Sunday 23 August, 2020


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.

Exodus 1: 8-2: 10

Deep in the shadows of the past  (StF 463)
Eternal source of humankind (website only)
Give voice to the prophets who speak the hard word (website only)
He’s got the whole world in his hands (StF 536)
In the darkness of the still night (StF 109)
Sing for God's glory that colours the dawn of creation (StF 116)
*When circumstances make my life (StF 641)
You showed us mercy when we were in darkness  (StF 488)

Psalm  124: 1-8

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

*Faithful One, so unchanging (StF 628)
Through all the changing scenes of life (StF 638)
*When circumstances make my life (StF 641)

Romans 12: 1-8

Beyond these walls of worship (StF 547)
Community of Christ, who make the Cross your own (StF 681)
God who sets us on a journey (website only)
Gracious God, you call your people (website only)
Here am I, Lord (StF 552)
*Listen, my people, here is my challenge (website only)
One is the body and one is the Head (StF 688)
Summoned by the God who made us rich in our diversity (StF 689)
What shall our greeting be: sign or our unity? (StF 691)

Matthew 16: 13-20

At the name of Jesus (StF 317)
Christ triumphant, ever reigning (StF 319)
Great is our redeeming Lord (StF 683)
Jesus shall take the highest honour (StF 356)
Joy to the world, the Lord is come! (StF 330)
King of kings, Majesty (StF 331)
The Church’s one foundation (StF 690)
The Saviour, when to heaven he rose (StF 669)
Alternative related readings:

Isaiah 51: 1-6

*Faithful One, so unchanging (StF 628)
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty (StF 10)
*Listen, my people, here is my challenge (website only)
Lord, we have come at your own invitation (StF 595)
Our God is a great big God (StF 61)
Praise is rising, eyes are turning to you (StF 64)
The prophets' voice comes down the years (StF 162)
Though the fruit tree doesn’t blossom (StF 93)

Psalm 138

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (StF 626)
My Jesus, my Saviour (StF 363)
We praise you, O God; acclaim you as Lord (StF 95)
When I was lost, you came and rescued me (StF 367)

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