Pentecost 12 Preview

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In Isaiah the people are advised to look to their spiritual ancestors as the rock from which they were hewn. Jesus declares that the church will be built on the rock of Peter’s bold confession of faith. God’s word of reconciliation and God’s mercy are keys to the church’s mission. Paul urges us to not be conformed to this world but to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, using our individual gifts to build up the body of Christ. From the table we go forth to offer our spiritual worship through word and deed.


Isaiah 51:1-6
The enduring foundation of God’s salvation

Psalm 138
O Lord, your steadfast love endures forever.

Romans 12:1-8
One body in Christ, with gifts that differ

Matthew 16:13-20
The profession of Peter’s faith

Worship Themes and Music

Jesus asks his disciples who they say he is and Peter’s declaration of faith blows us all away. Peter, famous for his betrayal during the passion story, gets it absolutely correct when he says Jesus is “the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” The reading from Isaiah reminds us to look to the “rocks from which we are hewn” and we pray our faith would be as rock solid as Peter shows his to be in our reading this week.

While Jesus calls Peter the rock on which the church will be built, we sing “Built on a rock the church shall stand, even when steeples are falling.” In the third verse of this same hymn we sing, “Christ builds a house of living stones: we are his own habitation.” The only reason we can become the rocks upon which the church is built is by Jesus’s death on the cross and resurrection to new life.

Why does Jesus ask the disciples not to say anything about Peter’s declaration of faith?
Who are the rocks of faith in your life? How do you try to emulate them?

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Dr. Adam Lefever Hughes

Director of Music

Adam served as Director of Music at St. Peter’s from 2015 to 2022.

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