Service for Sunday 20th September the 15th Sunday of Trinity

Hymns, Songs, Readings and other links for 15th Sunday of Trinity –

11th Sunday of Re-opening – A New Church for a New Society:

“Themes in John’s Gospel.”

  1. Justice – Part B (John 16:1-15)

Sunday 20th Sept 2020

Bible Readings:

Key Bible Readings:

John 16:1-15:  If you would like to look up the whole reading for yourself – simply click the link:

Set Readings for today:

Jonah 3:10 – 4:11 – Jonah was sent to Nineveh to pronounce God’s judgement on the great city.  But they repented when they heard the message.  Rather than be delighted Jonah is grumpy because God has shown mercy beyond judgement. How do we respond to God’s graciousness both towards calling us to forgive others and to allowing ourselves to be forgiven.  Goes to the heart of the Lord’s Prayer.

Philippians 1:21-end – Paul speaks to his fellow brothers and sister in the Church in Philippi with such compassion but also such certainty of his destiny to the point where he would rather be with Christ through death than to remain in this world.  Out of this closeness of relationship though Paul then speaks of the need for the Church to stand shoulder to shoulder as one worshipping and following the Lord Jesus. 

Matthew 20:1-16 – Jesus speaks both into the human condition but also into the specific situation of many of those from Jewish descent.  For the Jewish community had been faithful to following in the footsteps of Abraham, their spiritual father figure and to the keeping of the Mosaic Law for thousands of years.  But here is Jesus saying, those who have come to faith most recently, and more than that, those who have been rejected by society and thrown of the rubbish heap, they in their thankfulness and humility, those who could not believe they would possibly be invited to the party and treated as an equal, these are those who will lead the parade into the Kingdom.  For it is gratitude, generosity, and humility, not piety, works, and badges that are God’s currency of what aligns a person’s heart with His own.

Hymns and Songs for 15th Sunday after Trinity:


  1. “Jesus Christ is waiting ” by John Bell (Iona Community) with Lyrics:

Children’s Song:


We have been told by Facebook that unfortunately we are not able to play recorded artists during the actual “Livestream” itself at present, so we are playing certain videos either Before or After as a physical Church.  So that everyone can share in a full experience of the breadth of the worship life of the Church details of this music is given here:

  1. “Blowing in the Wind” by Bob Dylan. One of the greatest protest songs. With Lyrics:
  1. “Inner City Blues” by Rodriguez. One of the best protest singers to come out of the US.  His story is quite remarkable (see film recommends).  A story of God’s justice at work.  He is one of his early videos:  
  1. “Justica” by The Porter’s Gate.  Created during Lockdown:
  1. “Justice will roll down” by Sandra McCracken with Lyrics:

Played during Communion:

  1. “Romance” – by Shostakovich, from “The Gadfly” played by Laura Heathcote.
  2. You can find a YouTube version of this by clicking the link:

Played after the Livestream:

  1. “This is Amazing Grace” version by Christopher Duffley of Northland Church.  Christopher has Autism and was born blind due to drug addiction from his mother at birth.  His story and the story of his faith are incredible:
  2. See his first video at age ten, “Open the eyes on my heart, Lord,” which we have played before.  It’s innocence and simplicity are truly humbling:


  1. “Justice” – Word Study by the Bible Project:


“Searching for Sugarman” the story of Sixto Rodriguez.  This is the story of a singer songwriter, living in the depths of poverty, passed over by his own, only to be discovered and heralded six thousand miles away without him even knowing it for twenty years.  Until one day.  Rodriguez has been compared as a lyricist to the like of Bob Dylan, and in a foreign land, he was bigger than the Beattles.  Great watch (especially if you’re a music buff or like a story of injustice with a happy ending).  Available from Amazon or to rent on Amazon Prime.

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