Notable Feast Days this Week:

June 12 - Antonina of Nicaea, 304
June 12 - Ecumenical Council of Nicaea, 325 (Lutheran)
June 13 - Anthony of Padua, 1231 (Roman Catholic)
June 13 - Aquilina, Lebanon, 3rd Century
June 14 - Basil the Great, 379 (Lutheran/Anglican)
June 15 - The Prophet Amos (Eastern)

June 16 - Tikhon, Bishop of Cyprus, 5th Century
June 17 - Nectan, Hartland Wales, 6th Century
June 18 - Corpus Christi (Roman Catholic, USA)

Revised Common Lectionary

Genesis 18:1-15, (21:1-7)
Exodus 19:2-8a
Psalm 16:1-2,12-19 & Psalm 100
Romans 5:1-8
Matthew 9:35-10:8, (9-23)

Daily Readings (RCL)
Liturgical Color - Green

- The Second Sunday after Pentecost - June 18, 2017 (Year A)

Believing God's Promises and Sharing God's Grace

"Abraham was quick to recognize God, to be obedient to him and to believe his promises (Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7). We rejoice that through Christ's death for our sins we have lasting peace with God (Romans 5:1-8). God's goodness and love cause us to sing his praises (Psalm 100), and in gratitude, we therefore share the good news of God's grace with others (Matthew 9:35-10:8)"  -Thomas Oden

Trinitytide/Ordinary Time
We are now halfway through the Christian year. This week begins the longest season of the liturgical year referred to as Ordinary Time, Trinitytide, Trinity Season, or the Season after Pentecost. 
"...from Advent to Trinity Sunday; and from Trinity to Advent. The first half of the church year has set before us the saving life and work of Jesus Easter with his glorious resurrection; at the Ascension; at Pentecost with his sending of the Holy Ghost to comfort us...This part of the Christian year concludes on Trinity Sunday when the church gives praise and glory to the whole Trinity, three persons in One God. We are beginning the second half of the Christian year, which prompts us to conform our lives to the truth we have seen in the first half of the year. As Christians, we are not only to know that our salvation is in Jesus Christ, but we ourselves must become like him." -from Common Prayer: Daily Readings on the Lectionary of the Book of Common Prayer
Psalm of the Week
Scripture Readings
Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19
I love the Lord, for he heard my voice;
    he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me,
I will call on him as long as I live...

Psalm 100
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
    It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people,
the sheep of his pasture...

Commentary on Psalm 100
Augustine, Calvin, Spurgeon
John Paul II 

Commentary on Psalm 116
Augustine, Calvin, Spurgeon
Benedict XVI

Genesis 18:1-15, (21:1-7)
God appears to Abraham and Sarah

Exodus 19:2-8a
The covenant with Israel at Sinai

Romans 5:1-8
Christ died for us while we were sinners

Matthew 9:35-10:8, (9-23)

Jesus sends the twelve

Daily Readings
Revised Common Lectionary

Daily Readings
Book of Common Prayer

The Entire Bible in One Year
Practicing Prayer
Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. -The Book of Common Prayer
Contemplative Prayer (Click to View)
Daily Prayer (Click to View)
Audio Prayer Meditation - Pray As You Go
Spotify Playlists
Singing Psalms and Hymns
A Mighty Fortress is Our God |Traditional hymn arranged for acoustic guitar by Wendell Kimbrough | Chord Chart | Guitar Tutorial

Hymns for Psalm 116 from

Psalm 100| Choral piece (SSA) by Rene Clausen | Sheet Music

Psalm 100 | By Chris Tomlin and Jason Ingram | Chord Chart 

There are four versions of Psalm 116 on the Hallel Psalms album from Cardiphonia. Download of the album includes a PDF of a songbook with charts. 

Psalm 16 and 100 Anglican Chant | Music on pgs. 23 and 217 of Anglican Chant Psalter

Psalm 16 Metrical Options 

Psalm 100 Metrical Options 

Hymn Suggestions for the Second Sunday after Pentecost from 
Commentary on Matthew 9:35-10:8
Then to signify how promising is the harvest, Jesus calls them to “pray therefore the Lord of the harvest.” In doing so he indirectly declares this lordship to be his own prerogative. For after having said, “pray therefore the Lord of the harvest” when they had not made any request or prayer, he himself at once appoints them ... From this it is clear that he himself is the farmer, he himself is the Lord of the harvest, he himself is the master of the prophets. For if he sent them to gather the harvest, it is clear that they do not harvest what belongs to someone else. Instead, they harvest the things that he sowed through the prophets. In calling their ministry a harvest, he was encouraging them but also empowering them to this ministry.  
Music for Listening
Thematic Art 
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