Notable Feast Days this Week:

June 30 - Synaxis of the 12 Apostles (Eastern)
June 30 - Erentrude, Salzburg, 718
July 1 - Cosmas and Damian, 284 (Eastern)
July 1 - Cybard, 581
July 2 - Monegunda, Tours, 570 
July 3 - Thomas, Apostle (Roman)
July 3 - Hyacinth of Caesarea, 108
July 4 - Andrew of Crete, 740
July 4 - Andrei Rublev, 1430 (Eastern)
July 5 - Athanasius of Mt. Athos, 1003

Revised Common Lectionary

Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
Zechariah 9:9-12
Song of Solomon 2:8-13
Psalm 45:10-17
Psalm 145:8-14
Romans 7:15-25a
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Daily Readings (RCL)
Abbreviated Daily Readings

Liturgical Color - Green

----- Fifth Sunday after Pentecost ----- July 5, 2020

Rest for the Weary

God raises up those who are humble (Psalm 145:8-14) and surprises his loved ones with companionship (Song of Solomon 2:8-13) and the promise of future blessings (Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 and Psalm 45:10-17). In the context of God's care, we struggle to be released from the burdens that we place on ourselves and are prone to do the things that we shouldn't do (Romans 7:15-25a). In the midst of this struggle, Christ still invites us to serve him in humility. He is the King of Peace (Zechariah 9:9-12), and in his service, we will find rest and strength for the journey (Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30). 

Scripture Readings

Psalm 45:10-17
The nations will praise you forever

Psalm 145:8-14
The Lord is gracious and compassionate

Commentary on Psalm 45
Matthew Henry

Commentary on Psalm 145
Pope Benedict XVI

Genesis 24, Zechariah 9,
Song of Solomon 2Romans 7
Matthew 11Psalm 45, Psalm 145

Spotify Playlist
Psalm 45
Psalm 145

Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
Rebekah at the well

Zechariah 9:9-12
The king comes in peace

Song of Solomon 2:8-13
Arise, my love, and come away

Romans 7:15-25a
Struggling with sin

Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
My yoke is easy, and my burden is light

Daily Readings
Revised Common Lectionary

Daily Readings
Book of Common Prayer

Bible in a Year
Lectionary Resources
You are to “take my yoke upon you, and learn from me.” You are not learning from me how to refashion the fabric of the world, nor to create all things visible and invisible, nor to work miracles and raise the dead. Rather, you are simply learning of me: “that I am meek and lowly in heart.” If you wish to reach high, then begin at the lowest level. If you are trying to construct some mighty edifice in height, you will begin with the lowest foundation. This is humility. However great the mass of the building you may wish to design or erect, the taller the building is to be, the deeper you will dig the foundation. The building in the course of its erection rises up high, but he who digs its foundation must first go down very low. So then, you see even a building is low before it is high and the tower is raised only after humiliation. -Augustine
Collect for The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. - The Book of Common Prayer
Singing Psalms and Hymns
Hymn Suggestions for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost from 

Hymns related to Psalm 45 and Psalm 145 from

Psalm 45 | Free scores at the Choral Public Domain Library (ChoralWiki)

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say | Words by Horatius Bonar, 1846 / Music arranged by Michael Card (Kingsfold) | Leadsheets

O My God and King and Savior (Psalm 45) | Tune: HOLY MANNA | Leadsheet 

O For the Honor of Our King (Psalm 145)
| Tune by Charitie Bancroft and Vikki Cook (Before the Throne of God) | Original Words by Martin Leckebusch, 2002 | Words Adapted and Modified by Philip Majorins, 2017

I Will Lift Up Your Name (Psalm 145) | by S. Agrisano and Tom Tomaszek | Leadsheet 

Every Living Thing (Psalm 145) | by Lacey Brown | Leadsheet and Commentary

Psalm 45 Refrain | from The Emergent Psalter Leadsheet

Psalm 145 Refrain | from The Emergent Psalter Leadsheet

Psalm 45 | Metrical Options 

Psalm 145 | Metrical Options 
Music for Listening
Be Still by Loud Harp
Home by Josh Garrels 
The Deer's Cry by Arvo Part
His Yoke is Easy by G. F. Handel
Come Unto Me by Hezekiah Walker
Take My Yoke Upon You by Jehovah Shalom Accapella 
Thematic Art 
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