Notable Feast Days this Week:

September 21 - Matthew, Apostle (Western)
September 22 - The Prophet Jonah (Eastern & Lutheran) 
September 22 - Phocas the Gardener, Martyr, 320 
September 23 - Adamnan, Iona, 704
September 24 - 7th Ecumenical Council convened, 787
September 25 - Ceolfrid, Abbott of Jarrow, 617
September 26 - Nilus the Younger, Calabria, 1005
September 27 - Vincent de Paul, 1660 (Roman Catholic)

Revised Common Lectionary

Exodus 17:1-7
Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16
Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32
Psalm 25:1-9
Philippians 2:1-13
Matthew 21:23-32

Daily Readings (RCL)
Abbreviated Daily Readings

Liturgical Color - Green

-- Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost -- September 27, 2020

Transgression, Humility, and the Faithfulness of Jesus

Cry out to God and remember what he has done. Listen to his promises, trust him, and live according to his ways (Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16). God is gracious to provide for our needs, even when we complain and are undeserving (Exodus 17:1-17). In gratitude, we turn from our own concerns to consider others better than ourselves (Philippians 2:1-13). Through faith and trust, we bow in humility to take Jesus at his word, accepting his authority and divinity (Matthew 21:23-32).  

Scripture Readings

Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16
I will open my mouth with a parable

Psalm 25:1-9
In you, Lord my God, I put my trust

Matthew 14-28PhilippiansExodus 
from The Bible Project

Philippians 2 and Exodus 17:1-7 
from The Sermon Writer

Stan Mast and Scott Hoezee on Psalm 25

Matthew 21Exodus 17
Ezekiel 18Philippians 2
Psalm 25
Psalm 78

Spotify Playlist
Psalm 78 and Psalm 25

Exodus 17:1-7
Water from the rock

Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32
God's ways are just

Philippians 2:1-13
Christ humbled himself to the point of death on a cross

Matthew 21:23-32
A parable about doing God's will

Daily Readings
Revised Common Lectionary

Daily Readings
Book of Common Prayer

Bible in a Year
Lectionary Resources
"The publicans were attentive and repented, but even after the publicans and harlots had believed, you did not believe. You should have repented long before they did. But you did not do it. So you are deprived of all excuses. How unspeakable was both the praise of the one and the charge against the other: He came to you, and you did not receive him. He did not come to them, and they received him! And you did not even learn from their example. Note in how many ways he shows that some are to be commended and others charged, but in surprising ways, reversing expectations. To you he came first, not to them. You did not believe. They were not offended. They believed." - John Chrysostom
Collect For The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; 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 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost from 

Hymns related to Psalm 78 and Psalm 25 from

We Will Tell Each Generation (Psalm 78) | Words: Michael Perry / Tune: RESTORATION
from Psalms For All Seasons, 2001

Psalm 25 Refrain (Remember Your Mercies, O Lord) | by Sarah Majorins 

To You O Lord I Lift Up My Soul (Psalm 25) | by Graham Kendrick

Psalm 25 (Show Me Your Ways) | by Shane Heilman | Chord Chart

Psalm 78
 | by Hope Creative, Las Vegas | Chord Chart

Foothold (Psalm 25) | by Deb Rienstra | Piano Music

Most Merciful God | by Chris Pearse | Leadsheets

Psalm 78 (Tune: Ottawa) | Scottish Metered Psalm 

Psalm 25 (Remember Me) | by The Psalm Project

Psalm 25 | by Joe Day (Mars Hill Music) | Chord Chart

Psalm 78 Refrain | from The Emergent Psalter Leadsheet

Psalm 25 Refrain | from The Emergent Psalter Leadsheet

Psalm 78 | Metrical Options 

Psalm 25 | Metrical Options 
Music for Listening
Songs of Loss and Hope (Songs from a Pandemic) by Christ Church East Bay
Psalm 25 (The Secret of the Lord) by Michael A. Lowery and Berean
Which We Have Heard and Known (Psalm 78) by Doug Burr
The Meek Will Own the Earth by Sojourn Music  
Songs of Deliverance by My Soul Among Lions 
Psalm 78 by Kevin Philip Johnson
Thematic Art 
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