Ridgefield Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church

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June 25, 2017 - 3rd Sunday after Pentecost

Psalm 23 - A Very Alternative Translation
You are my beloved lamb, my child, my dear one.
You belong to me like a sheep belongs to its shepherd.
I will see to it that you do not want for anything.
When you get tired,
I will coax you into lying down in lush green pastures.
When you are anxious and restless,
I will lead you beside still waters.
When you feel depleted and defeated,
I will restore the fire in your soul.
If you go walking into places that do you no good,
I will be true to my good name
for leading you in the right paths.
Even if you walk through
the darkest and bleakest of circumstances,
there will be nothing you need be frightened of,
because I will never leave your side;
like a shepherd with his rod to protect and defend,
and his staff to guide and lift up,
I will be there to fend off danger
and draw you reassuringly close to me.
You are my invited guest and I am your banquet host.
I will lay a table before you and prepare a hearty meal
where you can eat in fellowship
with those who were your enemies;
I will bring oil and anoint your head as a sign of blessing;
your cup of wine will be full to overflowing.
Have no doubt that you will know my goodness and mercy
all the days of your life,
and you will belong in my house and at my table,
cherished in my sight and in my affection, your whole life long.

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June 18, 2017 - 2nd Sunday after Pentecost

Psalm 13
How long, O LORD? Will you forget me for ever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I bear pain in my soul,
and have sorrow in my heart all day long?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

Consider and answer me, O LORD my God!
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death,
and my enemy will say, 'I have prevailed';
my foes will rejoice because I am shaken.
But I trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the LORD,
because he has dealt bountifully with me.

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June 11, 2017 - Trinity Sunday

Psalm 100 - A Thanksgiving Psalm (from The Message)
On your feet now-applaud GOD!
Bring a gift of laughter,
sing yourselves into his presence.
Know this: GOD is God, and God, GOD.
He made us; we didn't make him.
We're his people, his well-tended sheep.
Enter with the password: "Thank you!"
Make yourselves at home, talking praise.
Thank him. Worship him.
For GOD is sheer beauty,
all-generous in love,
loyal always and ever.

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June 4, 2017 - Pentecost

Genesis 11:1,9
Now the whole earth had one language and the same words....
Therefore it was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.

Acts 2:1-4, 42-47
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

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