Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Year B / Sunday, July 11, 2021

This Sunday’s Readings: 

Amos 7:12–15

Psalm 85:9–10, 11–12, 13–14 (8)

Ephesians 1:3–14 or 1:3–10

Mark 6:7–13

SENSIBLE SHOES. That was the running joke growing up when fewer religious women were wearing habits. You could tell the sisters by their sensible shoes. There’s a bit of theological truth to that. If the message of the Gospel is to go forth to the ends of the earth, you’d better have the right pair of shoes for the job.

What we pack and surround ourselves with for doing the mission of preaching the Gospel says a lot about what we think we are being called to do. There’s an apocryphal story about Pope Francis’s early days. He visits the Vatican office of evangelization and is greeted by the cardinal there, who sits behind a massive ornate oak desk. After some pleasantries, the cardinal asks the Holy Father what he can do for him in the work of evangelization. “First, Your Eminence,” the Pope says, “sell the desk.”

To do the mission of Christ, we don’t need much baggage, gear, or training. We need one another and a place of community along the journey. We need vulnerability so we can rely on the goodness of strangers and they can minister through their own sharing. We need perseverance. We need not to expect anything in return—not praise, not acceptance, not even the dust from the place. We need to shake off rejection and keep going. And of course, we need sensible shoes.

–Diana Macalintal

Suggested Music

GIA Hymnal Suggestions
WLP Resource Suggestions

Choral Suggestions:

The Summons

Words and Arrangement by John L. Bell / Adapted and Arranged by Gary Daigle

G-9837 · SATB, assembly, keyboard, guitar

I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light

Kathleen Thomerson / Arranged by Richard Proulx

G-8758 · SATB, reduction


“God set the stars to give light to the world…the star of my life is Jesus.”

There’s something about the first part of the text of this piece that brings to one’s mind a dark wooded area, with a clear sky filled with stars above the trees of the forest. “God set the stars to give light to the world…the star of my life is Jesus.” We can’t always see the way ahead on our own, amidst the trees and the darkness, but we have the perfect navigation system. When we follow the Light, “the night and the day are both alike” and the path ahead becomes so much clearer. 

– Jennifer Odegard

I Want to Follow Jesus

Words by Kathleen Thomerson / Music by Douglas Starr

G-3904 · SATB, organ

Go Forth for God

Sam Batt Owens

G-2740 · SATB, organ

Called as God’s Holy People

James Chepponis

G-3618 · SATB, cantor, assembly, organ

More choral suggestions for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time…


Aquí Estoy, Señor/Here Am I, Lord: Salmo 40(39)   Mary Frances Reza, arr. Peter Kolar SATB, cantor, assembly, flute, guitar, keyboard  012645

Call on the Lord  Andrew Everson  SATB, solo, descant, assembly, opt guitar  008986

Go and Teach All People  Michael Perza SATB, opt soprano solo, assembly, C instrument, guitar, keyboard  008770

Go Out  W. Clifford Petty  SATB, cantor, assembly, keyboard 001270

Go, Be Justice  Martin Willett & Kevin Keil  SATB, assembly, Bb trumpet, guitar, organ  008710

I Know Something About God’s Grace  Patrick D. Bradley  SATB, cantor or solo, assembly, guitar, keyboard  001282

I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light  Kathleen Thomerson  SATB, organ G-2786

I Will Go as You Have Sent Me  James Alberty SATB, piano  G-4910

Muéstranos, Señor/Lord, Show Us Your Mercy: Salmo 85(84)  Peter Kolar ¡Aclama, Tierra Entera! / Sing All You Lands! Bilingual songbook  012637

Tesoros Ocultos/Treasures Out of Darkness  Alan Revering, arr. Peter Kolar  SATB, cantor, assembly, opt flute, oboe, French horn, guitar, keyboard  012671

Thanksgiving Hymn from Ephesus  James Hansen SATB, cantor, assembly  G-4636

We Sing a Beginning  Alan J. Hommerding & Jennifer Kerr Breedlove  SATB, keyboard. 008792