Not So Common Lectionary Thoughts: October 23, 2011

Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away. ~ Matthew 22: 15-22

  • A song with only five notes and seven words that spanned the planet and touched millions of lives
  • Considered to be one of the top 25 most-sung worship songs.
  • It has circled the globe and …
  • Been translated into more languages than the author can track

Bob Kilpatrick once compared those five notes to the five loaves a little boy brought to the Lord. “When placed in the hands of Jesus,” he points out, “they multiplied and fed thousands.”

In my life, Lord,
be glorified, be glorified
In my life, Lord,
be glorified today
By my words, Lord…

You are the reason
that I’m singing all day long
Everyday is the season
to glorify You with a song
(And so I’m singing)

In this song, Lord
be glorified…

I can think of no other way
I’d rather spend a day
Than with my sisters and brothers
all rejoicing in Your ways
(And so we’re singing)
In Your church, Lord,
be glorified…


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