New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

Meeting God in Scripture: Entering the Psalms, Leader’s Guide

Anne Crumpler • March 2009

BUY Print $9.99

Entering the Psalms Participant's Book is available for small group members.

A 6-week study opens the door to experience the Psalms in a new way! This leader's guide includes a process and resources for an introductory meeting and 6 weekly meetings of either 45 or 90 minutes. The longer format includes group lectio divina (contemplation of and individual response to scripture) in each session.

"O taste and see that the Lord is good." — Psalm 34:8

This is a different Bible study from most. Entering the Psalms invites you to consider how a collection of poetic praises and laments dating from 1400 BC to 500 BC relate to your own life and experiences. Finding that connection is at the heart of formational reading, and that's the thread of the "Meeting God in Scripture" series.

Praying the Psalms is praying life itself: the highs, the lows, the doubts, the fears. Through the Psalms we're taught to "hide nothing from God but to bring all that is real into the only relationship that can bless the best and heal the worst in us. …When we pray the Psalms, we find new dimensions in our relationship with God. The Psalms are a sanctuary of prayer to which we may daily retreat and find nourishment for our hearts."

Psalms selected for this study represent six categories:

  • Praise
  • Petition
  • Pilgrimage
  • Royalty
  • Wisdom
  • Faith and trust

These categories give a glimpse of how the Psalms express the relationship between God and God's people to form and transform the community of faith. As with the other titles in the series, each guided daily reading is a quick half-page read and cleanly designed for journaling.

Anne Crumpler comes from a long line of preachers, teachers and writers; she learned theology, Bible and English grammar over the dinner table. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Chatham College and a Master’s of Religious Education from St. Meinrad School of Theology.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-9975-8

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: March 2009

Trim Size: 7.3125 in (w) x 9.25 in (h) x in (d)

Page Count: 112

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Spiritual Growth

BISAC1: REL012120