Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Happy New Year -- 2013


2013 has arrived!  May it be a year of blessing.

We resolved, sort of, the "fiscal cliff," but much more to do on solving our financial economic issues in 2013.  We have a war in Afghanistan to bring to an end.  We have Immigration Reform to tackle, as well as work on the gun issue.  We won't resolve all the issues, in a way that meets with everyone's satisfaction.    But work can be done!

But we need not enter the new year in fear, but rather we can go forward with confidence and sing to the Lord a new song, blessing the name of God and sharing that blessing to all of God's creation.  In that spirit, let us hear the Psalmist's call to sing that new song (Psalm 96 NRSV).   


Praise to God Who Comes in Judgment

O sing to the Lord a new song;
    sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
    tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
    his marvelous works among all the peoples.
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
    he is to be revered above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
    but the Lord made the heavens.
Honor and majesty are before him;
    strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
    bring an offering, and come into his courts.
Worship the Lord in holy splendor;
    tremble before him, all the earth.
10 Say among the nations, “The Lord is king!
    The world is firmly established; it shall never be moved.
    He will judge the peoples with equity.”
11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
    let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
12     let the field exult, and everything in it.
Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
13     before the Lord; for he is coming,
    for he is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
    and the peoples with his truth.

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