Notable Feast Days this Week:

July 24 - Christina of Tyre, 300
July 24 - Declan, Ardmore, 6th Century
July 25 - James Zebedee, Apostle (Western)
July 26 - Joachim & Anne, Parents of Mary (Anglican/Roman)
July 27 - Anthusa, Asia Minor, 8th Cent.
July 28 - Samson, Brittany, 565
July 29 - Mary, Martha, and Lazarus (Lutheran)
July 29 - Olaf, King of Norway, 1030

July 30 - Peter Chrysologus, 450

Revised Common Lectionary

Genesis 29:15-28
Psalm 105:1-11
1 Kings 3:5-12
Psalm 119:129-136
Romans 8:26-39
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Daily Readings (RCL)
Liturgical Color - Green

- The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost - July 30, 2017 (Year A)

Pursuing the Kingdom of God with Patience and Trust

Jacob suffered wrong and sacrificed much to win Rachel's hand in marriage (Genesis 29:15-28). Wisdom and fulfillment are often the fruit of patient waiting and righteous pursuits (Psalm 128 and 1 Kings 3:5-12). These things may seem out of grasp, but we can still trust God to fulfill his covenant and bring about his purposes in the end (Psalm 105:1-11 and Romans 8:26-39), even in spite of human oppression and unfulfilled desires (Psalm 119:129-136). Followers of Christ are called to pursue God's kingdom with all the faith they have, wisely pursuing what will last (Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52).    

Psalms of the Week
Scripture Readings

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done...Glory in his holy name...Remember the wonders he has done...He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth. He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations, the covenant he made with Abraham...He confirmed it to Jacob...

Psalm 119:129-136

Your statutes are wonderful...The unfolding of your words gives light...Turn to me and have mercy on me, as you always do to those who love your name. Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me. Redeem me from human oppression...Make your face shine on your servant and teach me your decrees.

Genesis 29:15-28
Laban tricks Jacob into marrying Leah

1 Kings 3:5-12
Solomon's prayer for wisdom

Romans 8:26-39
Nothing can separate us from God's love

Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Parables of the Kingdom of God

Daily Readings
Revised Common Lectionary

Daily Readings
Book of Common Prayer

The Entire Bible in One Year
O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. -The Book of Common Prayer 

"Thy Kingdom Come..." - Quotations to inspire prayer from Christianity Today
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Singing Psalms and Hymns
Man of Sorrows | By Philip P. Bliss / Arr. Jody Killingsworth | Leadsheet

At the Name of Jesus | By Caroline Noel, 1879 / Music by Jonathan Gilley | Leadsheet 

The Kingdom of God | Taize Community | Leadsheet 

Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God | By Karen Lafferty | Leadsheets and the Story Behind the Song

All Creatures of Our God and King | High Street Hymns | Leadsheet

From All The Dwell (Doxology) | High Street Hymns | 

Psalm 105 / 119 Anglican Chant | Anglican Chant Psalter

Psalm 105 Metrical Options 

Psalm 119 Metrical Options 

Hymn Suggestions for The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost from 
Commentary on Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
"We commonly set a high value on what is visible, and therefore the new and spiritual life, which is held out to us in the Gospel, is little esteemed by us, because it is hidden, and lies in hope...These words teach us, that we ought not to estimate the riches of the grace of God according to the views of our flesh, or according to their outward display, but in the same manner as a treasure, though it be hidden, is preferred to a vain appearance of wealth. " - John Calvin
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Thematic Art 
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