23rd 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". 

Proverbs 22: 1-2, 8-9, 22-23

God of justice, Saviour to all (StF 699)
Heaven shall not wait for the poor to lose their patience (StF 701)
In the age of twisted values (StF 703)
Show me how to stand for justice (StF 713)
The Lord of the earth is a holy God (This is God’s World, Wild Goose Publications)
This is God’s world given on loan (This is God’s World, Wild Goose Publications)

Psalm 125

Hymns echoing the psalmist's theme

God is Love: let heaven adore him (StF 103)
O love that wilt not let me go (StF 636)
Within the circle of your friends (This is God’s World, Wild Goose Publications)

James 2: 1-10 (11-13) 14-17

Don’t tell me of a faith that fears (Love and Anger, Wild Goose Publications)
Father, we have sinned in word, and deed, and thought (StF 422)
For the healing of the nations (StF 696)
‘I have a dream’ a man once said (website only)
Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love (StF 249)
Make us your prophets, Lord (StF 665)
My eyes be open to your presence (StF 560)
The Church of Christ, in every age (StF 415)
The love of God comes close where stands an open door (StF 654)
When I needed a neighbour, were you there? (StF 256)

Mark 7: 24-37

Christ’s is the world in which we move (Love from Below, Wild Goose Publications)
Come, sinners, to the gospel feast (StF 401)
God to enfold you (StF 648) chant
Jesus Christ is waiting (StF 251)
Lord of life, we come to you (StF 651) chant
O Christ, the Healer, we have come to pray for health (StF 653)
The kingdom of God is justice and joy (StF 255)
We cannot measure how you heal (StF 655)

Alternative related readings

Isaiah 35:  4-7a

Darkness like a shroud (StF 170)
Don’t be afraid, my love is stronger - chant (Come all you people, Wild Goose Publications)
Hail to the Lord’s anointed (StF 228)
We come to you with no pretence (StF 435)
When all your mercies, O my God (StF 97)

Psalm 146

Hymns echoing the psalmist's theme

God who made the stars of heaven (StF 7)
I’ll praise my Maker while I’ve breath (StF 79)
My soul cries out with a joyful shout (This is God’s World, Wild Goose Publications)
Shout for joy! The Lord has let us feast (StF 598)
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord! (StF 186)