Notable Feast Days this Week:

November 13 - John Chrysostom, 407 (Eastern)
November 14 - St. Philip, Apostle (Eastern)
November 15 - Orthodox Nativity Fast Begins
November 16 - St. Matthew, Apostle (Eastern)
November 16 - Margaret of Scotland, 1093 (Anglican/Catholic)
November 17 - Hilda of Whitby, 680
November 18 - Romanus of Antioch, 304
November 19 - Elizabeth of Hungary, 1231 (Lutheran)


Revised Common Lectionary

Judges 4:1-7
Psalm 123
Zephaniah 1:7; 12-18
Psalm 90:1-11
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Matthew 25:14-30

Daily Readings
Liturgical Color - Green

Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost November 19, 2017 (Year A)
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Using Our Talents

"We plead with God for mercy on our situations, submitting to him and looking to him for help (Psalm 123). We use our gifts and talents wisely (Matt. 25:14-30) until his anticipated return (1 Thess. 5:1-11) and judgment (Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18)."  
-Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional 

Psalms of the Week
Scripture Readings

Lord, you have been our dwelling place
    throughout all generations.
 Before the mountains were born...from everlasting to everlasting you are God...

Psalm 123

I lift up my eyes to you,
    to you who sit enthroned in heaven.
 As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a female slave look to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God,
    till he shows us his mercy.
 Have mercy on us, Lord,
have mercy on us,
    for we have endured
no end of contempt.
 We have endured no end
    of ridicule from the arrogant,
    of contempt from the proud.

Judges 4:1-7
Deborah the judge

Zephaniah 1:7; 12-18
The day of the Lord

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Watch for the day of the Lord

Matthew 25:14-30

The parable of the talents

Daily Readings
Revised Common Lectionary

Daily Readings
Book of Common Prayer

The Entire Bible in One Year
Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. 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
Commentary on Matthew 25:14-30

"To the one who has, more will be given, and he will have more than enough. Whoever has love receives other gifts as well. Whoever does not have love loses even the gifts he appeared to have received. Hence it is necessary, my friends, that in everything you do, you be vigilant about guarding love. True love is to love your friend in God and your enemy for the sake of God. Whoever does not have this loses every good that he possesses; he is deprived of the talent he received..." - Gregory the Great
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