Ninth Sunday After Pentecost

Collect: Proper 13

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, forever and ever. Amen

Genesis 32:22-31 . . .  Jacob, on the night before his confrontation with his brother Esau, wrestles all night with a man he comes to recognize as God.

Psalm 17: 1-7, 15 . . .  A plea for justice and protection by one who followed God’s ways.

Romans 9:1-5 . . . Paul expresses his anguish and sorrow that so many of the children of Israel, the people especially favored by God, have not found the Lord’s promise.

Matthew 14: 13-21 . . . the story of Jesus feeding over 5,000 people.

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