Notable Feast Days this Week:

October 24 - Last Day of Sukkot (OT Feast of Booths)
October 25 - Dorcas, Lydia, and Phoebe (Lutheran)
October 27 - Frumentius, Apostle of the Ethiopians, 380
October 28 - Simon and Jude, Apostles, (Western Calendars)

Liturgical Color - Green

Revised Common Lectionary

Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4
Psalm 119:137-144
Isaiah 1:10-18
Psalm 32:1-7
2 Thessalonians 1:1-4,11-12
Luke 19:1-10

-- The Twenty Fourth Sunday in Trinitytide -- October 30, 2016

Walking the Talk
We should do good, seek justice, defend the fatherless and care for the widow (Isaiah 1:10-18). We confess our sins and give thanks that God fogives us (Psalm 32:1-7), pray that we will be worthy of God's calling (2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12) and are thankful that Christ came to save the lost (Luke 19:1-10).

- Thomas Oden in Ancient Christian Devotional

Psalms of the Week
Scripture Readings
Psalm 119:137-144

You are righteous, Lord,and your laws are right...My zeal wears me out,
    for my enemies ignore your words.
Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them.
Though I am lowly and despised,
    I do not forget your precepts....

Psalm 32:1-7

Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one
    whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit...You are my hiding place;
    you will protect me from trouble
    and surround me with songs of deliverance...

John Calvin
Commentary on Psalm 32
Charles Spurgeon 
Commentary on Psalm 32
John Paul II
Commentary on Psalm 32

Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4
The righteous will live by faith
Isaiah 1:10-18
Learning to do good
2 Thessalonians
1:1-4, 11-12

Faith and love amid adversity
Luke 19:1-10
Zacchaeus climbs a tree to see Jesus

Daily Readings
Revised Common Lectionary

Daily Readings
Book of Common Prayer

The Entire Bible in One Year

The daily readings will be designated as
the week marked for Proper 25,
or The Twentieth - Third Week of/after Pentecost.
A classic letter from Athanasius discussing the value of the Psalms and how to interpret them as Christians, "The Book of Psalms has a certain grace of its own. For in addition to the other things in which it enjoys fellowship with the other books of the Bible, it possesses this marvel – that it contains all the emotions of each soul and their various changes."
Practicing Prayer
Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your gift that your faithful people offer you true and laudable service: Grant that we may run without stumbling to obtain your heavenly promises; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. -from The Book of Common Prayer
Form for Contemplative Prayer (View and Download)
Form for Daily Prayer (View and Download)
Daily Prayer Form for Children and Families
Audio Prayer Meditation - Pray As You Go (Listen)
Psalm 32 Spotify Playlist
More Spotify Psalms Playlists...
Singing Psalms and Hymns
Psalm 32 (Refrain) - by Sarah Majorins, 2014. 
*This refrain works well in-between spoken prayers of confession|Leadsheet  

Jesus, Lover of My Soul - Words by Charles Wesley/Music by Greg Thompson Leadsheet and Piano Music 

Jesus, Lover of My Soul - Words by Charles Wesley / ABERYSTWYTH Melody (Celtic) | Leadsheet

God Be With You Till Me Meet Again (Psalm 32:7-8) - Words by /Music by The Welcome Wagon|Leadsheet 

You Are My Hiding Place - by Michael Ledner | Leadsheet

Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me - Words by Augustus Toplady, 1776 / Music by Thomas Hastings, 1830 | Leadsheet 

Psalm 32 Metrical Options (Tune: O the Deep Deep, Beach Spring) 

Resources for Pointed Chant 

Resources for Plainchant

Read about "Several Ways to Sing the Psalms"
Commentary on Luke 19:1-10
"Say what you like, but for our part, let us climb the sycamore tree and see Jesus. The reason you cannot see Jesus is that you are ashamed to climb the sycamore tree. Let Zacchaeus grasp the sycamore tree, and let the humble person climb the cross. That is little enough, merely to climb it. We must not be ashamed of the cross of Christ, but must fix it on our foreheads, where the seat of shame is. Above where all our blushes show is the place we must firmly fix that for which we should never blush. As for you, I rather think you make fun of the sycamore, and yet that is what has enabled me to see Jesus. You make fun of the sycamore, because you are just a person, but "the foolishness of God is wiser than men." Sermon 174.3.

-Augustine on Luke 19:1-10
More Historic Commentary (View and Download)...
Music for Listening
Olivier Messiaen's piano masterpiece Visions de l'amen for Two Pianos (1943) is hard to put into words. It is a modern, challenging, sometimes dissonant, but thoroughly beautiful seven movement piece designed to express the passion of God's rule and redemption, throughout time and into eternity. Messiaen is of the most respected composers of the 20th century and served as organist in his Paris church for 61 years. A devout Christian who once said he he often fell out of favor with the critics of his time, "...because I was a believer, because I was a Catholic...To see someone who was a believer, who had faith, who loved life and color, who believed in the Resurrection-they couldn't stand it."

Listen to the piece here
Read a short overview of the piece here.
Watch Jeremy Begbie explain the piece here.
Thematic Art 
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