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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).

-Colin Kruse

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.

The Word:

(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)

Psalm 16

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)

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