Psalm 136 is a special psalm, with each one of its 26 verses repeating the sentence, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Throughout the Hebrew scriptures, the phrase is used in a liturgical way. Ezra 3:11 indicates that this encouragement was part of a responsive singing among God’s people: And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the LORD: “For He is good, his steadfast love endures forever toward Israel.”
“In Jewish tradition Psalm 136 has been called the Great Hallel (or Great Psalm of Praise). It does not use the words hallelu jah, but it is called the Great Hallel for the way it rehearses God’s goodness in regard to his people and encourages them to praise him for his merciful and steadfast love.”
(James Montgomery Boice)
God, our Creator, You willed it and the universe existed. How wonderfully you made all of creation and all that exists, how wonderfully you made us. You transformed dust into your own image and gave it a share in your own nature. yet you are more wonderful in pardoning the one who had rebelled against you. Grant that where sin has abounded, grace may more abound, so that we can become holier through forgiveness and be more grateful to you. Give praise to the God of heaven; he has ransomed us from our enemies. His steadfast love endures forever. Amen.
—Rev. Bryce Behnke, Prospect UMC Morgan County
who alone does great wonders,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.
Week 3 Focus: New Faith Opportunities and Communities
Lord, pour out your Holy Spirit upon…
Lord, pour out your spirit on the following North East District churches:
New Hope Hispanic Ministry
New Hope UMC Dillard
New Hope UMC Gainesville
New Liberty UMC Braselton
New Salem UMC
Pennington Chapel UMC
Pleasant Grove UMC Cumming
Pleasant Grove UMC Dahlonega
Pleasant Hill UMC Gillsville
Providence UMC Lavonia
Providence UMC Toccoa
Providence UMC Union County
Redwine UMC Canon
Redwine UMC Gainesville
Royston First UMC
Salem UMC Dawsonville
Shady Grove UMC Union County
Each day from April 30 to June 3 you will be prompted with a Psalm to read, a short breath prayer or collect (call-ect) written by a North Georgia United Methodist, and prayers of invocation.
We invite you to share this with your family, small group, congregation, and Christian community. Whether you are attending Annual Conference or not, we pray this will better prepare all of us for true holy conferencing.
How to Participate