9th 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.

Additional notes on the readings and choices of hymns are offered below by the Revd Phillip Poyner, this month’s compiler.

1 Kings 18: 20-21 (22-29), 30-39

All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
Author of faith, eternal Word (StF 457)
Be still and know that I am God (StF 19)
Be still, for the presence of the Lord (StF 20)
Everlasting God (StF 46)
Praise the Lord who reigns above (StF 85)
Through all the changing scenes of life (StF 638)

Psalm 96

Hymn echoing the psalmist’s theme

Let all the world in every corner sing (StF 57)
O sing to the Lord, O sing God a new song  (StF 42)
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness  (StF 34)
Sing praise to God who reigns above  (StF 117)

Galatians 1: 1-12

A safe stronghold our God is still (StF 623)
All for Jesus – all for Jesus (StF 341)
In Christ alone my hope is found (StF 351)
Majesty, worship his majesty (StF 333)
Speak, O Lord, as we come to You (StF 161)
We have a gospel to proclaim (StF 418)

Luke 7: 1-10

In Christ there is no east or west (StF 685)
Lord of life, we come to you (StF 651)
The love of God comes close where stands an open door (StF 654)
There's a wideness in God's mercy (StF 416)

Alternative related readings

1 Kings 8: 22-23, 41-43

Give thanks to the Lord, our God and King (StF 77)
Let us build a house where love can dwell (StF 409)
May the glory of the Lord fill his temple (StF 31)
Meet and right it is to sing (StF 32)

Psalm 96: 1-9

Hymn echoing the psalmist’s theme

As Psalm 96 above

There is a strong link between both 1 Kings readings, the Galatians reading and the Gospel  as Elijah, Solomon and the centurion put their trust in God, exhibiting great faith. Paul speaks of faith deserting the Galatians.  The centurion speaks of authority and so does Paul in Galatians. The centurion would be regarded as a ‘foreigner’ and Solomon speaks of the faith of a foreigner.  In one respect it is unfortunate that Elijah on Mount Carmel is linked with the healing of the Centurion’s servant as it is difficult to do justice to both in one service. But if you preached on one of the passages three years ago perhaps now is the time to preach on the other.