15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C, 2013)

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Entrance Father, Lord of all creation
Kyrie Kyrie II from Paschal Mass (Alan Rees)
Gloria Psallite
Psalm Ps 68 (Stephen Dean)
Gospel Acclamation St Agatha Alleluia (mcb)
Preparation of the Gifts Will you let me be your servant
Sanctus, Acclamation B, Amen Mass of Creation (Marty Haugen)
Agnus Dei Lamb of God II (mcb)
Communion Eat this bread (Taizé)
Postcommunion Ave Verum Corpus (William Byrd, 1540-1623)
Recessional God is love, his the care


  1. At a Chris Walker workshop once, he made us take our heads out of our books and look at one another as we sang 'Will you let me be your servant'. He said that we should be praying this song each time we sing it and that, if we are asking someone to let us be their servant, we should let them see our eyes, so they will know we are sincere. If you are assuring someone that you will hold the Christ light for them in the nightime of their fears, they need to see that you mean it. It's hard, and can feel uncomfortable, but I try to make eye contact with someone in the congregation, or with a fellow choir member each time I pray the words of this song. It helps if you smile at the person you're looking at, so you don't scare them witless! :-) This song is all about loving others and allowing them to love you. That's Christ's message in a nutshell. We should sing it more often.

  2. Thank you Mary, those are moving thoughts. I've been trying to think if this would work with any other song, but I can't think of any that we as Christians sing to our fellow human beings. That makes this one special. My favourite verse is

    When we sing to God in heaven
    We shall find such harmony,
    Born of all we've known together
    Of Christ's love and agony.

    It's like the last verse of Bob Hurd's Ubi Caritas - singing about hopes in a way that can't help feeling wistful.