the tentmaker

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Location: Sharpsburg, Georgia, United States

"...because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them, and they worked together — by trade they were tentmakers." Acts 18:3. Tentmaker is a title taken by bi-vocational pastors. As such, I am both a pastor and a project manager. I am a pastor of a local congregation of moderate, accepting and affirming people who worship in the Baptist tradition. We call our church "Hope Memorial Baptist" and we are about 40 in number. I am also a project manager of major construction projects for the State of Georgia. My home and church is in rural Coweta County, between Peachtree City and Newnan, with a mailing address of Sharpsburg, Georgia.

Monday, December 13, 2004

The Passage from the Psalms

I use the psalm in worship as a responsive reading. It is printed in the bulletin with alternate verses in bold print. Because the Psalm is read aloud and in unison by a large group of people, I always use the KJV. So, when I study the passage from the Psalms, I am looking for two things:
  1. What are the prominent sound bites within the Psalm that will enhance the worship experience for the reader and the hearer.
  2. What is the relationship of the passage to the overall meaning of the lectionary series

In the first instance, this weeks Psalm has several phrases calling on the name of the Lord. I find that it is particularly comforting in worship to call on the name of the diety. The examples this week are: O Shepherd of Israel, O God, O Lord God of hosts, O God of hosts. The repeated phrase "Turn us again" is a corporate act of repentance.

The connections with the overall theme of the lectionary series in this passage are the cry for salvation, and the use of the term "the son of man." There is mention of repentance in the phrase "Turn us again." There is the opening line where the psalmist refers to the diety as the Shepherd of Israel.


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