Notable Feast Days this Week:

August 17 - Joan of the Cross, 1736 (Roman Catholic)
August 16 - Stephen I, Hungary, 1038
August 18 - Florus and Laurus, Illyria, 2nd century
August 19 - Bernard of Clairvaux, 1153 (Lutheran)
August 20 - Bernard of Clairvaux, 1153 (Roman Catholic)
August 21 - Abraham of Smolensk, 1221
August 22 - Symphorian, Gaul, 180
August 23 - Irenaeus of Lyon, 202 (Eastern)

Revised Common Lectionary

Exodus 1:8-2:10
Psalm 124
Isaiah 51:1-6
Psalm 138
Romans 12:1-8
Matthew 16:13-20

Daily Readings (RCL)
Abbreviated Daily Readings

Liturgical Color - Green

---- Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost ---- August 23, 2020

Our Deliverer

God provided deliverance for his people by raising up Moses to lead them out of Egypt (Exodus 1:8--2:10). He demonstrated steadfast love and care (Psalm 138) and saved those who seemed destined for destruction (Psalm 124). God's promise of salvation in the past continues to be fulfilled in the present through Jesus Christ (Isaiah 51:1-6). He is the Messiah and Son of the living God (Matthew 16:13-20). In gratitude, followers of Jesus are exhorted to humbly serve the body of Christ by offering themselves as a living sacrifice to God (Romans 12:1-8).

Scripture Readings

Psalm 124
If the Lord had not been on our side

Psalm 138
I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart

Commentary on Psalm 124
Benedict XVI

Commentary on Psalm 138
Augustine, Benedict XVISpurgeon
John Calvin

Exodus 1, Isaiah 51Romans 12
Matthew 16, Psalm 124, Psalm 138

Spotify Playlist
Psalm 124 and Psalm 138

Exodus 1:8-2:10
Pharaoh's daughter adopts Moses

Isaiah 51:1-6
The righteousness and salvation of God

Romans 12:1-8
A living sacrifice

Matthew 16:13-20
Peter's profession of faith

Daily Readings
Revised Common Lectionary

Daily Readings
Book of Common Prayer

Bible in a Year
Lectionary Resources
"Here Christ distinguishes his disciples from the rest of the crowd, to make it more fully evident that, whatever differences may exist among others, we at least ought not to be led aside from the unity of faith. They who shall honestly submit to Christ, and shall not attempt to mix with the Gospel any inventions of their own brain, will never want the true light. But here the greatest vigilance is necessary, that, though the whole world may be carried away by its own inventions, believers may continually adhere to Christ."
- John Calvin
Collect For The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; 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
Psalms and Hymns
Hymn Suggestions for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost from 

Hymns related to Psalm 124 and Psalm 138 from

If the Lord Had Not Been On Our Side (Psalm 124) | Leadsheet 

Psalm 124 | by Stephen Pearson | Leadsheet 

Give Peace in Our Time, O Lord | by Martin Foster | Leadsheet Sample

With All My Heart (Psalm 138) | by Matt Searles | Leadsheet

I Will Bow (Psalm 138) | by Aaron Hochhalter & Ethan Ezikian

Though the Lord is High and Holy (Psalm 138) | by Craig Harris

With All My Heart (Psalm 138) | by The Psalm Project | Leadsheet 

Psalm 138 | by Adam Mikulski | Leadsheet and Strings

Psalm 124 Refrain | from The Emergent Psalter Leadsheet

Psalm 138 Refrain | from The Emergent Psalter Leadsheet

Psalm 124 | Metrical Options 

Psalm 138 | Metrical Options 
Music for Listening
My Deliverer by Rich Mullins
Who Do Men Say I Am? by Fred Hammond
Keys to the Kingdom by Tiwa Savage and Mr. Eazi
The Ordering of Moses by R. Nathaniel Dett 
Moses und Aron by Arnold Shoenberg
Deliver Me by The Staple Singers
Thematic Art 
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