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Getting Ready for the Tenth Sunday after Trinity




Reflection on the Word in our Worship


God is our refuge and strength, *

a very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved, *

and though the hills be carried into the midst of the sea;

Though its waters rage and swell, *

and though the mountains shake at its tempest.


-Psalm 46:1-3


Until recently, man has had few thoughts to spare for the possibility of a world catastrophe. But this psalm can face it unafraid, because its opening phrase means exactly what it says. Our true security is in God, not in God plus anything else. -Derek Kidner

The Collect of the Week


Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


The Word:

(Click on the links below to read Sunday's passages)


Psalm 46


1 God is our refuge and strength, *

a very present help in trouble.

2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved, *

and though the hills be carried into the midst of the sea;

3 Though its waters rage and swell, *

and though the mountains shake at its tempest.

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, *

the holy dwelling place of the Most High.

5 God is in the midst of her; therefore she shall not be moved. *

God shall help her at the break of day.

6 The nations are in an uproar, and the kingdoms are moved, *

but God has lifted his voice, and the earth shall melt away.

7 The Lord of hosts is with us; *

the God of Jacob is our refuge.

8 O come and behold the works of the Lord, *

what devastations he has brought upon the earth.

9 He makes wars to cease in all the world; *

he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear,

and burns the chariots in the fire.

10 “Be still then and know that I am God; *

I will be exalted among the nations,

and I will be exalted in the earth.”

11 The Lord of hosts is with us; *

the God of Jacob is our refuge.




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