Suggested Hymns from

Proper 7 [12]

Unifying Theme:
God leads and gives strength to overcome;
God's people lead and overcome with Him in His strength
Scripture Theme Hymns
1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49
1 Samuel 17:57-18:5, 10-16

Job 38:1-11
David and Goliath
David leading God's people
The Creator is greater than the creation
62: All Creatures of Our God and King
101: From All That Dwell Below the Skies
511: Am I a Soldier of the Cross
513: Soldiers of Christ, Arise
580: Lead On, O King Eternal
685: Now, on Land and Sea Descending
Psalm 9:9-20
Psalm 133
Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32
Refuge in the Lord
The joy of unity
God's authority over creation
153: Thou Hidden Source of Calm Repose
365: Grace Greater than Our Sin
479: Jesus, Lover of My Soul
526: What a Friend We Have in Jesus
529: How Firm a Foundation
566: Blest Be the Dear Uniting Love
2 Corinthians 6:1-13 God's people should open their hearts to each other 557: Blest Be the Tie That Binds
561: Jesus, United by Thy Grace
562: Jesus, Lord, We Look to Thee
Mark 4:35-41 Christ calms the storm 73: O Worship the King
129: Give to the Winds Thy Fears
368: My Hope Is Built
374: Standing on the Promises
479: Jesus, Lover of My Soul

Featured Hymn
All Creatures of Our God and King

Hymn #62
Words by Francis of Assisi
Translated by William H. Draper
Music from
Geistliche Kirchengesange
Harmony by Ralph Vaughan Williams

Creation is a reflection of its Creator. Just as it came into being at the word of the Lord, the Gospels record that it bowed again in obedience to Word made flesh. Jesus and His disciples were in a boat as a storm arose. Jesus' disciples thought they would drown and trembled in fear at the force of nature. Christ simply spoke, "Peace, be still." And there was peace. Then the disciples trembled in fear at the power that Jesus wielded through the spoken word.

Fear was not the message Jesus shared, though. Instead, He called out for peace and He challenged His disciples to have faith. It was a message of peace and love in the first century A.D. And that message of peace and love lives on today in the twenty-first century.

This week's featured hymn was written by Francis of Assisi. He grew up as the son of a successful silk merchant, but as an adult he renounced wealth and lived in poverty. He sought to know God and to know God's creation. This pursuit is reflected in the following verses. Read all of the words, but focus especially on stanza 7.

1. All creatures of our God and King,
lift up your voice and with us sing,
O praise ye! Alleluia!
O brother sun with golden beam,
O sister moon with silver gleam!
O praise ye! O praise ye!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
2. O brother wind, air, clouds, and rain,
by which all creatures ye sustain,
O praise ye! Alleluia!
Thou rising morn, in praise rejoice,
ye lights of evening, find a voice!
O praise ye! O praise ye!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
3. O sister water, flowing clear,
make music for thy Lord to hear,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
O brother fire who lights the night,
providing warmth, enhancing sight,
O praise ye! O praise ye!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
4. Dear mother earth, who day by day
unfoldest blessings on our way,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
The flowers and fruits that in thee grow,
let them God's glory also show!
O praise ye! O praise ye!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
5. All ye who are of tender heart,
forgiving others, take your part,
O praise ye! Alleluia!
Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,
praise God and on him cast your care!
O praise ye! O praise ye!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
6. And thou, our sister, gentle death,
waiting to hush our latest breath,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thou leadest home the child of God,
and Christ our Lord the way has trod,
O praise ye! O praise ye!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
7. Let all things their Creator bless,
and worship him in humbleness,
O praise ye! Alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
and praise the Spirit, Three in One!
O praise ye! O praise ye!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
No matter your station in life, whether you are born into earthly wealth or simply scrape by through the generosity of strangers, bless, worship, and praise your Creator.

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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.