Scripture Readings for Sunday, September 3, 2017 Jesus and Step 3

First Reading:
Psalm 126: 1-8
Establish justice for me, Lord, because I have walked with integrity. I’ve trusted the Lord without wavering. Examine me, Lord; put me to the test! Purify my mind and my heart. Because your faithful love is right in front of me I walk in your truth! I don’t spend time with people up to no good; I don’t keep company with liars. I detest the company of evildoers, and I don’t sit with wicked people. I wash my hands—they are innocent! I walk all around your altar, Lord, proclaiming out loud my thanks, declaring all your wonderful deeds! I love the beauty of your house, Lord; I love the place where your glory resides. 

Second Reading:
Matthew 16:21-27
From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he had to go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders, chief priests, and legal experts, and that he had to be killed and raised on the third day. Then Peter took hold of Jesus and, scolding him, began to correct him: “God forbid, Lord! This won’t happen to you.” But he turned to Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan. You are a stone that could make me stumble, for you are not thinking God’s thoughts but human thoughts.” Then Jesus said to his disciples, “All who want to come after me must say no to themselves, take up their cross, and follow me. All who want to save their lives will lose them. But all who lose their lives because of me will find them. Why would people gain the whole world but lose their lives? What will people give in exchange for their lives? For the Human One is about to come with the majesty of his Father with his angels. And then he will repay each one for what that person has done.

Message by Pastor Mary Dotson
Picture is from https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a8/Rembrandt_Harmensz._van_Rijn_012.jpg

Artist Rembrandt (1606–1669) Link back to Creator infobox template wikidata:Q5598 s:en:Author:Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn q:en:Rembrandt
Title St Peter’s denial wikidata:Q3874247
Description St Peters’denial. With his left hand the disciple Peter makes a gesture of denial in response of the accusations made by Caiaphas’ maidservant, who is standing next to him holding a candle. To the left two soldiers in armor are present, one of whom is sitting at a table. To the right a chained Christ looks over his shoulder while he is being taken away.
Date 1660
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Height: 154 cm (60.6 in). Width: 169 cm (66.5 in).
Current location Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Link back to Institution infobox template wikidata:Q190804
Accession number SK-A-3137
Place of creation Amsterdam
Object history by 24 March 1687: Marten Davidsz. van Ceulen, Amsterdam (?)by 1752: Marc-René de Voyer d’Argenson (1722-1782), Paris (as ‘Un grand tableau de Rembrant, représentant le reniement de S. Pierre’)1759 or 1760: purchased by Claude-Alexandre de Villeneuve, comte de Vence (1702-1760), Paris, from Marc-René de Voyer d’Argenson, Paris from 9 February 1761 until 17 February 1761: sale of the collection of Comte de Vence at P. Remy, Paris, lot no. 49, for FRF 500 (as ‘Rembrandt Van-Rhein. Un excellent Tableau représentant le Reniement de S. Pierre. Ce tableau est peint sur toile, de 4 pieds 8 pouces de haut, sur 5 pieds 2 pouces de large.’)by 1780: Sylvain-Raphaël de Baudouin, Paris (as ‘Deux grands tableaux faisant pendants. L’un représente le réniement de St. pierre; Cet Apôtre la Tète et le Corps couverts d’une grande Draperie de Laine blanche, Est deboust devant un foÿer. Sa main droite est appuïée sur sa poitrine, et de la gauche il semble se déffendre de la question que lui fait une Servante qui l’envisage avec attention a la clarté d’une lumière qu’elle tient entre ses doigts. Un Soldat armé de toutes pièces assis près du foÿer et dont le Casque et l’epée sont posés devant lui tient dans ses mains une grosse Cruche et cefse de boire pour écouter la réponce de l’apotre qu’il regarde attentivement. On apperçoit dèrierre lui un autre Soldat deboust appuÿé sur son Epée; il est aufsi armé de toutes pieces, et porte la même attention sur St. pierre. Ces quatre figures sont de grandeur de nature. Au haut du tableau on voit a droite sur un plan plus éloigné jesus avec deux Soldats, dont un lui tient les mains liées derrière le dos; Il est deboust devant trois juges Coëffés de turbans. L’effet étonnant de ce morceau qui ne reçoit la lumière que de la Chandelle qui est entre les doigts de la Servante,. L’espression, la couleur vigoureuse et la fierté de la touche, le mettent au rang des plus Capitaux de ce maître. Largeur 5. pieds 1. pouce, sur 4. pieds 8. pouces de haut’)1781: purchased by Melchior Grimm from Sylvain-Raphaël de Baudouin, Paris for Catherine II of Russia (1729-1796), Saint Petersburg from 1781 until 10 July 1933: Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg 10 July 1933: purchased by the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, from the Soviet Union.