Sunday 15 October, 2023


28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings are laid out as for the continuous form of the lectionary. Alternative related readings (OT and psalm only) are below. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading.

becoming-a-justice-seeking-church-lmc-cover-croppedSeeking justice: 15 October to 19 November

Complementing the Methodist Conference Report A Justice-seeking Church and the new resources following from that, the Revd Wendy Walker (Tamworth and Lichfield Methodist Circuit) has produced a six-week series of sermon and worship starter-guides. They link to the lectionary readings for the six Sundays 15 October to 19 November, 2023. For each Sunday, there is a possible approach to a sermon/reflection, a quote from the Conference report, and suggested hymns.


Eternal God, your love’s tremendous glory (StF 3)
For all he came, for all he lived (website only)
Listen for God (website only)
Lord, we turn to you for mercy (StF 429)

Exodus 32: 1-14

A charge to keep I have (StF 658)
*God of forgiveness, your people you freed (StF 425)
Jesus calls us!  O'er the tumult (StF 250)
Lord, we turn to you for mercy (StF 429)
O, the love of my Lord is the essence of all that I love (StF 431)
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven (StF 83)
Who can sound the depths of sorrow (StF 723)
Your ceaseless, unexhausted love (StF 438)

Psalm 106: 1-6, 19-23

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Father, we have sinned (StF 422)
Give thanks to the Lord, our God and King (StF 77)
*God of forgiveness, your people you freed (StF 425)
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases (StF 66)

Philippians 4: 1-9

As your family, Lord, see us here (Kum by yah) (StF 571)
Christ from whom all blessings flow (StF 676) communion hymn
Come and let us sweetly join (StF 646)
Come, you thankful people come (StF 123)
Dear Lord and Father of mankind forgive our foolish ways (StF 495)

For the beauty of the earth (StF 102)
In the Lord I'll be ever thankful (StF 776)
Now thank we all our God (StF 81)
What a friend we have in Jesus (StF 531)

Matthew 22: 1-14

Bread is blessed and broken (StF 576) communion hymn
Come, sinners to the gospel feast (StF 401)
Day of judgment! Day of wonder! (StF 732)
Go to the world! Go to all the earth (StF 402)
I the Lord of sea and sky (StF 663)
Let us build a house where love can dwell (StF 409)
The Church of Christ, in every age (StF 415)
The kingdom of God is justice and joy (StF 255)
There is a new heaven; there is a new earth (StF 738)
Up to your table, Lord, you call us (StF 599) communion hymn
Where can we find you, Lord Jesus our Master? (StF 672)
Your hand, O God, has guided your flock, from age to age (StF 692) (esp. v.2)

Alternative related readings:

Isaiah 25: 1-9

A safe stronghold our God is still (StF 632)
Guide me, O thou great Jehovah (StF 465)
I’ll praise my Maker while I’ve breath (StF 79)
Joy to the World, the Lord is come! (StF 330)
O God, our help in ages past (StF 132)
Sing for God’s glory that colours the dawn of creation (StF 116)
The trumpets sound, the angels sing (StF 35)

Psalm 23

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (StF 626)
The King of Love my shepherd is (StF 479)
The Lord's my Shepherd, I'll not want (StF 480)
The Lord's my Shepherd, I'll not want (StF 481)
When circumstances make my life too hard to understand (StF 641)

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