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Proper 27A / 24th Sunday after Pentecost


You can find a YouTube playlist here with many of the songs suggested below.


Gathering


You can gather with songs which anticipate Christ coming again, with options including classic hymns such as Christ is coming! let creation (CH 475), Rejoice! the Lord is King (CH 449 / MP 575) and Alleluia! Alleluia! Hearts to heaven and voices raise (CH 427) and worship songs such as Everlasting God / Strength will rise (CCLI), Waiting here for you (CCLI) and Come and worship Christ the King (Resound).


Word


People of the Lord (PFAS 78A / Scheer) is a fun setting of the psalm and the 7/8 time is much more natural to sing than you might imagine while The praises of the Lord our God (CH 50) would cover vv.4-7. You could also consider using Open your ears, O faithful people / God has spoken to his people (PFAS 78C / MP 182 / GSW 25) from the Hasidic tradition as a song of approach/illumination before and/or after readings as it links well to the text of the psalm. There are various different versions of both the text and music.


Response


There are a few songs which directly link to the Parable of the Ten Virgins from the Gospel, including Give me oil in my lamp (MP 167), Keep your lamps trimmed and burning (Hymnary) and Wake, awake! for night is flying (CH 278).


Songs about waiting for the coming of Christ would link to both the Gospel and the Epistle, including ‘Thy kingdom come!’ - on bended knee (CH 473), Waiting here for you (CCLI), View the present through the promise (CH 479) and the short Taizé refrains of Wait for the Lord (CH 276) and In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful (CH 772 / MP 865).


The Epistle also has a focus on us meeting those who have gone before us in faith when Christ comes again, and you could link to that with For all the saints, who from their labours rest (CH 740 / MP 148) or Glory to you, O God (CH 741) and particularly its conclusion “till saints in earth and heaven are one”.


As the Old Testament looks back to the story of Abraham you could use The God of Abraham praise (CH 162 / MP 645) while the renewed covenant could suggest songs of dedication such as Take my life, Lord, let it be (CH 502 / MP 624), I will offer up my life (CH 503 / MP 990 / CCLI) and All that I am (CH 505).


Sending


As we move towards the end of the church year it’s appropriate to sing songs about waiting for Jesus to come again and our hopes for that time. Come, thou long-expected Jesus (CH 472 / MP 102), Christ be our light (CH 543 / MP 1201), All hail King Jesus (CCLI) and King of kings (CCLI) are good options, while My hope is built on nothing less (MP 473 / Hymnary) is worth considering alongside its two great reworkings - the Kenyan song Kwake yesu nasimama (GSW 34 / GIA) and the popular worship song Cornerstone (MP 1334 / CCLI) - as they all finish in the final verse with us standing before Christ when he returns.


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