Readings for Trinity 17 (focus text in bold):
Proverbs 25:6-14 - Do not exalt yourself; speak wisely and not in haste.
Psalm 33:6-18 - "The Lord looketh down from heaven, and beholdeth all the children of men; from the habitation of his dwelling, he considereth all them that dwell on the earth. He fashioneth all the hearts of them, and understandeth all their works."
Ephesians 4:1-6 - "There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all."
Luke 14:1-11 - Jesus heals on the Sabbath and tells a parable showing that men should not exalt themselves, "Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the Sabbath day? ... For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted."
Sermon by the Rev. Adam Rick
Cover art: digital reconstruction of the Great Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Artemis or "Diana" was the "lady" and mother goddess of the Ephesians (Acts 19:28)