You may wish to prepare for worship on January 19, 2020, the Confession of St. Peter, by reading and reflecting on the scripture in advance.

 

PSALM 23

The Lord is my shepherd;
    I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures
    and leads me beside still waters.
He revives my soul
    and guides me along right pathways for his name’s sake.
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I shall fear no evil;
    for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me;
    you have anointed my head with oil,
    and my cup is running over.
Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
    and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

 

ACTS 4:8-13

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of the people and elders, if we are questioned today because of a good deed done to someone who was sick and are asked how this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead. This Jesus is 'the stone that was rejected by you, the builders; it has become the cornerstone.' There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved." Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized them as companions of Jesus.

 

MATTHEW 16:13-20

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah,* the Son of the living God.’ And Jesus answered him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter,* and on this rock* I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.’