Psalm Resources – Networked Streams

Psalm Resources – Networked Streams

  1. Hymnals app (GIA Publications, Inc.) – with PFAS and song samples. This has been my goto daily psalter prayerresource every morning and evening. Every setting except the responsorial settings has a 30 sec audio sample. The only drawback is there are no page numbers, so the considerable index references (which are included) are of little value.
  2. Ninox Database of Psalms, Settings, and RCL Readings. Mac only (OS and iOS) Cloud or local – sync works well. The views on the iPad are more than acceptable; you can update and enter data from the iPad but not change the structure of the views (iPhone views are cramped, but the links work). Most reviews complain about the lack of documentation for Ninox – but if you root around long enough, it’s not hard to find what you need.This app will be the basis of a comprehensive one-stop psalm prayer book app/atlas I’m starting to envision. As it is, I can link all of the settings, RCL references and Psalms. I  knew I needed a database to gather the disparate pieces of information in one place (items in red are on the drawing board):
    1. Psalm, Book number, Anglican/BCP Day (and Jewish/Benedictine/Daily Prayer schedules), Verse count, Settings count (PFAS and personal), and Responsorial availability
    2. First verse and superscription (also a “Motive” standout verse or phrase in the psalm – from the Marian Psalter)
    3. Genre, Type, and Collection
    4. Revised Common Lectionary RCL Link(s)
    5. Prayer and Worship Use
    6. Psalm Prayer(s)
    7. Notes – “best of” gleanings from commentaries with attributions/links
    8. Scripture cross references (by theme and direct quote)
    9. Setting links – including genres, audio links, and score/lyrics to be viewed simultaneously while listening to the sample
    10. Link to Hebrew, Transliteration, and Chant (also, a musical setting) – viewed simultaneously
    11. Devotional/Journal suggestion
    12. Movement suggestion
    13. Curating Worship Suggestion (or note from past worship experience)

  3. Olive Tree Bible app (Mac, iPad and iPhone) with NIV (2011)/TNIV, NRSV, KJV/NKJV, NASB with Strong’s, NLT, CEV, The Message, Hebrew Bible: Westminster Leningrad Codex, Latin Vulgate, and Tanakh. Includes TSK, Thompson’s Chain Refs, and HarperCollins Study Bible notes. Translations and resources cost $20 each after purchasing this cross-platform Mac app.
  4. Tehili MP3 app – includes Psalms in Hebrew, transliterations, and chants – I got this cheap ($4) iPhone-sized app for the transliterations and the chants (which can only be run through from start to finish, not stopped and started verse-by-verse for learning). The Sephardic pronunciation works best for me.
  5. TES 27 Psalms (pronunciation guide and word definitions). Clunky, expensive ($20) app which is great for word-by-word learning, if used with a chant recording.
  6. Catholic NAB Revised app – on iPad
  7. Scottish Metrical Psalter iPad app
  8. iBCP app (hard to navigate)
  9. Divine Office (recordings) and Universalis – Daily Prayer apps
  10. Kindle Library
    1. The Book of Psalms translation and commentary by Robert Alter
    2. Psalms New Cambridge Bible Commentary
    3. The Book of Common Prayer
    4. The Revised Grail Songs
    5. Anglican Psalter
  11. Hard copy Library

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Welcoming the Essential this New Year

Near the end of 2017, I enjoyed reading Greg McKeown’s book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. The concept of saying “No” to trivial pursuits in order to embrace one’s calling resonated with me, particularly as a firstborn whose primary instinct is to take one for the team. That way of taking responsibility for others has spread my life thin – and ragged around the edges – so an invitation to choose the better part as 2017 gives way to 2018 was in order.

Step one involved peeling away the layers of involvement that prevent me from attending to the core of God’s calling in my life. McKeown suggested strategies for softening the blow of saying “No,” but I have been pleasantly surprised at the gracious responses to several letters of resignation – thanking me for four years of volunteers service in one case and respecting my ability to discern God’s will in this matter in another. Resigning was hard for me, but not as hard as I had imagined – and not nearly as hard as encumbering myself with entanglements that prevented me from running the race with all my strength.

Having cleared the decks, step two directs my attention to articulate the essential in my life. Long ago, I used Laurie Beth Jones’ book The Path: Creating your Mission Statement for Work and for Life to craft the following life mission statement: To touch, inspire, and release the Spirit in all God’s people. As I think about that statement, I realize that this mission statement articulate a yearning for the way I hope my life will affect others – but ultimately, the decision to accept my invitation rests with others – not me. I begin to realize that my mission involves proclaiming release to the captives, but not necessarily securing their release.

Then I approached the notion of life mission from the opposite direction – where the rubber meets the road in my daily life. How do I live the time God gives me each day? I discovered that I spend a third of my life sleeping (which McKeown calls “protecting the asset”), another third of my life working, and the last third of my life doing everything else. This everything else includes recreation (40%) eating (32%) – both of which largely involve investing in family and friend relationships, as well as self-care), exercise (18%) and doing the chores that keep life humming (11%).

Given this life/time budget, I note (1) the enormous significance of recovery time in everything I do. Incorporating recovery – or, sabbath time, if you like – into any pursuit is a key to achieving my God’-given mission in life, or anything I want to accomplish. Because (2) work takes up such a significant amount of my life, the work in which I choose to engage significantly impacts my ability to live faithfully. It’s not good enough to pass over this question because I pastor churches. The key question: “Does this work further or hinder my mission to proclaim release to the captives?” Finally, in the final third of my life, (3) every area (recreation, nourishment, exercise, and chores) presents an opportunity to balance the relational and personal.

  • Incorporating sabbath is the key to achieving my God-given mission in life
  • the work in which I choose to engage significantly impacts my ability to live faithfully
  • Recreation, nourishment, exercise, and chores present an opportunity to balance the relational and personal

Coming soon: Step 3 – Creating a routine for success

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