Sunday 4 October 2015

27thSunday 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

Job 1: 1, 2: 1-10

A safe stronghold our God is still (StF 623)
Blessed be your name in the land that is plentiful (StF 41)
God of my faith, I offer you my doubt (StF 629)
O for a heart to praise my God (StF 507)
O God, beyond all thought (StF 138)

Psalm 26

Hymns echoing the psalmist's theme

Now I have found the ground wherein sure my soul's anchor may remain (StF 561)
You shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace (StF 487)

Hebrews 1: 1-4; 2:5-12

All hail the power of Jesu's name (StF 342)
At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow (StF 317)
Come, let us join our cheerful songs (StF 743)
Come, Lord, be our guest  (StF 580)
# Eternal God, your love’s tremendous glory (StF 3)
Jesus is the name we honour (StF 354)
Meekness and majesty, manhood and deity (StF 362)
# My eyes be open to your presence (StF 560)
# O thou who camest from above (StF 564)

Mark 10: 2-16

As we gather, Father, seal  us (StF 570)
* God is Love: let heaven adore him (StF 103)
God, how can we forgive? (StF 613)
God weeps at love withheld (StF 700)
Great God, your love has called us here (StF 499)
Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy (StF 526)
Pray for a world where every child finds welcome in a sheltered space (StF 527)
Says Jesus, ‘Come and gather round. I want to each my friends' (StF 510)
The day the universe was started (StF 540)
When love is found and hope comes home (StF 607)

Alternative related readings

The Revd Phillip Poyner writes: Mark 10: 2-16 will be regarded by some as pastorally insensitive and Genesis 2: 18-24 seems to compound the problem! One approach is to acknowledge our failings in personal relationships. Another is to reflect on the theme of ‘completeness’. Humanity can know a completeness in stewarding creation and in the marital bond but absolute completeness and perfection is found in Christ ( Hebrews 1: 1-4 ). See hymns marked #

Genesis 2: 18-24

All people that on earth do dwell  (StF 1)
Now thank we all our God (StF 81)
Sacred the body God has created (StF 618)
Thou God of truth and love (StF 620)

Psalm 8

Hymns echoing the psalmist's theme

# Morning has broken like the first morning (StF 136)
O Lord, our Lord, throughout the earth (StF 112)
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