Notable Feast Days this Week:

October 30 - Marcellus, Tangiers, 298
October 31 - All Saints Eve (Western)
October 31 - Reformation Day (Lutheran)
November 1 - All Saints Day (Western)
November 2 - All Souls Day, (Roman Catholic)
November 3 - Winifred, Wales, c. 650
November 4 - Joannicus, Bythinia, 846
November 5 - Elizabeth & Zachary (Luke 1:5)

Revised Common Lectionary

Joshua 3:7-17
Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37
Micah 3:5-12
Psalm 43
1 Thessalonians 2:9-13
Matthew 23:1-12

Daily Readings
Liturgical Color - Green/White

Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost November 5, 2017 (Year A)

Living Humble Lives in the Midst of Darkness

"Even when circumstances are overpoweringly difficult, God "turns deserts into pools of water, and parched land into springs of water" (Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37). We desire to live worthy lives (1 Thess. 2:9-13), not for the praise of other people but in order to please God (Matt. 23:1-12) and to walk in the light rather than the darkness (Micah 3:5-12, Psalm 43)"  -Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional 

The Feast of All Saints (November 1)

Practicing Virtue in the Company of the Saints

"Look to God, and he will deliver you from trouble; praise him even in the most difficult circumstances (Psalm 34:1-10, 22). We anticipate the return of Christ when there will be no more sorrow or tears (Revelation 7:9-17). Work to purify yourselves (1 John 3:1-3); practicing peace, mercy, and humility (Matthew 5:1-12)." -Thomas Oden 

Scripture Readings (Year A) 
Revelation 7:9-17, Psalm 34:1-10; 22, 1 John 3:1-3, Matthew 5:1-12 

A Prayer for All Saints Day (from The Book of Common Prayer)
Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son, Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen. 
Psalms of the Week
Scripture Readings

Gratitude for a beautiful land

Psalm 43

Send out your light and truth

Commentary on Psalm 107
AugustineJohn Paul II

Commentary on Psalm 43
John Paul II, Spurgeon

Matthew 23Joshua 3, 1 Thessalonians 2
Psalm 43Psalm 107

Video Commentary - The Bible Project 
Matthew 14-281 Thessalonians, 

Joshua 3:7-17
Israel crosses into the Promised Land

Micah 3:5-12
Judgment upon corrupt rulers

1 Thessalonians 2:9-13
The apostle's teaching

Matthew 23:1-12

Humble yourselves

Daily Readings
Revised Common Lectionary

Daily Readings
Book of Common Prayer

The Entire Bible in One Year
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. 
- The Book of Common Prayer
Contemplative Prayer (Click to View)
Morning Prayer (Click to View)
Further Resources

Morning and Evening Prayer (Church of England-Protestant)
Liturgy of the Hours and Sung Breviary (Roman Catholic)
Sung Morning Prayer by Calvin Peters (Eastern Orthodox)
Audio Prayer Meditation (Pray as You Go)
Spotify Playlist
Singing Psalms and Hymns
Hymn Suggestions for the Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost from 

For All The Saints | Text: William W. How (1823-1897) Tune: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)| Leadsheet 

Christ is Made the Sure Foundation | Music: Henry Purcell / Words: Latin, c7th--8th century, translated by John Mason Neale | Leadsheet (SATB)

Let Us Sing With All the Martyred | by Ryan Flannigan and Travis Ham | Leadsheet 

A Thousand Alleluias (A Cloud of Witnesses Around Us) | Music: Gary Rand / Text: Brian Wren | Leadsheet

Good to Me | by Craig Musseau | Leadsheet Chord Chart

We Are Not Overcome | by Robert Heiskell | Leadsheet 

Psalm 107 (Give Thanks to God Who Hears Our Cries) | Words: Ruth C. Duck / from Psalm 107 / Music: Elkanah K. Dare Consolation (Kentucky Harmony) and Morning Song | Leadsheet | Capo Leadsheet

Where is God? (Psalm 42 and 43) | by Chad Lewis | Chord Chart Leadsheet 

As the Deer (Psalm 42 and 43) | by Greg Scheer | Leadsheet  

Send Out Your Light (Psalm 43) | by Luke Hyder | Psalms for All Seasons on pg. 270

Send Out Your Light (Psalm 43) by Sandra McCracken Leadsheet  

Praise the Name of the Lord (Psalm 107) | Jazz Psalm by Daniel Richardson and Angel Napieralski | Leadsheet

Psalm 43 Refrain | from The Emergent Psalter Leadsheet

Psalm 107 Refrain | from The Emergent Psalter Leadsheet

Psalm 43 and 107 Anglican Chant Anglican Chant Psalter

Psalm 43 Metrical Options 

Psalm 107 Metrical Options 

Mighty Fortress Is Our God: A Litany for Reformation Sunday based on Psalm 46

Worship Service Based on Psalm 42 and 43 
Commentary on Matthew 23:1-12
"...for the worship of God is first in order. The commandment to love our neighbors is like the first because it depends upon it. For, since every man is devoted to himself, there will never be true charity towards neighbors, unless where the love of God reigns; for it is a mercenary love which the children of the world entertain for each other, because every one of them has regard to his own advantage. On the other hand, it is impossible for the love of God to reign without producing brotherly kindness among men. Again, when Moses commanded us to love our neighbors as ourselves, he did not intend to put the love of ourselves in the first place, so that a man may first love himself and then love his neighbors... " - John Calvin
Music for Listening
  • 700 Free Recordings of Congregational & Choral Psalm Singing. Different versions, tunes, and styles. Compiled by Scottish musician, Connor Quigley.
  • "Christ is Made the Sure Foundation" from Westminster Abbey during a visit from Pope Benedict XVI. Music: Henry Purcell / Words: Latin, c7th--8th century, translated by John Mason Neale
Thematic Art 
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