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MY FAITH LOOKS UP TO THEE

September 21


MY FAITH LOOKS UP TO THEE
Ray Palmer, 1808–1887
In whom we have boldness and confidence of access through our faith in Him. (Ephesians 3:12 RSV)
“My Faith Looks Up to Thee” was written in 1832 by Ray Palmer, a 22-year-old school teacher. Several months after his graduation from Yale University and while still living with the family of the lady who directed the girls’ school where he taught, Palmer wrote the text for this hymn. He had experienced a very discouraging year in which he battled illness and loneliness.
The words for these stanzas were born out of my own soul with very little effort. I recall that I wrote the verses with tender emotion. There was not the slightest thought of writing for another eye, least of all writing a hymn for Christian worship. It is well-remembered that when writing the last line, “Oh, bear me safe above, a ransomed soul!” the thought of the whole work of redemption and salvation was involved in those words, and suggested the theme of …

Catholic Lectionary

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 | FEAST
SAINT MATHEW, APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST
YEARS 1 & 2

First Reading Ephesians 4:1–7, 11–13
Response Psalm 19:5
Psalm Psalm 19:2–5
Gospel Acclamation Text
Gospel Matthew 9:9–13


Catholic Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

The Episcopal Church, Book of Common Prayer Lectionary

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 | HOLY DAY
ST. MATTHEW
YEARS 1 & 2


MORNING PRAYER

Psalms Psalm 119:41–64
Old Testament Isaiah 8:11–20
New Testament Romans 10:1–15


The Episcopal Church, Book of Common Prayer Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2010).

Lutheran Service Book Historic (One Year) Lectionary

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 | FEAST
ST. MATTHEW, APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST

Old Testament Ezekiel 2:8–3:11
Psalm Psalm 119:33–40
Epistle Ephesians 4:7–16
Gospel Matthew 9:9–13


Lutheran Service Book Historic (One Year) Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 | FEAST
ST. MATTHEW, APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST
YEARS ABC

Old Testament Ezekiel 2:8–3:11
Psalm Psalm 119:33–40
Epistle Ephesians 4:7–16
Gospel Matthew 9:9–13



Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).