Notable Feast Days this Week:

August 29 - The Beheading of John the Baptist
August 31 - Cyprian of Carthage, 258 (Eastern Calendars)
August 31 - Aidan of LIndisfarne, 651 
September 3 - Phoebe the Deaconess, Rom. 16:1
September 3 - Gregory the Great, 604

Liturgical Color - Green 

Revised Common Lectionary

Jeremiah 18:1-11 
Psalm 139:1-6,13-18
Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Psalm 1
Philemon 1:1-1:21
Luke 14:25-33

-- The Sixteenth Sunday in Trinitytide -- September 4, 2016

Called to Obedience
"The Lord calls us to obedience (Deuteronomy 30:15-20), to delight in his laws and to meditate on them day and night (Psalm 1). Even when it is difficult (Philemon 1:1-1:21), we are to put Christ above all else (Luke 14:25-33)." 
       - Thomas Oden in Ancient Christian Devotional

Psalms of the Week
Scripture Readings
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18

"You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar...
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain...."

Psalm 1

"Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with
the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law
of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day
and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water...."

Jeremiah 18:1-11
Like a potter, the Lord reshapes Israel
Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Walk in the way of life
Philemon 1:1-1:21
Paul says, Recieve Onesimus
Luke 14:25-33
Give up possessions and follow Christ
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 17,
or The Fifteenth Week of/after Pentecost.
Psalm 1 and 139 Spotify Playlists
Singing Psalms and Hymns
Jesus, With Thy Church Abide - Words by Thomas Pollack, 1871 / Music by Eric Gilbert, 2010 | Leadsheet | Leadsheet (Guitar Capo) 

Psalm 1 (May I Delight) - By Sarah Majorins | Leadsheet

Psalm 1 (Night and Day) - By Jody Killingsworth | Leadsheet (Real Key) | Leadsheet (Detuned)

Psalm 139 (My Lord You Have Examined Me) - By Sarah Majorins
Leadsheet (Part 1) | Leadsheet (Part 2) | Tune: Resignation

Lord, You Have Searched Me (Psalm 139) - Music by Vito Aiuto, 2015 | Leadsheet in this booklet

Psalm 1 Pointed Chant |
Chart | How to Sing Pointed Chant

Psalm 139 Pointed Chant | Chart | How to Sing Pointed Chant

Psalm 1 Metrical Options (Tune: Beecher, Ode to Joy) 

Psalm 139 Metrical Option (Tune: Kingsfold, New Britain) 

Psalm 1 and 139 (Anglican Chant) in the Anglican Chant Psalter

Read about "How to Chant the Psalms" 

Read about "Several Ways to Sing the Psalms"
Practicing Prayer
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 14:25-33
"The Gospel somewhere says that a person who begins to build a tower but stops with the foundations and never completes it is ridiculous. What do we learn from this parable? We learn that we should work to bring every aspiration to a conclusion, completing the work of God by an elaborate building up of his commandments. One stone does not make a complete tower, nor does one commandment bring the perfection of the soul to its desired measure. It is necessary to both erect the foundation and, as the apostle says, “to lay upon it a foundation of gold and precious stones.” That is what the products of the commandments are called by the prophet when he says, “I have loved your commandment more than gold and much precious stone."
More Historic Commentary (View and Download)
Video: 15 Minute Overview of Philemon (N.T. Wright)
Music for Listening

The Seattle Hymns Project has just released a compelling new EP of Scripture songs titled 
Mercy and Justice.

Stream and Download on Bandcamp.

Favorite Track:
Jealousy (O My Love)

Check out recordings of the weekly Anglican Compline service from
St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral
in Seattle, WA. Absolutely stunning! These recordings are invaluable. 

Listen and subscribe to the podcast
Thematic Art 
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