Suggested Hymns from

Sundays after Pentecost

Proper 22(27)
(Year A)

Unifying Theme:
When measured against the perfect standard,
all fall short, and some press on.

Scripture Theme Hymns
Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
Isaiah 5:1-7
The commandments given
A disappointing vineyard
142: If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee
468: Dear Jesus, in Whose Life I See
698: God of the Ages
Psalm 19
Psalm 80:7-15
The perfect law of the Lord
The vineyard cries out for help
173: Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Sky
427: Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life
685: Now, on Land and Sea Descending
Philippians 3:4b-14 Pressing on to the goal 539: O Spirit of the Living God
555: Forward Through the Ages
Matthew 21:33-46 The vineyard given to those who produce fruit 663: Savior, Again to Thy Dear Name
694: Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

Featured Hymn
Forward Through the Ages

Hymn: 555
Text: Frederick Lucian Hosmer (1840-1929)
Music: Arthur S. Sullivan (1842-1900)
Tune: ST. GERTRUDE, Meter: 65.65 D with Refrain

Living as a Christian compels the believer to learn the history of the faith. Beginning from the creation in Genesis and moving through the fall from grace, God's promise of a savior, and the fulfillment of that promise in Christ Jesus, the stage is set for the most important event for every individual: salvation. Although this history is repeated over and over before God, the eternal events that unfold are unique at the calling of each soul. It is such a compelling story, and one that is so personal to every one who receives the gift of new life in Christ, no wonder we find ourselves drawn to ponder our traditions and reminisce over our experiences.

The past is only part of the story, though. Time continues to move ahead. In a sense, today is yesterday's future, and tomorrow the future will unfold a little bit more. And so time continues moving forward from day to day, year to year, and age to age.

This week's featured hymn focuses on the forward progression of the church through the ages. It is a wondrous story of the faithful spirits who hear God and act upon a divine calling. From generation to generation the kingdom of God has been brought to us through prophets, martyrs, poets, and heroes. As you read the words of this hymn, consider the glory of God's history and the promise that it brings, both to us in the present, and to those who will follow in the future.

1. Forward through the ages,
in unbroken line,
move the faithful spirits
at the call divine;
gifts in differing measure,
hearts of one accord,
manifold the service,
one the sure reward.
2. Wider grows the kingdom,
reign of love and light;
for it we must labor,
till our faith is sight.
Prophets have proclaimed it,
martyrs testified,
poets sung its glory,
heroes for it died.
3. Not alone we conquer,
not alone we fall;
in each loss or triumph
lose or triumph all.
Bound by God's far purpose
in one living whole,
move we on together
to the shining goal.
Forward through the ages, in unbroken line,
move the faithful spirits at the call divine.

The words of this hymn were written in 1908 by Frederick Hosmer upon the installation of a minister, and later appeared in Hosmer's Thought of God in Hymns and Poems, 1918. Hosmer was a scholar of church hymnody and frequently lectured in seminaries, including Harvard Divinity School. The words are set to the tune of ST. GERTRUDE, which is best known as the tune to "Onward, Christian Soldiers." It was composed in 1871 by Sir Arthur Sullivan of Gilbert & Sullivan fame. Sullivan named the tune for a friend, Gertrude Clay-Ker-Seymour. As was his custom when naming tunes, Sullivan added the title "Saint."

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Passages suggested are from The Revised Common Lectionary: Consultation on Common Texts (Abingdon Press, 1992) copyright © by the Consultation on Common Texts (CCT), P.O. Box 340003, Room 381, Nashville TN 37203-0003. Reprinted with permission of CCT.