Notable Feast Days this Week
September 2 - Hannah (Lutheran)
September 3 - Phoebe the Deaconess, Rom. 16:1
September 3 - Gregory the Great, 604
September 4 - The Prophet Moses (Eastern and Lutheran)
September 5 - Zacharias & Elizabeth, parents of JTB  
(Eastern and Lutheran)
September 6 - Bega (Bee), Abbess of Copeland, 7th cent.
September 7 - Regina (Reine), Gaul, 2nd cent.
September 8 - The Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Revised Common Lectionary

Jeremiah 18:1-11 
Psalm 139:1-6,13-18
Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Psalm 1
Philemon 1:1-1:21
Luke 14:25-33

Daily Readings (RCL)
Abbreviated Daily Readings

--Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost -- September 8, 2019 (Year C)

Pursuing the Way of Life
Like a potter molding clay, the Lord is sovereign over all nations (Jeremiah 18:1-11). Nothing can hide from God's omnipresent and eternal being. He knows us more intimately than we know ourselves (Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18) and calls his people to turn their hearts toward him and delight in the way of life that he has revealed (Deuteronomy 30:15-20 and Psalm 1). Like Paul, we should be advocates for the life and freedom of others (Philemon 1:1-1:21). Even when it is difficult, we are to follow Jesus Christ above all else (Luke 14:25-33). 

Psalms of the Week
Scripture Readings

Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
You have searched me and know me

Psalm 1
Delight in the law of God

Commentary on Psalm 1

Commentary on Psalm 139
Benedict XVI (Part 1 Part 2)

Jeremiah 18,
Deuteronomy 30Philemon

Luke 14, Psalm 1
Psalm 139

Spotify Playlists
Psalm 1 and Psalm 139

Jeremiah 18:1-11
Like a potter, the Lord reshapes Israel

Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Walk in the way of life

Philemon 1:1 - 1:21
Paul says to recieve Onesimus

Luke 14:25-33
Give up possessions and follow Christ

Daily Readings
Revised Common Lectionary

Daily Readings
Book of Common Prayer

Bible in a Year
"The Gospel somewhere says that a person who begins to build a tower but stops with the foundations and never completes it is ridiculous. What do we learn from this parable? We learn that we should work to bring every aspiration to a conclusion, completing the work of God by an elaborate building up of his commandments. One stone does not make a complete tower, nor does one commandment bring the perfection of the soul to its desired measure. It is necessary to both erect the foundation and, as the apostle says, “to lay upon it a foundation of gold and precious stones.” That is what the products of the commandments are called by the prophet when he says, “I have loved your commandment more than gold and much precious stone." -Gregory of Nyssa 
Collect for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost (BCP 1979)
Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Singing Psalms and Hymns
Hymn Suggestions for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Year C) from 

CCLI Contemporary Liturgy Song Select  

Hymns for Psalm 1 and Psalm 139 from

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

Take Up Our Cross | by Sarah Hart, Curtis Stephen, and Marc Byrd | Leadsheet

Psalm 1:4-6 (Verses Project) | by Joel Limpic

Psalm 1 (May I Delight) | by Sarah Majorins | Leadsheet 

Psalm 1 (Night and Day) | by Jody Killingsworth | Leadsheets 

Blessed is the Man (Psalm 1) | by Benjamin Brainerd | Leadsheet 

We Delight in Your Word (Psalm 1) | by Benjamin Brainerd | 

Psalm 139 | by Hope Creative | Chord Chart

Psalm 139 (My Lord You Have Examined Me) | by Sarah Majorins
Leadsheet (Part 1) | Leadsheet (Part 2) | Tune: Resignation

Lord, You Have Searched Me (Psalm 139) | Music by Vito Aiuto, 2015 | Leadsheet 

Songs for Psalm 139 from The Verses Project 

Psalm 1 Refrain | from The Emergent Psalter Leadsheet

Psalm 139 Refrain | from The Emergent Psalter Leadsheet

Metrical Options | Psalm 1 and Psalm 139
Music for Listening
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