Although it feels like there ought to be a new church season with the change of summer to fall, back to school celebrations and all we are still in Ordinary Time.? As the heat of summer eases and we move onward towards Advent, we are also building towards the celebrations of the saints, both the ordinary ones like us and those extraordinary ones who where given to the church as examples and teachers.
For about a year now I have been getting a daily email with a short biography of a saint remembered on that day, and I find that although they were very different in their backgrounds and their service, that all shared the Christ-like qualities of love and humility, towards both God and their fellow man. How can we emulate them?
Here is the Lectionary Bookmark Proper 18 (442 downloads) for this week. Note that we start the Gospel of Matthew on Wednesday.
Proper 18: Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
(closest to September 7)
Psalm 63:1-8(9-11), 98 * Psalm 103
1 Kings 12:21-33 Acts 4:18-31
Psalm 41, 52 * Psalm 44
1 Kings 13:1-10 Philippians 1:1-11
Psalm 45 * Psalm 47, 48
1 Kings 16:23-34 Philippians 1:12-30
Psalm 119:49-72 * Psalm 49, 
1 Kings 17:1-24 Philippians 2:1-11
Psalm 50 * Psalm [59, 60] or 93, 96
1 Kings 18:1-19 Philippians 2:12-30
Psalm 40, 54 * Psalm 51
1 Kings 18:20-40 Philippians 3:1-16
Psalm 55 * Psalm 138, 139:1-17(18-23)
1 Kings 18:41-19:8 Philippians 3:17-4:7
Collect for Proper 18
Grant us, O Lord, we pray thee, to trust in you
with all our heart; for, as thou dost alway resist
the proud who confide in their own strength, so
thou dost not forsake those who make their
boast of thy mercy; through Jesus Christ our
Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the
Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.