Notable Feast Days this Week:

August 24 - St. Bartholomew, Apostle (Western)
August 25 - St. Bartholomew, Apostle (Eastern)
August 26 - Adrian and Natalia (Julian)
August 27 - Monica, mother of Augustine, 387 
(Lutheran and Roman)
August 28 - Prophetess Anna, Luke 2:36 (Eastern)
August 28 - Moses the Ethiopian, 405
August 28 - Augustine of Hippo, 430
August 29 - Beheading of John the Baptist
August 30 - Fantinus of Calabria, 9th century

Revised Common Lectionary

Exodus 3:1-15
Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45b
Jeremiah 15:15-21
Psalm 26:1-8
Romans 12:9-21
Matthew 16:21-28

Daily Readings (RCL)
Abbreviated Daily Readings

Liturgical Color - Green

--- Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost --- August 30, 2020

Turning Toward Holiness

God is more holy than we can imagine or comprehend (Exodus 3:1-15). He has graciously revealed himself and called us to trust him. We respond in gratitude by choosing to walk in truth and love (Psalm 26). Remembering God's faithfulness and promises (Psalm 105 & Jeremiah 15:15-21), we pursue love, joy, and patience in the midst of our adversaries. Like Jesus, we are to take up our cross and overcome evil with good (Romans 12:9-21). Jesus' rebuke of Peter reminds us that God's ways are often counterintuitive to our ways. We follow Jesus by turning from evil and choosing to love God (Matthew 16:21-28).  

Scripture Readings

Psalm 26:1-8
Vindicate me, Lord

Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45b
Seek His face always

Commentary on Psalm 26

Commentary on Psalm 105

Exodus 3, Jeremiah 15Romans 12
Matthew 16, Psalm 26, Psalm 105

Spotify Playlist
Psalm 26 and Psalm 105

Bible Project Videos
Exodus 1-18, Romans 5-16Matthew 14-28

Exodus 3:1-15
Moses and the burning bush

Jeremiah 15:15-21
God strengthens his prophet

Romans 12:9-21
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good

Matthew 16:21-28
Jesus rebukes Peter and commands his followers to take up their cross

Daily Readings
Revised Common Lectionary

Daily Readings
Book of Common Prayer

Bible in a Year
Lectionary Resources
“If any man would be my disciple, let him follow me by denying himself and taking up his cross, or, let him conform himself to my example.” The meaning is, that none can be reckoned to be the disciples of Christ unless they are true imitators of him, and are willing to pursue the same course. He lays down a brief rule for our imitation, in order to make us acquainted with the chief points in which he wishes us to resemble him. It consists of two parts, self-denial and a voluntary bearing of the cross. Let him deny himself...We know with what blind love men naturally regard themselves, how much they are devoted to themselves, how highly they estimate themselves. But if we desire to enter into the school of Christ, we must begin with that folly to which Paul (1 Corinthians 3:18) exhorts us, becoming fools, that we may be wise; and next, we must control and subdue all our affections." - John Calvin
Collect For The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. - The Book of Common Prayer
Psalms and Hymns
Hymn Suggestions for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost from 

Hymns related to Psalm 26 and Psalm 105 from

All Creatures of Our God and King | Francis of Assisi / Lasst Uns Erfreuen | Leadsheet

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah | William Williams / Tune: John Hughes | Leadsheet

Take Up Your Cross | Charles W. Everest / Tune: Johann Sebastian Bach | Leadsheet 

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

Psalm 105 (Tune: How Firm a Foundation) | Scottish Metered Psalm

Holiness (Take My Life) | by Scott Underwood | Chord Chart

Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God | By Karen Lafferty | Leadsheets

Psalm 26 | Four-Part Choral Version by Davis Peebles | Leadsheet

Psalm 26 Refrain | from The Emergent Psalter Leadsheet

Psalm 105 Refrain | from The Emergent Psalter Leadsheet

Psalm 26 (Judge Me) | by The Psalms Project Leadsheet

Vindicate Me, O Lord (Psalm 26) | by My Soul Among Lions

Psalm 105 | Genevan Psalter | Leadsheet

Psalm 105 | Metrical Options 

Psalm 26 | Metrical Options 
Music for Listening
Salm - Gaelic Psalms from the Hebrides of Lewis
Take Up Your Cross by Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir 
Vindicate Me, O Lord (Psalm 26) by My Soul Among Lions 
Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down arranged by Robert Plant and Buddy Miller
Thematic Art 
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