Sunday 27 August, 2017

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)
In the darkness of the still night (StF 109)
Sing for God's glory that colours the dawn of creation (StF 116)
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)

Romans 12: 1-8

Beyond these walls of worship (StF 547)
Community of Christ, who make the Cross your own (StF 681)
Giving it all to you (StF 551)
Here am I, Lord (StF 552)
Holy Spirit, gift bestower (StF 383)
One is the body and one is the Head (StF 688)
Spirit of the living God (StF 395)
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

Glorious things of thee are spoken (StF 748)
* 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)
Lord, your Church on earth is seeking (StF 410)
Majesty, worship his majesty (StF 333)
See how great a flame aspires (StF 412)
The Church’s one foundation  (StF 690)
The Saviour, when to heaven he rose (StF 669)
What shall we offer our good Lord (StF 671)

Alternative related readings:

Isaiah 51: 1-6

* Faithful One, so unchanging (StF 628)
Give thanks to the Lord, our God and King (Forever God is faithful) (StF 77)
* Great is our redeeming Lord (StF 683)
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty (StF 10) (Fellingham ver.)
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)

The Revd Phillip Poyner notes:

The rocky cliff at Caesarea Philippi is one of the principal sources of the River Jordan, with water gushing at 20 cubic metres per second (Murphy O’Connor). Does this not suggest something important about the church built by Jesus? This church provides from its foundation rock a reliable and abundant follow of life-giving water to refresh and nourish all who draw from it – see StF 748. (It also invites a reappraisal of Peter as a tough, unbending leader?)
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