Scripture Readings for Sunday, August 13, 2017 Take Courage. It is Me. Do Not Be Afraid

First Reading:
Psalm 105: 1-5
O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples. Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wonderful works. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually. Remember the wonderful works he has done.

Second Reading:
Matthew 14:22-33
Right then, Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead to the other side of the lake while he dismissed the crowds. When he sent them away, he went up onto a mountain by himself to pray. Evening came and he was alone. Meanwhile, the boat, fighting a strong head-wind, was being battered by the waves and was already far away from land. Very early in the morning he came to his disciples, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified and said, “It’s a ghost!” They were so frightened they screamed. Just then Jesus spoke to them, “Be encouraged! It’s me. Don’t be afraid.” Peter replied, “Lord, if it’s you, order me to come to you on the water.” And Jesus said, “Come.” Then Peter got out of the boat and was walking on the water toward Jesus. But when Peter saw the strong wind, he became frightened. As he began to sink, he shouted, “Lord, rescue me!” Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him, saying, “You man of weak faith! Why did you begin to have doubts?” When they got into the boat, the wind settled down. Then those in the boat worshipped Jesus and said, “You must be God’s Son!”

Message By Pastor Mary Dotson

Picture is from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Am%C3%A9d%C3%A9e_Varint_-_Christ_marchant_sur_la_mer.jpg

Author Amédée Varin (1818–1883) Link back to Creator infobox template wikidata:Q2844713
After Charles-François Jalabert
Description French: Le Christ marchant sur la mer
Date 19th century
Medium painting
Dimensions 43 × 89,4 cm
Source/Photographer http://www.culture.gouv.fr/GOUPIL/IMAGES/101_Christ_sur_eau.jpg (Gravures et eaux fortes)
Other versions painting by Charles Jalabert is currently not available at Wikimedia Commons.