Readings for Trinity 8 (focus texts in bold):
Jeremiah 23:16-24 - the prophet rebukes the false shepherds
Psalm 82 - God stands among princes, he is a judge among gods
Romans 8:12-17 - for as many as are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God
Matthew 7:15-21 - Jesus warns about false teachers
Sermon by the Rev. Adam Rick
Cover art: “The Exhortation to the Apostles” by James J. Tissot, 1886-94, watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, Brooklyn Museum, New York City
Readings for Trinity 2 (focus text in bold):
Genesis 12:1-4 - God calls Abram out of Ur
Psalm 15 - Lord, who may dwell in your tabernacle, and rest on your holy hill?
1 John 3:13-24 - God is greater than our hearts, and he knows all things
Luke 14:16-24 - the parable of the great banquet
Cover art: “Parable of the Great Banquet,” the Brunswick Monogrammist, c. 1525, oil on panel, National Museum of Warsaw, Poland
Whitsunday, commonly called Pentecost (focus texts in bold):
Numbers 11:24-30 - Would God that all the Lord's people were prophets
Psalm 104:24-34 - When your Spirit goes forth, they are made
Acts 2:1-11 - the Spirit falls on the disciples at Pentecost
John 14:15-31a - Jesus promises to make his abode within the disciples
Cover art: Coptic icon of Pentecost, Sts. Peter and Paul Coptic Orthodox Church, Bixby, Oklahoma
Epiphany 3 (focus texts in bold):
Isaiah 25:6-9 - God will prepare a feast for the nations on Mt. Zion
Psalm 114 - Why did you flee, O see? Why did you skip like rams, O mountains?
Romans 12:16b-21 - Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good.
John 2:1-11 - turning water into wine at a wedding in Cana of Galilee
Cover art: “Wedding at Cana” by Jan van Helmont, 1665-1714, pen on paper, Museum Plantin-Moretus, Antwerp, Belgium
All Souls Requiem
Readings from the Burial of the Dead
Isaiah 38:10-20 - the prophet contemplates his own mortality
Psalm 143 - "Quicken me, O Lord, for thy Name's sake"
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 - do not grieve as those without hope
John 6:37-40 - Jesus will lose none of his own, and will raise them up on the last day
Cover art: “The Day of the Dead" by William Adolphe Bouguereau, 1859, oil on canvas, Musee de Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, France
All Saints' Day (transferred from November 1)
Readings (focus text in bold):
Isaiah 49:5-7 - "I will also make you a light to the Gentiles"
Psalm 87 - they are all born in Zion
Revelation 7:2-4 - a vision of the saints triumphant before the throne
Matthew 5:1-12 - the Beatitudes
Cover art: a traditional Eastern Orthodox icon of the Holy Church, depicting the church as an ark in which are the saints, with Christ at the helm
Trinity 21 readings (focus text in bold):
Genesis 32:24-30 - Jacob wrestles with God
Psalm 90:1-12 - the Song of Moses, the man of God
Ephesians 6:10-20 - the armor of God
John 4:46b-54 - Jesus heals a nobleman's son from a distance
Cover art: “Jacob Wrestling the Angel" by Gustav Dore, engraving 1897
Trinity 20 readings (focus texts in bold):
Proverbs 9:1-6 - Lady Wisdom invites all to a feast
Psalm 145:15-21 - the Lord opens his hands and fills all living things with plenty
Ephesians 5:15-21 - walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise
Matthew 22:1b-14 - parable of the wedding banquet (and a warning!)
Cover art: “Parable of the Great Supper” (detail) by Eugene Burnand, 1900, Winterhur Meseum of Art, Winterthur, Switzerland.
Trinity 19 readings (focus texts in bold):
Genesis 18:23-32 - Abraham intercedes for Sodom
Psalm 141 - Lord, I call upon thee; haste thee to help me
Ephesians 4:17-32 - walk not as Gentiles walk, but put off the old man
Matthew 9:1-8 - the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins
Cover art: "Abraham and the Three Angels," from an illuminated manuscript by the Master of James IV of Scotland, depicting in the bottom panel Abraham interceding for Sodom and Gomorrah; c. 1510-1520, tempera colors, gold, and ink on parchment, Getty Museum, Los Angeles.
Trinity 18 readings (focus texts in bold):
2 Samuel 7:1-17 - God's covenant with King David
Psalm 110 - The Lord said to my Lord, 'Sit at my right hand...'
1 Corinthians 1:4-8 - in everything, you are enriched by Jesus Christ
Matthew 22:34-46 - Jesus challenged, and then he offers a challenge of his own
Cover art: "King David in Prayer" by Pieter De Grebber, c. 1635-1640, oil on canvas, Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht, the Netherlands