Notable Feast Days this Week:

November 14 - St. Philip, Apostle (Eastern Calendar)
November 15 - Orthodox Nativity Fast Begins
November 16 - St. Matthew, Apostle (Eastern Calendar)
November 16 - Margaret of Scotland, 1093 (Anglican & Catholic)
November 17 - Hilda of Whitby, 680
November 20 - Christ the King/Reign of Christ

Liturgical Color - White 

Revised Common Lectionary

Jeremiah 23:1-6 & Luke 1:68-79
Psalm 46
Colossians 1:11-20
Luke 23:33-43

Christ the King -- November 20, 2016

Our Refuge
Just as a shepherd gathers his flock, so God will gather us together and cause us to be fruitful and multipy (Jeremiah 23:1-6). He is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble -- why should we fear (Psalm 46)? We acknowledge God's power and our deliverance from the darkness of sin (Colossians 1:11-20). Even as Jesus remembered the criminal who asked him for mercy at the crucifixion (Luke 23:33-43), so he will remember us.

- Thomas Oden in Ancient Christian Devotional

Christ the King (November 20, 2016)

"Christ the King Sunday focuses our worship on the cosmic character of Christ’s reign over the world. It is a proclamation to all that everything in creation and culture must submit to Christ and an invitation to actively and joyfully submit to his rule. The day is celebrated widely in some traditions and is normally scheduled on the last Sunday before Advent. It therefore serves as a transitional Sunday leading directly into Advent, the Christmas cycle, and the new Christian year. The day fits well with the eschatological emphasis and anticipation of Christ’s second coming highlighted during Advent. It also helps worshipers, who are already thinking about Christmas, to remember that Christmas is about much more than a baby in a manger—it is about a sovereign Christ who came to be the 'Prince of Peace.'" - from The Worship Sourcebook, 2nd Ed.

Psalm of the Week
Scripture Readings
Psalm 46

  God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
 though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.

  There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
  God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day...

Jeremiah 23:1-6
Coming of the shepherd and
righteous Branch

Luke 1:68-79
God has raised up a mighty savior
Colossians 1:11-20
A hymn to Christ, firstborn of all creation
Luke 23:33-43
Jesus is crucified between two thieves

Daily Readings
Revised Common Lectionary

Daily Readings
Book of Common Prayer

The Entire Bible in One Year
Practicing Prayer
Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. 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 46 Spotify Playlist
More Spotify Psalms Playlists...
Singing Psalms and Hymns
Psalm 46 | by Isaac Wardell | Leadsheet 

The Lamb Has Overcome | by Luke Morton | Leadsheet

In Nomine | by Church of the Beloved | Leadsheet

Psalm 46 Metrical Options (Tunes: St. Anne and Dundee) 

Resources for Pointed Chant 

Resources for Plainchant

Read about "Singing the Psalms: A Guide for Modern Worship"
Commentary on Luke 23:33-43
“He was a robber... Deserving the cross, he suddenly becomes a confessor of Christ.… Remember me, Lord, when you enter into your kingdom.” Then came the gift in which faith itself received a response. Jesus said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” This promise surpasses the human condition, because it did not come so much from the wood of a cross as from a throne of power. From that height, he gives a reward to faith. There he abolishes the debt of human transgression, because the “form of God” did not separate itself from the “form of a servant.” Even in the middle of this punishment, both the inviolable divinity and the suffering human nature preserved its own character and its own oneness." -Leo the Great
More Historic Commentary (View and Download)...
Music for Listening

Here is a beautiful set of Scripture songs from an Anglican church in Aurora, Illinois lead by Bonnie and Trevor McMaken.

Read about each song here.  
Listen and download music here.
Download lead sheets here.

Thematic Art 
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