Sunday 3 September, 2023


22nd 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.

nature-butterflyToday is the first Sunday of Creation Time, which runs from 1 September to the feast of St Francis on 4 October – and so spans the “harvest season” for many in Britain. A world of resources can be accessed via our Creation Time page, including a list of Creation Time hymns. In addition, the Joint Public Issues Team website is home to a Season of Creation Guide ("Let peace and justice flow") and Eco-Congregation Scotland's resources for 2023.


Adonai (website only)
Be the light in my darkness (website only)
Before the world began, one Word was there (StF 101)
Even as the world began (StF 71)
For the music of creation (StF 74) 

Exodus 3: 1-15

Be still for the presence of the lord (StF 20)
Deep in the shadows of the past (StF 463)
For Moses’ fiery vision (website only)
God eternal, timeless moment (website only)
Lord, you sometimes speak in wonders (StF 158)
Moses, I know you're the man (StF 473)
O Watcher in the wilderness (StF 667)
Praise to the Living God! (StF 87)

Psalm 105: 1-6, 23-26, 45c

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Be still and know that I am God (StF 18)
Give thanks to the Lord, our God and King (StF 77)
Great is thy faithfulness (StF 51)

Romans 12: 9-21

All praise to our redeeming Lord, who joins us by his grace (StF 608)
As we gather in your presence now (StF 609)
*From heaven you came, helpless babe (StF 272)
Let love be real, in giving and receiving (StF 615)
May the mind of Christ my Saviour (StF 504)
May this place be one of nurture (website only)
Would you walk by on the other side (StF 257)

Matthew 16: 21-28

Father, hear the prayer we offer (StF 518)
*From heaven you came, helpless babe (StF 272)
Jesus Christ, I think upon your sacrifice (StF 274)
Jesus Christ – Perfect Love (StF 325)
Listen my people, here is my challenge (website only)
Lord, we have come at your own invitation (StF 595)
O precious sight, my Saviour stands (StF 279)
Show me the way of the cross once again (StF 452)
Would I have answered when you called, 'Come follow, follow me!'? (StF 674)

Alternative related readings:

Jeremiah 15: 15-21

A safe stronghold our God is still (StF 623)
Deep in the darkness a starlight is gleaming (StF 625)
From the breaking of the dawn (StF 156)
God who knows our darkest moments (website only)
How long, O Lord, will you forget an answer to my prayer? (StF 630)
Like Thomas (Life is hard at times) (website only)
I've had questions without answers (StF 632)
When we are tested and wrestle alone (StF 240)

Psalm 26: 1-8

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

I will offer up my life (StF 446)
Safe in the shadow of the Lord (StF 509)
You give rest to the weary (StF 657)

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