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Item number three on our list of Seven Faith Practices is “read and study the Bible.”   Each week we, as a congregation, will be reading one chapter from a book of the Bible.  Currently, we are reading from the book of Psalms. 

We will continue with our “one chapter per week” schedule.  I hope you will consider joining us as we practice our faith!  

The reading schedule is listed below.

Faith Practice #3 Reading Schedule...

for the week starting…

(Book 2)

Jan. 24, 2022 – Psalm 42

Jan. 31 – Psalm 43

Feb. 7 – Psalm 44

Feb. 14 – Psalm 45

Feb. 21 – Psalm 46

Feb. 28 – Psalm 47

Mar. 7 – Psalm 48

Mar. 14 – Psalm 49

Mar. 21 – Psalm 50

Mar. 28 – Psalm 51

April 4 – Psalm 52

April 11 – Psalm 53

April 18 – Psalm 54

April 25 – Psalm 55

May 2 – Psalm 56

May 9 – Psalm 57

May 16 – Psalm 58

May 23 – Psalm 59

May 30 – Psalm 60

June 6 – Psalm 61

June 13 – Psalm 62

June 20 – Psalm 63

June 27 – Psalm 64

July 4 – Psalm 65

July 11 – Psalm 66

July 18 – Psalm 67

July 25 – Psalm 68

Aug. 1 – Psalm 69

Aug. 8 – Psalm 70

Aug. 15 – Psalm 71

Aug. 22 – Psalm 72

The Book of Psalms, which is generally believed to be the most widely read of all the books in the Old Testament, is part hymnbook, part prayer book, part wisdom literature, and part anthology of poems that express the religious feelings of the Israelites throughout the various periods of their national history. The subject matter of the Psalms is astonishingly broad. On one hand, it proclaims praise and prayer for God Most High (Psalm 50:14), and on the other, it embraces human experience as intimate as lamenting a lost mother (Psalm 35:14). The Book of Psalms has a special significance for understanding the religious life of ancient Israel. The prophets and scribes provide some insight concerning what the Hebrews thought, but the psalms give the clearest indication of what the Hebrews felt. Here, we find a revelation of the hopes, the joys, the sorrows, the loyalties, the doubts, and the aspirations of the human heart.

The Psalms are of varying length (but most are pretty short) and there are a lot of them, however, we will continue with our ‘one chapter per week’ reading plan.  Over the course of the next few years (150 Psalms!), we will discuss the different types of Psalms (lament, praise, worship, royal, etc.) and the different uses for Psalms.  One suggestion is praying through the Psalms.  Augustine of Hippo said, “If the psalm prays, you pray. If the psalm laments, you lament. If the psalm exalts, you rejoice. If it hopes, you hope. If it fears, you fear. Everything written here is a mirror for us.” As you pray the Psalms, you will learn how to pray in every season, whether rejoicing with those who rejoice or mourning with those who mourn.