Invitatory Psalm 95
O come, let us sing to the Lord:
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
We come into your presence with thanksgiving;
we make a joyful noise to you with songs of praise.
You, Lord, are a great God,
In your hands are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are yours also.
The sea is yours, for you have made it,
and the dry land, which your hands have formed.
O come, let us worship and bow down,
let us we kneel before our Maker!
For you are our God,
and we are the people of your pasture,
and the sheep of your hand.
Daily Lectionary Reading, Matthew 16:13-20
13 Now when Jesus came to the area of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “ Who do people say the Human One is? ” 14 They replied, “ Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the other prophets. ” 15 He said, “ And what about you? Who do you say that I am? ” 16 Simon Peter said, “ You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. ” 17 Then Jesus replied, “ Happy are you, Simon son of Jonah, because no human has shown this to you. Rather my Father who is in heaven has shown you. 18 I tell you that you are Peter. And I’ll build my church on this rock. The gates of the underworld won’t be able to stand against it. 19 I’ll give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Anything you fasten on earth will be fastened in heaven. Anything you loosen on earth will be loosened in heaven. ” 20 Then he ordered the disciples not to tell anybody that he was the Christ. [Common English Bible]
O Lord, we pause today to consider the gifts you have entrusted to us. We are part of your church built on a rock. Remind us of how grateful we should be to all those who came before us who continued in the tradition of that rock, Peter. They built and maintained the church that still sustains us. Remind us that we, too, have a role in church-building and church-maintenance. Keep us mindful of the work that your church is called to do in the world and our part of that work. Amen.
Midday Psalm 119:1-8
Psalms 6, 7, 8