NL (try 2) Potiphar’s Wife 9/23

HYMNS

ELW-Evangelical Lutheran Worship (from NL website)
God himself is present openhymnal.org
Arise your light has come ELW314
Goodness is stronger than evil ELW 721
Presbyterian Hymnal (1993)
If there is a number after the decimal, it refers to the verse addressing the theme
Hymns in bold print are thought to particularly address the theme
Parentheses mean that the theme is not explicitly mentioned

God’s Faithfulness
251 Your Faithfulness is Sure, O God
276 Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Assurance of God’s Presence
170.3 The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want
172.2 My Shepherd Will Supply My Need
173.2 Psalm 23
(174.3) The Lord’s My Shepherd
248 You Are Before Me, Lord (Psalm 139)
Note: Margaret Wise Brown’s picture book, Runaway Bunny, is a good parable of God constantly holding us as in Psalm 139.
(269) O God of Bethel, by Whose Hand
342.1 By Gracious Powers
361 How Firm a Foundation
407 When a Poor One
446.3 Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken
461 God is Here!
483.3 Sing Praise to God, Who Reigns Above

LIBERATION: GOD HAS LIBERATED
112.1 Christ the Lord Is Risen Again
114.1 Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain
115.1 Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain
153.2 He Is King of Kings
168.2 Lord, Why Have You Forsaken Me
205 All Hail to God’s Anointed
237 When God Delivered Israel
334 When Israel Was in Egypt’s Land
604 Song of Simeon (Nunc Dimittis)

LIBERATION: GOD LIBERATES
222.6 Psalm 103
243.4 We Thank You, Lord, for You Are Good
253.2+3 I’ll Praise My Maker
254.7+8 Psalm 146
423.4 Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun
466.3 O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
478.3 Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven
600 Song of Mary (Magnificat)

LIBERATION: GOD WILL LIBERATE
18 The Desert Shall Rejoice
205 All Hail to God’s Anointed
219.3 To God Compose a Song of Joy
332 Live Into Hope
401 When Will People Cease Their Fighting?
445 Great Day!
601 Song of Zechariah (Benedictus)
602 Song of Zechariah (Benedictus)

LIBERATION: OUR RESPONSIBILITY
274.3 O God of Earth and Space
291.3 O God of Earth and Altar
311 We Meet You, O Christ
332 Live Into Hope
334 When Israel Was in Egypt’s Land
401 When Will People Cease Their Fighting?
411 Arise, Your Light Is Come!
420.4 God of Grace and God of Glory
428.4 We Give Thee but Thine Own
434 Today We All Are Called to Be Disciples
443.3 O Christ, the Great Foundation
552 Give Thanks, O Christian People
563 Lift Every Voice and Sing

LIBERATION: PRAYER FOR
1 Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
2 Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
9 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
204 Psalm 72
237.3 When God Delivered Israel
291.3 O God of Earth and Altar
(321.4) Holy Spirit, Truth Divine
343.3 Called as Partners in Christ’s Service
(351.2) Give to Me, Lord, a Thankful Heart
(353.2) Great God, Your Love Has Called Us Here
378 Make Me a Captive, Lord
427.2 Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service
555.2 Now Thank We All Our God

PRISON/PRISONER
9.1 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
253.3 I’ll Praise My Maker
(321.4) Holy Spirit, Truth Divine
411.2 Arise, Your Light Is Come!
423.4 Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun
466.3 O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing

CHORAL A Blessing, Howard Don Small

From Glory to God PCUSA 2013
772 Live into Hope
773 Heaven Shall Not Wait
776 O God, Be Gracious (Psalm 4)
777 How Long, O Lord (Psalm 13)
779 How Long, O Lord, Will My Prayers Be in Vain?
782 Hear My Prayer, O God (Psalm 143)
786 Why Stand So Far Away, My God (Psalm 10)
790 In Silence My Soul Thirsts (Psalm 62)
841 God is My Strong Salvation (Psalm 27)
842 The Lord is My Light (Psalm 27)
845 To the Hills I Lift My Eyes (Psalm 121)
851 Come, Bring Your Burdens to the Lord

Note: One might search other hymnals for hymns connected to the psalms listed above, or do the same at hymnary.org or other online hymn source.

Wondered if others in these categories from the index, p. 949ff, might apply
Assurance
Love of God for Us
Sovereignty of God
Original materials:
you may print/adapt but please credit: © Barbara Hedges-Goettl

The psalms above seem to indicate what Joseph might be saying to God; therefore, I have taken them as texts for the original resources below:

Confession of Faith:
Psalm 4 (primarily from the NRSV)
Our righteous God answers me when I call.
God gives relief from my distress;
God has mercy on me and hears my prayer.

When people turn glory into shame,
when people love delusions and seek false gods,
God still sets apart faithful servants for God’s own service.
God hears when these servants call.

So we tremble and do not sin;
when we are on our beds,
we search our hearts and are silent.
We offer the sacrifices of the righteous.
We trust in the Lord.

When people ask, “Who will bring us prosperity?”
we respond by asking the light of God’s face to shine on us.
The gladness God gives us is far greater than their joys at
harvest, as they gaze on their bountiful crops.
In peace we will lie down and sleep,
   for God alone makes us dwell in safety.

Note: See also The Message paraphrase of this psalm, https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=psalm4&version=MSG

Prayers of Intercession from Psalm 13 (part for “Many” is from v. 3, 5):

One: When betrayal comes,
Many: O Lord our God, we trust in your steadfast love. Consider and answer us.
One: When loneliness takes the place of family and friends,
Many: O Lord our God, we trust in your steadfast love. Consider and answer us.
One: When pain has to be borne,
Many: O Lord our God, we trust in your steadfast love. Consider and answer us.
One: When needs are large and resources small,
Many: O Lord our God, we trust in your steadfast love. Consider and answer us.
One: When darkness is overpowering,
Many: O Lord our God, we trust in your steadfast love. Consider and answer us.
One: When it’s hard to know what to do,
Many: O Lord our God, we trust in your steadfast love. Consider and answer us.
One: When divisions deepen,
Many: O Lord our God, we trust in your steadfast love. Consider and answer us.
One: When words wound and inaction lets those words stand,
Many: O Lord our God, we trust in your steadfast love. Consider and answer us.
One: When God’s bounty is evident,
Many: O Lord our God, we trust in your steadfast love. Consider and answer us.
One: When salvation beckons,
Many: O Lord our God, we trust in your steadfast love. Consider and answer us.
One: When light dawns and songs are sung,
Many: O Lord our God, we trust in your steadfast love. Consider and answer us.
Prayers for individual needs or lifting up of particular names may take place here
ALL: O Lord our God, we trust in your steadfast love. Consider and answer us.

Calls to Worship
Psalm 13:5-6 (The Message)
I’ve thrown myself headlong into your arms—
    I’m celebrating your rescue.
I’m so full of answered prayers,
 I’m singing at the top of my lungs [should be followed by a song!]

Psalm 27: 4, 8-9 (NIV)
One: One thing I ask from the Lord,
    Many: this only do I seek:
One: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,
Many: to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
    and to seek him in his temple.
ALL: Come, together let us seek the Lord.
[Prayer of invocation could go here instead of at reading of Scripture]

The clothes unmake the man?

COMMENTARY:
https://www.workingpreacher.org/narrative_podcast.aspx
https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=3809

FROM ATLA
If you’re a seminary grad, you likely have alum access at your seminary.

Tamar and Joseph in Genesis 38 and 39
Bekins, Peter
Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, June 2016, Vol.40(4), pp.375-397
story of Joseph and his master’s wife in Genesis 39. If… his master’s wife in Genesis 39. This episode appears… positions of Genesis 38 and 39. In
PEER REVIEWED
Full text available

ARTICLE
CONFRONTING REDUNDANCY As MIDDLE MANAGER AND WIFE: THE FEISTY WOMAN OF GENESIS 39 [1]
Mckay, Heather A.
Semeia, Summer, 1999, p.215
: Uncovering the Woman in Genesis 39." Pp. 318-42… Potiphar's wife (Genesis 39) using a reader-response… . A READING OF GENESIS 39
PEER REVIEWED
Full text available
DISSERTATION
Powerplay in Potiphar’s house: The interplay of gender, ethnicity, and *class in Genesis 39
Junior, Nyasha Sakenfeld, Katharine Doob (advisor) 2008
ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
Wife: The Feisty Woman of Genesis 39.” Semeia 87 (1999… CLASS IN GENESIS 39 A DISSERTATION SUBMITTED TO THE… . Within this story, Genesis 39 constitutes
Full text available
ARTICLE
Madam Potiphar’s Boy Toy: No Laughing Matter
Zucker, David
Women in Judaism, Spring 2011, Vol.8(1), pp.1-11
gender, ethnicity, and class in Genesis 39,” Princeton… . In Genesis 39, Madam Potiphar’s use of the verb…Genesis are familiar with the outline of chapter
PEER REVIEWED
Full text available

ARTICLEmultiple sources exist. see all
Divestiture, Deception, and Demotion: The Garment Motif inGenesis 37–39
Huddlestun, John R
Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, June 2002, Vol.26(4), pp.47-62
reading of Genesis 3739 suggests that, as far as the… Genesis 39, Alter draws attention to a number of… , Deception, and Demotion: The Garment Motif in Genesis 37
PEER REVIEWED

Note: My husband feels there is a message here about (male) vulnerability and the lack of recognition of this possibility/reality
Related stories: female clothes in tennis!
http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2018/08/29/us-open-official-draws-ire-after-penalizing-female-player-who-fixed-shirt-mid-match.html

https://www.cbssports.com/tennis/news/french-open-bans-serena-williams-black-catsuit-to-impose-rules-on-clothing-starting-in-2019/

Prayer on clothing angle:

O God, we say that “clothes make the man,”
but in Joseph’s case, clothes unmade the man.
His fancy robe gave rise to jealousy and was used to “prove” his death to his father.
The robe he abandoned in the hand of Potiphar’s wife was used to frame him.

God, protect us from the tendency to be defined by outward things,
by what is seen and worn. Deepen our gaze, that we may see with our hearts,
for what is essential is invisible to the eye.

See below for artwork/quote using The Little Prince

image

Artwork credit: By Marcel Mayer – Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3337510

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