The readings are about repentance and about God's merciful response to our acknowledgement of our sin. The gift far outweighs the offense.


2 Samuel 12:7–10, 13. The prophet confronts David with a dual sin. Despite all that God has done for him, David could not obey the Torah. He arranged to have Uriah killed so that he could marry Bathsheba. The prophet invokes divine wrath, but David repents and is forgiven.


Psalm of the Day: Ps. (31) 32

This is a “wisdom” psalm that has features of a thanksgiving song. It begins by blessing God for merciful forgiveness, then the psalmist suggests that he (or she) believed this and confessed a sin, and indeed God offered forgiveness. Therefore, all are invited to praise God.


Lord, Forgive the Wrong (Carroll/Gelineau) LPGG 902

Lord, Forgive the Wrong (Guimont) RS 65/GC2 913/LPMG 93

Lord, Forgive the Wrong (Kreutz) PRM C80/PMB 673

Lord, Forgive the Wrong (Schiavone) JS 980/LP 124

Turn to the Lord PSL C-126/SS 524


Suggested Common Psalm: Ps (50) 51

Be Merciful, O Lord, for We Have Sinned


Galatians 2:16, 19–21. Paul proclaims his belief in justification by faith and his belief that this “justification” means that Christ is now dwelling and working in him and in all believers.


Luke 7:38–8:3. The contrast between the attitude of Jesus' wealthy host and the woman who washes and anoints his feet gives Jesus an opportunity to tell the parable of two debtors and teach about forgiveness.


Music Suggestions

Choral Anthems

Music Suggestions

Songs for the Liturgy

*All Your Sins Have Been Forgiven (G) PSL C-127

Alleluia No. 1 (2) WOR 441/RS 581/GC 443/GC2 462/G3 524/PMB 353/GP 389/GP3 313/JS 439/CBW 383/WC 760/WS /MI-BB 573

Amazing Grace (1,Ps,2,G) WOR 583/WOR4 650/RS 737/GC 612/GC2 586/G3 645/PMB 323/GP 615/GP3 614/JS 713/CBW 480/WC 217, 707/WS/MI-BB 428/SPS 265/SS 927

Come, You Sinners, Poor and Needy (G) WOR 756/WOR4 962/RS 954

Forgive Our Sins (G) WOR 754/WOR4 967/RS 952/GC 879/GC2 848/G3 965/PMB 324/JS 556/CBW 620/WC 711/SS

Grant to Us, O Lord (Ps) PMB 329/RS 558/CBW 621/WC 710/WOR4 957/WS 606

Great God of Mercy (1,Ps,G) WOR 746/CBW 361

Have Mercy, Lord, on Us (1,Ps, G) WOR 753/WOR4 966/PMB 328/CBW 358/WC 706/WS 613

Hosea (1,G) GP 471/GP3 411/PMB 327/JS 559/GC 386/GC2 405/G3 484/WC 704/WS/MI-BB 672

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say (2,G) WOR 607/WOR4 707/RS 768/GC 646/GC2 622/G3 724/PMB 452/GP 633/GP3 646/JS 729/WC 878/WS 737/MI-BB 460/SS 945

*In the Land of the Living (C) RS 56

Loving and Forgiving (1,Ps,2,G) JS 560/MI-BB 671

*My Voice Has Called (E) IH 47

*One Thing I Seek (C) PSL C-125

Our Father, We Have Wandered (1,Ps,G) WOR 755/WOR4 963/RS 955/GC2 849/G3 956/PMB 326/JS 554/WC 705/WS 608/SS

Our God Is Rich in Love (1,Ps,G) GC2 620

Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven (1,Ps,2,G) WOR 530/WOR4 610/RS 684/GC 551/GC2 531/G3 613/PMB 492/GP 685/GP3 735/JS 612/CBW 565/WC 957/WS 777/MI-BB 561/SS

Psalm 103: The Lord Is Kind and Merciful

Psalm 130: With the Lord There Is Mercy

Purify My Heart SPS 160

Remember Your Love (Ps) GP 474/GP3 417/JS 561/RS 550/GC 881/GC2 851/G3 961/MI-BB 668

Save Your People (E,C) GP 341/BB 132/GP3 276

Sing of the Lord’s Goodness (G) GP 690/JS 605/GC 547/GC2 532/G3 610/MI-BB 537/GP3 740

There Is a Balm in Gilead (1,Ps,G) WOR 608/WOR4 646/RS 764/GC 648/GC2 617/G3 640/PMB 331/GP 634/GP3 654/JS 723/WC 715/WS 614/MI-BB 471/SS 946

The Master Came to Bring Good News (G) WOR 752/WOR4 968/RS 956/GC 878/GC2 853/G3 964/CBW 439

There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy (1,Ps,2,G) WOR 595/WOR4 645/RS 742/GC 626/GC2 603/G3 644/PMB 322/GP 639/JS 748/CBW 443/WC 709/WS 607/MI-BB 488/SS 935

Those Who Seek Your Face (Ps,C) GP 447/JS 128

Yes, I Shall Arise–Deiss (Ps) PMB 325/WC 703/GP3 444/WS 612



Choral Anthems

Title of Anthem, Voicing & Instrumentation Composer/arranger/editor Publisher & edition #
Blessed is He Whose Unrighteousness is Forgiven (ATB)  Tomkins, Thomas  Oxford in Anthems for Men’s Voices, Vol. 1  P
Christ Is With Me (Two-part Choir, Mixed/Equal, C Instrument, Piano/Organ)  Coleman, Gerald Patrick  Concordia (98-3120)  2
Galatians 2: 16, 19-20 (SATB, Keyboard)  Blankenship, Mark  Broadman (4563-13)  2
Hide Not Thy Face From Me (SATB, Organ)  Roff, Joseph  GIA (G-2206)  E
How Beautiful upon the Mountains (2-Mixed, Keyboard)  Carter, John  Hinshaw (HMC-239)  G
O for a Faith, GREATOREX COLLECT (SATB, Solo, Keyboard)  arr. Carter, Nathan  GIA (G-5924)  2
O Lord, I am Not Worthy (TTBB)  Franck, C./arr. Gerike, R.  Concordia (98-3485)  G
One Thing I Have Desired (SATB, Keyboard/Organ)  Howells,Herbert  Novello (29.0406.03)  C
One Things I Ask of the Lord (SATB, Organ)  Rudolph, Glenn  GIA (G-4103)  C
Psalm 32 (SST or SAB, Organ and opt. congregation)  Weber, Paul  Augsburg (11-0682)  P
There Is a Wideness in God’s Mercy, ST. HELENA (Unison, Organ, Instrument)  Hampton, Calvin  GIA (G-5638)  E, 1
Thy Perfect Love (SATB, Organ)  Rutter, John  Oxford (42-392)  G
When Jesus Sat at Meat (SSATB, Organ)  Nicolson, Richad  Oxford (CM 7810)  G
Whom the Lord Hath Forgiven (TTBB, Organ)  MacMillan, Alan  Rock Harbor Press (RMO 802)  P
Wise Confine Their Choice in Friends, The (Soprano/Tenor Solo, Keyboard)  Bach, J. S./ed. Oberdoerffer, Fritz  Concordia (97-9334) in Sacred Songs  1