Living Psalm 19 Pentecost 19A
Psalms in the form of words and art, reborn in the specific contexts of our world, privileging the voices of historically marginalized communities and those acting in solidarity with them.
Living Psalm 19_Best, Golden Feather Woman for October 8, 2023, 19th Sunday after Pentecost
From: To the leader. A Psalm of David.
The heavens are telling the glory of the Great Spirit;
and the firmament proclaims their handiwork.
Day to day pours forth speech,
and night to night declares knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words;
their voice is not heard;
yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the ends of creation.
The aurora borealis are dancing to the glory of Creator, and the vault of sky truth talks the story of their workmanship.
Time after time speech flows forth, and nightly tells of good teachings.
Our people do not hear, no words or wisdoms are uttered, yet they cover Mother Earth and to the bounds of the universe.
In the firmament Great Spirit has set a tepee for the sun which emerges as a brave from his canopy of celebration, as a warrior runs its path with a grateful heart.
Its ascending is from boundaries of space and the trail home is the destination and nothing is separated from its warmth.
The teachings of Creator are flawless
Refreshing the spirit;
The wisdoms of the Teacher are unquestionable,
Making clear truths;
The rules of the Maker are just
Making the heart sing.
The commands of the Holy One are right
And show us a good path
Our awe of Creator is true
Unending for all time.
More to be cherished than the finest furs even beaver and mink
More delicious than spring’s maple syrup and sap dripping.
As well, your children learn that following the good path is fulfilling.
Who can see their own mistakes and internal wounds?
Wash us clean from wrongs we have done.
Keep your people on guard from disrespectful persons
And don’t allow them to be over us.
Then we will be open handed and free of wrongdoings.
May the words that I speak and the dreams of my heart
Find favour with you, O Creator, my lodge and my liberator.
Reverend Nancy Best Golden Feather Woman
September 25, 2023
Living Psalm for Pentecost 19A – Psalm 19 was written by Maren Christine Tirabassi.
Living Psalms Book is created by UCC Witness & Worship Artists’ Group, a Network of UCC connected artists, activists and ministers bridging the worship and liturgy of the local church with witness and action in the community. Maren Tirabassi, editor
Logo is detail from Living Psalm 80 by Sophia Beardemphl, Redwoods, CA. Recovering from significant bullying, Sophia, age nine, read Psalm 80 and thought of brokenness that needs mending. She drew this broken and mended bowl.
© Copyright 2023 Maren Christine Tirabassi. Permission granted to reproduce or adapt this material for use in services of worship or church education. All publishing rights reserved.