11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Year 1: June 16th, 2019
Preaching Text: Psalm 113
All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon
(Written for ages 3-8)
Comment: Psalm 113 begins by praising the Lord and says that the Lord ought to be praised all day long. The Psalm writer knows that in a sense, God is far above the world, that God doesn’t look on the world in a human way but sees it from a higher perspective. But the Psalm writer still encourages praise, knowing that even from such a higher perspective, God still cares about each person and situation on earth. This fact is worthy of praise, from morning to night. In All the World, the book goes from morning to night, spending the day noticing and celebrating how elements of an individual life are part of the larger world. The details of human life are considered part of something greater, and worthy of praise, just like in the Psalm. Like the Psalmist, we are called to praise the Lord all day long, knowing that God’s perspective is different than ours, but also knowing that God cares about each of our lives. Therefore, we can give praise morning to night, over the individual elements of our lives, knowing that they are a part of God’s wider world.
Thanks to Union Presbyterian Seminary alumna Sara Anne Berger for writing the Year 1 Narrative Lectionary Links.