Notable Feast Days this Week:

August 15 - Dormition of the Theotokos (Eastern Calendars)
August 15 - Assumption of the Virgin Mary (Roman Calendars)
August 15 - St. Mary the Virgin (Anglican Calendars)
August 13 - Mary, Mother of Our Lord (Lutheran Calendars)
August 19 - Bernard of Clairvaux, 1153 (Lutheran Calendars)
August 20 - Bernard of Clairvaux, 1153 (Roman Calendars)

Liturgical Color - Green 

Revised Common Lectionary

Jeremiah 1:4-10
Psalm 71:1-6
Isaiah 58:9b-14
Psalm 103:1-8
Hebrews 12:18-29
Luke 13:10-17

-The Fourteenth Sunday in Trinitytide - August 21, 2016

"When we call out to God, he answers (Isaiah 58:9b-14). Our God is merciful and just, slow to anger, steadfast in love (Psalm 103:1-8). God is a consuming fire; his kingdom cannot be shaken (Hebrews 12:18-29). Through his power, he heals all infirmities (Luke 13:10-17)." - Thomas Oden in Ancient Christian Devotioal

This week many Christians will celebrate the role of Mary as the "God-bearer" or theotokos. Doctrinal beliefs concerning her nature and place within popular piety, vary greatly between Protestants, Roman Catholics, and Orthodox. However, all Christian traditions highly esteem her special place within the narrative of salvation history.
Mary, Mother of God - A compilation of essays from various traditions.
The Real Mary - by Scot McKnight (Protestant)
Hail, Holy Queen - by Scott Hahn (Roman Catholic)
Mary, the Birthgiver of God - by John Maximovitch (Eastern Orthodox)
Psalms of the Week
Scripture Readings
Psalm 71:1-6

"In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;
    let me never be put to shame.
In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me;
    turn your ear to me and save me.
Be my rock of refuge,
    to which I can always go..."

Psalm 103:1-8

"Praise the Lord, my soul;
    all my inmost being,
praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases..."

Jeremiah 1:4-10
Isaiah 58:9b-14
Hebrews 12:18-29
Luke 13:10-17

Daily Readings
Revised Common Lectionary

Daily Readings
Book of Common Prayer

The Entire Bible in One Year

Note:The daily readings will be designated as the week marked for Proper 15,
or The Thirteenth Week of/after Pentecost.
Psalm 71 and 103 Spotify Playlists
Congregational Hymns: Recordings + Leadsheets

Bless the Lord My Soul - by Jacques Berthier (Taize) | Leadsheets

Psalm 103 (The Lord is Kind and Merciful) - by Sarah Majorins | Leadsheet

My Heart is Steadfast (Psalm 103) - by Ellie Holcomb and Brown Bannister | Leadsheet  

10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) - by Matt Redman | Leadsheet 

Psalm 71 Metrical Options
 (Tune: Kingsfold) 

Psalm 103 Metrical Option (Tune: Ode to Joy, Love Divine) 

Psalm 72 and 103 (Anglican Chant) in the Anglican Chant Psalter

Read about "How to Chant the Psalms" 

Read about "Several Ways to Sing the Psalms"
Practicing Prayer

Prayer of the Week (from Sundays and Seasons)
"O God, mighty and immortal, you know that as fragile creatures surrounded by great dangers, we cannot by ourselves stand upright. Give us strength of mind and body, so that even when we suffer because of human sin, we may rise victorious through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord."
Form for Contemplative Prayer (View and Download)
Form for Daily Prayer (View and Download)
Audio Prayer Meditation - Pray As You Go (Listen)
Commentary on Luke 13:10-17
"We can read the story of the woman 'who had sickness caused by a spirit, and she was bent over so that she was unable to look upwards.' In fact, her soul was bent over. It inclined to earthly rewards and did not possess heavenly grace. Jesus saw her and addressed her. She immediately laid aside her earthly burdens. These people also were burdened with lusts. He addressed them in these words, “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” The soul of that woman breathed once more and stood up like a vine around which the soil has been dug and cleared."
Music for Listening (Trinitytide)
Texas worship leader Wes Crawford has compiled playlists of contemporary tunes covering the entire book of Psalms. Many of these songs are hosted on independent music sites (like Bandcamp) and are not available on Spotify. 
Check it out here.
Thematic Art 
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