12th Sunday After Pentecost

The core of the faith upon which we build our Christian community—Jesus as Christ and Son of God

Collect Proper 16

Grant, O merciful God, that your church, being gathered to gather in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all people,  to the glory of your name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.  Amen

Exodus 1:8-2:10 . . . The Egyptian Pharaoh begins his campaign of forced labor and genocide on the Hebrew slaves.

Psalm 124 . . .  “Blessed be God, no longer are we fodder for our foes.

Romans 12:1-8 . . . Paul’s teaching about God’s great plan of salvation invites a radical transformation of mind and body in conformity with God’s will.

Matthew 16:13-20 . . . Peter finally recognizes Jesus’ true identity: “the Messiah, Son of the living God.”

The Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, Senior Minister of the Riverside Church in New York City, preaches a sermon from Matthew 16:13-20 called, “The Real Question.” She asks, “Have you ever wondered: who is Jesus? That’s really the question we Christians are all trying to answer—to the world, to each other, to ourselves—isn’t it?” and then she says, “I used to know the answer . . . when I was 5.” Find out how much Amy has learned since then by pushing the play button.

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