How good, how pleasant

The theme for October is “Together”.

To kick things off, a psalm that celebrates the rich blessing that flows from life-giving relationships amongst God’s people.

Psalm 133

A song of ascents. Of David.

How good and pleasant it is
when God’s people live together in unity!
It is like precious oil poured on the head,
running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
down on the collar of his robe.
It is as if the dew of Hermon
were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the LORD bestows his blessing,
even life for evermore.

Digging deeper

On the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship website I found this article on Psalm 133 in the “Psalms for Families: Devotions for All Ages” series. All ages … that includes me and you.

A prayer

after St Cyprian of Carthage (c. 200–258)

Lord, we pray for the unity of your Church.
Help us to see ourselves as rays from the one sun,
branches of a single tree,
and streams flowing from one river.
May we remain united to you and to each other,
because you are our common source of life;
and may we send out your light
and pour forth your flowing streams over all the earth,
drawing our inspiration and joy from you.

from The Book of a Thousand Prayers by Angela Ashwin, #527


Note: Congregations in the International Presbytery are invited to participate in a special Presbytery Prayer Focus for the 5 Sundays in October. The Aim: to join together in prayer for Presbytery-related matters and to strengthen the bonds between congregations with Presbytery as a whole, and Presbyters and congregations with each other.

For more information, click here.