Sharing Favorite Scripture Passages

Do you have a favorite prayer or passage from scripture, something you know by heart and go to in times of trouble? At February’s First Sunday FaithTalk, we began by talking about how we read the Bible, from proof texting to puzzle solving, from scholarly to spiritual, and then shared passages and prayers that are particularly meaningful to us. For some of us, singing is how we remember scripture. We also talked about the power of posting scripture and prayers on a mirror or refrigerator.

Here is a partial list of what was shared. Maybe you’ll see yours – or discover a new one!

This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118: 24

In the beginning was the word and the word was with God, and the word was God.
– John 1:1 (especially when sung!)

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence,
and do not take your holy spirit from me.

– Psalm 51:10-11 (especially when sung!)

He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

– Micah 6:8

Thank you God for giving me another day: May I do your will.
– From the film, Milagro Beanfield Wars.

I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!
– John 16:33

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
-Psalm 139: 14

[B]ut let those who boast boast in this, that they understand and know me, that I am the Lord; I act with steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, says the Lord.
– Jeremiah 9:24

I am God and no mortal,
the Holy One in your midst,
and I will not come in wrath.

– Hosea 11:8-10

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.
– Philippians 4:4-9

Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
On what were its bases sunk,
or who laid its cornerstone
when the morning stars sang together
and all the heavenly beings] shouted for joy?

– Job 38:4-7

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”

– Lamentations 3:22-23

Be still, and know that I am God!
Psalm 56:10

Hymns like Amazing Grace and Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee

Former White House Press Secretary Leads Class on Election Returns

by Paul Dornan

Mike McCurry, formerly President Clinton’s Press Secretary and currently Director of the Center for Public Theology at Wesley Seminary, led the first of two virtual adult church school classes at New York Avenue on Saturday, Nov. 7.

McCurry, insightful and affable, began his class on impressions of the election returns with introductory remarks and then opened it up for questions from the 50 participants. His remarks came only hours after President-Elect Biden was announced the winner, which made his observations all the more immediate.

He stressed the institutional reinforcement of the division, with a new Democratic president, a barely Democratic House and a still-Republican Senate, which he interpreted to mean that progress might be sluggish even on subjects in which there appears to be significant consensus. He saw resentment of the apparent know-it-all elites as the source of the survival and intensity of the Trump coalition.

Second Class This Saturday. As a preview for his second class with us, on Nov. 14 at 4 pm, on the response of the faith community to the election results, he posed these questions:

• How do we counter and defuse such resentment?

• How do we convey as individuals, as communities, to those so resentful, that they have genuinely been heard?

For the Nov. 14 class (4 pm):

Go to Zoom or dial 1 301 715 8592 and enter Meeting ID 847 5246 6884