The Twelfth Sunday after Trinity | 08/22/2021
Introduction to the Word for Worship
Simon Peter answered [Jesus], “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”
-John 6:68-69 (ESV)
The words believe and know in Peter’s response are virtual synonyms and together they provide emphasis. These two verbs are brought together again in synonymous parallelism in 17:8, where Jesus, in his prayer to the Father, says of his disciples, ‘They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me’ (italics added). In 6:69, then, the Twelve are making a strong confession of faith similar in its significance to the confessions of Martha (11:27) and Thomas (20:28), and as such it contributes to the overall purpose of the Gospel of John: to encourage readers [and listeners] also to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God (20:31).
The Collect of the Day
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.
(Click on the links below to read Sunday's passages)
First Reading: Ephesians 5:15–6:9
Psalm 16 (posted below the Playlist)
Gospel Reading: John 6:60-69
A downloadable Home Liturgy with Spiritual Communion follows the Psalm
(click below on the Spotify Playlist to listen)
1 Preserve me, O God, *
for in you have I put my trust.
2 O my soul, you have said unto the Lord, *
“You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”
3 All my delight is upon the saints who are on the earth, *
and upon those who excel in virtue.
4 But those who run after another god *
shall have great trouble.
5 Their drink offerings of blood I will not offer, *
neither make mention of their names with my lips.
6 The Lord himself is the portion of my inheritance and of my cup; *
you shall maintain my lot.
7 The boundaries have fallen for me in pleasant places; *
indeed, I have a goodly heritage.
8 I will thank the Lord for giving me counsel; *
my heart also chastens me in the night season.
9 I have set the Lord always before me; *
he is at my right hand; therefore I shall not fall.
10 Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices. *
My flesh also shall rest in hope.
11 For you shall not leave my soul in the grave, *
neither shall you allow your Holy One to see corruption.
12 You shall show me the path of life; in your presence is the fullness of joy, *
and at your right hand there is pleasure for evermore.
(from the New Coverdale Psalter as found in the 2019 Book of Common Prayer)