Sunday 9 July, 2017

14th 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.

Genesis 24: 34-38, 42-49, 58-67

Be still and know that I am God (StF 18)
Best of all is God is with us (StF 610)
* My eyes be open to your presence (StF 560)
Sent by the Lord am I (StF 239)
The God of Abraham praise (StF 91)
* When love is found and hope comes home (StF 607)

Psalm 45: 10-17
or Canticle: Song of Solomon 2: 8-13

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Behold the servant of the Lord! (StF 546)
Here am I, Lord (StF 552)
* My eyes be open to your presence (StF 560)
* When love is found and hope comes home (StF 607)

Romans 7: 15-25a

* Christ be in my understanding (website only)
God of forgiveness, your people you freed (StF 425)
Help us, O Lord to learn the truths your word imparts (StF 501)
In bread we bring you, Lord, our bodies' labour (StF 589) (communion)
Listening God, you hear us when we cannot speak (StF 524)
Lord, we turn to you for mercy (StF 429)
Love divine, all loves excelling (StF 503)
Speak, O Lord, as we come to you (StF 161)
We come to you with no pretence (StF 435)
YAHWEH (I cannot speak your name, O Lord) (website only)

Matthew 11: 16-19, 25-30

* Christ be in my understanding (website only)
Come, let us sing of a wonderful love (StF 443)
Lord, I come to you (StF 471)
My soul rejoices in God my Saviour (StF 60)
Praise the Lord who reigns above and keeps his courts below (StF 85)
The God who sings a new world into being shows the way (StF 714)
We cannot bear the full light of your glory (website only)
What a friend we have in Jesus (StF 531)

Alternative related readings:

Zechariah 9: 9-12

Blest are the pure in heart (StF 244)
I’ll praise my Maker while I’ve breath (StF 79)
Jesus shall reign where’er the sun (StF 328)
What kind of love is this (StF 286)

Psalm 145: 8-14

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Empty, broken, here I stand (StF 421)
Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father (StF 51)

With reference to the related readings, this week's compiler, the Revd Phillip Poyner, notes:

The hymns above pick up the theme of ‘unexpected turnouts’. The King arrives in an unexpected manner; God treats us far better than we deserve; our behaviour is the very thing we hate; Jesus does not do the expected thing. The Revd Dr Henry McKeating ( Companion to the Revised Lectionary vol.6 (2001: Epworth) p129ff) suggests a different approach: 1 .Jesus is both comforting and challenging, and 2. next week’s lectionary readings provide the answers to the issues raised in the passages above.
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