Sunday 21 August, 2022


21st 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

Also note: Tuesday 23rd is designated by UNESCO as International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, highlighting an important theme as the trade’s impact is brought into ever-sharper focus and Church organisations consider how to make their own amends and reparations. See two new resources on StF+: Cry, “I can’t breathe!” with those pinned down to die - a powerful hymn by URC minister John Campbell; and Wesley, Wilberforce and the battle against slavery.


Here am I, Lord, I’ve come to do your will (StF 552)

Jeremiah 1: 4-10

Called by Christ to be disciples (StF 660)
Eternal God, we praise your love (StF 534)
I was on your mind long before you formed the earth (StF 468)
I will speak out for those who have no voices (StF 702)
Thuma mina (Send me, Lord) (StF 782)

Psalm 71: 1-6

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

A safe stronghold our God is still (StF 623)
Christ be in my understanding (website only – note Ideas for Use)
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation! (StF 88)
Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy (StF 526)
O God, our help in ages past (StF 132)

Hebrews 12: 18-29

Father of everlasting grace (StF 378)
Fight the good fight with all your might (StF 634)
Glorious things of thee are spoken (StF 748)
O for a heart to praise my God (StF 507)
When our confidence is shaken in beliefs we thought secure (StF 644)

Luke 13: 10-17

Community of Christ, who make the Cross your own (StF 681) esp v4
Heal us, Immanuel! Hear our prayer (StF 650)
I danced in the morning when the world was begun (StF 247)
O Christ, the Healer, we have come to pray for health, to plead for friends (StF 653)
This is the day, this is the day that the Lord has made (StF 152)
We cannot measure how you heal or answer every sufferer’s prayer (StF 655)

Alternative related readings

Isaiah 58: 9b-14

Beauty for brokenness (StF 693)
Be the light in my darkness (website only)
Darkness like a shroud covers the earth (StF 170)
Light out of darkness (website only)
Show me how to stand for justice (StF 713)
This is the day of rest (StF 150)

Psalm 103: 1-8

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven (StF 83)
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the king of creation (StF 88)

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