The following hymns, created by Rev. William Flewelling, are offered for Propers 19-26, Year C, and are offered with gratitude to him for our use in worship on Sundays from Sep. 15 through Nov. 3.
Sep. 15 – Proper 19
On 1 Timothy 1:12-17
Thanks to him who strengthens me,
judging faithfulness is true
in the ways of my release,
in sincerity of hope.
As the first of sinners now
so received and strengthened I
am become the sign of hope,
how the Lord lets mercy flow.
To the king of ages sing,
to Invisible and Sure,
the Immortal, only God:
honor, glory always be!
22.214.171.124. Suggested tune: The Call
Sep. 22 – Proper 20
On Luke 16:1-13
Found in the wisdom of this hour,
the steward finds a niche,
transforming guile into a means
of spawning gratitude.
The single minded honor grows
to answer cleverly.
For in the toll of sudden straits
lie clues for clemency.
Although the favor we may choose
is blinded with a ruse,
the honor of the single heart
brings service to the Lord.
So faithful in the little now,
then faithful in the much,
we, Lord, acquire the mercy shown
in mercy flown around.
CM Suggested tune: Nativity
Sep. 29 – Proper 21 (alt. text)
On Amos 6:1a, 4-17
In the mercy shown abounding
lies the mercy garnered near.
For the anger of the Savior
laves the ease of selfish cares.
So becoming all the earnest
of the Lord’s intending lure,
in release of blinded hoarding
now become the Lord’s desire.
How the ease of all the sturdy,
all the ignorant of need,
when the many needing mercy
are abounding in their place?
How shall dignity and mercy
be the ways of shared aplomb?
Come intent now on the Savior,
come, abandon to God’s love.
126.96.36.199.D Suggested tune: Nettleton
Oct. 6 – Proper 22
On 2 Timothy 1:1-14
In the vision raised in faith, we
find the suffering is shared.
As the Lord trod on that journey,
so those following his way.
For the honing of the lost heart
is attended in this stead.
Gracefully in earnest measure
come, abide the Lord’s own way.
Called in holiness and honor
seen in Christ’s appearing frame,
we attend the depths of passion
in the yearning for our God.
In the furnace of affliction
shame is lost and hope endures.
As we honor him who saves us
and abide in faith’s allure,
come, attend the trusted message,
all the gospel urgency.
188.8.131.52.8.7. Suggested tune: Neander
Oct. 13 – Proper 23
On Luke 17:11-19
Your faith has made you well, he says,
the Lord to him who comes, gives thanks.
Already cleansed when he draws near,
his faith has saved him, says the Lord.
Though ten begged mercy of the Lord
and ten were cleansed along the way
but one returned to offer thanks,
the others going as he said.
Ten lepers cleansed, their flesh made whole,
the one returning, showing thanks
with sparkling faith engaged the Lord.
And in that faith is this one saved.
LM Suggested tune: Agincourt (Deo Gracias)
Oct. 20 – Proper 24 (alt. text)
On Genesis 32:22-31
Confronted with the night of dread,
when all tomorrows threaten woe,
the waiting on the lapse of strength
confirms the writhing spirit’s breach.
In this malaise, O God, we find
the wrestling might of heaven come.
As Jacob at the Jabbok found,
alone in darkness to be felt,
the struggle of the flesh and mind
rends all capacity to frown.
When dawn approaches and the end
the blessing sought astounds the soul.
While limping, weary at first light,
when all the heart and soul is blight,
the blessing offered in the night
is echoing throughout the heart
and every muscle, sore and tired,
resounds in blessing’s flowing tide.
184.108.40.206.8.8. Suggested tune: Melita
Oct. 27 – Proper 25
On 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
Completed is the trek by day;
the life as lithe oblation stays
the flood of all that lies ahead
as promise known fulfills all hope.
Quite freely in this opulence
of satisfaction at the end,
as suffering has honed delight
deep satisfaction owns the hour.
The former losses, lean and spare,
are naught, considered less than life.
For in the lapse of everything,
the Lord sustains, and rescues yet.
Becoming then in earnest hope
the beacon of a life prepared,
we answer with a seemly joy
the eager confidence of God.
LM Suggested tune: Warrington
Nov. 3 – Proper 26
On Luke 19:1-10
Meeting Jesus, come in wonder
at the challenge of delight.
For he sees the longing coming,
sees the anxious, all in fright,
knows the burden we unworthy
carry to the glimpse of joy.
Thus he calls to bring us near him,
calls to dine with us today.
All the weary, all the eager
come to find his welcome so.
All the sinning, all the fearful
find release, abound in joy.
Finding here the new creation,
joy abounds exultingly.
Every band of sin’s reflection
is released in love’s excess.
Hurry then to greet the Savior;
come to join in your sure fare.
Hasten every day to seek him.
Find extension to compare.
Richly yearn his eager answer
to the zeal of all repair.
For the son of man is coming
to seek and to save the lost
220.127.116.11.D Suggested tune: Abbot’s Leigh