Notable Feast Days this Week:

November 6 - Winnoc, Dunkirk, 717
November 7 - The Sixth Ecumenical Council convened, 680
November 8 - Michael and All the Heavenly Hosts (Eastern)
November 9 - Benignus (Benen), Bishop of Ireland, 467
November 10 - Leo the Great, Rome, 461 (Roman/Anglican)
November 11 - Martin of Tours, 397
November 12 - Nilus the Elder, Sinai, c. 430 

Revised Common Lectionary

Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25
Psalm 78:1-7
Amos 5:18-24
Psalm 70
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Matthew 25:1-13

Daily Readings
Liturgical Color - Green

Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost November 12, 2017 (Year A)

Waiting in Hope and Obedience

"God does not want lip service; he wants obedience from us (Amos 5:18-24). God is our powerful help and deliverer (Psalm 70 and Psalm 78); because we love him, we seek a pure heart and motives (Matthew 25:1-13), knowing that in Jesus, we have the assurance of salvation and eternal life (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)."
 -Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional 

Psalms of the Week
Scripture Readings
Psalm 70
God is our helper and deliverer

Psalm 78:1-7
The power of God

Commentary - Psalm 70

Commentary - Psalm 78
AugustineCalvin, Spurgeon

Matthew 25Joshua 24, 1 Thessalonians 4
Psalm 70Psalm 78

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

Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25
The covenant is renewed

Amos 5:18-24
Let justice roll down like water

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
The promise of the resurrection

Matthew 25:1-13

Wise and foolish bridesmaids

Daily Readings
Revised Common Lectionary

Daily Readings
Book of Common Prayer

The Entire Bible in One Year
O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he 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)
We ask you, Lord Jesus, that to whom you give sweet drinks of your words of knowledge, you will also, of your goodness, grant that we may in due time come to you, the fountain of all wisdom, and ever stand before your face; for your sake. Amen.
-Venerable Bede 
Spotify Playlist
Singing Psalms and Hymns
Hymn Suggestions for the Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost from 

O Lord Hear My Prayer | Taize refrain | Leadsheet 

Justice Will Roll Down | by Sandra McCracken | Leadsheets 

Psalm 70 | by Dr. David Erb, 2012 | Leadsheet 

Psalm 78 | by Hope Creative, Las Vegas | Chord Chart

We Will Tell Each Generation (Psalm 78) | Words: Michael Perry / Tune: RESTORATION from Psalms For All Seasons, 2001

Psalm 70 Refrain | from The Emergent Psalter Leadsheet

Psalm 78 Refrain | from The Emergent Psalter Leadsheet

Psalm 70 and 78 Anglican Chant Anglican Chant Psalter
Commentary on Matthew 25:1-13
"It is some great thing...that this oil signifies. Do you think it might be charity? If we try out this hypothesis, we hazard no precipitate judgment. I will tell you why charity seems to be signified by the oil. The apostle says, “I will show you a still more excellent way.” “If I speak with the tongue of mortals and of angels but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” This is charity. It is “that way above the rest,” which is with good reason signified by the oil. For oil swims above all liquids. Pour in water, and pour in oil upon it; the oil will swim above. Pour in oil, pour in water upon it; the oil will swim above. If you keep the usual order, it will be uppermost; if you change the order, it will be uppermost... " -Augustine
Music for Listening
Thematic Art 
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