Notable Feast Days this Week:

July 20 - The Prophet Elijah (Eastern and Lutheran Calendars)
July 21 - The Prophet Ezekiel (Lutheran Calendars)
July 23 - The Prophet Ezekiel (Eastern Calendars)
July 23 - Bridget of Sweden, c.1373 (Roman Catholic Calendars)
July 23 - The Three Wise Men (Roman Catholic Calendars)

Liturgical Color - Green 

Revised Common Lectionary

Hosea 1:2-10
Psalm 85
Genesis 18:20-32
Psalm 138
Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19)
Luke 11:1-13

The Tenth Sunday in Trinitytide (Year C) July 24, 2016

"God listens to our petitions and prayers (Gen 18:20-32) and he answers (Ps 138). Through his son Jesus Christ we have fullness of life (Col 2:6-19). We offer him our prayers, asking, seeking and knocking (Lk 11:1-13), knowing that he wants only the best for us.- Thomas Oden in Ancient Christian Devotional

Psalms of the Week
Scripture Readings
Psalm 85

"You, Lord, showed favor to your land;
    you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
 You forgave the iniquity of your people
    and covered all their sins...
The Lord will indeed give what is good,
    and our land will yield its harvest.
 Righteousness goes before him
    and prepares the way for his steps"

Psalm 138

"I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
    before the “gods” 
I will sing your praise.
 I will bow down toward your holy temple
    and will praise your name
    for your unfailing love and your faithfulness..."

Commentary on Psalm 138
St. Augustine
Pope Benedict XVI
John Calvin

Hosea 1:2-10
Genesis 18:20-32
Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19)
Luke 11:1-13

Daily Readings
Revised Common Lectionary

Daily Readings
Book of Common Prayer

The Entire Bible in One Year
Chronological (order in which stories and events occurred)

Note:The daily readings will be designated as the week marked for Proper 11,
or The Ninth Week of/after Pentecost.
Psalm 138 and 85 Spotify Playlist
Congregational Hymns: Recordings + Leadsheets
I Will Bow (Psalm 138) - by The Gathering Church | Leadsheet 

Though the Lord is High and Holy (Psalm 138) - by Craig Harris | Leadsheet

With All My Heart (Psalm 138) - by The Psalm Project | Leadsheet

The Lord's Prayer (Notre Dame Folk Choir) - by Steven Warner | Leadsheet

Psalm 85 Metrical Options (Tunes: Beach Spring - Sacred Harp) 

Psalm 138 Metrical Option (Tune: Tallis Canon) 

Psalm 85 and 138 (Anglican Chant) Pgs. 43 & 180 in the Anglican Chant Psalter

Read about "How to Chant the Psalms"  

Read "Freedom to serve: a service based on Paul's letter to the Colossians" - Reformed Worship article by Emily Brink and John Witvliet
Commentary on Luke 11:1-13
"For the Savior said, “When you pray, say, ‘Our Father.’ ” And another of the holy Evangelists adds, “who art in heaven.” … He gives his own glory to us. He raises slaves to the dignity of freedom. He crowns the human condition with such honor as surpasses the power of nature. He brings to pass what was spoken of old by the voice of the psalmist: “I said, you are gods, and all of you children of the Most High.” He rescues us from the measure of slavery, giving us by his grace what we did not possess by nature, and permits us to call God “Father,” as being admitted to the rank of sons. We received this, together with all our other privileges, from him. One of these privileges is the dignity of freedom, a gift peculiarly befitting those who have been called to be sons."

-Cyril of Alexandria on Luke 11:1-13
Practicing Prayer
Form for Contemplative Prayer (View and Download)
Form for Daily Prayer (View and Download)
Audio Prayer Meditation - Pray As You Go (Listen)
Music for Listening (Trinitytide)
This is one of my favorite albums consisting of music from the Taize Community community in France. The London Fox Choir has done a great job capturing the simplicity and sublime beauty of these melodies. 

Listen on YouTube
Listen on Spotify

Singer-songwriter Sandra McCracken recently released a collection of Psalms inspired contemporary "pop-folk" tunes that are sincere and inspiring. Many of these tunes could also be used in the context of congregational worship.  

Listen and Download on Bandcamp
Thematic Art 
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