Notable Feast Days this Week
September 16 - Cyprian of Carthage, 258
September 16 - Ludmilla, Bohemia, 921
September 16 - Edith of Wilton, 984
September 17 - Lambert, Bishop of Maestricht, 705
September 18 - Ferreolus, Vienne, 305 (Roman Catholic)
September 19 - Theodore of Tarsus, Bishop of Canterbury, 690 
September 20 - Paul Chong Hasang, Korea, 19th c.
September 21 - Matthew, Apostle (Western)
September 22 - The Prophet Jonah (Eastern & Lutheran) 
September 22 - Phocas the Gardener, Martyr, 320 

Revised Common Lectionary

Jeremiah 8:18-9:1
Psalm 79:1-9
Amos 8:4-7
Psalm 113
1 Timothy 2:1-7
Luke 16:1-13

Daily Readings (RCL)
Abbreviated Daily Readings

--Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost -- September 22, 2019 (Year C)

Generous Faithfulness
Jeremiah cried out to God during times of grief and desperation (Jeremiah 8:18-9:1). The prophets teach us that humans are prone to trample the needy and ignore God's law (Amos 8:4-7). God hears the cry of his people and promises to lift up the needy and bring life to those who suffer (Psalm 113). We are called to embrace the redemption offered through Jesus Christ, pray for everyone, and aspire to live quiet and peaceable lives (1 Timothy 2:1-17). Jesus teaches us to serve God faithfully by keeping our lives free from the love of money --- pursuing honesty, generosity, and gratitude (Luke 16:1-13). 

Psalms of the Week
Scripture Readings

Psalm 79:1-9
Deliver us and forgive us

Psalm 113
God lifts up the poor

Commentary on Psalm 79
AugustineJohn Paul II

Commentary on Psalm 113
Benedict XVI

Jeremiah 8, Amos 81 Timothy 2
Luke 16, Psalm 79
Psalm 113

Spotify Playlists
Psalm 79 and Psalm 113
Jeremiah 8:18-9:1
The Lord laments over Judah

Amos 8:4-7
Warnings to those who trample the needy

1 Timothy 2:1-7
One God, one mediator, Christ Jesus

Luke 16:1-13
Serving God or wealth

Daily Readings
Revised Common Lectionary

Daily Readings
Book of Common Prayer

Bible in a Year
"In the future, what excuse will we have if we are negligent and fail to gain a hundredfold in place of the little we have, the future in place of the present, the eternal in place of the temporary? What excuse will we have if we heedlessly lock our money behind doors and barricades, and we prefer to leave it lying idle? Instead, we should make it available to the needy now, so that in the future we may count on support from them. Remember that Scripture says, “Make friends with ill-gotten gains so that, when you go down in the world, they may welcome you into their eternal dwellings." 
- John Chrysostom on Luke 16:1-3
Collect for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost (BCP 1979)
Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Singing Psalms and Hymns
Hymn Suggestions for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Year C) from 

CCLI Contemporary Liturgy Song Select  

Hymns for Psalm 79 and Psalm 113 from

Abide With Me | by Henry Lyte and Justin Smith/Music by Justin Smith | Leadsheet

From All That Dwell (Doxology) | Words by Isaac Watts (1674-1748) and Thomas Ken (1637-1711); Music by Alex Mejias, 2011 | Leadsheet | Guitar Capo 

Lift High the Cross | by George William Kitchin, 1887 | Leadsheet 

Psalm 113 (Who is like the Lord our God?) | Music by Bruce Benedict and Wendall Kimbrough

Psalm 113 (Simple Psalm Tone) | Leadsheet 

O God Will You Restore Us? | by Isaac Wardell | Leadsheet  

Psalm 79 Refrain | from The Emergent Psalter Leadsheet

Psalm 113 Refrain | from The Emergent Psalter Leadsheet

Metrical Options | Psalm 79 and Psalm 113
Music for Listening
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