Sunday 16 July, 2017

15th 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.

Genesis 25: 19-34

Covenant of Grace (website only)
* Deep in the shadows of the past (StF 463)
Let love be real, in giving and receiving (StF 615)
Lord, you sometimes speak in wonders (StF 158)
Only by grace can we enter (StF 565)

Psalm 119: 105-112

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

* Deep in the shadows of the past (StF 463)
Master, speak! Thy servant heareth (StF 666)
Our words to me are life and health (StF 164)
Teach me, my God and King (StF 668)

Romans 8: 1-11

Breathe on me, Spirit of Jesus (StF 371)
God, whose love is all around us (StF 585) communion hymn
Holy Spirit, fall on me (website only)
Into a world of dark, waste and disordered space (StF 387)
Jesus Christ – Perfect Love (StF 325)
My God! I know, I feel thee mine (StF 390)
* Open, Lord, my inward ear (StF 450)
The Spirit lives to set us free (StF 397)
Where shall my wondering soul begin (StF 454)

Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23

Come, you thankful people, come (StF 123)
Food to pilgrims given (StF 584)
* Open, Lord, my inward ear (StF 450)
See how great an flame aspires (StF 412)
What shall we offer our good Lord..? (StF 671)

If the whole of the Romans passage is the preferred emphasis, the following hymns may be useful.

And can it be that I should gain (StF 345)
Come down, O Love divine (StF 372)
From the breaking of the dawn to the setting of the sun (StF 156)
I’m accepted, I’m forgiven (StF 427)
I am a new creation (StF 553)
O for a heart to praise my God (StF 507)

Alternative related readings:

Isaiah 55: 10-13

Before the world began, one Word was there (StF 101)
God, whose almighty word chaos and darkness heard (StF 106)
Sing of the Lord’s goodness (StF 65)

Psalm 65: (1-8) , 9-13

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

All creatures of our God and King (StF 99)
Shout for joy! The Lord has let us feast (StF 598)

With reference to the related readings, the Revd Phillip Poyner, notes:

“This week’s selection of hymns is determined by the Gospel theme of the sowing of new life, and Romans 8: 11 . Alternative hymns are also listed if you choose to use all of the passage from Romans.”
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