A first ever - a guest post from my friend Noodle Thrower. She often throws noodles my way in the form of suggestions (once she threw them in my kitchen!!). This time I asked her to write a guest post. Thanks Noodle Thrower!! For more Social Justice Sunday Worship Resources, see the National Council of Churches Website.
Luke 16:19-31, Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16
TiS 179 / NCH273 / VU312 / StJ / GA379 / URW073 Praise with joy the world's Creator (Bell) Fantastic hymn from John Bell the second line of the first verse 'God of justice love and peace' introduces the social justice theme perfectly. Good for an Opening Hymn. Lyrics (scroll down or search).
TiS 48 / AoV1-153 / ATOK 411 / UMH143 / VU808 / WoV779 / ELW787 / GA452 / HPP385 / G(II)433 / GC611 / GC(II)593 / CP531 / W&R438 / Cha077 You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord Lovely setting of Psalm 91 very singable for a congregation although it does start on C. Lyrics and a very quirky sound sample.
TiS 49 / Iona (Common Ground) / URW286 Whoever lives besides the Lord Lyrics (downloads a pdf).
Iona (One is the body) Come and Let us Worship God Good funky song with strong bass part for choirs or congregations that can do four part harmony before/after reading
Iona (We walk his way) / CH780 Listen to the word which God has spoken (Canadian) Beautiful eerie prayer of illumation before the bible readings or in response to them. Good to get a congregation to know over a number of weeks
Hope is our song (NZ Hymnbook Trust) Leftover People in Leftover Places (Murray / Gibson) "scavenging crumbs from society's plenty"
AA 130 Teach Us O Loving Heart of Christ Another strong set of words and music from Shirley Murray and Jillian Bray good for prayers of confession choir
ATFG540 / NCH499 / CH726 / UMH356 / VU581 / R205 / ELW639 / HPP342 / PH400 / G(II)474 / GC666 / GC(II)650 / W&R415 / Cha536 / URW174 / URW175 / URW176 In all our living / When We Are Living / Pues Si Vivimos (Mexican traditional) ATFG translates "We are in the Lord" to "We belong to God". Whatever situation we are in we belong to God.
ATFG563 How long? (Mann). Picks up the justice theme - 'how long must we cry out till justice rolls down like a river?' - as well as the call to action
AoV2-003 / ATOK 313 / CH543 / StJ / R127 / ELW715 / GA404 / GC(II)512 / SP13 / URW114 Longing for light we wait in darkness (Christ be our light) (Farrell) Longing for light, peace, food, shelter, no justice theme is not touched here and held together with a strong Christological chorus and response in action in the final verse.
ATOK 413 / Iona (HSNW) / CH533 / VU567 / StS039 / R276 / ELW798 / GA502 / SFFS 2130 / HPP317 / G(II)510 / GC700 / GC(II)687 / CP430 / CP(E) 622 / W&R350 Will you come and follow me / The Summons Iona strikes again with the summons to act with selflessness, healing and justice
Iona (Iona Abbey Music Book / Love & Anger) Poor folk won't always be forgotten John Bell and Graham Maule link justice making with praise and rejoicing in this solemn but uplifting tune.
Iona (Common Ground, Heaven Shall Not Wait) / CH362 Heaven shall not wait (Bell / Maule) John Bell links the impatience of the kingdom with the confession of Jesus Christ as Lord. Watch the intros with the rest on the first beat and entry on the second.
Iona (Many & Great) Jesus Christ Your Living Word (Hungary) beautiful chorale style from Hungary well worth getting the congregation to know and sing frequently - all elements, trust in Christ, accountability, food for all, service. Good for graces as well.
MV085 / StJ / R278 / ELW814 / HPP319 / GC(II)692 / SP130 / URW441 Take O Take Me As I Am (Bell / Maule) Good for responses to sermon or offering or thanksgivings
TiS 677 / Iona (LFB,Common Ground) / CH724 / StJ / GA469 / G(II)452 / GC640 / RS 760 / SP136 Christ's is the world in which we move / A touching place John Bell picks up the concept of Christ seeking and saving the lost in Luke's gospel could be used all year round during the Year of Luke.
TiS 618 / AHB 568 / UMH441 / PH405 / CP171 / W&R686 / Cha659 What does the Lord require for praise and offering (Bayly) Good minor key based on Micah 6:8. Great for reinforcing the justice theme
TiS 160 / AHB 104 Father all loving and ruling in majesty Strong accompianment - picks up the judgement theme in the gospel - trinitarian - and a challenge to the powers of this world.