In many places around the United States, this is the first weekend after the beginning of the new school year; at least, it is near the beginning of a new school year. It would be a good time to focus on morality in the workplace and in other aspects of daily life. The readings for this weekend could focus on teachers as those who open the eyes and ears of their students. See the Blessing of Students and Teachers in the Book of Blessings #522-529. This is also a good time to focus on the Church’s healing ministry and its care of those who are physically and intellectually challenged. With this set of readings, this might be a good weekend for a parish health fair or communal celebration of the anointing of the sick.

Music Suggestions

Choral Anthems

Music Suggestions

Isaiah 35:4-7a. The prophet’s vision of the messianic age sees all things made beautiful, whole, and in proper order. So those suffering from any affliction are cured, and even the desert is made “whole” through the gift of water.

Psalm of the Day: Ps (145) 146
This is the first of the five psalms that provide a solemn doxology to the Book of Psalms, a collection known as the “Great Hallel.” The psalm is really in two parts: praise of God the creator (vv. 1-6a) and praise of God the redeemer of the oppressed and helpless (vv. 6b-10). In light of the other Scripture passages used this day, the selected verses are from the second half of this psalm.

Alaba, Alma Mia, al Señor—Respuesta I (Reza) FYC 277
As Long as I Live (Haas) PCY9 43
Bless the Lord, My Soul (Haugen) PCY2 48
I Will Praise the Lord (Farrell) MI-BB
I Will Praise the Lord (Joncas) RS 197/SS
O Praise the Lord, Jerusalem PSL B-151/SS
Praise the Lord (Stewart) PCY5 65
Praise the Lord, My Soul/Alaba, Alma Mía, al Señor (Alonso) SS
Praise the Lord, My Soul (Alstott) BB
Praise the Lord, My Soul (Ancell) JS 113
Praise the Lord, My Soul (Cooney) PCY4 66
Praise the Lord, My Soul (Guimont) GC2 1012/LPMG 128
Praise the Lord, My Soul (Hunstiger) SS
Praise the Lord, My Soul (Lisicky) PRM B102/PMB 709/WS
Praise the Lord, My Soul (Proulx/Gelineau) WOR 932/RS 195/LPGG 937
Praise the Lord, My Soul (Proulx/Murray) CBW 179
Praise the Lord, My Soul (Ridge) GP 284
Praise the Lord, My Soul (Schiavone) JS 1015/LP 160
Praise the Lord, My Soul (Stewart) PCY5 65
Praise the Lord, My Soul (Sullivan) CCS 2370
Ven, Señor, a Salvarnos—Respuesta I (Taulé) FYC 278

James 2:1-5. The letter continues its application of Christian principles to daily practice, especially within the community. “Show no partiality” is a hard charge to practice, even today.

Mark 7:31-37. Jesus’ healing miracles are often parables-in-action. By healing a man who cannot hear and has trouble speaking, Jesus reveals his role as the one who will heal those who are spiritually blind and unable to proclaim their faith in the God of Israel. (Note, at the end of this reading, that even his followers have trouble hearing him: “The more he ordered them not to [tell anyone], the more they proclaimed it.”)

Songs for the Liturgy

A New Song (Ps) GC 530
All Are Welcome (2) RS 846/GC 753/GC2 741/WC 885/WS/MI-BB/SS
All the Ends of the Earth (1) GP 683/MI/BB/RS 135/GC 95, 520/GC2 55, 526/CBW 548/WC 430, 431/JS 76, 79, 595/PMB 161/WS/SS
All Who Hunger (2) GC 820/GC2 817/RS 845, 926/SS
Amazing Grace (1,G) WOR 583/CBW 480/GP 615/LMGM 173/MI‑BB/WC 685/RS 737/GC 612/GC2 586/JS 713/PMB 323/WS/SS
Anthem (1,G) GP 578/MI/BB/GC 690/GC2 681/JS 761
Arise, Your Light Is Come! (1,G) CBW 302
*As the Deer Longs (C) MI-BB/WC 407/WS/JS 42, 696/GP 207/PMB 150
At the Table of the World (Ps,2) PMB 301/WC 658/WS
Be Light for Our Eyes (1,G) GC 509/GC2 511/CBW 305
Be Strong (1) LMGM 237
*Be Strong, Our God Comes to Save Us (2) PSL B-164/SS
Bearers of Peace (2) JS 743
Canticle of the Turning (1) GC 556/GC2 527/RS 678
Christ’s Peace (1,Ps,2,G) JS 844
City of God (1) GP 548/MI/BB/RS 799/GC 678/GC2 663/CBW 345/WC 788/JS 830/WS
Come to Me (1,G) GP 537, 628, 629/GC 647/GC2 633/RS 763, 872/JS 728, 735/PMB 444, 451/WC 855. 870/MI-BB/WS
Come to the Feast (1,2,G) RS 642/GC 503/GC2 499, 734/JS 795/MI/BB
Diverse in Culture, Nation, Race (2) RS 837/GC 739/GC2 729
Eye Has Not Seen (1,G) MI/BB/WC 844/RS 758/GC 638/GC2 616/CBW 482/WS/SS
*Flow River Flow (1) MI/BB/JS 541/GP 455
For the Healing of the Nations (2) WOR 643/WC 935/MI‑BB/RS 823/GC 719/GC2 712/CBW 503/JS 866/PMB 505/WS
Freedom Is Coming (1) RS 821/GC 723/GC2 707
From East and West (1) GP 567
God Has Chosen Me (1,G) MI/BB/GC 682/GC2 669/JS 831/GP 546
God, Whose Almighty Word (1,G) WOR 486/RS 619/CBW 513
Good News (1,G) LMGM 282/RS 797/GC 679/GC2 672
Hail to the Lord's Anointed (1) PMB 225/WC 517/WS/SS
Hands of Healing (1,G) GC2 845/SS
Healer of Our Every Ill (1,G) GC 882/GC2 854/RS 958/CBW 363/WC 686/WS
Healing River (1,G) RS 715/GC 584/GC2 564
Healing River of the Spirit (1,G) MI-BB
Help Us Accept Each Other (2) WOR 656/RS 838
*I Am the Light of the World (C) JS 664/MI-BB/GP 658/GC 510
*I Heard the Voice of Jesus, v 3 (C) WC 866/WS/MI-BB/JS 729/GP 633/RS 768/GC 646/GC2 622/WOR 607/LMGM 41, 160/PMB 452/SS
I Will Not Die (1) MI‑BB/RS 771/GC 657/JS 658/GP 716
In Christ There Is No East or West (2) WOR 659/CBW 529/GP 565/LMGM 301/MI/BB/WC 782/RS 836/GC 738/GC2 726/JS 850/PMB 391/WS/SS
Jesus, Heal Us (G) GC 875/GC2 846
Jesus, Wine of Peace, v 9 (1,G) GC 817/GC2 804
*Like the Deer That Longs (C) RS 77/SS
Make Us True Servants (1,2,G) PMB 501/WC 936/WS/SS
Now in This Banquet (1) GC 833/GC2 825/RS 933/CBW 608
O Christ, You Speak the Names of God (G) JS 668
*O God, for You I Long (C) JS 688/GP 206
O Healing Light of Christ (G) JS 576
*O Lord, My Good and Gracious God (E) IH 60
O Love of God Incarnate (G) JS 410
*O Son of God, in Galilee (G) WOR 748
Praise the Lord, My Soul – Parker (1) RS 688/GC 554
*Ps 42: My Soul Is Thirsting (C)
*Ready The Way (1) BB 61/JS 323
Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above (Ps,G) WOR 528/RS 683/GC 539/WC 928/JS 610/PMB 498/SS
*Song of Longing (C) GC 51
Soon and Very Soon (1,G) LMGM 4/MI-BB/RS 870/GC 770/GC2 758/WC 947/JS 683/GP 723/PMB 513/WS/SS
The King of Glory (1,G) WOR 501/GP 423/MI‑BB/WC 738/RS 628/GC 486/GC2 494/JS 487/WS
The Voice of God Goes Out (1) WOR 358/CBW 433
There Is a Longing (1,G) JS 692/GP 620/MI-BB
Walk in the Reign (1) GC 319/GC2 325
We Are Called (2) RS 820/GC 718/GC2 710/WC 792/WS/MI-BB/SS
We Cannot Measure How You Heal (G) GC2 558
We Give God Thanks for Those Who Knew (G) HG 128
We Remember (1,G) MI/BB 521/WC 665/RS 724/GC 593/GC2 578/WS/SS
We Shall Not Be Silent (2) GP 559
*When the King Shall Come Again, v 3 (1) WOR 355/RS 487/GC 327/GC2 327/JS 318/SS
*With All My Heart I Cry (E) PSL B-162/SS
Word of God, Come Down on Earth (1,G) WOR 513/CBW 429/RS 653/PMB 367/WC 726
You Are Mine (1,G) RS 762/GC 649/GC2 627/MI-BB/WC 867/WS/SS
You Are the Healing (1,G) MI-BB
You Are the Voice (1,G) RS 659/GC 549/GC2 538/CBW 576
Your Hands, O Lord, in Days of Old (G) WOR 750/RS 949/JS 579/PMB 332/WC 687/WS


Choral Anthems

Title of Anthem, Voicing & Instrumentation Composer/arranger/editor Publisher & edition #
Amazing Grace (SATB)
Amazing Grace (SATB)
GIA 6384
Selah 420-733
1. PS, G

As the Pauper Waits for Plenty

Bonighton Paraclete G
Be Strong, Fear Not (SATB, Keyboard)  Keeseeker  Concordia (98-3044)  1
Behold, God Is My Salvation (Unison, opt. 2nd voice, Organ)  Lindh, Jody W.  Concordia (98-3193)  1
Blessed Jesus At Thy Word Hopson Selah G
Giver of Every Perfect Gift (SATB, Organ, opt. C instrument)  Scott, I. Lee  Concordia (98-3466)  1
Healer of Our Every, Ill (2 part, C instrument, Piano)  Haugen, Marty  GIA (G-3478) G
I Will Praise the Lord (SATB, Keyboard, opt. Guitar)  Joncas, Michael  GIA (G-3434)  P
Judica Me, Deus (SATB)  Gorczycki, Gregory  GIA (G-1973) E
Let Grief Not Overwhelm You (SATB, Organ)  Brahms, Johannes  Augsburg in “Chantry  Choirbook” (0800657772) 1
O God, Whose Healing Power, Healing Power (2 mixed voices, descant, Keyboard)  Sensmeier, Randall  GIA (G-4739) G
Praise the Lord, O My Soul/Ps. 146 (SATB div., Organ)  Rorem, Ned  Boosey & Hawkes (OCTB6105) P
Praise Ye, the Lord (SATB, 2 pianos)  Diemer, Emma Lou  Flammer (5021)  P
Reflections on Amazing Grace (SSATBB/solo) Ames GIA G-5926 G
Then Shall the Eyes of the Blind (SAB, Piano)  Mendelssohn, Felix/arr. Nelson, Ronald A.  Choristers Guild (CGA 927)  1
Those Who Trust in the Lord (SATB, from Five Hymns)  Zimmermann, Heinz, W.  Concordia (98-2178)  1
To the Poor, a Lasting Treasure  (SATB, C instrument, String Quartet, Keyboard)  O’Brien, Francis  GIA (G-4523) 2
Your Hands, O Lord, FOREST GREEN (2 Mixed voices, Keyboard)  arr. Niedmann, Peter  GIA (G-5119) G