26th 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

Our suggestions editor this month is Richard Lockley, a member of the Iona Community. A former resident musician on Iona, and with a close involvement with the community's Wild Goose Resource Group, Richard has included a number of options from Wild Goose publications. These include items from their most recent volume, This is God's World: "with themes from mission to mourning and the sacraments to the environment, enabling us to sing urgently and authentically in expression of perennial concerns and pressing issues of today". 

Esther 7: 1-6, 9-10; 9: 20-22

Angel voices ever singing (StF 39)
Faithful One, so unchanging (StF 628)
Lord you can turn all mourning into dancing – chant (There is One Among Us, Wild Goose Publications)
O God of Bethel, by whose hand thy people still are fed (StF 475)
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases (StF 66)
There is a line of women (Iona Abbey Music Book)

Psalm 124

Hymns echoing the psalmist's theme

Now let God’s people (Church Hymnary 4)
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven (StF 83)
Through all the changing scenes of life (StF 638)
When all your mercies, O my God, my rising soul surveys (StF 97)

James 5: 13-20

Come bring your burdens to God – chant (We Walk His Way, Wild Goose Publications)
Father, hear the prayer we offer (StF 518)
Here as we kneel, here as we pray (StF 521)
What a friend we have in Jesus (StF 531)

Mark 9: 38-50

God weeps at love withheld (StF 700)
In Christ there is no east or west (StF 685)
There's a wideness in God's mercy (StF 416)
Thou God of truth and love (StF 620)

Alternative related readings

Numbers 11: 4-6, 10-16, 24-29

Come down, O love divine (StF 372)
God has spoken - by his prophets (StF 157)
How sweet the name of Jesus sounds (StF 322)
Where can we find you, Lord Jesus our Master? (StF 672)

Psalm 19: 7 - 14

Hymns echoing the psalmist's theme

All heaven declares (StF 293)
Powerful in making us wise to salvation (StF 160)
Sing for God's glory that colours the dawn of creation (StF 116)
Your words to me are life and health (StF 164)