of us and for our lives as the community of God. 

The Psalms teach us about the life of God, and about the life that God intends for us and for the world, as J. Clinton McCann, Jr., suggests in his Introduction to the Psalms in The New Interpreter’s Bible, Vol IV. We will be using McCann’s commentary to guide us through our Lenten/Easter study.   The themes in the following paragraphs come from McCann’s  commentary. 

The psalms teach us about happiness, the complete orientation of life to God and perpetual openness to God’s instruction, and the joy we find in God’s forgiveness and God’s faithful love.   

We will learn more about taking refuge in God and trusting in God.  The psalms describe righteous people as those who acknowledge their fundamental dependence on God for their lives and for the future, the people who live by grace.

“Justice for all!”  God desires life and a future for all living things, for peace on earth.  So when we choose to live under God’s rule, we work for political and economic systems that provide just access to everyone.  If we are living in God’s reign, then we will want to live in partnership with all other species of creatures and in partnership with the earth itself.    The Psalms have a lot to say about justice for all. 

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