Third Sunday in Lent

Kneeler 75

Psalm 19

The heavens are telling the glory of God,
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.

2 Day to day pours forth speech,
and night to night declares knowledge.

3 There is no speech, nor are there words;
their voice is not heard;

4 Yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.

7 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul;
The decrees of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple.

8 the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes.

9 the fear of the Lord is pure, enduring for ever;
the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.

14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart
be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

From "The True Wilderness" by H.A. Williams (Library of Anglican Spirituality ed. Susan Howatch) 1994 (not changed for inclusivity!) p118

The joy which a man finds in his work and which transforms the tears and sweat of it into happiness and delight — that joy is God. The wonder and curiosity which welcomes what is new and regards it not as threatening but enriching life — that wonder and curiosity is God. The confidence which leads us to abandon the shelter of our disguises and to open up the doors of our personality so that others may enter there, and both we and they be richer for the contact — that confidence is God.