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Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Proper 19[24]
September 17, 2000

Scripture Theme Hymns
Proverbs 1:20-33


Isaiah 50:4-9a
The Danger of Ignoring Wisdom's Reproof,
The Foolishness of Complacency and Hate of Knowledge
Vindication of the Righteous Servant,
The Teachings of God Produce Steadfastness
577 God of Grace and God of Glory
500 Spirit of God Descend Upon My Heart
211 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (vs.2,3,6,7)

142 If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee
293 Behold the Savior of Mankind
(use tune of 658)
Additional Suggestions
Psalm 19


Psalm 116:1-9

The Creating Word,
God's Law is Desireable

Deliverance from Death,
God Hears the Cry of the Afflicted,
114 Many Gifts, One Spirit
Psalter 750, response 2 (alternate response: refrain of 601)
601 Thy Word is a Lamp
107 La Palabra Del Senor Es Recta
Psalter 837 response 1
529 How Firm a Foundation
649 How Shall They Hear the Word of God
Additional Suggestions
Mark 8:27-38 How to Follow the Teacher,
True Discipleship
424 Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone
415 Take Up Thy Cross
578 God of Love and God of Power
396 O Jesus, I Have Promised
398 Jesus Calls Us
Additional Suggestions
James 3:1-12 The Power of the Tongue,
Teachers Must be Careful What They Teach
571 Go Make of All Discples
596 Blessed Jesus, at Thy Words
649 How Shall They Hear the Word of God
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Featured Hymn
463 Lord Speak to Me

Text: Francis Ridley Havergal

The author of this text called it "A Worker's Prayer," and she first published under that title in 1872. Its intensely personal nature has been often noted as working against it as a useful hymn for public worship. However, given the lections for this date, there is probably no better hymn text that captures what the lessons are trying to get us consider. i.e., how important it is for Christian disciples to speak only after God has spoken to them and then to truly surrender to Christ and live according to what they profess. Thus, both a Christian's life and speech teach others.

Francis Havergal began writing poetry at age seven and continued writing for over thirty-five years. She had very delicate health and so was largely self-educated. She was proficient in Hebrew, Greek, French, German and Italian. She was a natural musician, had a pleasing and well-trained voice and was a sought-after concert pianist. And because she had a profound conversion experience in her early teens, she had a fundamentally religious set to her nature (her father was also a Presbyterian clergyman). She sang and played nothing but sacred music and used her gift of hymn writing to express her favorite themes of faith, consecration and service.

One could almost say that this hymn text is an intimate portrayal of Ms. Havergal's own life. Each of the five stanzas in the current United Methodist hymnal begins with a personal prayer asking God to speak to, strengthen, teach, fill and use her. The two omitted stanzas complete the prayer language of the hymn:

      Oh, lead me Lord, that I may lead
      The wandering and the wavering feet;
      Oh, feed me, Lord, that I may feed
      Thy hungering ones with manna sweet.
O give Thine own sweet rest to me, That I may speak with soothing power A word in season, as from Thee, To weary ones in needful hour.

The hymn entered Methodist hymnody in 1901 and 1905 with five and six stanzas respectively. The 1935 edition omitted three of the original seven stanzas. The third stanza was restored in 1964, and yet another stanza was restored in the 1989 edition.

The tune is an adaptation of a classical piano piece, "Nachtstucke," Op. 23. No. 4, composed in 1839, by Robert Schumann.

Since the hymn is so personal and not often used in congregational singing, perhaps it could be included in a public worship service by having the musicians play through the all the stanzas, while worshippers silently read the words of the text to themselves as a prayer.

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Contributed by Rev. Linda K. Morgan-Clark

Additional Suggestions for Old Testament Lections

Proverbs: Use 211 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel vs. 2,3,6,7 with corresponding antiphons before/between stanzas.
Isaiah: See Index listing, "Jesus Christ: Atonement" p.944; see also Hymns 278-301 (Passion and Death)

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Additional Suggestions for Psalm Readings

Psalm 19:See Index listing, "Creation" p.940;
Psalm 116:See Index listing, "Affliction and Tribulation" p.934; see also Hymns 509-536 (Strength & Tribulation)

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Additional Suggestions for Gospel Lesson

See Index listing, "Discipleship and Service" p.940; "Jesus Christ: Example" p.944 (cf. Cross); see also Hymns 395-424 (Personal Holiness)

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Additional Suggestions for Epistle Lesson

See Index listing, "Prayer for Illumination" p.951,"Church: Education" p.938; see also Hymns 594-603 (Holy Scripture)

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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.