Tuesday, January 17, 2023

490. Proper 20 (Series C)

The lessons for this Sunday (Sept. 18-24) are Amos 8:4-7, 1 Timothy 2:1-15 and Luke 16:1-15. I previously wrote a hymn on this Gospel, the parable of the unrighteous steward. The tune is COMPLAINER, again from William Walker's Southern Harmony (1835), which LBW paired with "Jerusalem the golden." The arrangement is mine, so if you find voice leading errors in it, please correct me gently.

Let us make intercessions
For all men and give thanks,
For those in high professions,
Called to the foremost ranks:
That we may live protected
With dignity and peace,
To God and man subjected,
And virtue may increase.

For where mankind's behavior
From evil is deterred,
The name of Christ our Savior
Is also widely heard;
And God would that all nations
The saving truth believed,
Built on the firm foundation
The cross of Christ achieved.

Here is justification:
That Jesus, in due time,
For sin made expiation
And suffered for all crime;
That now, to heav'n ascended,
He speaks before the Throne,
Where we are so defended,
God claims us as His own.

Great is God's lovingkindness:
He wills us to receive
The word that pierces blindness,
Moves dead hearts to believe;
To grasp the freely given,
The dearly bought and paid.
All this we owe to heaven,
And there our hope is stayed.

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