Sunday 24 September, 2023

25th 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.

Peace Sunday is usually marked on the Sunday before or after the United Nations International Day of Peace (21 September). The World Council of Churches calls on churches to make this a day of prayer for peace, and to include prayers for peace in their services on the Sunday before or following. Resources are available at Also see JPIT’s materials around Peacemaking

Remembering the death of Alan Gaunt, earlier this year, Peace Sunday would be a good day to revisit his classic hymn: We pray for peace (StF 719), with its concluding note of certainty: 

God, give us peace…
With you to lead us on,
through death or tumult, peace will come. 


Christ be in my understanding (website only)
Christ be my leader by night as by day (StF 492)
*May the Sending One sing in you (StF 472)
Sing for God’s glory that colours the dawn of creation (StF 116)
To be in your presence (StF 530)

Exodus 16: 2-15

All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
Author of faith, eternal Word (StF 457)
How long, O Lord, will you forget an answer to my prayer? (StF 630)
Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour (StF 593)
O God of Bethel (StF 475)

Psalm 105: 1-6, 37-45

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Always remember, never forget (StF 70)
Captain of Israel's host, and Guide (StF 459)
I’ll praise my Maker while I've breath (StF 79)
The God of Abraham praise (StF 91)
Though the fruit tree doesn’t blossom (StF 93)

Philippians 1: 21-30

Being of beings, God of love (StF 490)
Come with me, come wander (StF 462)
In Christ alone my hope is found (StF 351)
*May the Sending One sing in you (StF 472)
When I survey the wondrous cross (StF 287)
When my love for Christ grows weak (StF 289)
You are the centre, you are my life (StF 567)

Matthew 20: 1-16

Covenant of Grace (website only)
Father, hear the prayer we offer (StF 518)
Jesus, Lord, we look to thee (StF 686)
Only by grace can we enter (StF 565)

Alternative related readings:

Jonah 3: 10-4: 11

Giving it all to you (StF 551)
God who sets us on a journey (website only)
He’s got the whole world in his hands (StF 536)
Listening God, you hear us when we cannot speak (StF 524)
Lord of creation, to you be all praise! (StF 449)
Take my life, and let it be (StF 566)
There's a wideness in God's mercy (StF 416)

Psalm 145: 1-8

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

O for a thousand tongues to sing (StF 364)
Sing of the Lord’s goodness, Father of all wisdom (StF 65)
When all your mercies, O my God (StF 97)

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