The Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity | 08/29/2021
Introduction to the Word for Worship
In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.
-Ephesians 6:16-18 (ESV) , emphasis added
Church begins in prayer, stays centered by prayer, and ends up praying.
-Eugene Peterson, Practice Resurrection, p. 148
The Collect of the Day
O Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow after us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
(Click on the links below to read Sunday's passages)
First Reading: Ephesians 6:10-20
Psalm 15 (posted below the Playlist)
Gospel Reading: Mark 7:1-23
A downloadable Home Liturgy with Spiritual Communion follows the Psalm
(click below on the Spotify Playlist to listen)
1 Lord, who shall dwell in your tabernacle? *
Or who shall rest upon your holy hill?
2 Whoever leads an uncorrupt life, *
and does that which is right,
and speaks the truth from his heart.
3 He has not spoken deceitfully with his tongue,
nor done evil to his neighbor, *
and has not slandered his neighbor.
4 In his eyes the wicked is rejected, *
and he makes much of those who fear the Lord.
5 He swears to his neighbor and disappoints him not, *
though it were to his own hindrance.
6 He has not given his money for usury, *
nor taken a bribe against the innocent.
7 Whoever does these things *
shall never be overthrown.
(from the New Coverdale Psalter as found in the 2019 Book of Common Prayer)