Join us online for a Sunday morning worship service on June 21 at 11:00 a.m. The service will include prayers, scripture reading, organ music, hymns, and a sermon from Rev. Dr. Carol Gregg, pastor to the Congregation at Duke Chapel. We are continuing with our focus on the Psalms this summer.
Prayer is an intermixture of crying out and rejoicing, of calling on God for help and praising the Lord for rescue, of exulting God for blessings received and making supplication for one’s needs. The scriptures for this Sunday remind us that the prayers of God’s people have always been intermixed with petition and praise. The writer of Psalm 40 gives voice to his experience of God’s work of redemption and appeals to God for deliverance in his current situation. Paul exhorts the Philippians to “rejoice in the Lord always” and in all things let their requests be made known to God. In the gospel lesson, Jesus encounters two blind men on the roadside near Jericho. After hearing the men’s cries for mercy, Jesus asks what they want. The men make their request known before the Lord, and Jesus responds with healing, demonstrating how God hears and answers calls for help.