TWENTY‑FIRST SUNDAY B Lectionary #122
Like last week, this would also be a good Sunday to focus on Christ’s presence in the proclaimed Word. Or it could be a good occasion to reflect on the Eucharist as covenant meal, especially the Eucharistic Prayer as covenant affirmation in which we ask that God would transform us into Christ. And if you think Jesus’ words about his flesh constitute a “hard saying,” imagine how people are going to respond to the second reading!

Joshua 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b. In the meeting at Shechem, Joshua calls on the people to renew the covenant once they have taken possession of the Promised Land. Every time the covenant is renewed, the people have a choice: “If it does not please you to serve the Lord, decide today whom you will serve.” For us, the Eucharist is a time of covenant renewal that charges us to make the same choice.

Music Suggestions

Choral Anthems


Music Suggestions

Joshua 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b. In the meeting at Shechem, Joshua calls on the people to renew the covenant once they have taken possession of the Promised Land. Every time the covenant is renewed, the people have a choice: “If it does not please you to serve the Lord, decide today whom you will serve.” For us, the Eucharist is a time of covenant renewal that charges us to make the same choice.

Psalm of the Day: Ps (33) 34
See also suggestions for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

O Taste and See (Somerville) PMB 146, vss 1, 8, 9, 10
Taste and See (Dean) MI-BB 771
Taste and See, vss 1,8,9,10,11 (Guimont) RS 71/GC2 917/G3 46, 1153/WOR4 49/LPMG 122
Taste and See (Hillert) PMB 703/WS 193/PRM B91/LPGA B80
Taste and See (Hunstiger) SS 528
Taste and See, vss 1,8,9,10,11 (Proulx/Gelineau) W3 926/WOR4 1170/RS 73/LPGG 931
Taste and See (Schiavone) JS 1009/LP 154
Taste and See (Stephan) SPS 65
Taste and See (Willcock/Bevenot) CBW 173
The Goodness of the Lord PSL B-150/SS 420

Ephesians 5:21-32. Paul begins by affirming the normal legal relationship in a marriage: Wives were, in fact, considered legally subordinate to their husbands in most things. So he calls on the Ephesians, first, to obey the law. But then he invites them to go beyond it, into a covenant of love, just as Christ went beyond the legalities of the covenant to give himself in love for the sake of the Church. (It really is worth the time to explain what’s going on here!)

John 6:60-69. In the Eucharist, we meet—and are transformed into—the One whose spirit “gives life.” We become the body of Christ in baptism and in the Eucharist. The invitation at communion—“The body of Christ” and “The blood of Christ”—is an invitation not only to recognize the divine presence in the elements of bread and wine but also to recognize that transforming presence in ourselves.

Songs for the Liturgy

A Follower of Christ (G) LMGM 117
*All Who Hunger, Gather Gladly (Ps) RS 845, 926/GC 820/GC2 817/G3 852, 925/WOR4 844, 951/SS 1084
*Blessed Jesus, Living Bread (G) HG 133
Bread of Heaven SPS 241
Bread of Life SPS 243
Bread for the World (Farrell) SPS 240
By Your Hand, You Feed Your People (1,Ps) SS 1082
Come, Taste and See (Ps) JS 818/GP 526
Come to the Banquet (Ps) GC2 810/G3 931/WOR4 928/SS 1090
Come to the Feast (Ps) RS 642/GC 503/GC2 734/G3 585/JS 795/MI-BB 307
Covenant Hymn (1,2,G) RS 904/GC 797/GC2 798/G3 904
Disciple's Song (G) CBW 505
Draw Near and Take the Body of Your Lord (G) W3 732/WOR4 935, 947/WC 650/JS 472/GC2 829/G3 935/OIF 535/PMB 293/WS 559
God's Blessing Sends Us Forth, v 4 (2) OIF 815/PMB 473/WC 921/WS 773
Here at This Table SPS 248
Here I Am, Lord, I Come -- Ward, v 2 (G) OIF 699/WC 810/WS 682
I Am the Bread of Life – Kaczmarek (G) OIF 542/WS 600
I Am the Bread of Life/Yo Soy el Pan de Vida -- Toolan (G) W3 738/WOR4 950/MI-BB 343/LMGM 133/WC 659/RS 931/GC 828/GC2 822/G3 945/JS 736/WS 564/SS 1065
*I Am the Living Bread (G) MI-BB 344/CBW 605/JS 822/GP 519
I Received the Living God (G) W3 735/WOR4 923/LMGM 137/RS 913/GC 851/GC2 809/G3 916/JS 815/OIF 544/PMB 312/WC 676/WS 592, 595/MI-BB 349/SS 1076
I Say "Yes," Lord/Digo "Sí," Señor (1,G) RS 722/GC 597/GC2 581/G3 676/WS 710
I, the Lord (G) JS 584/GP 480/GC 860/MI-BB 691
I Will Choose Christ (1,G) JS 775/GP 459/GC2 683/G3 802/MI-BB 520
*Incline Your Ear, O Lord (E) IH 58
Jesu, Joy of Our Desiring (G) WC 729/LMGM 269/MI-BB 409/JS 669/OIF 629/PMB 357
Jesus, Lead the Way (G) W3 611/WOR4 715/RS 755/GC 642/GC2 632/G3 732
Jesus, the Bread of Life (G) JS 817/GP 527/LMGM 141
Like Olive Branches (2) OIF 594/PMB 333
Like the Bread SPS 247
Litany for the Holy Eucharist (Ps) OIF 936
*Look Beyond, v. 5 (G) GP 521/MI-BB 339/GC 843/GC2 837
*Lord, to Whom Shall We Go (G) GP 663/JS 641/MI-BB 355
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (2) W3 588/WOR4 642/MI-BB 478/GP 640/RS 743/GC 622/GC2 613/G3 641/CBW 625/WC 857/JS 746/OIF 743/PMB 431/WS 721/SS 934
Love Which Never Ends (2) JS 573/GP 465
Now in This Banquet (G) RS 933/GC 833/GC2 825/G3 937/CBW 608
Now Let Us from This Table Rise (G) W3 625/CBW 566/WC 963/JS 411/OIF 873/PMB 472
Now We Remain (G) WC 678/MI-BB 514/RS 813/GC 694/GC2 696/G3 785/WOR4 764/WS 582/SS 983
O Christ, the Great Foundation (2) W3 618/RS 781, 782/GC2 646/CBW 527/SS 792
*O God of Matchless Glory, v 3 (G) GC 546
O Perfect Love (2) WC 697/CBW 598/LMGM 154
Out of Darkness -- Walker (G) JS 765/MI-BB 516/GC 689/GP 574
Praise to You, O Christ Our Savior (G) JS 674/MI-BB 605/RS 652/GC 515/GC2 517/G3 596/WOR4 591/CBW 442/GP 662
*Ps 19: Lord, You Have the Words (G)
Remembrance SPS 258
The Church of Christ in Every Age (G) W3 626/WOR4 785/RS 803/GC2 665/G3 765/OIF 875/WC 965/JS 843/SS 979
The Church's One Foundation (2) MI-BB 420/CBW 526/WC 789/GP 573/GC 661/G3 742/WOR4 736/JS 779/OIF 671/PMB 385/WS 660/SS 959
The Kingdom of God (G) W3 615/WOR4 720/RS 775/GC 655/GC2 639/G3 736/OIF 883/PMB 511/WC 976
The Summons (G) RS 811/GC 700/GC2 687/G3 790/WOR4 773/WC 830/WS 696/MI-BB 387/OIF 715/SS 988
This Alone (1) GP 621/JS 689/MI-BB 403
Through It All (G) LMGM 228
To Be Your Bread (G) MI-BB 327/JS 816/GP 506
*To Whom, Lord, Shall We Go? WOR4 683
*Turn to Me, Answer Me (E) PSL B-156/SS 451
Tus Palabras, Señor (G) GP 174
Ven al Banquete/Come to the Banquet (Ps) GC2 734/G3 838/JS 795
We Give You Thanks (G) LMGM 140
*We, the Body of Christ (Ps) GP 517
*We Will Serve the Lord (1,2) GC 665, 869 /GC2 652/G3 753
What Is This Place (G) MI-BB 313/W3 709/GP 538/RS 892/GC 748/GC2 736/JS 799
When Love Is Found (2) W3 745/WOR4 982/WC 719/RS 942/GC 865/GC2 856/G3 966/JS 568/OIF 596/PMB 337/WS 617/MI-BB 679/SS 1098
Where Charity and Love Prevail (2) WC 850, 858/MI-BB 485/RS 747/GC 625/GC2 610/G3 706/WOR4 700/JS 756/GP 644/OIF 745, 747/PMB 424,429WS 712, 719/SS 937
Without Seeing You (G) GC 844/GC2 842/G3 922
You, Lord, Have the Message (G) GP 173
*Your Word Is Life, Lord (G,C) PSL B-158/SS 491
Your Words Are Spirit and Life (G) JS 680/MI-BB 601

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Choral Anthems

Title of Anthem, Voicing & Instrumentation Composer/arranger/editor Publisher & edition #
Blest Are They Bouman Selah G
Blessed Jesus At Thy Word Hopson Selah  
Commit Your Way to the Lord (SATB)  Liebhold/ed. Klammer, Ed  GIA (G-2898)  1
Gaudate Omnes/Rejoice, Ye People (SSATB, opt. Keyboard)  Sweelinck, Jan Pieterszoon/ed. Van Camp, L.  Concordia (98-3212)  1
Give Me Jesus, SPIRITUAL (SAB, Piano)  arr. Roesti, Lee  Hinshaw (HMC-1763)  G
Give Me Jesus, SPIRITUAL (SATB)  arr. Flemming, Larry L.  Augsburg (11-0540) 2
Gustate et Videto (SATB, organ/keyboard, Latin only)  Isaac, Heinrich  J. W. Chester (JWC 55127)  P
Hear the Voice and Prayer (SATB, keyboard)  Hopkins, John Larkin, ed. Leupold, Wayne  Belwin-Mills (DMC 8145) E
How Many Are Your Works, O Lord (SATB, Flute, Organ)  Callahan, Charles  Concordia (98-3258)  C
I Will Always Give Thanks (SAB)  King  Concordia (98-1659)  P
I Will Always Give Thanks (SATB, organ)  Titcomb, Everett  Flammer (84701)  P
I Will Bless the Lord (SATB, organ)  Roff, Joseph  GIA (G-2367)  P
I Will Praise the Lord at All Times (Unison)  Handel, G.F./Hopson, H. H.  Choristers Guild (CGA-243) P
Jesu dulcis: The Taste of Goodness (SATB, organ)  Kreutz, Robert  GIA (G-2304)  P
Jubilate Deo (SATB)  Mozart/Proulx GIA G-5418 G
Jubilate (SATB, opt. Keyboard)  Michel, Johannes Matthias  Concordia (98-3438)  1
Jubilate Deo (SATB, Organ)  Britten, Benjamin  Oxford (3515776)  1
Jubilate Deo (Unision, Keyboard)  Bedford, Michael  Choristers Guild (CGA 647) 1
Jubilate! (2-part voices, Keyboard)  Curtright, Carolee R.  Choristers Guild (CGA 582) 1
O Magnify the Lord with Me (SA, piano/organ)  Mueller, Carl F.  Carl Fischer (6684)  P
O Taste and See (SATB)  Doherty, Anthony  Trinitas (4592)  P
O Taste and See (SATB, keyboard)  Larkin, Michael  Coronet Press (392-41993)  P
O Taste and See (SATB, Soprano, opt. organ)  Vaughan-Williams, Ralph  Oxford (43 P 909)  P
O Taste and See in “Lift Up Your Hearts”  (SATB, Soprano, organ)  Wolff, S. Drummond  Concordia (97-6219)  P
Proclaim with Me (SATB, opt. Trumpet)  Busarow, David  Concordia (98-3127)  P
Seek to Serve (2-part, Organ)  Pfautsch, Lloyd  Hope (APM 003)  1
Taste and See That the Lord is Good (SATB, Organ)  Gehring  Concordia (98-3585)  P

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