Lectionary

Sunday 31 December, 2017

First Sunday of Christmas

For Watchnight and New Year suggestions, see below.

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Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one hymn

Isaiah 61: 10 – 62: 3

As the deer pants for the water (StF 544)
Let all the world in every corner sing (StF 57)
Morning has broken like the first morning (StF 136)
Praise is rising, eyes are turning to you (StF 64)
Worship God with the morning sunrise (StF 68)

Psalm 148

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

All creatures of our God and King (StF 99)
Angels, from the realms of glory (StF 190)
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven (StF 83)
Praise the Lord! You heavens, adore him (StF 86)

Galatians 4: 4-7

Abba, Father (StF 439)
Born in song! (StF 21)
Come, let us sing of a wonderful love (StF 443)
*Come, thou long-expected Jesus (StF 169)
Jesus, we are here (Jesu, tawa pano) (StF 27)
Let earth and heaven combine (StF 208)
We wait in hope for hope to come (website only)
Where shall my wondering soul begin? (StF 454)

Luke 2: 22-40

And I will wait now (website only)
Beneath the paper wrappings (StF 192)
Birth brings a promise of new life awaking (StF 226)
*Come, thou long-expected Jesus (StF 169)
Hail to the Lord’s Anointed (StF 228)
Mary and Joseph came to the Temple (StF 229)
Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace (StF 794) responsive reading
Remembering Mary (website only)
Sing of a God in majestic divinity (StF 13)
Take my life, and let it be (StF 566)
Through long years of watchful waiting (StF 232)
We cannot bear the full light of your glory (website only)
We see the eyes of Mary shine (StF 219)

New Year – Watchnight (Year B)

General

A hymn for New Year (“This is a day of both prayer and of praising”) (website only)

either Deuteronomy 8:1-20

Guide me, O thou great Jehovah (StF 465)
O God of Bethel, by whose hand thy people still are fed (StF 475)
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven (StF 83)
Seek ye first the kingdom of God (StF 254)

or Ecclesiastes 3:1-15

Come, let us sing to the One (StF 2)
Sing of a God in majestic divinity (StF 13)
There is no moment of my life (StF 482)
When we are living, we are in the Lord (StF 485)

either Psalm 8

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

I sing the almighty power of God (StF 107)

or Psalm 90

Come, let us anew our journey pursue (StF 460)

Revelation 21:1-6a

As with gladness men of old (v.4) (StF 224)
It came upon a midnight clear (StF 205)
Hills of the north, rejoice (StF 172)
O God, you search me and you know me (StF 728)
Praise is rising (StF 64)
Darkness like a shroud covers the earth (StF 170)
Joy to the world, the Lord is come! (StF 330)

Matthew 25:31-46

Blest are the pure in heart (StF 244)
Hark the glad sound! The Saviour comes (StF 171)
Here on the threshold of a new beginning (StF 684)
Up to your table, Lord, you call us (vv.1&3) (StF 599)
We pray until that hour (StF 741)
When I needed a neighbour, were you there? (StF 256)

or Luke 12:13-21

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness (StF 34)

or Luke 12:35-50

A charge to keep I have (StF 658)
As servants working an estate whose owner is away (StF 491)
At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow (StF 317)
Light a candle in a darkened place (StF 174)
Lo, he comes with clouds descending (StF 177)
Stay with me, remain here with me (StF 780)
We pray until the hour (StF 741)     see details / comment

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Monday 25 December, 2017

Christmas Day (Year B)

Any of the following sets of readings and suggested hymns may be used on the evening of Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day. Set 3 should be used for one service during this celebration.

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Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one hymn

Lighting of Advent candles (using verses as appropriate)

Advent candles tell their story (StF 165)
Candles we light upon the Advent Ring (website only)
‘Christmas is coming!’ The Church is glad to sing (StF 166)
Light a candle for Jesus the King (website only) (sung to “The Little Drummer Boy”)
Light a candle in a darkened place (StF 174)
Like a candle flame, flickering small in our darkness (StF 176)

Set 1

Isaiah 9:2-7

Community of Christ, who make the Cross your own (StF 681)

Psalm 96

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Joy to the world (StF 330)
When a young unmarried couple (StF 220)

Titus 2:11-14

Let my Saviour sleep (website only)
Love came down at Christmas (StF 210)

Luke 2:1-14 (15-20)

Angels from the realms of glory (vv.1&2) (StF 190)
Born in the night, Mary’s child (StF 193)
Carol of Peace (website only)
Glory be to God on high (StF 199)
Heaven’s come so close tonight (website only)
How hard was that journey (website only)
In the bleak midwinter (StF 204)
Let all mortal flesh keep silence (StF 591)
Like a candle flame, flickering small in our darkness (StF 176)
Love came down at Christmas (StF 210)
Love laid bare (website only)
See him lying in a bed of straw (StF 216)
Silent night, holy night (StF 217)
We do not look for angel choirs (website only)

Set 2

Isaiah 62:6-12

All hail the power of Jesu’s name (StF 342)
Born in song! (StF 21)
He is Lord, he is Lord (StF 348)
I rejoiced when I heard them say (StF 26)
O sing to the Lord, O sing God a new song (StF 42)

Psalm 97

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Angels from the realms of glory (StF 190)
Born in the night, Mary’s child (StF 193)
Glory be to God on high (StF 199)
Hark! The herald-angels sing (StF 202)

Titus 3:4-7

And can it be that I should gain? (StF 345)
Down the mountain the river flows (StF 377)
O Holy Spirit, Lord of grace (StF 392)

Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed (StF 191)
Carol of Peace (website only)
Christians, awake, salute the happy morn (StF 195)
Come and join the celebration (v.1) (StF 196)
Cradled in a manger meanly (StF 197)
Glory be to God on high, and peace on earth descend (StF 199)
God is born among us: earth receives the Christ child (StF 200)
Good news, good news to you we bring (StF 201)
Hark! The herald-angels sing (StF 202)
Heaven’s come so close tonight (website only)
I had a dream that I was standing on a hillside (StF 203)
It came upon a midnight clear (StF 205)
It was on a starry night (StF 206)
O come, all ye faithful (StF 212)
See, amid the winter’s snow (StF 215)
We do not look for angel choirs (website only)
While shepherds watched their flocks by night (StF 221)
Who would think that what was needed (StF 222)

Set 3

Isaiah 52:7-10

Hail to the Lord’s Anointed (StF 228)
I cannot tell why he, whom angels worship (StF 350)
There’s a light upon the mountains (StF 188)

Psalm 98

Hymn echoing the psalmist’s theme

Joy to the world (StF 330)

Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12)

Angels from the realms of glory (StF 190)
Before the world began, one Word was there (StF 101)
Glory be to God on high, and peace on earth descend (StF 199)
Hark! The herald-angels sing (StF 202)
It came upon a midnight clear (StF 205)
Joy to the world (StF 330)
Let earth and heaven combine (StF 208)
Long ago, prophets knew Christ would come (StF 178)
Love came down at Christmas (StF 210)

John 1:1-14

Christians, awake, salute the happy morn (StF 195)
Glory be to God on high, and peace on earth descend (StF 199)
Hark! The herald-angels sing (StF 202)
Let all mortal flesh keep silence (StF 591)
Let earth and heaven combine (StF 208)
Love came down at Christmas (StF 210)
O come, all ye faithful (StF 212)
Once in royal David’s city (StF 214)
See, amid the winter’s snow (StF 215)     see details / comment

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Sunday 24 December, 2017

Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year B)

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Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one hymn

Lighting of Advent candles (using verses as appropriate)

Advent candles tell their story (StF 165)
Candles we light upon the Advent Ring (website only)
‘Christmas is coming!’ The Church is glad to sing (StF 166)
Light a candle for Jesus the King (website only) (sung to “The Little Drummer Boy”)
Light a candle in a darkened place (StF 174)
Like a candle flame, flickering small in our darkness (StF 176)

2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16

A safe stronghold our God is still (StF 623)
Behold the servant of the Lord! (StF 546)

either Canticle: Magnificat (Luke 1:46b-55)

My soul rejoices in God my Saviour (StF 60)
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord! (StF 186)
We gladly celebrate and praise (StF 120)

or Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

It was on a starry night (StF 206)
Let all mortal flesh keep silence (StF 591)
While shepherds watched their flocks by night (StF 221)

Romans 16:25-27

Come, thou long-expected Jesus (StF 169)
God make us ready for our celebration (“Emmanuel Now”) (website only)
Light we now our candle flame (website only)
Speak in the stillness, God we pray (StF 511)

Luke 1:26-38

Behold the servant of the Lord! (StF 546)
God it was who said to Abraham (StF 464)
Long ago, prophets knew Christ would come (StF 178)
Remembering Mary (website only)
The Angel Gabriel from heaven came (StF 187)
We gladly celebrate and praise (StF 120)     see details / comment

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Sunday 17 December, 2017

Third Sunday of Advent (Year B)

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Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one hymn

Lighting of Advent candles (using verses as appropriate)

Advent candles tell their story (StF 165)
Candles we light upon the Advent Ring (website only)
‘Christmas is coming!’ The Church is glad to sing (StF 166)
Light a candle for Jesus the King (website only) (sung to “The Little Drummer Boy”)
Light a candle in a darkened place (StF 174)
Like a candle flame, flickering small in our darkness (StF 176)

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

God’s spirit is in my heart (StF 404)
Hail to the Lord’s anointed (StF 228)
Make way, make way, for Christ the king in splendour arrives (StF 264)

either Psalm 126

Hymn echoing the psalmist’s theme

There’s a light upon the montains (StF 188)
You shall go out with joy (StF 487)

or Canticle: Magnificat (Luke 1:46b-55)

My soul rejoices in God my Saviour (StF 60)
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord! (StF 186)
We gladly celebrate and praise (StF 120)

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

Hills of the north, rejoice (StF 172)
Love divine, all loves excelling (StF 503)
May the mind of Christ my Saviour live in me from day to day (StF 504)
Pray, without ceasing, pray (StF 528)
Round orange, round orange, you serve as a sign (StF 184)

John 1:6-8, 19-28

Author of faith, eternal Word (StF 457)
Bread of life, hope of the world (As we proclaim your death) (StF 577)
Joy to the world, the Lord is come! (StF 330)
Of the Father’s love begotten (StF 181)
On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry (StF 182)
Praise to the God who clears the way (StF 183)     see details / comment

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Sunday 10 December, 2017

Second Sunday of Advent (Year B)

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Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one hymn

Lighting of Advent candles (using verses as appropriate)

Advent candles tell their story (StF 165)
Candles we light upon the Advent Ring (website only)
‘Christmas is coming!’ The Church is glad to sing (StF 166)
Light a candle for Jesus the King (website only) (sung to “The Little Drummer Boy”)
Light a candle in a darkened place (StF 174)
Like a candle flame, flickering small in our darkness (StF 176)

Isaiah 40:1-11

Immortal, invisible, God only wise (StF 55)
O come, O come, Immanuel (StF 180)
Praise to the God who clears the way (StF 183)
The King of love my shepherd is (StF 479)

Psalm 85: 1-2, 8-13

Hymn echoing the psalmist’s theme

There is a new heaven; there is a new earth (StF 738)

2 Peter 3:8-15a

Earth’s creator, everyday God (StF 45)
It came upon a midnight clear (StF 205)
Love divine, all loves excelling (StF 503)
O God, our help in ages past (StF 132)

Mark 1:1-8

Make way, make way, for Christ the king in splendour arrives (StF 264)
O come, O come, Immanuel (StF 180)
On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry (StF 182)
Praise to the God who clears a way (StF 183)
The kingdom of God is justice and joy (StF 255)
Wild and lone the prophet’s voice (StF 189)     see details / comment

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Sunday 3 December, 2017

First Sunday of Advent (Year B)

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Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one hymn

Lighting of Advent candles (using verses as appropriate)

Advent candles tell their story (StF 165)
Candles we light upon the Advent Ring (website only)
‘Christmas is coming!’ The Church is glad to sing (StF 166)
Light a candle for Jesus the King (website only) (sung to “The Little Drummer Boy”)
Light a candle in a darkened place (StF 174)
Like a candle flame, flickering small in our darkness (StF 176)

Isaiah 64:1-9

Day of judgement! Day of wonder! (StF 732)
God of forgiveness, your people you freed (StF 425)
My Jesus, my Saviour (StF 363)

Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Darkness like a shroud covers the earth (StF 170)
Love divine, all loves excelling (StF 503)

1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Author of life divine, who has a table spread (StF 572)

Mark 13:24-37

A charge to keep I have (StF 658)
As servants working an estate whose owner is away (StF 491)
At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow (StF 317)
Light a candle in a darkened place (StF 174)
Lo, he comes with clouds descending (StF 177)
Stay with me, remain here with me (StF 780)
We do not look for angel choirs (website only)
We pray until the hour (StF 741)     see details / comment

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Sunday 26 November, 2017

Sunday before Advent

What hymns have you chosen for today, and why? Do you have a comment about the suggestions here? Just click on “see details/comment” below and respond using the box at the bottom of the new page

Just one set of readings is offered through Advent. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading.

Ezekiel 34: 11-16, 20-24

How sweet the name of Jesus sounds (StF 322)
I will sing the wondrous story (StF 323)
In heavenly love abiding (StF 736)
Out of the depths I cry to thee (StF 433)
The King of love my shepherd is (StF 479)
The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want (StF 480)
The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want (StF 481) (Townend version)
When circumstances make my life too hard to understand (StF 641)
When I was lost, you came and rescued me (StF 367)

Psalm 95: 1-7a

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Come, let us praise the Lord (StF 43)
Let all the world in every corner sing (StF 57)

or Psalm 100

All people that on earth do dwell (StF 1)
From all that dwell below the skies (StF 75)
Give thanks to the Lord, our God and King (StF 77)
Jesu, the joy of loving hearts (StF 365)
Jesus shall reign where’er the sun (StF 328)
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness (StF 34)

Ephesians 1: 15-23

Christ is made the sure foundation (StF 677)
Christ triumphant, ever reigning (StF 319)
Great is our redeeming Lord (StF 683)
Jesus – the name high over all (StF 357)
Jesus is the name we honour (StF 354)
Jesus shall take the highest honour (StF 356)
King of kings, majesty (StF 331)
Let earth and heaven agree (StF 358)
Majesty, worship his majesty (StF 333)

Matthew 25: 31-46

Of this reading, this month’s compiler, the Revd Andrew Murphy, says: “The parable of the sheep and the goats brings together two major themes: Christ the King, and our Christian responsibility for justice and compassion. So no apologies for the long list for this reading; however, some suggestions are more obviously relevant to the text than others, which were chosen more as reflections on the twin themes.

‘Come, now, you blessed, eat at my table’ (StF 695)
Beauty for brokenness (StF 693)
Come, Lord, be our guest (StF 580)
Day of judgment! Day of wonder! (StF 732)
Hark the glad sound! The Saviour comes (StF 171)
Heaven shall not wait for the poor to lose their patience (StF 701)
Jesus Christ – Perfect Love (StF 325)
Jesus Christ is waiting (StF 251)
Let all mortal flesh keep silence (StF 591)
Longing for light, we wait in darkness (StF 706)
Make way, make way, for Christ the King (StF 264)
Praise to the God who clears the way (StF 183)
Rejoice, the Lord is King! (StF 335)
Show me how to stand for justice (StF 713)
Sing we the King who is coming to reign (StF 185)
The God who sings a new world into being (StF 714)
There is a higher throne than all this world has known (StF 337)
There’s a light upon the mountains, and the day is at the spring (StF 188)
When I needed a neighbour, were you there, were you there? (StF 256)
Where can we find you, Lord Jesus our Master? (StF 672)
Who can sound the depths of sorrow (StF 723)
Would you walk by on the other side (StF 257)     see details / comment

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Sunday 19 November, 2017

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

What hymns have you chosen for today, and why? Do you have a comment about the suggestions here? Just click on “see details/comment” below and respond using the box at the bottom of the new page

Readings are laid out as for the continuous form of the lectionary. Alternative related readings (OT and psalm only) are below. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading.

Judges 4: 1-7

Come, divine Interpreter (StF 154)
God has spoken—by his prophets (StF 157)
God of forgiveness, your people you freed (StF 425)
Help us, O Lord, to learn the truth your word imparts (StF 501)
Lord, we turn to you for mercy (StF 429)
The prophets’ voice comes down the years (StF 162)

Psalm 123

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Almighty God, we come to make confession (StF 419)
Behold the servant of the Lord! (StF 546)
Hark, my soul! It is the Lord (StF 426)
When all your mercies O my God (StF 97)
Ye servants of God (StF 340)

1 Thessalonians 5: 1-11

All praise to our redeeming Lord (StF 608)
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart (StF 545)
I am the bread, the bread of life (StF 587)
My soul finds rest in God alone (StF 633)
Sing we the King who is coming to reign (StF 185)
Soldiers of Christ, arise (StF 637)
Thou God of truth and love (StF 620)
We pray until the hour (StF 741)

Matthew 25: 14-30

*Come, let us anew our journey pursue (StF 460)
Give me the faith which can remove and sink the mountain to a plain (StF 661)
Giving it all to you (StF 551)
I will offer up my life (StF 446)
Take my life, and let it be (StF 566)
Take this moment, sign, and space (StF 513)

Alternative related readings:

Zephaniah 1: 7, 12-18

Day of judgment! Day of wonder! (StF 732)
Heaven shall not wait for the poor to lose their patience (StF 701)
In an age of twisted values (StF 703)
Love inspired the anger (StF 253)
The right hand of God is writing in our land (StF 715)
We pray until the hour (StF 741)
Who can sound the depths of sorrow (StF 723)

Psalm 90: 1-8 (9-11) 12

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

*Come, let us anew our journey pursue (StF 460)
Immortal, invisible, God only wise (StF 55)
Lord of the boundless curves of space (StF 111)
O God, our help in ages past (StF 132)
Lord, you have ben our refuge (StF 816) (Psalm 90: spoken, responsive)
Who can sound the depths of sorrow in the Father heart of God (StF 723)     see details / comment

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Sunday 12 November, 2017

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

What hymns have you chosen for today, and why? Do you have a comment about the suggestions here? Just click on “see details/comment” below and respond using the box at the bottom of the new page

Readings are laid out as for the continuous form of the lectionary. Alternative related readings (OT and psalm only) are below. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading.

See below for alternative Remembrance Service hymns and links.

Joshua 24: 1-3a, 14-25

Deep in the shadows of the past (StF 463)
Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us (StF 238)

Psalm 78: 1-7

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
God’s spirit is in my heart (StF 404)
Teach me, my God and King (StF 668)

1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18

Come, let us join our friends above (StF 744)
Day of judgment! Day of wonder! (StF 732)
Going home, moving on (StF 734)
Great is the darkness that covers the earth (StF 405)
Lo, he comes with clouds descending (StF 177)
Rejoice, the Lord is King! (StF 335)
We pray until the hour (StF 741)

Matthew 25: 1-13

Come, Lord Jesus, come (StF 168)
Come, sinners, to the gospel feast (StF 401)
Darkness like a shroud covers the earth (StF 170)
Great is the darkness that covers the earth (StF 405)
In the darkness of this world (StF 173)
Longing for light, we wait in darkness (StF 706)
Stay with me (StF 780)
The Church’s one foundation (StF 690)
There’s a light upon the mountains (StF 188)
We pray until the hour (StF 741)

Alternative related readings:

Wisdom of Solomon 6: 12-16 and Canticle: Wisdom of Solomon 6: 17-20

Powerful in making us wise to salvation (StF 160)
Holy Spirit, gift bestower (StF 383)

Amos 5: 18-24

God weeps at love withheld (StF 700)
Hail to the Lord’s Anointed (StF 228)
Hear the call of the kingdom (StF 407)
In an age of twisted values (StF 703)
In labour all creation groans (StF 704)
Send down the fire of your justice (StF 413)
Show me how to stand for justice (StF 713)
When the music fades, all is stripped away (StF 437)
Who can sound the depths of sorrow in the Father heart of God (StF 723)

Psalm 70

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

How long, O Lord, will you forget (StF 630)
My soul finds rest in God alone (StF 633)
When circumstances make my life too hard to understand (StF 641)

or for Rembembrance Sunday

Isaiah 25: 1-9 or Isaiah 52: 7-12 or Micah 4: 1-8
Psalm 9: 9-20 or Psalm 46
Romans 8: 31-35, 37-39 or Revelation 22: 1-5
Matthew 5: 1-12 or Matthew 5: 43-48 or John 15: 9-17

General

Beauty for brokenness (StF 693)
Crown him with many crowns (StF 347)
For the healing of the nations (StF 696)
God! As with silent hearts we bring to mind (StF 698)
Longing for light, we wait in darkness (StF 706)
O God of hope, your prophets spoke (StF 708)
O God, our help in ages past (StF 132)
Peace, perfect peace, is the gift of Christ our Lord (StF 710)
We turn to you, O God of every nation (StF 720)

Singing the Faith Plus includes three pages that discuss varied responses to war in hymns:

In relation to those who refused to fight, see:

Categories: Lectionary, Remembrance Sunday

Sunday 5 November, 2017

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

What hymns have you chosen for today, and why? Do you have a comment about the suggestions here? Just click on “see details/comment” below and respond using the box at the bottom of the new page

Readings are laid out as for the continuous form of the lectionary. Alternative related readings (OT and psalm only) are below. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading.

Joshua 3: 7-17

Come, let us join our friends above (StF 744)
Guide me, O thou great Jehovah (StF 465)
Just as we are (website only)
Thine be the glory (StF 313)

Psalm 107: 1-7, 33-37

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

I’ll praise my Maker while I’ve breath (StF 79)
Now thank we all our God (StF 81)
The steadfast love of the Lord (StF 66)

1 Thessalonians 2: 9-13

*Brother, sister, let me serve you (StF 611)
Called by Christ to be disciples (StF 660)
Help us, O Lord, to learn the truths your word imparts (StF 501)
Jesus, Lord, we look to thee (StF 686)
Speak, O Lord, as we come to you (StF 161)

Matthew 23: 1-12

*Brother, sister, let me serve you (StF 611)
Father in heaven (StF 4)
*In an age of twisted values (StF 703)
Jesus Christ is waiting (StF 251)
*Show me how to stand for justice (StF 713)
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy (StF 416)

Alternative related readings:

Micah 3: 5-12

Beauty for brokenness (StF 693)
God weeps (StF 700)
Heaven shall not wait for the poor to lose their patience (StF 701)
I will speak out for those who have no voices (StF 702)
*In an age of twisted values (StF 703)
O God of hope, your prophets spoke (StF 708)
*Show me how to stand for justice (StF 713)
The right hand of God is writing in our land (StF 715)
When mountains that we thought secure (StF 722)
Who can sound the depths of sorrow (StF 723)

Psalm 43

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Deep in the darkness a starlight is gleaming (StF 625)
God of my faith, I offer you my doubt (StF 629)
My troubled soul, why so weighed down? (StF 635)
When I’m feeling down and sad (StF 642)
When, O God, our faith is tested (StF 643)     see details / comment

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Wednesday 1 November, 2017

All Saints Day

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Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading.

General

Come, let us join our friends above (StF 744)
For all the saints who from their labours rest (StF 745)
Ye holy angels bright (StF 69)

More suggestions and reflections at Singing All Saints and All-hallows Eve.

Revelation 7: 9-17

Blessing and honour, glory and power are rightly yours (StF 765)
Come let us join our cheerful songs (StF 743)
Glorious things of thee are spoken (StF 748)
I cannot tell why he, whom angels worship (StF 350)
Jesus – the name high over all (StF 357)
Jesus is King and I will extol him (StF 327)
Jesus shall take the highest honour (StF 356)
King of Kings, Majesty (StF 331)
Let earth and heaven agree (StF 358)
Only by grace can we enter (StF 565)
Praise, my soul, the king of heaven (StF 83)
There is a higher throne (StF 337)
Ye servants of God (StF 340)

Psalm 34: 1-10, 22

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

I will bless the Lord at all times (StF 809) (Psalm 34: spoken, responsive)
King of Glory, King of Peace (StF 56)
My soul finds rest in God alone (StF 633)
Through all the changing scenes of life (StF 638)

1 John 3: 1-3

Author of life divine (StF 572)
Come let us sing of a wonderful love (StF 443)
Father God, I wonder (StF 72)
Love divine, all loves excelling (StF 503)
Open the eyes of my heart, Lord (StF 451)
Purify my heart, let me be as gold (StF 508)
When I was lost, you came and rescued me (StF 367)

Matthew 5: 1-12

Blest are the pure in heart (StF 244)
Blest are they, the poor in spirit (StF 245)
Community of Christ (StF 681)
Hear the call of the kingdom (StF 407)
The kingdom of God (StF 255)     see details / comment

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Sunday 29 October, 2017

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Readings are laid out as for the continuous form of the lectionary. Alternative related readings (OT and psalm only) are below. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading.

Deuteronomy 34: 1-12

Come, let us join our friends above (StF 744)
God who sets us on a journey (website only)
Guide me, O thou great Jehovah (StF 465)
In heavenly love abiding (StF 736)
Moses, I know you’re the man (StF 473)
The world we thought we knew is changing fast (website only)
There is a new heaven, there is a new earth (StF 738)

Psalm 90: 1-6, 13-17

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Everlasting God, the years go by (StF 46)
How long, O Lord, will you forget (StF 630)
I sing the almighty power of God (StF 107)
Lord of the boundless curves of space (StF 111)
Lord, you have been our refuge (Psalm 90) (StF 816) responsive reading
O God, our help in ages past (StF 132)
O worship the King, all-glorious above (StF 113)
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation (StF 88)
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases (StF 66)

1 Thessalonians 2: 1-8

And I will wait now (website only)
Away with our fears! (StF 458)
God, who made the stars of heaven (StF 7)
Go to the world! Go into all the earth (StF 402)
*Hear the call of the kingdom (StF 407)
Put peace into each other’s hands (StF 712)

Matthew 22: 34-46

Abba, Father, let me be yours and your alone (StF 439)
Beyond these walls of worship (StF 547)
Come, thou long-expected Jesus (StF 169)
God is love: his the care (StF 403)
Hail to the Lord’s anointed (StF 228)
*Hear the call of the kingdom (StF 407)
I come with joy, a child of God (StF 588)
Send down the fire of your justice (StF 413)
What shall I do my God to love, my loving God to praise? (StF 436)
What shall I do my God to love . . . (StF 516)

Alternative related readings:

Leviticus 19: 1-2, 15-18

God, how can we forgive when bonds of love are torn? (StF 613)
Holy, holy, holy Lord (StF 789)
In an age of twisted values (StF 703)
Lord, your Church on earth is seeking your renewal from above (StF 410)
When I needed a neighbour (StF 256)
When our views are varied (website only)
You call us out to praise you (website only)

Psalm 1

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

As water to the thirsty (StF 441)
God, when I came into this life (StF 535)
I was on your mind long before you formed the earth (StF 468)
The King of love my shepherd is (StF 479)
We are marching in the light of God (StF 483)     see details / comment

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Sunday 22 October, 2017

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Readings are laid out as for the continuous form of the lectionary. Alternative related readings (OT and psalm only) are below. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading.

Exodus 33: 12-23

Come, O thou Traveller unknown (StF 461)
Father, I place into your hands (StF 519)
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty (StF 11)
Immortal, invisible, God only wise (StF 55)
May the glory of the Lord fill his temple (StF 31)
Rock of Ages, cleft for me (StF 434)
We cannot bear the full light of your glory (website only)

Psalm 99

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Guide me, O thou great Jehovah (StF 465)
King of kings, majesty (StF 331)
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven (StF 83)
Rejoice, the Lord is King! (StF 335)
The Lord is king (StF 821) (Psalm 99) responsive reading
Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim (StF 340)

1 Thessalonians 1: 1-10

A charge to keep I have (StF 658)
For all the saints who showed your love in how they lived (StF 746)
God beyond our dreams, you have stirred in us a memory (StF 496)
Have you heard God’s voice; has your heart been stirred? (StF 662)
Here am I, Lord (StF 552)
Now I have found the ground wherein sure my souls anchor may remain (StF 561)
O thou who camest from above (StF 564)
What shall we offer our good Lord (StF 671)

Matthew 22: 15-22

In editing this week’s Gospel hymn suggestions, the Revd Andrew Murphy has included hymns “that remind us to ‘Give to God what belongs to God’ or that challenge us about our stewardship of money – for example Marjorie Dobson’s “A rich young man . . .”, which speaks of the wise use of money and of showing loving care with ‘open-hearted giving’.

A rich young man came seeking (StF 243)
At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow (StF 317)
God of justice, Saviour to all (StF 699)
Jesus, all for Jesus (StF 555)
Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult (StF 250)
Lord, I lift your name on high (StF 332)
Lord, you have come to the seashore (StF 558)
Show me how to stand for justice (StF 713)
Teach me, my God and King (StF 668)
We have nothing to give that didn’t first come from your hand (StF 670)
We turn to you, O God of every nation (StF 720)

Alternative related readings:

Isaiah 45: 1-7

Before the world began, one Word was there (StF 101)
Be still and know that I am God, and there is none beside me (StF 19)
Immortal, invisible, God only wise (StF 55)
O come, O come, Immanuel (StF 180)
O worship the King, all-glorious above (StF 113)
Praise to the God who clears the way (StF183)
The God who sings a new world into being shows the way (StF 714)

Psalm 96: 1-9 (10-13)

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

He’s got the whole world in his hand (StF 536)
O sing to the Lord (StF 42)
Our God is an awesome God (StF 62)
You shall go out with joy (StF 487)     see details / comment

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Sunday 15 October, 2017

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Exodus 32: 1-14

*God of forgiveness, your people you freed (StF 425)
Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult (StF 250)
Lord, we turn to you for mercy (StF 429)
O, the love of my Lord is the essence of all that I love (StF 431)
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven (StF 83)
Who can sound the depths of sorrow (StF 723)
Your ceaseless, unexhausted love (StF 438)

Psalm 106: 1-6, 19-23

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Father, we have sinned (StF 422)
Give thanks to the Lord, our God and King (StF 77)
*God of forgiveness, your people you freed (StF 425)
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases (StF 66)

Philippians 4: 1-9

As your family, Lord, see us here (Kum by yah) (StF 571)
Come, you thankful people come (StF 123)
Dear Lord and Father of mankind forgive our foolish ways (StF 495)
For the beauty of the earth (StF 102)
In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful (StF 776)
Now thank we all our God (StF 81)
What a friend we have in Jesus (StF 531)

Matthew 22: 1-14

Bread is blessed and broken (StF 576) (communion hymn)
Come, sinners to the gospel feast (StF 401)
Day of judgment! Day of wonder! (StF 732)
Go to the world! Go to all the earth (StF 402)
I the Lord of sea and sky (StF 663)
Let us build a house where love can dwell (StF 409)
The Church of Christ, in every age (StF 415)
The kingdom of God is justice and joy (StF 255)
There is a new heaven; there is a new earth (StF 738)
Up to your table, Lord, you call us (StF 599) (communion hymn)
Where can we find you, Lord Jesus our Master? (StF 672)
Your hand, O God, has guided your flock, from age to age (StF 692) (esp. v.2)

Alternative related readings:

Isaiah 25: 1-9

A safe stronghold our God is still (StF 632)
Guide me, O thou great Jehovah (StF 465)
I’ll praise my Maker while I’ve breath (StF 79)
Joy to the World, the Lord is come! (StF 330)
O God, our help in ages past (StF 132)
Sing for God’s glory that colours the dawn of creation (StF 116)
The trumpets sound, the angels sing (StF 35)

Psalm 23

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (StF 626)
The King of Love my shepherd is (StF 479)
The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want (StF 480)
The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want (StF 481)
When circumstances make my life too hard to understand (StF 641)     see details / comment

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Sunday 8 October, 2017

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Readings are laid out as for the continuous form of the lectionary. Alternative related readings (OT and psalm only) are below. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading.

Exodus 20: 1-4, 7-9, 12-20

Almighty God, we come to make confession (StF 419)
Be still and know that I am God (StF 19)
Help us, O Lord, to learn (StF 501)
O come, O come, Immanuel (StF 180)
Powerful in making us wise to salvation (StF 160)
Speak, O Lord, as we come to you (StF 161)

Psalm 19

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

All heaven declares (StF 293)
From all that dwells below the skies (StF 75)
From the breaking of the dawn (StF 156)
God of all power, and truth, and grace (StF 498)
Jesus is Lord! Creation’s voice proclaims it (StF 353)
May the mind of Christ my Saviour (StF 504)
The heavens are telling the glory of God (StF 803) (responsive reading)
Your words to me are life and health (StF 164)

Philippians 3: 4b -14

All I once held dear, built my life upon (StF 489)
And can it be hat I should gain (StF 345)
Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart (StF 545)
Beneath the cross of Jesus (StF 442)
Fight the good fight with all your might (StF 634)
Great God your love has called us here (StF 499)
Jesus, lover of my soul (StF 355)
O love divine, what have you done! (StF 278)
When I survey the wondrous cross (StF 287)

Matthew 21: 33-46

Christ is made the sure foundation (StF 677)
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest! (StF 263)
I danced in the morning when the world was begun (StF 247)
In Christ alone my hope is found (StF 351)
Lord Christ, we praise your sacrifice (StF 359)
My song is love unknown (StF 277)
The Kingdom of God is justice and joy (StF 255)
This is the day, this is the day (StF 152)

Alternative related readings:

Isaiah 5: 1-7

All the room was hushed and still (StF 266)
By the Babylonian rivers (StF 694)
You are the Vine, we are the branches (StF 258)

Psalm 80: 7-15

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

God of grace and God of glory (StF 682)
The God of Abraham praise (StF 91)
The right hand of God is writing in our land (StF 715)     see details / comment

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Sunday 1 October, 2017

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Exodus 17: 1-7

As water to the thirsty (StF 441)
All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
Crashing waters at creation (StF 376)
Down the mountain the river flows (StF 377)
Father, hear the prayer we offer (StF 518)
*Guide me, O thou great Jehovah (StF 465)
I’ve come to wash my soul in the living water (StF 428)
Jesu, the joy of loving hearts (StF 365)
Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour (StF 593)
Rock of Ages, cleft for me (StF 434)

Psalm 78: 1-4, 12-16

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Captain of Israel’s host, and Guide (StF 459)
*Guide me, O thou great Jehovah (StF 465)
*Your ceaseless, unexhausted love (StF 438)

Philippians 2: 1-13

At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow (StF 317)
*And can it be that I should gain an interest in the Saviour’s blood? (StF 345) esp. v.3
Brother, sister, let me serve you (StF 611)
From heaven you came, helpless babe (StF 272)
For the healing of the nations, Lord, we pray with one accord (StF 696)
God of all power, and truth, and grace (StF 498)
Hear the call of the kingdom (StF 407)
Here on the threshold of a new beginning (StF 684)
Jesus Christ, I think upon your sacrifice (StF 274)
May the mind of Christ my Saviour live in me from day to day (StF 504)
Meekness and majesty, manhood and deity (StF 362)
What kind of love is this that gave itself for me? (StF 286)
Who would ever have believed it? (StF 290)

Matthew 21: 23-32

*And can it be that I should gain an interest in the Saviour’s blood? (StF 345)
Blessed be your name (StF 41)
Come, sinners, to the gospel feast (StF 401)
Love divine, all loves excelling (StF 503)
There is a higher throne than all tis world has known (StF 337)
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy (StF 416)
Where shall my wondering soul begin? (StF 454)

Alternative related readings:

Ezekiel 18: 1-4, 25-32

Amazing grace – how sweet the sound (StF 440)
Come, let us sing of a wonderful love (StF 443)
Empty, broken, here I stand, Kyrie eleison (StF 421)
God of forgiveness, you people you freed (StF 425)
Have faith in God, my heart (StF 466)
O, the love of my lord is the essence of all that I love here on earth (StF 431)
*Your ceaseless, unexhausted love (StF 438)

Psalm 25: 1-9

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
A safe stronghold our God is still (StF 623)
Teach me to dance to the beat of your heart (StF 477)     see details / comment

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Sunday 24 September, 2017

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Exodus 16: 2-15

All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
Author of faith, eternal Word (StF 457)
How long, O Lord, will you forget an answer to my prayer? (StF 630)
Lord, enthoned in heavenly splendour (StF 593)
O God of Bethel (StF 475)
O God, our help in ages past (StF 132)

Psalm 105: 1-6, 37-45

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Captain of Israel’s host, and Guide (StF 459)
Faithful One, so unchanging (StF 628)
Take this moment, sign and space (StF 513)

Philippians 1: 21-30

Being of beings, God of love (StF 490)
Christ be my leader by night as by day (StF 492)
Great God, your love has called us here (StF 499)
Help us, O Lord, to learn the truths your word imparts (StF 501)
In Christ alone my hope is found (StF 351)
O the bitter shame and sorrow (StF 432)
You are the centre, you are my life (StF 567)

Matthew 20: 1-16

Father, hear the prayer we offer (StF 518)
For the fruits of all creation, thanks be to God (StF 124)
From heaven you came, helpless babe (StF 272)
Just as I am, without one plea (StF 556)
Not far beyond the sea nor high above the heavens, but very nigh (StF 159)
Now I have found the ground wherein sure my soul’s anchor may remain (StF 561)
Only by grace can we enter (StF 565)

Alternative related readings:

Jonah 3: 10-4: 11

Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us (StF 238)
Listening God, you hear us when we cannot speak (StF 524)
Lord, for the years your love has kept and guided (StF 470)
Lord of creation, to you be all praise! (StF 449)
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy (StF 416)

Psalm 145: 1-8

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

O for a thousand tongues to sing (StF 364)
Sing of the Lord’s goodness, Father of all wisdom (StF 65)
When all your mercies, O my God (StF 97)     see details / comment

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Sunday 17 September, 2017

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Exodus 14: 19-31

Father in whom we live (StF 5)
Guide me, O thou great Jehovah (StF 465)
Lord you sometimes speak in wonders (StF 158)
O God, our help in ages past (StF 132)
*O worship the King, all-glorious above (StF 113)
Safe in the shadow of the Lord (StF 509)

Psalm 114

or Canticle: Exodus 15: 1b -11, 20-21

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

I sing the almighty power of God (StF 107)
In the darkness of the still night (StF 109)
It is God who holds the nations in the hollow of his hand (StF 705)
*O worship the King, all-glorious above (StF 113)

Romans 14: 1-12

A charge to keep I have (StF 658)
Come, now is the time to worship (StF 24)
Great is our redeeming Lord (StF 683)
He is Lord, he is Lord (StF 348)
Jesus Christ is the Lord of all (StF 352)
Let him to whom we now belong (StF 557)
When we are living, we are in the Lord (StF 485)

Matthew 18: 21-35

Almighty God, we come to make confession (StF 419)
‘Forgive our sins, as we forgive’, you taught us, Lord, to pray (StF 423)
God of forgiveness, your people you freed (StF 425)
Great God, your love has called us here (StF 499)
Now I have found the ground wherein sure my soul’s anchor may remain (StF 561)
Only by grace can we enter (StF 565)
O, the love of my Lord is the essence of all that I love here on earth (StF 431)
Out of the depths I cry to thee (StF 433)

Alternative related readings:

Genesis 50: 15-21

All praise to our redeeming Lord (StF 608)
As we gather in your presence now (StF 609)
Brother, sister, let me serve you (StF 611)
God, how can we forgive when bonds of love are torn? (StF 613)
Thanks for friends who keep on loving (StF 619)
Thou god of truth and love (StF 620)
When the bonds of love are breaking (StF 656)

Psalm 103: (1-7), 8-13

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Fill thou my life, O Lord my god (StF 73)
Lord, we turn to you for mercy (StF 429)
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy (StF 416)     see details / comment

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Sunday 10 September, 2017

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Exodus 12: 1-14

Being of beings, God of love (StF 490)
It is God who holds the nations in the hollow of his hand (StF 705)
One more step along the world I go (StF 476)
Only by grace can we enter (StF 565)
Take my life and let it be (StF 566)

Psalm 149

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Sing to the great Jehovah’s praise (StF 127)
The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want (StF 480)

Romans 13: 8-14

Darkness like a shroud covers the earth (StF 170)
Dear Lord and Father of mankind (StF 495)
First of the week and finest day (StF 149)
Gracious Spirit, Holy Ghost (StF 379)
Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love (StF 249)
Soldiers of Christ, arise (StF 637)
When morning gilds the skies (StF 368)

Matthew 18: 15-20

Because the Saviour prayed that we be one (StF 675)
Jesus calls us here to meet him (StF 28)
Jesus, we are here (StF 27)
Put peace into each other’s hands (StF 712)
Seek ye first the kingdom of God (StF 254)
The love of God comes close (StF 654)
There’s a quiet understanding (StF 36)

Alternative related readings:

Ezekiel 33: 7-11

Day of judgment! Day of wonder! (StF 732)
For the healing of the nations (StF 696)
Longing for light, we wait in the darkness (StF 706)
Immortal, invisible, God only wise (StF 55)
The right hand of god is writing in our land (StF 715)
We lay our broken world in sorrow at your feet (StF 718)
We turn to you, O God of every nation (StF 720)

Psalm 119: 33-40

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Come, Lord, to our souls come down (StF 493)
Open the eyes of my heart, Lord (StF 451)
What shall I do my God to love (StF 516)     see details / comment

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Sunday 3 September, 2017

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Readings are laid out as for the continuous form of the lectionary. Alternative related readings (OT and psalm only) are below. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading.

Exodus 3: 1-15

*Be still and that that I am God (StF 18)
Be still for the presence of the lord (StF 20)
Deep in the shadows of the past (StF 463)
‘Moses, I know you’re the man’ (StF 473)
O Watcher in the wilderness (StF 667)
O come, O come Immanuel (StF 180)
Praise to the Living God! (StF 87)
Time for God (website only)
Through all the changing scenes of life (StF 638)

Psalm 105: 1-6, 23-26, 45c

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

*Be still and that that I am God (StF 18)
Gracious God, the heart of truth (website only)
Great is they faithfulness (StF 51)
*Help us, O Lord to learn (StF 501)
O lord we are always in your presence (StF 33)
The prophets’ voice comes down the years (StF 162)

Romans 12: 9-21

All praise to our redeeming Lord, who joins us by his grace (StF 608)
As we gather in your presence now (StF 609)
Blest are the pure in heart (StF 244)
Brother, sister, let me serve you (StF 611)
Let love be real, in giving and receiving (StF 615)
Pray without ceasing, pray (StF 528)
Thanks for friends who keep on loving (StF 619)
When I needed a neighbour, were you there? (StF 256)
Would you walk by on the other side (StF 257)

Matthew 16: 21-28

Father, hear the prayer we offer (StF 518)
From heaven you came, helpless babe (StF 272)
*Help us, O Lord to learn (StF 501)
Jesus Christ, I think upon your sacrifice (StF 274)
Jesus Christ – Perfect Love (StF 325)
May the mind of Christ my Saviour (StF 504)
O precious sight, my Saviour stands (StF 279)
Praise to the Holiest in the height (334)
Show me the way of the cross once again (StF 452)
Would I have answered when you called, ‘Come follow, follow me!’? (StF 674)

Alternative related readings:

Jeremiah 15: 15-21

A safe stronghold our God is still (StF 623)
Deep in the darkness a starlight is gleaming (StF 625)
How long, O Lord, will you forget an answer to my prayer? (StF 630)
I’ve had questions without answers (StF 632)
My soul finds rest in God alone (StF 633)
O love that wilt not let me go (StF 636)

Psalm 26: 1-8

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

I will offer up my life (StF 446)
Lord, in the strength of grace (StF 448)
Safe in the shadow of the Lord (StF 509)
You give rest to the weary (StF 657)     see details / comment

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Sunday 27 August, 2017

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Readings are laid out as for the continuous form of the lectionary. Alternative related readings (OT and psalm only) are below. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading.

Exodus 1: 8-2: 10

Deep in the shadows of the past (StF 463)
In the darkness of the still night (StF 109)
Sing for God’s glory that colours the dawn of creation (StF 116)
You showed us mercy when we were in darkness (StF 488)

Psalm 124: 1-8

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

*Faithful One, so unchanging (StF 628)
Through all the changing scenes of life (StF 638)

Romans 12: 1-8

Beyond these walls of worship (StF 547)
Community of Christ, who make the Cross your own (StF 681)
Giving it all to you (StF 551)
Here am I, Lord (StF 552)
Holy Spirit, gift bestower (StF 383)
One is the body and one is the Head (StF 688)
Spirit of the living God (StF 395)
Summoned by the God who made us rich in our diversity (StF 689)
What shall our greeting be: sign or our unity? (StF 691)

Matthew 16: 13-20

Glorious things of thee are spoken (StF 748)
*Great is our redeeming Lord (StF 683)
Jesus shall take the highest honour (StF 356)
Joy to the world, the Lord is come! (StF 330)
King of kings, Majesty (StF 331)
Lord, your Church on earth is seeking (StF 410)
Majesty, worship his majesty (StF 333)
See how great a flame aspires (StF 412)
The Church’s one foundation (StF 690)
The Saviour, when to heaven he rose (StF 669)
What shall we offer our good Lord (StF 671)

Alternative related readings:

Isaiah 51: 1-6

*Faithful One, so unchanging (StF 628)
Give thanks to the Lord, our God and King (Forever God is faithful) (StF 77)
*Great is our redeeming Lord (StF 683)
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty (StF 10) (Fellingham ver.)
Our God is a great big God (StF 61)
Praise is rising, eyes are turning to you (StF 64)
The prophets’ voice comes down the years (StF 162)
Though the fruit tree doesn’t blossom (StF 93)

Psalm 138

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (StF 626)
My Jesus, my Saviour (StF 363)
We praise you, O God; acclaim you as Lord (StF 95)
When I was lost, you came and rescued me (StF 367)

The Revd Phillip Poyner notes:

The rocky cliff at Caesarea Philippi is one of the principal sources of the River Jordan, with water gushing at 20 cubic metres per second (Murphy O’Connor). Does this not suggest something important about the church built by Jesus? This church provides from its foundation rock a reliable and abundant follow of life-giving water to refresh and nourish all who draw from it – see StF 748. (It also invites a reappraisal of Peter as a tough, unbending leader?)     see details / comment

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Sunday 20 August, 2017

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Readings are laid out as for the continuous form of the lectionary. Alternative related readings (OT and psalm only) are below. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading.

Genesis 45: 1-15

As we gather, Father, seal us (StF 570)
Brother, sister, let me serve you (StF 611)
God! When human bonds are broken (StF 649)
Jesus, Lord, we look to thee (StF 686)
Let us build a house where love can dwell (StF 409)
Lord, we come to ask your healing (StF 652)
O Holy Spirit, Lord of grace (StF 392)

Psalm 133

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

All praise to our redeeming Lord (StF 608)
Thanks for friends who keep on loving (StF 619)
Thou God of truth and love (StF 620)

Romans 11: 1-2a, 29-32

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty! (StF 11)
I’m accepted, I’m forgiven (StF 427)
Kyrie eleison (Lord have mercy) (StF 750) (Ukranian Russian Orthodox ver.)
Kyrie eleison (Lord have mercy) (StF 751)
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world (StF 790)
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy (StF 416)
You showed us mercy when we were in darkness (StF 488)

Matthew 15: (10-20) 21-28

Amazing grace – how sweet the sound (StF 440)
Empty, broken, here I stand, Kyrie eleison (StF 421)
Father, whose everlasting love (StF 320)
He came to earth, not to be served (StF 445)
In Christ there is no east or west (StF 685)
Lord, you have my heart (StF 559)
My heart is full of Christ (StF 506)
My song is love unknown (StF 277)
We do not presume to come to this table (StF 601) (Communion hymn)
We have a gospel to proclaim (StF 418)

Alternative related readings:

Isaiah 56: 1, 6-8

Great is our redeeming Lord (StF 683)
*It is God who holds the nations in the hollow of his hand (StF 705)
Show me how to stand for justice (StF 713)
The kingdom of God is justice and joy (StF 255)

Psalm 67

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

*It is God who holds the nations in the hollow of his hand (StF 705)
Lord of life, we come to you (StF 651)
May the road rise up to meet you (StF 772)
May the Sending One sing in you (StF 472)
We come from the mountains, the valleys and plains (StF 417)

The Revd Phillip Poyner writes:

Jesus faces increasing persecution and leaves Galilee for the region of Tyre and Sidon. There he finds affirmation of his ministry from a Canaanite. How Jesus’ heart must have been lifted by that!

Some commentators have suggested that even Jesus at this time was not fully aware that he had a mission beyond the Jews. Compare this with readings from Isaiah 56 and Psalm 67 which both suggest the beginnings of an understanding within the Old Testament that God’s love was for all nations.

In the Genesis passage Joseph in a strange way pre-figures Christ. He was badly treated by his brothers, and has to go to another country. When his brothers come, he tests them, as Jesus did the Canaanite woman. Then, like Jacob, Jesus’ love overflows. In both continuous and related readings from Romans, Paul speaks of his mission to the Gentiles. He explains how he became convinced that it would be the Gentiles who would lead the Jews to faith, as the faith of the Canaanite woman was to inspire the disciples, the gospel-writer Matthew and the Jews for whom he wrote his gospel.     see details / comment

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Sunday 13 August, 2017

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Readings are laid out as for the continuous form of the lectionary. Alternative related readings (OT and psalm only) are below. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading.

Genesis 37: 1-4, 12-28

As we gather, Father, seal us (StF 570)
Best of all is God is with us (StF 610)
Christ is the world’s light, Christ and none other (StF 346)
For the healing of the nations (StF 696)
God, how can we forgive (StF 613)
Here hangs a man discarded (StF 273) esp. v5

This week’s compiler the Revd Phillip Poyner, comments: “The story of Joseph has so much to teach about human relationships that it warrants attention either this Sunday or next week. “

Psalm 105: 1-6, 16-22, 45b

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

New every morning is the love (StF 137)
Now thank we all our God (StF 81)
When all your mercies, O my God, my rising soul surveys (StF 97)
The God who sings a new world into being (StF 714)

Romans 10: 5-15

All hail the power of Jesu’s name (StF 342)
He is Lord, he is Lord (StF 348)
Jesus Christ is the Lord of all (StF 352)
*Jesus is Lord! Creation’s voice proclaims it (StF 353)
Jesus shall take the highest honour (StF 356)
When I was lost, you came and rescued me (StF 367)

Matthew 14: 22-33

Calm me Lord, as you calmed the storm (StF 624)
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (StF 626)
From the highest of heights to the depths of the sea (StF 48)
God moves in a mysterious way (StF 104)
God of my faith, I offer you my doubt (StF 629)
I lift my eyes up to the mountains (StF 631)
Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult (StF 250)
*Jesus is Lord! Creation’s voice proclaims it (StF 353)
Lord of creation, to you be all praise! (StF 449)
We sing of your glory (StF 96)

Alternative related readings:

1 Kings 19: 9-18

All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
Author of faith, eternal Word (StF 457)
Dear Lord and Father of mankind (StF 495)
God it was who said to Abraham (StF 464)
There is no moment of my life (StF 482)

Psalm 85: 8-13

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise (StF 50)
Sing of the Lord’s goodness, Father of all wisdom (StF 65)
Speak in the stillness, God we pray (StF 511)
Speak, O Lord, as we come to You (StF 161)     see details / comment

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Sunday 6 August, 2017

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Genesis 32: 22-31

Come, O thou Traveller unknown (StF 461)
Let love be real, in giving and receiving (StF 615)
My God! I know, I feel thee mine (StF 390)
O love that wilt not let me go (StF 636)
When we are tested and wrestle alone (StF 240)
When we were in the darkest night (StF 241)

Psalm 17: 1-7, 15

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Away with our fears! (StF 458)
Merciful Lord, in your loving kindness hear our prayer (StF 761)
Son of God, if your free grace (StF 336)
Safe in the shadow of the Lord (StF 509)
There is no moment of my life (StF 482)

Romans 9: 1-5

All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
Father God, I wonder how I managed to exist (StF 72)
Father, we have sinned in word, and deed, and thought (StF 422)
‘Forgive our sins as we forgive’ (StF 423)
God, how can we forgive when bonds of love are torn? (StF 613)
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy (StF 416)

Matthew 14: 13-21

A rich young man came seeking (StF 243)
Be still, for the presence of the Lord (StF 20)
Come, let us sing of a wonderful love (StF 443)
Eat this bread, drink this cup (StF 583)
*Faithful One, so unchanging (StF 628)
Jesus the Lord said: ‘I am the Bread’ (StF 252)
Longing for light, we wait in darkness (StF 706)
Seek ye first the kingdom of God (StF 254)
The kingdom of God is justice and joy (StF 255)
We have nothing to give that didn’t first come from your hand (StF 670)
When I needed a neighbour, were you there? (StF 256)

Alternative related readings:

Isaiah 55: 1-5

As the deer pants for the water (StF 544)
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart (StF 545) esp. v4
Bread of Life, Truth Eternal (StF 578)
*Faithful One, so unchanging (StF 628)
From the breaking of the dawn (StF 156)
O God, what offering shall I give (StF 562)
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases (StF 66)

Psalm 145: 8-9, 14-21

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

All creatures of our God and King (StF 99)
God is love: let heaven adore him (StF 103)
I sing the almighty power of God (StF 107)
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation! (StF 88)
Sing to the great Jehovah’s praise (StF127)

The Revd Phillip Poyner writes:

The reading from Matthew begins: “Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a lonely place apart.” It is not surprising that Jesus would want to be on his own to reflect, having just heard of the execution of John the Baptist. The crowds follow and Mark 6: 34 adds “he had compassion on them , because they were like sheep without a shepherd”. Had they not also lost a shepherd with John’s death?

Reflection leads to compassion, producing healings and the feeding of the people. Reflection yields sorrowful thoughts and unceasing anguish for Paul as he thinks compassionately of the people. The Psalm is attributed to David and speaks of the Lord being “gracious, full of compassion”. That compassion is to be seen in the Servant of Isaiah 55. George A.F. Knight in his commentary, Isaiah 40-55: Servant Theology, writes that: “the outcome of God’s purpose in the Servant is at last revealed…the redemption not only of Israel herself but of all”. In verse 3 God’s steadfast love to David is promised to all people.

As is often the case, the continous readings have echoes of the themes in the related readings. Genesis 32 could be extended back to verse 3 revealing two actions by Jacob. His fear of his brother leads to the decision to divide his flocks and in v.20 to exhibit generosity and make a present of animals to Esau. Then in vv.9-12 Jacob prays: “I am not worthy of the least of all the steadfast love and all thefaithfulness which thou hast shown to thy servant.” These actions by the more reflective, vulnerable Jacob, with a greater perception of his personal standing , perhaps find their response in the wrestling with the man that night. That encounter with God produces the blessing of a new status as Israel and the preservation of his life. Psalm 17, also attributed to David speaks both of God’s loving kindness (v.7) and proclaims God as “Saviour of those who take refuge . . . from those who rise up against them”.     see details / comment

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Sunday 30 July, 2017

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Readings are laid out as for the continuous form of the lectionary. Alternative related readings (OT and psalm only) are below. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading.

Genesis 29: 15-28++

I will speak out for those who have no voices (StF 702)
Let love be real, in giving and receiving (StF 615)
Spirit who broods, Spirit who sings (StF 396)
Worship God with the morning sunrise (StF 68)

++ These hymn choices made bearing in mind the sequel to this story, to be found in Genesis 29: 29-35

Psalm 105: 1-11, 45b
or Psalm 128

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

O God, our help in ages past (StF 132)
Praise to the living God! (StF 87)
Sing to the great Jehovah’s praise (StF 127)
Through all the changing scenes of life (StF 638)
We trust the mighty love of God (StF 742)

Romans 8: 26-39

All for Jesus – all for Jesus (StF 341)
Have faith in God, my heart (StF 466)
Neither death, nor life, nor angels nor powers (StF 474)
O for a heart to praise my God (StF 507)
Through the love of God our Saviour (StF 639)
What kind of love is this that gave itself for me? (StF 286)

Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52

All I once held dear, built my life upon (StF 489)
As the deer pants for the water, so my soul longs after you (StF 544)
*Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart (StF 545)
Food to pilgrims given (StF 584)
How small a spark has lit a living fire! (StF 408)
Jesus, be the centre (StF 447)
Let him to whom we now belong (StF 557)
Seek ye first the kingdom of God (StF 254)
Unless the Lord builds the house we labour in vain (StF 515)
What shall we offer our good Lord (StF 671)
You are the centre, you are my life (StF 567)

Alternative related readings:

1 Kings 3: 5-12

*Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart (StF 545)
Give to me, Lord, a thankful heart (StF 520)
Happy are they who find the grace (StF 500)
Lord, we have come at your own invitation (StF 595)

Psalm 119: 129-136

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

O God of Bethel, by whose hand thy people still are fed (StF 475)
Speak, O Lord, as we come to You (StF 161)
Your words to me are life and health (StF 164)     see details / comment

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Sunday 23 July, 2017

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Genesis 28: 10-19a

All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
Author of faith, eternal Word (StF 457)
May the love of the Lord rest upon your soul (StF 771) (sung blessing)
O God of Bethel, by whose hand thy people are fed (StF 475)
*O Lord we are always in your presence (StF 33)

Psalm 139: 1-12, 23-24

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

God is Love: let heaven adore him (StF 103)
I watch the sunrise lighting the sky (StF 469)
O God, you search me and you know me (StF 728)
*O Lord we are always in your presence (StF 33)
O Lord, you have searched me out and know me (StF 835) (responsive reading)
There is no moment of my life (StF 482)
What shall I do my God to love? (StF 436)

Romans 8: 12-25

Abba Father, let me be (StF 439)
Away with our fears! (StF 458)
Father God, I wonder I managed to exist (StF 72)
Sing of the Lord’s goodness, Father of all wisdom (StF 65)
*When I was lost you came and rescued me (StF 367)

Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43

As servants working an estate (StF 491)
In bread we bring you, Lord, our bodies’ labour (StF 589)
Son of God, if your free grace (StF 336)
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy (StF 416)
Wind of God, dynamic Spirit (StF 400)

Alternative related readings:

Isaiah 44: 6-8

Lord, I come before your throne of grace (StF 58)
My soul finds rest in God alone (StF 633)
Rock of ages, cleft for me (StF 434)
Though the fruit tree doesn’t blossom (StF 93)
*When I was lost you came and rescued me (StF 367)

Psalm 86: 11-17

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

God of forgiveness, your people you freed (StF 425)
We praise you, O God; acclaim you as Lord (StF 95)     see details / comment

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Sunday 16 July, 2017

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Readings are laid out as for the continuous form of the lectionary. Alternative related readings (OT and psalm only) are below. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading.

Genesis 25: 19-34

Covenant of Grace (website only)
*Deep in the shadows of the past (StF 463)
Let love be real, in giving and receiving (StF 615)
Lord, you sometimes speak in wonders (StF 158)
Only by grace can we enter (StF 565)

Psalm 119: 105-112

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

*Deep in the shadows of the past (StF 463)
Master, speak! Thy servant heareth (StF 666)
Our words to me are life and health (StF 164)
Teach me, my God and King (StF 668)

Romans 8: 1-11

Breathe on me, Spirit of Jesus (StF 371)
God, whose love is all around us (StF 585) communion hymn
Holy Spirit, fall on me (website only)
Into a world of dark, waste and disordered space (StF 387)
Jesus Christ – Perfect Love (StF 325)
My God! I know, I feel thee mine (StF 390)
*Open, Lord, my inward ear (StF 450)
The Spirit lives to set us free (StF 397)
Where shall my wondering soul begin (StF 454)

Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23

Come, you thankful people, come (StF 123)
Food to pilgrims given (StF 584)
*Open, Lord, my inward ear (StF 450)
See how great an flame aspires (StF 412)
What shall we offer our good Lord..? (StF 671)

If the whole of the Romans passage is the preferred emphasis, the following hymns may be useful.

And can it be that I should gain (StF 345)
Come down, O Love divine (StF 372)
From the breaking of the dawn to the setting of the sun (StF 156)
I’m accepted, I’m forgiven (StF 427)
I am a new creation (StF 553)
O for a heart to praise my God (StF 507)

Alternative related readings:

Isaiah 55: 10-13

Before the world began, one Word was there (StF 101)
God, whose almighty word chaos and darkness heard (StF 106)
Sing of the Lord’s goodness (StF 65)

Psalm 65: (1-8), 9-13

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

All creatures of our God and King (StF 99)
Shout for joy! The Lord has let us feast (StF 598)

With reference to the related readings, the Revd Phillip Poyner, notes:

“This week’s selection of hymns is determined by the Gospel theme of the sowing of new life, and Romans 8: 11. Alternative hymns are also listed if you choose to use all of the passage from Romans.”     see details / comment

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Sunday 9 July, 2017

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Readings are laid out as for the continuous form of the lectionary. Alternative related readings (OT and psalm only) are below. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading.

Genesis 24: 34-38, 42-49, 58-67

Be still and know that I am God (StF 18)
Best of all is God is with us (StF 610)
*My eyes be open to your presence (StF 560)
Sent by the Lord am I (StF 239)
The God of Abraham praise (StF 91)
*When love is found and hope comes home (StF 607)

Psalm 45: 10-17
or Canticle: Song of Solomon 2: 8-13

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Behold the servant of the Lord! (StF 546)
Here am I, Lord (StF 552)
*My eyes be open to your presence (StF 560)
*When love is found and hope comes home (StF 607)

Romans 7: 15-25a

*Christ be in my understanding (website only)
God of forgiveness, your people you freed (StF 425)
Help us, O Lord to learn the truths your word imparts (StF 501)
In bread we bring you, Lord, our bodies’ labour (StF 589) (communion)
Listening God, you hear us when we cannot speak (StF 524)
Lord, we turn to you for mercy (StF 429)
Love divine, all loves excelling (StF 503)
Speak, O Lord, as we come to you (StF 161)
We come to you with no pretence (StF 435)
YAHWEH (I cannot speak your name, O Lord) (website only)

Matthew 11: 16-19, 25-30

*Christ be in my understanding (website only)
Come, let us sing of a wonderful love (StF 443)
Lord, I come to you (StF 471)
My soul rejoices in God my Saviour (StF 60)
Praise the Lord who reigns above and keeps his courts below (StF 85)
The God who sings a new world into being shows the way (StF 714)
We cannot bear the full light of your glory (website only)
What a friend we have in Jesus (StF 531)

Alternative related readings:

Zechariah 9: 9-12

Blest are the pure in heart (StF 244)
I’ll praise my Maker while I’ve breath (StF 79)
Jesus shall reign where’er the sun (StF 328)
What kind of love is this (StF 286)

Psalm 145: 8-14

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Empty, broken, here I stand (StF 421)
Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father (StF 51)

With reference to the related readings, this week’s compiler, the Revd Phillip Poyner, notes:

The hymns above pick up the theme of ‘unexpected turnouts’. The King arrives in an unexpected manner; God treats us far better than we deserve; our behaviour is the very thing we hate; Jesus does not do the expected thing. The Revd Dr Henry McKeating (Companion to the Revised Lectionary vol.6 (2001: Epworth) p129ff) suggests a different approach: 1 .Jesus is both comforting and challenging, and 2. next week’s lectionary readings provide the answers to the issues raised in the passages above.     see details / comment

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Sunday 2 July, 2017

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Readings are laid out as for the continuous form of the lectionary. Alternative related readings (OT and psalm only) are below. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading.

Genesis 22: 1-14

Captain of Israel’s host, and Guide (StF 459)
Have faith in God, my heart (StF 466)
Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us (StF 238)
When we are living, we are in the Lord (StF 485)
*When were in the darkest night (StF 241)

Psalm 13

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

A safe stronghold our God is still (StF 623)
God moves in a mysterious way (StF 104)
I’ve had questions without answers (StF 632)
*When were in the darkest night (StF 241)

Romans 6: 12-23

All I once held dear (Knowing you, Jesus) (StF 489)
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound (StF 440)
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine (StF 548)
Dear Lord and Father of mankind (StF 495)
Great God, your love has called us here (StF 499)
Lord, I come to you, let my heart be changed, renewed (StF 471)
Thou hidden source of calm repose (StF 366)
We come to you with no pretence (StF 435)

Matthew 10: 40-42

Brother, sister, let me serve you (StF 611)
Give me the faith which can remove and sink the mountain to a plain (StF 661)
*God has spoken – by his prophets (StF 157)
Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love (StF 249)
Sent by the Lord am I (StF 239)
When I needed a neighbour were you there (StF 256)

Alternative related readings

Jeremiah 28: 5-9

*God has spoken – by his prophets (StF 157)
The prophets’ voice comes down the years (StF 162)
When listening prophets dare to speak (StF 163)

Psalm 89: 1-4, 15-18

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Lord, for the years your love has kept and guided (StF 470)
O sing to the Lord, O sing God a new song (StF 42)
We are marching in the light of God (StF 483)     see details / comment

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Sunday 25 June, 2017

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Readings are laid out as for the continuous form of the lectionary. Alternative related readings (OT and psalm only) are below. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading.

Genesis 21: 8-21

God, how can we forgive (StF 613)
God is love: let heaven adore him (StF 103)
In the darkness of the still night (StF 109)
Listening God, you hear us when we cannot speak (StF 524)
There are no strangers to God’s love (StF 716)

Psalm 86: 1-10, 16-17

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise (StF 50)
Longing for light, we wait in darkness (StF 706)
Pray for the Church, afflicted and oppressed (StF 711)

Romans 6: 1b-11

All I once held dear, built my life upon (StF 489)
I heard the voice of Jesus say (StF 248)
Only by grace can we enter (StF 565)
Lord, we have come at your own invitation (StF 595)
When we are living, we are in the Lord (StF 485)

Matthew 10: 24-39

God of my faith, I offer you my doubt (StF 629)
Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult (StF 250)
We will walk with God, my brothers (StF 484)
When my love for Christ grows weak (StF 289)
Where can we find you, Lord Jesus our Master? (StF 672)
Will you come and follow me if I but call your name? (StF 673)
Your words to me are life and health (StF 164)

Alternative related readings:

Jeremiah 20: 7-13

God has spoken – by his prophets (StF 157)
God’s spirit is in my heart (StF 404)
Lord, I come to you (StF 471)
See how great a flame aspires (StF 412)
The prophets’ voice comes down the years (StF 162)
There is no moment of my life (StF 482)

Psalm 69: 7-10 (11-15) 16-18

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Calm me, Lord, as you calmed the storm (StF 624)
Father, hear the prayer we offer (StF 518)
We cannot measure how you heal (StF 655)     see details / comment

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Sunday 18 June, 2017

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Genesis 18: 1–15

From the breaking of the dawn (StF 156)
God it was who said to Abraham (StF 464)
Have faith in God, my heart (StF 466)
O God of Bethel, by whose hand thy people still are fed (StF 475)
The prophets’ voice comes down the years (StF 162)

Psalm 116: 1–2, 12-19

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Come, let us with our Lord arise (StF 148)
King of Glory, King of Peace (StF 56)
Sing of the Lord’s goodness, Father of all wisdom (StF 65)

Romans 5: 1-8

Come, let us sing of a wonderful love (StF 443)
Food to pilgrims given (StF 584)
I am a new creation (StF 553)
I’m accepted, I’m forgiven (StF 427)
Lord Christ, we praise your sacrifice (StF 359)
My God! I know, I feel thee mine (StF 390)

Matthew 9: 35 – 10: 8 (9-23)

Come, sinners, to the gospel feast (StF 401)
Come with me, come wander, come welcome the world (StF 462)
God of justice, Saviour to all (StF 699)
Hear the call of the kingdom (StF 407)
Now let us from this table rise (StF 596) (communion hymn)
O breath of life, come sweeping through us (StF 391)
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy (StF 416)

Alternative related readings:

Exodus 19: 2-8a

Behold the servant of the Lord! (StF 546)
Here am I, Lord (StF 552)
Lord, you have my heart (StF 559)
The God of Abraham praise (StF 91)
Thuma mina (Send me, Lord) (StF 782)

Psalm 100

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

All people that on earth do dwell (StF 1)
O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder (StF 82)
Come all ou people (Uyai mose) (StF 22)     see details / comment

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Sunday 11 June, 2017

Trinity Sunday

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(Note that hymns 1 to 17 in Singing the Faith come under the heading The Nature and Mystery of God: the Holy Trinity. Also see Norman Goreham’s trinitarian hymn Light we now the candle flame, published on StF+.)

Genesis 1: 1 – 2: 4a

For the beauty of the earth (StF 102)
From the highest of heights to the depth of the sea (StF 48)
God in his love for us lent us this planet (StF 727)
God said world and the world span round (StF 105)
Into a world of dark, waste and disordered space (StF 387)
Lord of the boundless curves of space (StF 111)
O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder (StF 82)

Psalm 8

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

As the glory of creation (StF 725)
I sing the almighty power of God (StF 107)
Tell me who made all of creation (StF 118)

2 Corinthians 13: 11-13

God, whose almighty word (StF 106)
Jesus, Lord, we look to thee (StF 686)
Make me a channel of your peace (StF 707)
May the road rise up to meet you (StF 772)
Now let us from this table rise renewed in body, mind and soul (StF 596)
We believe in God the Father (StF 764)

Matthew 28: 16-20

Beyond these walls of worship (StF 547)
God’s spirit is in my heart (StF 404)
God, whose love is all around us (StF 585)
Go to the world! Go into all the earth (StF 402)
I, the Lord of sea and sky (StF 663)
Teach me to dance to the beat of your heart (StF 477)
Thuma mina (Send me, Lord) (StF 782)
You call us, as you called the twelve (website only)     see details / comment

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Sunday 4 June, 2017

Pentecost

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Acts 2: 1-21

Breathe on me, breath of God (StF 370)
Come, O Holy Spirit, come (Wa wa wa Emimimo) (StF 38)
Gracious Spirit, Holy Ghost (StF 379)
Holy Spirit, fall on me (website only)
I come with joy, a child of God (StF 588)
It was a new beginning on the day the Spirit came (website only)
O breath of life, come sweeping through us (StF 391)
Set loose the tongues, the tongues of flame (website only)
She sits like a bird, brooding on the waters (StF 393)
This is the day the Lord has made (StF 151)

Psalm 104: 24-34, 35b

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

All creatures of our God and King (StF 99)
Even as the world began (StF 71)
God, who made the stars of heaven (StF 7)

1 Corinthians 12: 3b-13

Come Holy Ghost, your influence shed (StF 579)
Come to us, creative Spirit (StF 726)
Holy Spirit, come, confirm us (StF 382)
O thou who camest from above (StF 564)
One is the body and one is the Head (StF 688)
There’s a spirit in the air (StF 398)

John 20: 19-23

Colours of day dawn into the mind (StF 167)
Come down, O love divine (StF 372)
Holy breath of God, find me in this place (StF 380)
May the God of hope go with us every day (StF 411)
The love of God comes close where stands an open door (StF 654)     see details / comment

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Sunday 28 May, 2017

7th Sunday of Easter (Sunday in Ascensiontide)

See also readings and hymns for Ascension Day, Thursday 25 May.

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Acts 1: 6-14

(Also see suggestions for Acts 1: 1-11, Ascension Day)

Christ is alive! Let Christians sing (StF 297)
Christ triumphant, ever reigning (StF 319)
God is here! As we his people (StF 25)
Hail the day that sees him rise, Alleluia! (StF 300)
Like the murmur of the dove’s song (StF 389)

Psalm 68: 1-10, 32-35

Amen siakudumisa (Amen! Praise the name of the Lord!) (StF 770)
For the music of creation (StF 74)
I’ll praise my Maker while I’ve breath (StF 79)
Sing of the Lord’s goodness, Father of all wisdom (StF 65)

1 Peter 4: 12-14; 5: 6-11

At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow (StF 317)
Heaven shall not wait (StF 701)
The Church of Christ, in every age (StF 415)
The head that once was crowned with thorns (StF 312)
Who would true valour see, let him come hither (StF 486)

John 17: 1-11

Earth’s creator, everyday God (StF 45)
In Christ there is no east or west (StF 685)
One is the body and one is the Head (StF 688)
Peace, perfect peace, is the gift of Christ our Lord (StF 710)     see details / comment

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Thursday 25 May, 2017

Ascension Day

Also suitable for use on Sunday 28 May.

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Acts 1: 1-11

* Alleluia! Sing to Jesus (StF 568)
Born in song! (StF 21)
Come, let us sing to the One, to the Father of life (StF 2)
* Hail the day that sees him rise, Alleluia! (StF 300)
* He is exalted (StF 52)
Like the murmur of the dove’s song (StF 389)
Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour (StF 593)
Now let us from this table rise renewed in body, mind and soul (StF 596) (following communion)
One is the body, one is the Head (StF 688)
Sing to him in whom creation (StF 14)
The name of Jesus (website only)
Wa wa wa Emimimo (Come, O Holy Spirit, come) (StF 38)

Psalm 47

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

How shall I sing that majesty (StF 53)
The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended (StF 147)
Worship God with the morning sunrise (StF 68)

OR

Psalm 93

All creatures of our God and King (StF 99)
Before the world began, one Word was there (StF 101)
God, whose almighty word chaos and darkness heard (StF 106)
Joy to the world, the Lord is come! (StF 330)

Ephesians 1: 15-23

* Alleluia! Sing to Jesus (StF 568)
All praise to our redeeming Lord, who joins us by his grace (StF 608)
Christ is alive! Let Christians sing (StF 297)
Christ, our King before creation (StF 318)
*Christ triumphant, ever reigning (StF 319)
* He is exalted (StF 52)
He is Lord, he is Lord (StF 348)
Morning glory, starlit sky (StF 12)
Rejoice, the Lord is King! (StF 335)
The Church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord (StF 690)

Luke 24: 44-53

All heaven declares the glory of the risen Lord (StF 293)
*Christ triumphant, ever reigning (StF 319)
God forgave my sin in Jesus’ name (StF 424)
* Hail the day that sees him rise, Alleluia! (StF 300)
Majesty, worship his majesty (StF 333)
O for a thousand tongues to sing (StF 364)
The Saviour, when to heaven he rose, in splendid triumph o’er his foes (StF 669)
We sing the praise of Jesus (StF 315)     see details / comment

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Sunday 21 May, 2017

6th Sunday of Easter
(Aldersgate Sunday)

This is Aldersgate Sunday – the Sunday that precedes 24 May, the anniversary of John Wesley’s transformative experience in a meeting room in Aldersgate Street, London. In his journal, Wesley recorded that, during a reading from Martin Luther’s Preface to the Epistle to the Romans, he felt that his heart was “strangely warmed.” This is regarded as a key moment in the beginnings of the 18th century Methodist revival. You may find the following hymns suitable if marking this occasion. Also see: Aldersgate – what changed for the Wesleys? – Wesley (and Wesley-related) hymns and links to “the Wesley story”

*And can it be that I should gain an interest in the Saviour’s blood? (StF 345)
Away with our fears! (StF 458)
How small a spark has lit a living fire! (StF 408)
Now I have found the ground wherein sure my soul’s anchor may remain (StF 561)
O for a thousand tongues to sing (StF 364)
Where shall my wondering soul begin? (StF 454)
Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim (StF 340)

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Acts 17: 22-31

All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
*Deep in the shadows of the past (StF 463)
How shall I sing that majesty? (StF 53)
Lord of the boundless curves of space (StF 111)
We have a gospel to proclaim (StF 418)

Psalm 66: 8-20

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

*Deep in the shadows of the past (StF 463)
Faithful One, so unchanging (StF 628)
For the music of creation (StF 74)
To God be the glory, great things he has done! (StF 94)

1 Peter 3: 13-22

All for Jesus – All for Jesus (StF 341)
All heaven declares the glory of the risen Lord (StF 293)
*And can it be that I should gain an interest in the Saviour’s blood? (StF 345)
At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow (StF 317)
I cannot tell why he, whom angels worship (StF 350)
We give immortal praise (StF 16)

John 14: 15-21

Because you have said ‘Do this for my sake’ (StF 574) (communion hymn)
Christ has risen while earth slumbers (StF 296)
Come down, O Love divine (StF 372)
Father in heaven (StF 4)
Holy Spirit, rain down, rain down (StF 384)
Jesus calls us here to meet him (StF 28)
May the Sending One sing in you (StF 472)
One more step along the world I go (StF 476)
When Jesus came to Jordan (StF 233)     see details / comment

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Sunday 14 May, 2017

5th Sunday of Easter

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Suggestions for Christian Aid Week 2017 with its refugee-related themes

Beauty for Brokenness (StF 693)
*Come, build the church—not heaps of stone (StF 679)
Down the road come refugees (website only)
Longing for light, we wait in darkness (StF 706)
Show me how to stand for justice (StF 713)
The love of God comes close where stands an open door (StF 654)
There are no strangers to God’s love (StF 716)

See also: A wandering Aramean was my ancestor (first published for Refugee Week, 2016) – hymn suggestions and additional materials focusing on our response to the needs of refugees. And read more about Christian Aid Week here.

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Acts 7: 55-60

Come with me, come wander, come welcome the world (StF 462)
I am not skilled to understand what God has willed, what God has planned (StF 349)
*For all the saints who from their labours rest (StF 745)
*My soul finds rest in God alone (StF 633)
*I heard the voice of Jesus say (StF 248)
*Soldiers of Christ, arise (StF 637)

Psalm 31: 1-5, 15-16

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

*And are we yet alive, and see each other’s face? (StF 456)
Faithful One, so unchanging (StF 628)
Father, I place into your hands the things I cannot do (StF 519)
I lift my eyes up to the mountains (StF 631)
My soul finds rest in God alone (StF 633)
Rejoice, the Lord is King! (StF 335)
*Soldiers of Christ, arise (StF 637)

1 Peter 2: 2-10

*All my days I will sing this song of gladness (StF 343)
*And are we yet alive, and see each other’s face? (StF 456)
Christ is made the sure foundation (StF 677)
*Come, build the church—not heaps of stone (StF 679)
Everlasting God, the years go by (StF 46)
*For all the saints who from their labours rest (StF 745)
Glorious things of thee are spoken (StF 748)
God is here! As we his people (StF 25)
*How sweet the name of Jesus sounds (StF 322)
Let us build a house (StF 409)
*My soul finds rest in God alone (StF 633)
Not far beyond the sea nor high above the heavens, but very nigh (StF 159) esp. v.2
The Church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord (StF 690)
Your ceaseless, unexhausted love (StF 438)

John 14: 1-14

*All my days I will sing this song of gladness (StF 343)
Christ is the world’s light, Christ and none other (StF 346)
Easter jubilation fills the streets (StF 299)
God is love: his the care (StF 403)
Going home, moving on, through God’s open door (StF 734)
Here we kneel, here as we pray (StF 521)
*I heard the voice of Jesus say (StF 248)
I know that my Redeemer lives, and ever prays for me (StF 502) esp. v.4
Jesus, be the centre (StF 447)
Jesus the Lord said: ‘I am the Bread’ (StF 252) esp. v.3
Lord, for the years your love has kept and guided (StF 470)
Meekness and majesty, manhood and deity (StF 362)
My eyes be open to your presence (StF 560)
O Jesus, I have promised to serve you to the end (StF 563) esp. v.4
Son of God, if your free grace (StF 336)
Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me (StF 395)
What a friend we have in Jesus (StF 531)
You are the centre, you are my life (StF 567)     see details / comment

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Sunday 7 May, 2017

4th Sunday of Easter

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Acts 2: 42-47

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine (StF 548)
Come and let us sweetly join (StF 646)
Here on the threshold (StF 684)
I come with joy, a child of God (StF 588)
Take this moment, sign and space (StF 513)
Thanks for friends who keep on loving (StF 619)

Psalm 23

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Even though I walk through the valley (StF 626)
In heavenly love abiding, no change my heart shall fear (StF 736)
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation! (StF 88)
*The King of love my shepherd is (StF 479)
* The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want (StF 480) (Crimond)
* The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want (StF 481) (Stuart Townend ver.)
*Through the love of God our Saviour (StF 639)

1 Peter 2: 19-25

Blest are the pure in heart (StF 244)
Called by Christ to be disciples (StF 660)
Christ be my leader by night as by day (StF 492)
Christ, our King before creation (StF 318)
Give me the wings of faith to rise within the veil, and see (StF 747)
I am the bread, the bread of life (StF 587) (communion hymn)
Now let us from this table rise renewed in body, mind and soul (StF 596) (following communion)
*Through the love of God our Saviour (StF 639)

John 10: 1-10

Father, I place into your hands the things I cannot do (StF 519)
From the breaking of the dawn to the setting of the sun (StF 156)
Give me the faith (StF 661)
How sweet the name of Jesus sounds (StF 322)
In heavenly love abiding (StF 736)
Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us (StF 238)
*The King of love my shepherd is (StF 479)
* The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want (StF 480) (Crimond)
* The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want (StF 481) (Stuart Townend ver.)
What shall I do my God to love, my Saviour (StF 516)
Where can we find you? (StF 672)     see details / comment

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Sunday 30 April, 2017

3rd Sunday of Easter

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Acts 2: 14a, 36-41

Almighty God, we come to make confession (StF 419)
Baptise us with your Spirit (StF 369)
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine (StF 548)
I’ve come to wash my soul in the living water (StF 428)
Jesus is Lord! Creation’s voice proclaims it (StF 353)
To the river, I am going (StF 541)
We have a gospel to proclaim (StF 418)

Psalm 116: 1-4, 12-19

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

I will offer up my life (StF 446)
King of glory, King of Peace (StF 56)
O God, what offering shall I give (StF 562)
Sing of the Lord’s goodness, Father of all wisdom (StF 65)
You give rest to the weary (StF 657)

1 Peter 1: 17-23

Behold the Lamb of God (StF 234)
Come, thou fount of every blessing (StF 494)
Father, whose everlasting love (StF 320)
Man of sorrows! What a name for the Son of God (StF 361)
Only by grace can we enter (StF 565)
The Church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord (StF 690)
Victim divine, thy grace we claim (StF 600)
With gladness we worship (StF 17)

Luke 24: 13-35

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide (StF 141)
Be known to us in breaking bread (StF 573)
Before I take the body of the Lord (StF 575)
Bread is blessed and broken (StF 576)
Christ has risen while earth slumbers (StF 296)
Come, let us sing of a wonderful love (StF 443)
Come, Lord, be our guest (StF 580)
First of the week and finest day (StF 149)
Food to pilgrims given, food upon the way (StF 584)
From the breaking of the dawn (StF 156)
God who knows our darkest moments (website only)
In the darkness of the still night (StF 109)
Jesus, stand among us at the meeting of our lives (StF 30)
Listening God, you hear us when we cannot speak (StF 524)
Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us (StF 594)
O thou who this mysterious bread did in Emmaus break (StF 597)
On the day of resurrection (StF 307)
On the journey to Emmaus with our hearts cold as stone (StF 308)
The world we thought we knew is changing fast (website only)     see details / comment

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Sunday 23 April, 2017

2nd Sunday of Easter

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Acts 2: 14a, 22-32

All hail the power of Jesu’s name! (StF 342)
All you that seek the Lord who died (StF 294)
Have you heard the good news? (StF 406)
Jesus – the name high over all (StF 357)
Man of sorrows! What a name (StF 361)

Psalm 16

Hymns that echo the psalmist’s theme

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart (StF 545)
Jesus, lover of my soul (StF 355)
You give rest to the weary (StF 657)

1 Peter 1: 3-9

All I once held dear, built my life upon (StF 489)
And can it be that I should gain an interest in the Saviour’s blood? (StF 345)
Author of faith, eternal Word (StF 457)
He has risen (StF 302)
Purify my heart, let me be as gold (StF 508)
Rejoice, the Lord is King! (StF 335)
The day of resurrection, earth, tell it out abroad! (StF 311)

John 20: 19-31

Christ be my leader by night as by day (StF 492)
Christ has risen while earth slumbers (StF 296)
Christ, our King before creation (StF 318)
Come, sinners, to the gospel feast (StF 401)
God of my faith, I offer you my doubt (StF 629)
God, when I came into this life (StF 535)
Lord Jesus Christ, your light shines within us (StF 37)
Safe, locked inside that upper room (website only)
This joyful Eastertide (StF 314)
Thuma mina (Send me, Lord) (StF 782)
When Easter to the dark world came (StF 316)
What peace is there for tarnished lives (websiteonly)
When our futures are uncertain (website only)

(Also see: No hymn for Thomas?)     see details / comment

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Sunday 16 April, 2017

Easter Day (Year A)

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Acts 10: 34-43

All you that seek the Lord who died (StF 294)
He is Lord, he is Lord (StF 348)
Jesus is Lord! Creation’s voice proclaims it (StF 353)
Jesus Christ is the Lord of all (StF 352)
The day of resurrection, earth, tell it out abroad! (StF 311)
We have a gospel to proclaim (StF 418)

or Jeremiah 31: 1-6

Even though I walk though the valley of the shadow of death (StF 626)
There’s a light upon the mountains, and the day is at the spring (StF 188)
Through all the changing scenes of life (StF 638)
You showed us mercy (StF 488)

Psalm 118: 1-2, 14-24

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise (StF 50)
May the glory of the Lord fill his temple (StF 31)
O sing to the Lord (StF 42)

Colossians 3: 1-4

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine (StF 548)
Come, let us with our Lord arise (StF 148)
Hail the day that sees him rise, Alleluia! (StF 300)
Hear the call of the kingdom (StF 407)
In Christ alone my hope is found (StF 351)
* Thine be the glory (StF 313)
When I was lost, you came and rescued me (StF 367)

or Acts 10: 34-43

see above
and also: You call us, as you called the Twelve (website only)

John 20: 1-18

After darkness, light (StF 292)
All you who seek the Lord who died (StF 294)
Christ the Lord is risen today; Alleluia! (StF 298)
Mary, you were there on the mount of crucifixion (website only)
See, what a morning, gloriously bright (StF 309)
The day of resurrection, earth, tell it out abroad! (StF 311)
* Thine be the glory (StF 313)

or Matthew 28: 1-10

And did God’s feet in ancient time (website only)
At early dawn they rise to come (website only)
Christ has risen while the earth slumbers (StF 296)
Easter Jubilation fills the streets and towns (StF 299)
God who knows our darkest moments (website only)
He has risen (StF 302)
Jesus is risen, alleluia! (StF 304)
Now the green blade rises from the buried grain (StF 306)
Low in the grave he lay (StF 305)

See also hymns by Richard Leach and Andrew Pratt at More hymns for Lent and Easter     see details / comment

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Saturday 15 April, 2017

Holy Saturday (Year A)

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Job 14: 1-14

Day of judgment! Day of wonder! (StF 732)
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (StF 626)
Great is thy faithfulness (StF 51)
My soul finds rest in God alone (StF 633)

Psalm 31: 1-4, 15-16

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

A safe stronghold our God is still (StF 623)
What shall I do my God to love, my Saviour (StF 516)

1 Peter 4: 1-8

I know that my Redeemer lives, and ever prays for me (StF 502)
We pray until the hour (StF 741)

Matthew 27: 57-66

After darkness, light (StF 292)
I danced in the morning when the world was begun (StF 247)
Low in the grave he lay (StF 305)
My song is love unknown (StF 277)
Now the green blade rises (StF 306)
We trust the mighty love of God (StF 742)     see details / comment

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Friday 14 April, 2017

Good Friday (Year A)

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Isaiah 52: 13-53:12

Come, wounded Healer, your sufferings reveal (StF 271)
Stay here where nails are driven (StF 282)
The desolate Messiah dies (StF 283)

Psalm 22

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Deep in the darkness a starlight is gleaming (StF 625)
How long, O Lord, will you forget (StF 630)

Hebrews 10: 16-25

Jesus is King and I will extol him (StF 327)
Praise to the holiest (StF 334)
Son of God, if your free grace again has raised me up (StF 336)

John 18: 1-19:42

Come and see, come and see (StF 270)
From heaven you came, helpless babe (StF 272)
Here hangs a man discarded (StF 273)
Jesus Christ, I think upon your sacrifice (StF 274)
Listen, my people, here is my challenge (website only)
O Love divine, what have you done! (StF 278)
Pray for the Church, afflicted and oppressed (StF 711)
Remembering Mary (website only)
Son of God humiliated (website only)
There is a green hill far away (StF 284)
Through long years of watchful waiting (StF 232)
Were you there when they crucified my Lord? (StF 285)
When I survey the wondrous cross (StF 287)
Would I have answered when you called (StF 674)     see details / comment

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Thursday 13 April, 2017

Maundy Thursday (Year A)

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Exodus 12: 1-4 (5-10) 11-14

Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour (StF 596) esp. vv.4&5
O precious sight, my saviour stands (StF 279)
See the Lamb of God (StF 281)

Psalm 116: 1-2, 12-19

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

An Upper Room did our Lord prepare (StF 569)
Bread of life, hope of the world (StF 577)

1 Corinthians 11: 23-26

Jesus, we thus obey your last and kindest word (StF 590)
Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us (StF 594)

John 13: 1-17, 31b-35

All the room was hushed and still (StF 266)
Dusty-footed, heavy-hearted (website only)
God, whose love is all around us (StF 585)
O Watcher in the wilderness (StF 667)
Sing, my tongue, the Saviour’s glory (StF 268)     see details / comment

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Wednesday 12 April, 2017

Wednesday in Holy Week (Year A)

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Isaiah 50: 4-9a

I am not skilled to understand what God has willed (StF 349)
Open, Lord, my inward ear (StF 450)
The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want (StF 481) (Townend ver.)

Psalm 70

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Amazing grace – how sweet the sound (StF 440)
I’ve had questions without answers (StF 632)

Hebrews 12: 1-3

Give me the wings of faith to rise within the veil (StF 747)
Have faith in God, my heart (StF 466)
Ye servants of God (StF 340)

John 13: 21-32

God, how can we forgive (StF 613)
O the bitter shame and sorrow (StF 432)     see details / comment

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Tuesday 11 April, 2017

Tuesday in Holy Week (Year A)

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Isaiah 49: 1-7

Great is the darkness that covers the earth (StF 405)
Hail to the Lord’s Anointed (StF 228)
Through long years of watchful waiting (StF 232)
When all your mercies. O God, my rising soul surveys (StF 97)

Psalm 71: 1-14

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
How sweet the name of Jesus sounds (StF 322)

1 Corinthians 1: 18-31

Here hangs a man discarded (StF 273)
Meekness and majesty, manhood and deity (StF 362)
Thou hidden source of calm repose (StF 366)

John 12: 20-36

Captain of Israel’s host, and Guide (StF 459)
Come, build the Church – not heaps of stone (StF 679)
Now the green blade rises (StF 306)
The Spirit lives to set us free (StF 397)
Would I have answered when you called, ‘Come follow, follow me’? (StF 674)     see details / comment

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Monday 10 April, 2017

Monday in Holy Week (Year A)

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Isaiah 42: 1-9

God! When human bonds are broken (StF 649)
The Church of Christ in every age (StF 415)
The kingdom of God is justice and joy (StF 255)
You give rest to the weary (StF 657)

Psalm 36: 5-11

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Jesu, lover of my soul (StF 355)
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven (StF 83)
Your ceaseless, unexhausted love (StF 438)

Hebrews 9: 11-15

Christ triumphant, ever reigning (StF 319)
Jesus is King and I will extol him (StF 327)

John 12: 1-11

O God what offering shall I give (StF 562)
Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to thee (StF 566)
What shall I do my God to love, my Saviour, and the world’s, to praise? (StF 516)     see details / comment

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Sunday 9 April, 2017

6th Sunday in Lent / 2nd Sunday of the Passion / Palm Sunday

Two themes are combined on this Sunday of the year: the marking of Palm Sunday and a meditation on the events of Holy Week as a whole. For this reason, alternative readings and hymns are suggested under the headings ‘Entry into Jerusalem’ and ‘The Passion’.

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Entry into Jerusalem

Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29

Hymn that echoes the psalmist’s theme

Christ is made the sure foundation (StF 677)
Give thanks to the Lord, our God and King (StF 77)

Matthew 21: 1-11

All glory, laud, and honour (StF 262)
Blest are the pure in heart (StF 244)
Holy, holy, holy Lord (StF 789)
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest! (StF 263)
Make way, make way for Christ the King (StF 264)
Ride on, ride on in majesty! (StF 265)
Sanctus and Benedictus (Holy, holy, holy Lord; Blessed is he) (StF 785)
Santo, santo, santo (Holy, holy, holy God of power and might) (StF 766)

The Passion

Isaiah 50: 4-9a

Come, wounded Healer (StF 271)
My eyes be open to your presence (StF 560)
Through all the changing scenes of life (StF 638)
Who would ever have believed it? (StF 290)

Psalm 31: 9-16

Hymns that echo the psalmist’s theme

My soul finds rest in God alone (StF 633)
Safe in the shadow of the Lord (StF 509)
You give rest to the weary (StF 657)

Philippians 2: 5-11

Angel voices ever singing (StF 39)
At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow (StF 317)
Crown him with many crowns (StF 347)
May the mind of Christ my Saviour live in me from day to day (StF 504)
The Church of Christ, in every age (StF 415)

Matthew 27: 11-54

Come and see, come and see (StF 270)
He became poor that we may be rich (StF 344)
He came to earth, not to be served (StF 445)
Here hangs a man discarded (StF 273)
Jesus the carpenter, hanging on Calvary (StF 275)
My song is love unknown (StF 277)
O precious sight, my Saviour stands (StF 279)
O sacred head, sore wounded (StF 280)
There is a green hill far away (StF 284)     see details / comment

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Sunday 2 April, 2017

5th Sunday in Lent / 1st Sunday of the Passion

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Ezekiel 37: 1-14

Day of judgment! Day of wonder! (StF 732)
In the beginning was darkness and nothing (StF 386)
O breath of life, come sweeping through us (StF 391)
When listening prophets dare to speak (StF 163)

Psalm 130

Hymns that echo the psalmist’s theme

Empty, broken, here I stand, Kyrie eleison (StF 421)
Only by grace can we enter (StF 565)
Out of the depths I cry to thee, Lord God! (StF 433)
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy (StF 416)

Romans 8: 6-11

Breathe on me, Breath of God (StF 370)
Holy Spirit, we welcome you (StF 385)
Father of everlasting grace (StF 378)
The Spirit lives to set us free, walk, walk in the light (StF 397)
When I was lost, you came and rescued me (StF 367)

John 11: 1-45

Christ, our King before creation (StF 318)
Eat this bread and never hunger (StF 582)
God, enfold us, through desolate loss (StF 733)
I am the bread, the bread of life (StF 587)
I know that my Redeemer lives (StF 303)
Jesus, lover of my soul (StF 355)
Jesus the Lord said: ‘I am the Bread, the Bread of Life’ (StF 252)
Jesus – the name high over all (StF 357)     see details / comment

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Sunday 26 March, 2017

4th Sunday in Lent

For Mothering Sunday suggestions, see below. Also available: Alternative resources and additional hymns.

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1 Samuel 16: 1-13

All glory, laud, and honour (StF 262)
God has spoken – by his prophets (StF 157)
Hail to the Lord’s Anointed (StF 228)
When the music fades and recognition falters (StF 437)

Psalm 23

Hymns that echo the psalmist’s theme

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide (StF 141)
Guide me, O thou great Jehovah (StF 465)
In heavenly love abiding (StF 736)
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation! (StF 88)
The King of love my shepherd is (StF 479)
The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want (StF 480)
The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want (StF 481) (Stuart Townend ver.)

Ephesians 5: 8-14

Food to pilgrims given (StF 584)
Jesus comes with all his grace (StF 326)
Lord, the light of your love is shining (StF 59)
Love divine, all loves excelling (StF 503)
Spirit who broods, Spirit who sings (StF 396)
We are marching in the light of God (StF 483)
With gladness we worship, rejoice as we sing (StF 17)

John 9: 1-41

Amazing Grace – how sweet the sound (StF 440)
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart (StF 545)
Christ, whose glory fills the skies (StF 134)
Come, Lord, to our souls come down (StF 493)
Eat this bread and never hunger (StF 582)
I am not skilled to understand (StF 349)
I heard the voice of Jesus say (StF 248)
Just as I am, without one plea (StF 556)
On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry (StF 182)

or for MOTHERING SUNDAY

Exodus 2: 1-10

Best of all is God is with us (StF 610)
*He’s got the whole world in his hand (StF 536)

or 1 Samuel 1: 20-28

God of Eve and God of Mary (StF 119)
Lord, in our lonely hours (StF 616)
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord! (StF 186)

Psalm 34: 11-20

God, beyond our dreams, you have stirred in us a memory (StF 496)
*Sing praise to God who reigns above (StF 117)

or Psalm 127: 1-4

Sacred the body God has created (StF 618)
Unless the Lord builds the house (StF 515)

2 Corinthians 1: 3-7

Earth’s creator, everyday God (StF 45)
God weeps at love withheld (StF 700)
Lord, I come before your throne of grace (StF 58)
May the mind of Christ my Saviour (StF 504)
*Sing praise to God who reigns above (StF 117)
We turn to God when we are sorely pressed (StF 640)

or Colossians 3: 12-17

All for Jesus – all for Jesus (StF 341)
Let all the world in every corner sing (StF 57)
All praise to our redeeming Lord (StF 608)
Angel voices, ever singing (StF 39)
As we gather in your presence now (StF 609)
*God grant us words to speak (StF 647)
God with us: Creator, Father (StF 8)
May the mind of Christ my Saviour (StF 504)
When, in our music, God is glorified (StF 731)

Luke 2: 33-35

Eternal God, you love’s tremendous glory (StF 3)
Father I place into your hands the things I cannot do (StF 519)
For the beauty of the earth (StF102)
Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us (StF 594)
Mary and Joseph came to the Temple (StF 229)
*Through long years of watchful waiting (StF 232)

or John 19: 25-27

*God grant us words to speak (StF 647)
Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us (StF 594)
*Through long years of watchful waiting (StF 232)
We gladly celebrate and praise (StF 120)     see details / comment

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Sunday 19 March, 2017

3rd Sunday in Lent

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Exodus 17: 1-7

All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
Father, hear the prayer we offer (StF 518)
Great is the faithfulness, O God my Father (StF 51)
Guide me, O thou great Jehovah (StF 465)
Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour (StF 593)

Psalm 95

Hymns that echo the psalmist’s theme

All people that on earth do dwell (StF 1)
Angel voices, ever singing (StF 39)
Come, let us praise the Lord (StF 43)
Come, now is the time to worship (StF 24)
Father God, I wonder how I managed to exist (StF 72)

God is love: let heaven adore him (StF 103)
He’s got the whole world in his hand (StF 536)
I, the Lord of sea and sky (StF 663)

I will worship with all of my heart (StF 54)
Let all the world in every corner sing (StF 57)
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness (StF 34)
Praise the Lord who reigns above (StF 85)

Romans 5: 1-11

Almighty God, we come to make confession (StF 419)
And can it be that I should gain? (StF 345)
Come down, O Love divine (StF 372)
He came to earth, not to be served (StF 445)
I am not skilled to understand (StF 349)
My God! I know, I feel thee mine (StF 390)
My song is love unknown (StF 277)
O thou who camest from above (StF 564)
Peace, perfect peace, is the gift of Christ our Lord (StF 710)
We trust the mighty love of God (StF 742)

John 4: 5-42

Crashing waters at creation (StF 376)
Eat this bread and never hunger (StF 582)
Glorious things of thee are spoken (StF 748)
I heard the voice of Jesus say (StF 248)
Jesu, the joy of loving hearts (StF 365)
Just as I am, without one plea (StF 556)
Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee (StF 434)
There is a Redeemer (StF 338)
What shall I do my God to love, my loving God to praise? (StF 436)     see details / comment

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Sunday 12 March, 2017

2nd Sunday in Lent

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Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Genesis 12: 1-4a

Deep in the shadows of the past (StF 463)
God it was who said to Abraham (StF 464)
Here am I, Lord, I’ve come to do your will (StF 552)
Hills of the north, rejoice (StF 172)
One more step along the world I go (StF 476)
The God of Abraham praise (StF 91)

Psalm 121

Hymns that echo the psalmist’s theme

Fill thou my life, O Lord my God (StF 73)
I lift my eyes up to the mountains (StF 631)
I watch the sunrise (StF 469)
Immortal, invisible, God only wise (StF 55)
In heavenly love abiding (StF 736)
O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder (StF 82)
With gladness we worship, rejoice as we sing (StF 17)

Romans 4: 1-5, 13-17

All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
Christ triumphant, ever reigning (StF 319)
Sing praise to God who reigns above (StF 117)
Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to thee (StF 566)

John 3: 1-17

Also see Carolyn Winfrey Gillette’s hymn Nicodemus sought out Jesus – suggested tune “Nettelton”, StF 494i [posted 10 March 2014]

And can it be that I should gain an interest in the Saviour’s blood (StF 345)
Author of faith, eternal word (StF 457)
Breathe on me, Breath of God (StF 370)
Christ is the world’s light, Christ and none other (StF 346)
God is love: let heaven adore him (StF 103)
Lord Christ, we praise your sacrifice (StF 359)
Love divine, all loves excelling (StF 503)
Meet and right it is to sing (StF 32)
O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder (StF 82)
The King of love my shepherd is (StF 479)
The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want (StF 480) (Scottish Psalter version)
The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want (StF 481) Stuart Townend ver.)
There is a Redeemer (StF 338)
To God be the glory, great things he has done! (StF 94)
We give immortal praise (StF 16)
We trust the mighty love of God (StF 742)     see details / comment

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Sunday 5 March, 2017

1st Sunday in Lent

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Genesis 2: 15-17; 3: 1-7

All hail the power of Jesu’s name! (StF 342)
God in his love for us lent us this planet (StF 727)
Lord of the boundless curves of space (StF 111)
*Praise to the Holiest in the height (StF 334)
Touch the earth lightly, use the earth gently (StF 729)

Psalm 32

Hymns that echo the psalmist’s theme

Behold the servant of the Lord! (StF 546)
Happy are they who find the grace (StF 500)
How sweet the name of Jesus sounds (StF 322)
I sing the almighty power of God (StF 107)
My lips shall praise you, my great Redeemer (StF 430)
Out of the depths I cry to thee (StF 433)
Rock of ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee (StF 434)
You give rest to the weary (StF 657)
You showed us mercy when we were in darkness (StF 488)
Your ceaseless, unexhausted love (StF 438)

Romans 5: 12-19

And can it be that I should gain an interest in the Saviour’s blood? (StF 345)
Christ, our King before creation (StF 318)
Father, whose everlasting love (StF 320)
Jesus shall reign where’er the sun (StF 328)
Lord, I lift your name on high (StF 332)
*Praise to the Holiest in the height (StF 334)
What shall I do my God to love, my Saviour (StF 516)

Matthew 4: 1-11

All hail the power of Jesu’s name! (StF 342)
At the name of Jesus (StF 317)
Christ our Redeemer knew temptation’s hour (StF 235)
Forty days and forty nights (StF 236)
Jesus, tempted in the desert (StF 237)
Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us (StF 238)
Lord, save us from the desert (website only)
Seek ye first the kingdom of God (StF 254)
When we are tested and wrestle alone (StF 240)
You call us to the wilderness (website only)     see details / comment

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Wednesday 1 March, 2017

Ash Wednesday

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Joel 2: 1-2, 12-17

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide (StF 141)
Day of judgment! Day of wonder! (StF 732)
Father, in whom we live (StF 5)
O the bitter shame and sorrow (StF 432)
Praise is rising, eyes are turning to you (StF 64)
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases (StF 66)
We come to you with no pretence (StF 435)
We pray until the hour, that awesome hour unknown (StF 741)

Psalm 51: 1-17

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

I will offer up my life (StF 446)
Jesus Christ, I think upon your sacrifice (StF 274)
Just as I am, without one plea (StF 556)
Let us break bread together with the Lord (StF 592)
More like you, Jesus, more like you (StF 505)
O for a heart to praise my God (StF 507)
Out of the depths I cry to thee (StF 433)
Take this moment, sign, and space (StF 513)

2 Corinthians 5: 20b – 6: 10

Captain of Israel’s host, and guide (StF 459)
Come and see, come and see (StF 270)
*Come, now is the time to worship (StF 24)
Come, sinners to the gospel feast (StF 401)
Give thanks with a grateful heart (StF 78)
Have faith in God, my heart (StF 466)
Let love be real, in giving and receiving (StF 615)
Soldiers of Christ, arise and put your armour on (StF 637)

Matthew 6: 1-6, 16-21

*Come, now is the time to worship (StF 24)
Give to me, Lord, a thankful heart (StF 520)
Glorious things of thee are spoken (StF 748)
God grant us words to speak when words are all we bear (StF 647)
Pray for a world where every child finds welcome in a sheltered space (StF 527)
Pray, without ceasing, pray (StF 528)
Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire (StF 529)
Through all the changing scenes of life (StF 638)     see details / comment

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Sunday 26 February, 2017

Sunday before Lent

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Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Exodus 24: 12-18

*Christ, whose glory fills the skies (StF 134)
God of grace and God of glory (StF 682)
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty! (StF 11)
How shall I sing that majesty, which angels do admire? (StF 53)
Sing praise to God who reigns above (StF 117)

Psalm 2
or
Psalm 99

Hymns that echo the psalmist’s theme

Hills of the north rejoice (StF 172)
Let all mortal flesh keep silence (StF 591)
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven (StF 83)
Of the Father’s love begotten (StF 181)
Rejoice, the Lord is King! (StF 335)

2 Peter 1: 16-21

*Christ, whose glory fills the skies (StF 134)
*Jesus on the mountain peak (StF 259)
Light of the world, you stepped into darkness (StF 175)
Meekness and majesty, manhood and deity (StF 362)
Spirit of God, unseen as the wind (StF 394)

Matthew 17: 1-9

Be still, for the presence of the Lord (StF 20)
*Jesus on the mountain peak (StF 259)
Lord, the light of your love is shining (StF 59)
Swiftly pass the clouds of glory (StF 260)
Transfigured Christ, none comprehends (StF 261)

Also suggested by the Revd Norman Wallwork, who has reivised this month’s recommendations:

How good, Lord, to be here! (Hymns & Psalms 156)
Stay, Master, stay upon this heavenly hill (Hymns & Psalms 158)     see details / comment

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Sunday 19 February, 2017

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

What hymns have you chosen for today, and why? Do you have a comment about the suggestions here? Just click on “see details/comment” below and respond using the box at the bottom of the new page

Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Leviticus 19: 1-2, 9-18

Come, now, you blessed, eat at my table (StF 495)
For the fruits of all creation (StF 124)
I will speak out for those who have no voices (StF 702)
Take my life, and let it be (StF 566)
The kingdom of God is justice and joy (StF 255)
When I needed a neighbour, were you there? (StF 256)

Psalm 119: 33-40

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

God, beyond our dreams, you have stirred in us a memory (StF 496)
God in my living, there in my breathing (StF 497)
Help us, O Lord, to learn the truths your word imparts (StF 501)

1 Corinthians 3: 10-11, 16-23

Christ is made the sure foundation (StF 677)
*Come down, O love divine (StF 372)
Come, Lord, to our souls come down (StF 493)
Dear Lord and Father of mankind forgive our foolish ways (StF 495)
In Christ alone my hope is found (StF 351)
Let us build a house where love can dwell (StF 409)

Matthew 5: 38-48

A new commandment I give unto you (StF 242)
Be still, for the presence of the Lord (StF 20)
Brother, sister, let me serve you (StF 611)
*Come down, O love divine (StF 372)
Lift high the Cross, the love of Christ proclaim (StF 276)
Make me a channel of your peace (StF 707)
The God who sings a new world into being shows the way (StF 714)     see details / comment

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Sunday 12 February, 2017

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

What hymns have you chosen for today, and why? Do you have a comment about the suggestions here? Just click on “see details/comment” below and respond using the box at the bottom of the new page

Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Deuteronomy 30: 15-20
or
Sirach/Ecclesiasticus 15: 15-20

Behold the servant of the Lord! (StF 546)
Be still and know that I am God (StF 18)
Father, in whom we live (StF 5)
Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go (StF 550)
O God, you search me and you know me (StF 728)
We come to you with no pretence (StF 435)

Psalm 119: 1-8

Hymn echoing the psalmist’s theme

Behold the servant of the Lord! (StF 546)
Just as I am, without one plea (StF 556)
Let him to whom we now belong (StF 557)

1 Corinthians 3: 1-9

*Jesus, Lord we look to thee, let us in they name agree (StF 686)
Let us be real, in giving and receiving (StF 615)
Let us build a house where love can dwell (StF 409)
Longing for light, we wait in darkness (StF 706)
Not far beyond the sea nor high above the heavens, but very nigh (StF 159)
Unless the Lord builds the house we labour in vain (StF 515)
When our views are varied (website only)

Matthew 5: 21-37

A new commandment I give unto you (StF 242)
Best of all is God is with us (StF 610)
Father, we have sinned in word, and deed, and thought (StF 422)
God! When human bonds are broken (StF 649)
*Jesus, Lord we look to thee, let us in they name agree (StF 686)
Lord, we turn to you for mercy (StF 429)     see details / comment

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Sunday 5 February, 2017

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

What hymns have you chosen for today, and why? Do you have a comment about the suggestions here? Just click on “see details/comment” below and respond using the box at the bottom of the new page

Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Isaiah 58: 1-9a (9b-12)

Community of Christ, who make the Cross your own (StF 681)
God weeps at love withheld (StF 700)
Love inspired the anger that cleared a temple court (StF 253)
Make me a channel of your peace (StF 707)
My soul rejoices in God my Saviour (StF 60)
Send down the fire of your justice (StF 413)
The Church of Christ, in every age (StF 415)

Psalm 112: 1-9 (10)

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

A charge to keep I have (StF 658)
God of justice, Saviour to all (StF 699)
Light we now our candle’s flame (website only)
Make us your prophets, Lord (StF 665)

1 Corinthians 2: 1-12 (13-16)

All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
Baptise us with your Spirit (StF 369)
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart (StF 545)
Breathe on me, Spirit of Jesus (StF 371)
Happy are they who find the grace (StF 500)
Holy Spirit, gift bestower (StF 383)

Matthew 5: 13-20

Colours of day dawn into my mind (StF 167)
Darkness like a shroud covers the earth (StF 170)
God has spoken – by his prophets (StF 157)
God, whose almighty word chaos and darkness heard (StF106)
Hills of the north, rejoice (StF 172)
Longing for light, we wait in darkness (StF 706)
Lord, the light of your love is shining (StF 59)
May the God of hope go with us every day (StF 411)
May the mind of Christ my Saviour live in me from day to day (StF 504)
O God, what offering shall I give (StF 562)
Show me how to stand for justice (StF 713)
The kingdom of God is justice and joy (StF 255)
The Spirit lives to set us free, walk, walk in the light (StF 397)     see details / comment

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Sunday 29 January, 2017

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

What hymns have you chosen for today, and why? Do you have a comment about the suggestions here? Just click on “see details/comment” below and respond using the box at the bottom of the new page

Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Micah 6: 1-8

God of justice, Saviour to all (StF 699)
God weeps at love withheld (StF 700)
Hear the call of the kingdom (StF 407)
*Help us, O Lord, to learn the truths your word imparts (StF 501)
In an age of twisted values (StF 703)
I will speak out for those who have no voices (StF 702)
Show me how to stand for justice (StF 713)

Psalm 15

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Author of life divine (StF 572)
Before I take the body of the Lord (StF 575)
Being of beings, God of love (StF 490)
God! When human bonds are broken (StF 649)
Let love be real, in giving and receiving (StF 615)
Make us your prophets, Lord (StF 665)
The love of God comes close where stands an open door (StF 654)

1 Corinthians 1: 18-31

All the room was hushed and still (StF 266)
And can it be that I should gain? (StF 345)
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart (StF 545)
Come, wounded Healer, your sufferings reveal (StF 271)
Here hangs a man discarded (StF 273)
Lord Christ, we praise your sacrifice (StF 359)

Matthew 5: 1-12

Behold the servant of the Lord! (StF 546)
Blest are the pure in heart (StF 244)
Blest are they, the poor in Spirit (StF 245)
Breathe on me breath of God (StF 370)
God, whose love is all around us (StF 585)
*Help us, O Lord, to learn the truths your word imparts (StF 501)
Make me a channel of your peace (StF 707)
Make way, make way, for Christ the king (StF 264)
More like you, Jesus, more like you (StF 505)
The kingdom of God is justice and joy (StF 255)
Pray for the Church, afflicted and oppressed (StF 711)
Ubi Caritas et amor (Where there is charity and love) (StF 783)

The Revd Phillip Poyner, who has revised the selection of hymns for this Sunday, writes:

“You may have heard a boring sermon on the Sermon on the Mount in which a minister/preacher has unsuccessfully tried to expand on the ‘Blessed…’ sayings. In the past, this Sunday has been observed as Education Sunday and reflecting on Jesus’ teaching style offer a helpful antidote. His use of parables and these sayings have often unexpected outcomes, which encourage the hearer to have more time to ponder and grasp their truth. Initially, as Paul writes, they appear ‘foolishness’. In 1 Corinthians 1: 18 it is the word of the cross that is folly. The Gospel, Psalm and Micah all refer to a hill or mountain (in Wales, where I live, many hills are called mountains!). As timeless features they are witnesses and understand; but humanity, which is here today and gone tomorrow, struggles. It is God’s goodness, saving power (Micah 6), that enables us to do good, to be blessed. The Psalm relates particularly closely to the Gospel today.”     see details / comment

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Sunday 22 January, 2017

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

See below for hymns suitable for marking the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18-25 January). Also see the StF article Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which points to additional hymns and resources.

What hymns have you chosen for today, and why? Do you have a comment about the suggestions here? Just click on “see details/comment” below and respond using the box at the bottom of the new page

Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Isaiah 9: 1-4

Angel voices ever singing (StF 39)
Darkness like a shroud covers the earth (“Arise, shine, your light has come”) (StF 170)
Great is the darkness that covers the earth (StF 405)
Light of the world, you stepped into darkness (StF 175)
I heard the voice of Jesus say (StF 248)
Your hand, O God, has guided your flock, from age to age (StF 692)

Psalm 27: 1, 4-9

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Lord, we turn to you for mercy (StF 429)
O Lord, we are always in your presence (StF 33)
Son of God, if your free grace (StF 336)
Stupendous height of heavenly love (StF 512)
You showed us mercy when we were in darkness (StF 488)

1 Corinthians 1: 10-18

Because the Saviour prayed that we be one (StF 675)
Christ, from whom all blessings flow (StF 676)
Come, all who look to Christ today (StF 678)
I come with joy, a child of God (StF 588)
Jesus, Lord, we look to thee, let us in they name agree (StF 686)
Lord, we come to ask your healing, teach us of love (StF 652)
*Summoned by the God who made us rich in our diversity (StF 689)
Thou God of truth and love (StF 620)

Matthew 4: 12-23

Born in the night, Mary’s child (StF 193)
Christ, whose glory fills the skies (StF 134)
Come, build the Church – not heaps of stone (StF 679)
Come, let us with our Lord arise (StF 148)
Dear Lord and Father of mankind (StF 495)
God’s spirit is in my heart (StF 404)
Lord, you have come to the seashore (StF 558)
*Summoned by the God who made us rich in our diversity (StF 689)
The Kingdom of God is justice and joy (StF 255)
Where will we find you, Lord Jesus our Master? (StF 672)
Will you come and follow me if I but call your name? (StF 673)
Would I have answered when you called..? (StF 674)

This week is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18th-25th) and the Epistle addresses disunity in the Church. The Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) theme this year is ’Crossing Barriers’ and the Ecumenical service takes its theme from 2 Corinthians 5: 14-20, which speaks of ‘Reconciliation – the love of Christ compels us’. The other readings in the service are listed below.

The service, service leaflet and PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded from CTBI in English and Welsh. No hymn suggestions are made but the following may be useful:

Ezekiel 36: 25-27

Holy Spirit, gift bestower (StF 383)
Into the darkness of this world(StF 173)
O Holy Spirit, Lord of grace (StF 392)

Psalm 18: 26-32

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Great is our redeeming Lord (StF 683)
Thou God of truth and love (StF 620)

2 Corinthians 5: 14-20

All praise to our redeeming Lord (StF 608)
Baptise us with your Spirit (StF 369)
Because the Saviour prayed that we be one (StF 675)
Christ, from whom all blessings flow (StF 676)
Come, and let us sweetly join (StF 646)
Here on the threshold of a new beginning (StF 684)
In Christ there is no east or west (StF 685)
Let every Christian pray (StF 388)
We come from the mountains, the valleys and plains (StF 417)
What shall our greeting be..? (StF 691)

Luke 15: 11-32

I come with joy, a child of God (StF 588)
God give us life (StF 612)
God, how can we forgive..? (StF 613)
Jesus, Lord, we look to thee, let us in they name agree (StF 686)
Lord, we come to ask your healing, teach us of love (StF 652)
When deep despair casts out all light (StF 399)     see details / comment

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Sunday 15 January, 2017

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

What hymns have you chosen for today, and why? Do you have a comment about the suggestions here? Just click on “see details/comment” below and respond using the box at the bottom of the new page

Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Isaiah 49: 1-7

As we gather, Father, seal us in the love that knows no fear (StF 570)
Best of all is God is with us (StF 610)
My heart if full of Christ, and longs (StF 506)
Praise to the God who clears the way (StF 183)
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord (StF 186)
The love of God comes close (StF 654)

Psalm 40: 1-11

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

And I will wait now (website only)
*Lord, I come before your throne of grace (StF 58)
Through all the changing scenes of life (StF 638)
When I was lost, you came and rescued me (StF 367)

1 Corinthians 1: 1-9

All praise to our redeeming Lord, who joins us by his grace (StF 608)
Called by Christ to be disciple (StF 660)
*Come let us join our cheerful songs (StF 743)
*Lord, I come before your throne of grace (StF 58)
Lord, we have come at your own invitation (StF 595)
May the mind of Christ my Saviour live in me from day to day (StF 564)
There’s a light upon the mountains (StF 564)

John 1: 29-42

Behold the Lamb of God (StF 234)
*Come let us join our cheerful songs (StF 743)
Come, sinners, to the gospel feast (StF 401)
Come, my table is a meeting place (StF 581)
Have you heard God’s voice; has your heart been stirred? (StF 662)
Hear the call of the kingdom (StF 407)
Jesus call us! O’er the tumult (StF 250)
Jesus Christ – Perfect love (StF 325)
Just as I am, without one plea (StF 556)
Lamb of God, Lamb of God (StF 767)
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world (StF 787)
Lord of life, we come to you (StF 651)
Sent by the Lord am I (StF 239)     see details / comment

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Sunday 8 January, 2017

Sunday after Epiphany (1st in Ordinary Time)

What hymns have you chosen for today, and why? Do you have a comment about the suggestions here? Just click on “see details/comment” below and respond using the box at the bottom of the new page

Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Isaiah 42: 1-9

Behold the Lamb of God, behold the Lamb of God (StF 234)
Come, Wounded Healer, your sufferings reveal (StF 271)
God! When human bonds are broken (StF 649)
He came to earth, not to be served (StF 445)
Jesus shall reign where’er the sun (StF 328)
*Longing for light, we wait in darkness (StF 706)
The kingdom of God is justice and joy (StF 255)
We turn to God when we are sorely pressed (StF 640)

Phillip Poyner notes: “It is hard, from a Christian perspective, not to read Isaiah’s visions of the humble, suffering servant sent by God and think automatically of the life of Jesus. Some of the hymns above refer directly to Jesus’ life and witness.” See also:

And did God’s feet in ancient time (“New Jerusalem”) (website only) – N.B. a reworking of Blake’s poem, 2nd verse suitable for Holy Communion
Christ is the world’s light, Christ and none other (StF 346)

Psalm 29

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

God move in a mysterious way (StF 104)
Have you heard God’s voice; has your heart been stirred? (StF 662)
In the darkness of the still night (StF 109)
*Longing for light, we wait in darkness (StF 706)
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness (StF 34)

Acts 10: 34-43

All hail the power of Jesu’s name! (StF 342)
As we gather, Father, seal us (StF 570)
Come, all who look to Christ today (StF 678)
Community of Christ, who make the Cross your own (StF 681)
I cannot tell why he, whom angels worship (StF 350)
Jesus is Lord! Creation’s voice proclaims it (StF 353)
We believe in God the Father (StF 764)
We believe in God the Father (Paul Thompson ver. with chorus: website only)

Matthew 3: 13-17

Baptise us with your Spirit (StF 369)
Because you have said (StF 574)
Behold the servant of the Lord (StF 546)
Come, Holy Spirit, descend on us (StF 374)
Crashing waters at creation (StF 376)
God, whose almighty word chaos and darkness heard (StF 106)
Jesus shall take the highest honour (StF 356)
Joy to the world, the Lord is come! (StF 330)
May the love of the Lord rest upon your soul (StF 771)
Meekness and majesty, manhood and deity (StF 362)
When Jesus came to Jordan (StF 233)     see details / comment

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Friday 6 January, 2017

The Feast of the Epiphany (Year A)

What hymns have you chosen for today, and why? Do you have a comment about the suggestions here? Just click on “see details/comment” below and respond using the box at the bottom of the new page

Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

As 6 January is a weekday, these readings and hymn suggestions may replace those of the preceding Sunday, 1 January.

Isaiah 60: 1-6

Angels, from the realms of glory (StF 190)
Be still, for the presence of the Lord (StF 20)
*Bethlehem, of noblest cities (StF 225)
*Brightest and best of the sons of the morning (StF 227)
Come, sinners, to the gospel feast (StF 401)
Darkness like a shroud covers the earth (“Arise, shine, your light has come”) (StF 170)
Let all the world in every corner sing (StF 57)
Light of the world, you stepped down uinto darkness (StF 175)
Stupendous height of heavenly love (StF 512)

Psalm 72: 1-7, 10-14

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Hail to the Lord’s Anointed, great David’s greater Son! (StF 228)
He became poor that we may be rich (StF 344)
Joy to the world, the Lord has come! (StF 330)
King of kings, majesty(StF 331)

Ephesians 3: 1-12

As we gather, Father, seal us (StF 570)
Birth brings a promise of new life awaking (StF 226)
*Come, thou long-expected Jesus (StF 169)
*Deep in the darkness a starlight is gleaming (StF 625)
Let earth and heaven combine (StF 208)
Sing of a God of majestic divinity(StF 13)
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy (StF 416)

Matthew 2: 1-12

A special star, a special star (StF 223)
As with gladness men of old (StF 224)
*Bethlehem, of noblest cities (StF 225)
*Brightest and best of the sons of the morning (StF 227)
*Come, thou long expected Jesus (StF 169)
Deep in the darkness a starlight is gleaming (StF 625)
Good news, good news to you we bring (StF 201)
In the bleak midwinter (StF 204)
Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour (StF 593)
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness (StF 34)
Riding out across the desert (StF 230)

Phillip Poyner, who has revised the hmn suggestions of Epiphany, observes: “I don’t know why I have never noticed it before – perhaps familiarity brings contempt – but I had not appreciated that the chief priests and scribes had no idea Jesus had been born. They just quoted the Scriptures. It raises the question: How often do we ‘religious’ folk have no idea what God is up to, even though we may be knowledgeable about the Bible and doctrine?”     see details / comment

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Sunday 1 January, 2017

2nd Sunday of Christmas (Year A)

What hymns have you chosen for today, and why? Do you have a comment about the suggestions here? Just click on “see details/comment” below and respond using the box at the bottom of the new page

Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Also see readings and suggestions listed for The Feast of the Epiphany (6 January).

Jeremiah 31: 7-14

Sing of a God in majestic divinity (StF 13)
Sing of the Lord’s goodness (StF 65)
The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want (StF 480)
The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want (StF 481) (Townend ver.)
You shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace (StF 487)

Psalm 147: 12-20

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Glory be to God on high (StF 199)
I sing the almighty power of God (StF 107)

Ephesians 1: 3-14

Alleluia, allelluia! (StF 757) (select verses as appropriate)
All praise to our redeeming Lord, who joins us by his grace (StF 608)
As with gladness men of old (StF 224)
Come, thou fount of every blessing (StF 494)
Come, let us anew (StF 460)
Food to pilgrims given (StF 584)
God with us: Creator, Father (StF 8)
Lord, for the years your love has kept and guided (StF 470)
Lord Jesus Christ (StF 594)
To God be the glory, great things he has done! (StF 94)

John 1: (1-9) 10-18

Before the world began, one Word was there (StF 101)
Birth brings a promise of new life awaking (StF 226)
Father, in whom we live (StF 5)
God has spoken – by his prophets (StF 157)
He became poor that we may be rich (StF 344)
Let earth and heaven combine (StF 208)
Stupendous height of heavenly love (StF 512)
The silent stars shine down on us (StF 231)

or

Sirach/Ecclesiasticus 24: 1-12

Everlasting God (StF 46)
Happy are they who find the grace, the blessing of God’s chosen race (StF 500)
Into a world of dark, waste and disordered space (StF 387)
O breath of life, come sweeping through us (StF 391)
Wind of God, dynamic Spirit (StF 400)

Canticle: Wisdom of Solomon 10: 15-21

Be thou my vision (StF 545)
Crashing waters at creation (StF 376)
Everyday God (StF 45)
Guide us, O thou great Jehovah (StF 465)

Ephesians 1: 3-14

As above

John 1: (1-9) 10-18

As above

Phillip Poyner reflects on the relationship between the readings for today.

Coupling the Gospel and Epistle with:

  1. Jeremiah 31 and Psalm 147 encourage rejoicing and praising God for God has blessed us, poured out grace upon us.
  2. Ecclesiasticus 24 and Wisdom 10 focus on the wisdom of God’s word in the world, through Christ, the servants of the Lord, and indwelling in the land of Jacob/Israel – all by the power of the Holy Spirit.

On this New Year’s Day we can look forward to that blessing continuing, and God’s word remaining among us in the days ahead. In many churches this will also be Covenant Sunday when we recommit ourselves to the God who blesses us and whose word inspires and sustains us; the Ephesians passage reminding us that we are redeemed, forgiven (v7), have an inheritance (v11) and are to live for his glory (v12).     see details / comment

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Saturday 31 December, 2016

Watch Night/New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day

See also Hymns for Covenant and Renewal and note Andrew Pratt’s hymn for use at the turn of the year: This day is a day of both prayer and praising (website only)

Additional hymns for New Year suggested by our compiler Ian Warburton:

Captain of Israel’s host (StF 459)
Carol of Peace (website only)
Sing to the great Jehovah’s praise (StF 127)
This, this is the God we adore (StF 67)
We do not look for angel choirs (website only)

Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-13

All things bright and beautiful (StF 100)
Come, let us sing to the One (StF 2)
For the beauty of the earth (StF 102)
God moves in a mysterious way (StF 104)
Sing of a God in majestic divinity (StF 13)

There is no moment of my life (StF 482)
When we are living, we are in the Lord (StF 485)

OR

Deuteronomy 8: 1-20

Come, divine Interpreter (StF 154)
Guide me, O thou great Jehovah (StF 465)
O God of Bethel, by whose hand thy people still are fed (StF 475)
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven (StF 83)
Seek ye first the kingdom of God (StF 254)

Psalm 8

Hymn echoing psalmist’s theme

From heaven you came, helpless babe (StF 272)
How shall I sing that majesty? (StF 53)
I sing the almighty power of God (StF 107)

Jesus shall reign where’er the sun (StF 328)
Let all the world in every corner sing (StF 57)
O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder (StF 82)
O Lord, our Lord, throughout the earth (StF 112)

OR

Psalm 90

Come, let us anew our journey pursue (StF 460)
Lord of the boundless curves of space (StF 111)
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (StF 88)
O God, our help in ages past (StF 132)

Revelation 21: 1-6a

As with gladness men of old (v.4) (StF 224)
Darkness like a shroud covers the earth (StF 170)
For the healing of the nations (StF 696)
Great is our redeeming Lord (StF 683)
How sweet the name of Jesus sounds (StF 322)
It came upon a midnight clear (StF 205)

Jesus, the First and Last (StF 329)
Joy to the world, the Lord is come! (StF 330)

Hills of the north, rejoice (StF 172)

O God, you search me and you know me (StF 728)
Praise is rising, eyes are turning to you (StF 64)
The Church’s one foundation (StF 690)

Matthew 25: 31-46

A charge to keep I have (StF 658)
Blest are the pure in heart (StF 244)
Brother, sister, let me serve you (StF 611)
Come, now, you blessed, eat at my table (StF 695)
God is love: his the care (StF 403)
Hark the glad sound! The Saviour comes (StF 171)
Here on the threshold of a new beginning (StF 684)
Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love (StF 249)
Jesus Christ is waiting (StF 251)
The Church of Christ, in every age (StF 415)
There are no strangers to God’s love (StF 716)
There’s a spirit in the air (StF 398)
Up to your table, Lord, you call us (StF 599) vv.1&3
We pray until that hour, that awesome hour unknown (StF 741)
Where can we find you, Lord Jesus our Master? (StF 672)
Who can sound the depths of sorrow (StF 723)
Would you walk by on the other side? (StF 257)     see details / comment

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Sunday 25 December, 2016

Christmas Day

Any of the following sets of readings may be used on the evening of Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day. Set III should be used at some service during the celebration.

I Isaiah 9: 2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2: 11-14; Luke 2: 1‑14 (15-20)
II
Isaiah 62: 6-12; Psalm 97; Titus 3: 4-7; Luke 2: (1‑7) 8-20
III
Isaiah 52: 7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1: 1-4 (5-12); John 1: 1-14

Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Also see readings selected for Christmas Eve

Lighting of Advent candles
Singing the Faith Plus offers a number of options for Advent Candle Liturgies

Useful hymns (using verses as appropriate)

Advent candles tell their story (StF 165)
‘Christmas is coming!’ The Church is glad to sing (StF 166)
Light a candle in a darkened place (StF 174)
Like a candle flame, flickering small in our darkness (StF 176)
Longing for light, we wait in darkness (“Christ, be our light!”) (StF 706)

Isaiah 52: 7-10

Hail to the Lord’s Anointed (StF 228)
I cannot tell why he, whom angels worship (StF 350)
There’s a light upon the mountains, and the day is at the spring (StF 188)

Psalm 98

Hymn echoing psalmist’s theme

*Joy to the world, the Lord is come! (StF 330)
Sing we the King who is coming to reign (StF 185)

Hebrews 1: 1-4 (5-12)

Angels from the realms of glory (StF 190)
Before the world began, one Word was there (StF 101)
*Glory be to God on high, and peace on earth descend (StF 199)
*Hark! The herald-angels sing (StF 202)
It came upon a midnight clear (StF 205)
*Joy to the world, the Lord is come! (StF 330)
*Let earth and heaven combine (StF 208)
Long ago, prophets knew Christ would come (StF 178)
*Love came down at Christmas (StF 210)

John 1: 1-14

Brightest and best of the sons of the morning (StF 227)
Christians, awake, salute the happy morn (StF 195)
Come and join the celebration (StF 196) esp. v.1
*Glory be to God on high, and peace on earth descend (StF 199)
God is born among us: earth receives the Christ child (StF 200)
Good news, good news to you we bring (StF 201)
*Hark! The herald-angels sing (StF 202)
Let all mortal flesh keep silence (StF 591)
*Let earth and heaven combine (StF 208)
Light out of darkness (website only)
*Love came down at Christmas (StF 210)
O come, all ye faithful (StF 212)
Once in royal David’s city (StF 214)
See, amid the winter’s snow (StF 215)
Silent night, holy night (StF 217)
We do not look for angel choirs (website only)
While shepherds watched their flocks by night (StF 221)     see details / comment

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Saturday 24 December 2016

Christmas Eve

Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Also see readings selected for Christmas Day

Isaiah 9: 2-7

Community of Christ, who make the Cross your own (StF 681)
It came upon the midnight clear (StF 205)
O little town of Bethlehem (StF 213)

Psalm 96

Hymns echoing psalmist’s theme

Joy to the world, the Lord is come! (StF 330)
Sing we the King who is coming to reign (StF 185)
When a young unmarried couple (StF 220)

Titus 2: 11-14

*Love came down at Christmas (StF 210)
Night of peace: hail the holy child (StF 211)

Luke 2: 1-20

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed (StF 191)
Angels, from the realms of glory (vv.1&2) (StF 190)
Beneath the paper wrappings (StF 192)
Born in the night, Mary’s child (StF 193)
Child of joy and peace (StF 194)
Cradled in a manger, meanly (StF 197)
Glory be to God on high (StF 199)
God is born among us (StF 200)
Good news, good news to you we bring (StF 201)
Heaven’s come so close tonight (website only)
I had a dream that I was standing on a hillside (StF 203)
In the bleak midwinter (StF 204)
It was on a starry night (StF 206)
Let all mortal flesh keep silence (StF 591)
Let me tell you about a baby (StF 209)
Let my Saviour sleep (website only)
Like a candle flame, flickering small in our darkness (StF 176)
*Love came down at Christmas (StF 210)
Once in royal David’s city (StF 214)
Remembering Mary (website only)
See, amid the winter’s snow (StF 215)
See him lying in a bed of straw (StF 216)
Silent night, holy night (StF 217)
We do not look for angel choirs (website only)
We see the eyes of Mary shine (StF 219)
While shepherds watched their flocks by night (StF 221)
Who would think that what was needed (StF 222)     see details / comment

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Sunday 18 December, 2016

4th Sunday of Advent

Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Lighting of Advent candles
Singing the Faith Plus offers a number of options for Advent Candle Liturgies

Useful hymns (using verses as appropriate)

Advent candles tell their story (StF 165)
Candles we light upon the Advent ring (website only)
‘Christmas is coming!’ The Church is glad to sing (StF 166)
God whose almighty word (StF 106)
Light a candle in a darkened place (StF 174)
Light of the world, you stepped down in darkness (StF 175)
Light we now our candle’s flame (website only)
Like a candle flame, flickering small in our darkness (StF 176)
Longing for light, we wait in darkness (“Christ, be our light!”) (StF 706)
Round orange, round orange (StF 184) (a Christingle carol)

Isaiah 7: 10-16

*Emmanuel, Emmanuel (StF 198)
Heal us, Immanuel! Hear our prayer (StF 650)
Let earth and heaven combine (StF 208)
*Like a candle flame, flickering small in our darkness (StF 176)
O come, O come, Immanuel (StF 180)
Sing of a God in majestic divinity (StF 13)
The Angel Gabriel from heaven came (StF 187)
There’s a light upon the mountains (StF 188)

Psalm 80: 1-7, 17-19

Hymns echoing psalmist’s theme

Faithful One, so unchanging (StF 628)
God of my faith, I offer you my doubt (StF 629)
How long, O Lord, will you forget an answer to my prayer (StF 630)
Listening God, you hear us when we cannot speak (StF 524)
My heart is full of Christ, and longs (StF 506)

Romans 1: 1-7

God has spoken – by his prophets (StF 157)
Hail! Holy, holy, holy Lord (StF 9)
Long ago, prophets knew Christ would come (StF 178)
Your hand, O God, has guided your flock, from age to age (StF 692)

Matthew 1: 18-25

*Emmanuel, Emmanuel (StF 198)
Glory be to God on high (StF 199)
God moves in a mysterious way (StF 104)
I danced in the morning (StF 247)
Into the darkness of the world (StF 173)
*Like a candle flame, flickering small in our darkness (StF 176)
Let me tell you about a baby, and his family (StF 209)
Love came down at Christmas (StF 210)
Who would think that what was needed (StF 222)     see details / comment

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Sunday 11 December, 2016

3rd Sunday of Advent

Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Lighting of Advent candles
Singing the Faith Plus offers a number of options for Advent Candle Liturgies

Useful hymns (using verses as appropriate)

Advent candles tell their story (StF 165)
Candles we light upon the Advent ring (website only)
‘Christmas is coming!’ The Church is glad to sing (StF 166)
God whose almighty word (StF 106)
Light a candle in a darkened place (StF 174)
Light of the world, you stepped down in darkness (StF 175)
Light we now our candle’s flame (website only)
Like a candle flame, flickering small in our darkness (StF 176)
Longing for light, we wait in darkness (“Christ, be our light!”) (StF 706)
Round orange, round orange (StF 184) (a Christingle carol)

Isaiah 35: 1-10

God’s spirit is in my heart (StF 404)
Make way, make way for Christ the King (StF 264)
O come, O come, Immanuel (StF 180)
There’s a light upon the mountains, and the day is at the spring (StF 188)
You shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace (StF 487)

OR Luke 1: 47-55

Heaven shall not wait (StF 701)
*My soul rejoices in God, my Saviour (StF 60)
Sing we the King who is coming to reign (StF 185)
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord (StF 186)
The Angel Gabriel from heaven came (StF 187)

James 5: 7-10

And I will wait now (website only)
Be still and know that I am God (StF 18)
Be still, for the presence of the Lord (StF 20)
Come, you thankful people, come (StF 123)
Love divine, all loves excelling (StF 503)
Rejoice, the Lord is King! (StF 335)

Matthew 11: 2-11

Come, Lord, to our souls come down (StF 493)
Here is bread, here is wine (StF 586)
Joy to the world, the Lord is come! (StF 330)
Make way, make way, for Christ the king in splendour arrives (StF 264)
*My soul rejoices in God, my Saviour (StF 60)
O for a thousand tongues to sing (StF 364)
On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry announces that the Lord is nigh (StF 182)
Seek ye first the kingdom of God (StF 254)
The kingdom of God is justice and joy (StF 255)
Wild and lone the prophet’s voice (StF 189)
Your words to me are life and health (StF 164)     see details / comment

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Sunday 4 December. 2016

2nd Sunday of Advent

Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Lighting of Advent candles
Singing the Faith Plus offers a number of options for Advent Candle Liturgies

Useful hymns (using verses as appropriate)

Advent candles tell their story (StF 165)
Candles we light upon the Advent ring (website only)
‘Christmas is coming!’ The Church is glad to sing (StF 166)
God whose almighty word (StF 106)
Light a candle in a darkened place (StF 174)
Light of the world, you stepped down in darkness (StF 175)
Light we now our candle’s flame (website only)
Like a candle flame, flickering small in our darkness (StF 176)
Longing for light, we wait in darkness (“Christ, be our light!”) (StF 706)
Round orange, round orange (StF 184) (a Christingle carol)

Isaiah 11: 1-10

Father of everlasting grace (StF 378)
Long ago, prophets knew (StF 178)
Make me a channel of your peace (StF 707)
Shalom chaverim (Shalom, my friends) (StF 414)
Sing we the King who is coming to reign (StF 185)
Spirit of God, unseen as the wind (StF 394)
The prophets’ voice comes down the years (StF 162)
There is a new heaven; there is a new earth (StF 738)
We do not look for angel choirs (website only)
We pray for peace, but not the easy peace (StF 719)

Psalm 72: 1-7, 18-19

Hymns echoing psalmist’s theme

Father in heaven, grant to your children (StF 4)
From all that dwell below the skies (StF 75)
Hail to the Lord’s Anointed (StF 228)
Jesus shall reign where’er the sun (StF 328)
Lord, your Church on earth is seeking (StF 410)
May the God of hope go with us every day (StF 411)
Send down the fire of your justice (StF 413)
Sing we the King who is coming to reign (StF 185)

Romans 15: 4-13

Being of beings, God of love (StF 490)
Brother, sister, let me serve you (StF 611)
Come, all who look to Christ today (StF 678)
Come, and let us sweetly join Christ to praise in hymns divine (StF 646)
Community of Christ, who make the Cross your own (StF 681)
Fill thou my life, O Lord my God (StF 73)
Help us, O Lord, to learn (StF 501)
Jesus comes with all his grace (StF 326)
Jesus is Lord! Creation’s voice proclaims it (StF 353)
Let us a build a house where love can dwell (StF 409)
May the God of hope go with us every day (StF 411)
Not far beyond the sea nor high above the heavens, but very nigh (StF 159)
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy (StF 416)
Through the love of God our Saviour (StF 639)

Matthew 3: 1-12

Day of judgment! Day of wonder! (StF 732)
Give voice to the prophets who speak the hard word (website only)
Into the darkness of this world (StF 173)
My God! I know, I feel thee mine (StF 390)
O come, O come, Immanuel (StF 180)
On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry (StF 182)
See how great a flame aspires (StF 412)
Praise to the God who clears the way (StF 183)
We wait in hope for hope to come (website only)
Wild and lone the prophet’s voice (StF 189)     see details / comment

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Sunday 27 November, 2016

1st Sunday of Advent (Year A)

Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Lighting of Advent candles
Singing the Faith Plus offers a number of options for Advent Candle Liturgies

Useful hymns (using verses as appropriate)

*Advent candles tell their story (StF 165)
‘Christmas is coming!’ The Church is glad to sing (StF 166)
*Light a candle in a darkened place (StF 174)
Like a candle flame, flickering small in our darkness (StF 176)
Longing for light, we wait in darkness (“Christ, be our light!”) (StF 706)

Isaiah 2: 1-5

Come, thou long-expected Jesus (StF 169)
O God of hope, your prophets spoke of days when war would cease (StF 708)
Thank you, O God, for the time that is now (StF 478)
The love of God comes close where stands an open door (StF 654)
To be in your presence (StF 530)
We are marching in the light of God (StF 483)

Psalm 122

Hymns reflecting the psalmist’s theme

God! As with silent hearts we bring to mind how hate and war diminish humankind (StF 698)
I rejoiced when I heard them say ‘Let us go to the house of God’ (StF 26)
Pray without ceasing, pray (StF 528)

Romans 13: 11-14

*Advent candles tell their story (v.1) (StF 165) see Lighting of Advent candles, above
Blest are the pure in heart (StF 244)
Darkness like a shroud covers the earth (StF 170)
*Light a candle in a darkened place (vv.1&2) (StF 174) see Lighting of Advent candles, above
Make us your prophets, Lord (StF 665)
The Spirit lives to set us free, walk, walk in the light (StF 397)
*We pray until the hour, that awesome hour unknown (StF 741)

Matthew 24: 36-44

A charge to keep I have (StF 658)
Day of judgment! Day of wonder! (StF 732)
Stay with me, remain here with me (StF 780) a possible prayer response
*We pray until the hour, that awesome hour unknown (StF 741)
We wait in hope for hope to come (website only)     see details / comment

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Sunday 20 November, 2016

Sunday before Advent

Christ the King / Reign of Christ

Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Jeremiah 23:1-6

He is exalted (StF 52)
O come, O come, Immanuel (StF 180)
The King of love my shepherd is (StF 479)
The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want (StF 480)
The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want (StF 481)
The splendour of the King (StF 15)

Psalm 46

Hymns reflecting the psalmist’s theme

A safe stronghold our God is still (StF 623)
Glorious things of thee are spoken (StF 748)
God is our refuge and strength (StF 810) responsive reading
When mountains that we thought secure lie crumbled where we stand (StF 722)

OR

Luke 1:68-79

Come, Lord Jesus, come (StF 168)
Darkness like a shroud covers the earth (StF 170)
Hark the glad sound! The Saviour comes (StF 171)
Into the darkness of this world (StF 173)
Praise the Lord who reigns above (StF 85)
Praise to the God who clears the way (StF 183)
You showed us mercy (StF 488)

Colossians 1:11-20

Christ is made the sure foundation (StF 677)
*Jesus Christ, I think upon your sacrifice (StF 274)
Jesus is Lord! Creation’s voice proclaims it (StF 353)
*King of kings, majesty (StF 331)
Of the Father’s love begotten (StF 181)
Over all the earth, you reign on high (StF 63)
The Church’s one foundation (StF 690)
Who would think that what was needed (StF 222)

Luke 23:33-43

*Jesus Christ, I think upon your sacrifice (StF 274)
Jesus is King and I will extol him (StF 327)
Jesus, remember me (StF 777) responsive song
*King of kings, majesty (StF 331)
King of Glory, King of Peace (StF 56)
Let all the world in every corner sing (StF 57)     see details / comment

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Sunday 13 November, 2016

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

This Sunday is also Remembrance Sunday. See below for possible readings , and links to a range fo StF+ resources.

Readings are laid out as for the continuous form of the lectionary. Alternative related readings (OT and psalm only) are below. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading.

Isaiah 65: 17-25

The prophets’ voice comes down the years (StF 162)
There is a higher throne than all this world has known (StF 337)
All my days I will sing this song of gladness (StF 343)
I cannot tell why he, whom angels worship (StF 350)
*Great is the darkness that covers the earth (StF 405)
There is a new heaven; there is a new earth (StF 738)

Isaiah 12 or Psalm 118

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise (StF 50)
He is exalted (StF 52)
Give thanks to the Lord, our God and King (StF 77)
Though the fruit tree doesn’t blossom (StF 93)
My Jesus, my Saviour (StF 363)
I lift my eyes up to the mountains (StF 631)
You give rest to the weary (StF 657)
Great is our redeeming Lord (StF 683)

2 Thessalonians 3: 6-13

We will walk with God, my brothers (StF 484)
Come, let us use the grace divine (StF 549)
Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go (StF 550)
Giving it all to you, giving it all to you (StF 551)
Here am I, Lord (StF 552)
O Jesus, I have promised (StF 563)
Brother, sister, let me serve you (StF 611)
Ewe, thina (We walk his way) (StF 775)

Luke 21: 5-19

Neither death, nor life, nor angels nor powers (StF 474)
A safe stronghold our God is still (StF 623)
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (StF 626)
Fight the good fight with all your might (StF 634)
Through the love of God our Saviour (StF 639)
We turn to God when we are sorely pressed (StF 640)

Alternative related readings

Malachi 4: 1-2a

Day of judgment! Day of wonder! (StF 732)
*Great is the darkness that covers the earth (StF 405)
Praise to the God who clears the way (StF 183)

Psalm 98

Hymns reflecting the psalmist’s theme

Joy to the world, the Lord is come! (StF 330)
Sing we the king who is coming to reign (StF 185)

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

Alternative readings:

Isaiah 25: 1-9 or Isaiah 52: 7-12 or Micah 4: 1-8
Psalm 9: 9-20 or Psalm 46
Romans 8: 31-35, 37-39 or Revelation 22: 1-5
Matthew 5: 1-12 or Matthew 5: 43-48 or John 15: 9-17

A range of resources and hymn suggestions as available on the following StF+ pages:

Remembrance Sunday
Remembering conflict – singing for peace
Hymns and war – conflicting views
Remembering Conscious Objectors

and for a service of communion, In war, in peace (website only) by Ian Smart     see details / comment

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Sunday 6 November, 2016

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings are laid out as for the continuous form of the lectionary. Alternative related readings (OT and psalm only) are below. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading.

Haggai 1: 15b-2:9

From the highest of heights to the depth of the sea (StF 48)
I sing the almighty power of God (StF 107)
May the glory of the Lord fill his temple (StF 31)
Over all the earth, you reign on high (StF 63)
Peace, perfect peace, is the gift of Christ our Lord (StF 710)
Sing praise to God to reigns above (StF 117)
Unless the Lord builds the house (StF 515)

Psalm 145: 1-5, 17-21

Hymns reflecting the psalmist’s theme

Everlasting God, the years go by (StF 46)
Faithful One, so unchanging (StF 628)
Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise (StF 50)
I sing the almighty power of God (StF 107)
Majesty, worship his majesty (StF 333)
My Jesus, my Saviour (StF 363)

2 Thessalonians 2: 1-5, 13-17

Come, Lord Jesus, come (StF 168)
Day of judgement! Day of wonder! (StF 732)
Great is the darkness that covers the earth (StF 405)
Into the darkness of this world (StF 173) (omit v. 3)
My Lord! What a morning (StF 179)
Praise to the God who clears the way (StF 183)
Sing we the King who is coming to reign (StF 185)
There’s a light upon the mountains (StF 188)
We pray until the hour (StF 741)

Luke 20: 27-38

All heaven declares the glory of the risen Lord (StF 293)
Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord (StF 295)
Come, let us with our Lord arise (StF 148)
He is Lord, he is Lord (StF 348)
I know that my Redeemer lives, what joy (StF 303)
In Christ alone my hope is found (StF 351)
Sing we the King who is coming to reign (StF 185)
Thou God of truth and love (StF 620)

Alternative related readings

Job 19: 23-27a

God is Love: let heaven adore him (StF 103)
I know that my Redeemer lives (StF 303)
In the darkness of the still night (StF 109)
Take, oh take me as I am (StF 781) a short song

Psalm 17: 1-9

Hymns reflecting the psalmist’s theme

Captain of Israel’s host, and Guide (StF 459)
O Lord we are always in your presence (StF 33)
Pray for the Church, afflicted and oppressed (StF 711)     see details / comment

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All Saints – Tuesday 1 November, 2016

All Saints

As 1 November is a weekday, these readings may replace those of Sunday 30 October.

Daniel 7: 1-3, 15-18

Angel voices ever singing (StF 39)
Everlasting God (StF 46)
God beyond all names (StF 49)
How shall I sing that majesty? (StF 53)
Immortal, invisible, God only wise (StF 55)
Sing for God’s glory that colours the dawn of Creation (StF 116)
We sing of your glory (StF 96)

Psalm 149 or Psalm 150

Hymns reflecting the psalmist’s theme

Fill thou my life, O Lord my God (StF 73)
For the music of creation (StF 74)
I’ll praise my Maker while I’ve breath (StF 79)
Praise the Lord, his glories show (StF 84)
Praise the Lord who reigns above (StF 85)
Praise to the God who clears the way (StF 183)
We praise God in the morning when the sun is bright (StF 140)

Ephesians 1: 11-23

Author of faith, eternal word (StF 457)
Called by Christ to be disciples (StF 660)
Christ is made the one foundation (StF 677)
For all the saints who showed your love (StF 746)
Give me the wings of faith to rise within the veil (StF 747)

Luke 6: 20-31

A rich young man came seeking (StF 243)
Blest are the pure in heart (StF 244)
Blest are they, the poor in spirit (StF 245)
Thank you, O God, for the time that is now (StF 478)     see details / comment

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Sunday 30 October, 2016

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings are laid out as for the continuous form of the lectionary. Alternative related readings (OT and psalm only) are below. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading.

(Readings from All Saints Day may be substituted)

Habakkuk 1: 1-4; 2:1-4

God of my faith, I offer you my doubt (StF 629)
*Have faith in God, my heart (StF 466)
How long, O Lord, will you forget (StF 630)
My troubled soul, why so weighed down? (StF 635)
When circumstances make my life (StF 641)
When I’m feeling down and sad (StF 642)

Psalm 119: 137-144

Hymns reflecting the psalmist’s theme

Come let us praise the Lord (StF 43)
Faithful God, faithful God (StF 47)
I’ve had questions without answers (StF 632)
My soul finds rest in God alone (StF 633)

2 Thessalonians 1: 1-4, 11-12

Brother, sister, let me serve you (StF 611)
Fight the good fight with all your might (StF 634)
God in my living, there in my breathing (StF 497)
God of all power, and truth, and grace (StF 498)
*Have faith in God, my heart (StF 466)
Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor powers (StF 474)

Luke 19: 1-10

Everyone needs compassion (StF 627)
He became poor that we may be rich (StF 344)
I heard the voice of Jesus say (StF 248)
I will offer up my life (StF 446)
Jesus, lover of my soul (StF 355)
Jesus – the name high over all (StF 357)
Man of sorrows! What a name (StF 361)
Seek ye first the kingdom of God (StF 254)
The kingdom of God is justice and joy (StF 255)

Alternative related readings

Isaiah 1: 10-18

Day by day dear Lord (StF 444)
Dear Lord and Father of mankind forgive our foolish ways (StF 495)
Help us, O Lord, to learn (StF 501)
Lord, in the strength of grace (StF 448)
Show me how to stand for justice (StF 713)
We will walk with God, my brothers (StF 484)

Psalm 32: 1-7

Hymns reflecting the psalmist’s theme

My lips shall praise you (StF 430)
Rock of Ages, cleft for me (StF 434)
Your ceaseless, unexhausted love (StF 438)     see details / comment

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Sunday 23 October, 2016

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings are laid out as for the continuous form of the lectionary. Alternative related readings (OT and psalm only) are below. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading.

Joel 2: 23-32

Breathe on me breath of God (StF 370)
Come, you thankful people, come (StF 123)
Day of judgment! Day of wonder! (StF 732)
Glorious things of thee are spoken (StF 748)
God moves in a mysterious way (StF 104)
When all your mercies, O my God, my rising soul surveys (StF 97)

Psalm 65

Hymns reflecting the psalmist’s theme

I sing the almighty power of God (StF 107)
Lord of creation, to you be all praise! (StF 449)
Praise and thanksgiving, Father, we offer (StF 125)
You shall go out with joy (StF 487)

2 Timothy 4: 6-8, 16-18

A prize that won’t perish (website only)
Captain of Israel’s host, and Guide (StF 459)
For all the saints who showed your love (StF 746)
Got a race to run (website only)
May the mind of Christ my Saviour (StF 504)
Who would true valour see (StF 486)

Luke 18: 9-14

Christ, our King before creation (StF 318)
Give to me, Lord, a thankful heart (StF 520)
It’s me, it’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer (StF 523)
Just as I am, without one plea (StF 556)
Just as we are (website only)
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness (StF 34)
We do not presume to come to this table (StF 601) a communion hymn

Alternative related readings

Sirach/Ecclesiasticus 35: 12-17 or Jeremiah 14: 7-10, 19-22

All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open (StF 749)
Listening God, you hear us when we cannot speak (StF 524)
The love of God comes close where stands an open door (StF 654)
Ubi caritas et amor (Where there is charity and love) (StF 783)
We lay our broken world in sorrow at your feet (StF 718)

Psalm 84: 1-7

Hymns reflecting the psalmist’s theme

Be still and know that I am God (StF 18)
May the glory of the Lord fill his temple (StF 31)     see details / comment

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Sunday 16 October, 2016

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings are laid out as for the continuous form of the lectionary. Alternative related readings (OT and psalm only) are below. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading.

Jeremiah 31: 27-34

Be still and know that I am God (StF 18)
God with us: Creator, Father (StF 8)
Lord, we turn to you for mercy (StF 429)
Out of the depths I cry to thee, Lord God! (StF 433)
Praise to the God who clears the way (StF 183) esp.vv.1-3
Purify my heart (StF 508)
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord! (StF 186)
What shall I do my God to love? (StF 436)

Psalm 119: 97-104 or Psalm 119

Hymns reflecting the psalmist’s theme

Help me, O Lord, to learn the truths your word imparts (StF 501)
Teach me, my God and King, in all things thee to see (StF 668)
*We have nothing to give thta didn’t first come from your hand (StF 670)
Your words to me are life and health (StF 164)

2 Timothy 3: 14-4:5

A charge to keep I have (StF 658)
Called by Christ to be disciples (StF 660)
Deep in the shadows of the past (StF 463)
Lord, you sometimes speak in wonders (StF 158)
Make us your prophets Lord (StF 665)
Powerful in making us wise to salvation (StF 160)
*We have nothing to give thta didn’t first come from your hand (StF 670)

Luke 18: 1-8

Have faith in God, my heart (StF 466)
Have you hear God’s voice; has your heart been stirred? (StF 662)
Heaven shall not wait (StF 701)
Here as we kneel, here as we prayer (StF 521)
Jesus Christ is waiting (StF 251)
Love inspired anger (StF 253)
Pray, without ceasing, pray (StF 528)
Seek ye first the Kingdom of God (StF 254)

Alternative related readings

Genesis 32: 22-31

Come, O thou Traveller unknown (StF 461)
My God! I know, I feel thee mine (StF 390)
O love that wilt not let me go (StF 636)

Psalm 121

Hymns reflecting the psalmist’s theme

Father in heaven (StF 763) – a setting of the Lord’s Prayer
I lift my eyes up to the mountains (StF 631)
I watch the sunrise lighting the sky (StF 469)     see details / comment

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Sunday 9 October, 2016

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings are laid out as for the continuous form of the lectionary. Alternative related readings (OT and psalm only) are below. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading.

Jeremiah 29: 1, 4-7

Be still and know that I am God (StF 18)
*Come build the Church – not heaps of stone (StF 679)
O Lord, we are always in your presence (StF 33)
There is a new heaven; there is a new earth (StF 738)
There’s a spirit in the air (StF 398)
Through all the changing scenes of life (StF 638)
You’re calling us and so we’re gathered here (StF 37)

Psalm 66: 1-12

Hymns reflecting the psalmist’s theme

A safe stronghold our God is still (StF 623)
All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
Captain of Israel’s host, and Guide (StF 459)
Guide me, O thou great Jehovah (StF 465)

2 Timothy 2: 8-15

Because the Saviour prayed that we be one (StF 675)
*Come build the Church – not heaps of stone (StF 679)
God, who made the stars of heaven (StF 7)
See, what a morning, gloriously bright (StF 309)
When our views are varied (website only)

Luke 17: 11-19

Give thanks with a grateful heart (StF 78)
Jesus, Lord, we look to thee (StF 686)
Just as I am, without one plea (StF 556)
Just as we are (website only)
Lord you have my heart and I will search for yours (StF 559)
My troubled soul, why so weighed down? (StF 635)
*O Christ, the Healer, we have come to pray for health, to lead for friends (StF 653)
Summoned by the God who made us rich in our diversity (StF 689)
*When we are tested and wrestle alone (StF 240)

Alternative related readings

2 Kings 5: 1-3, 7-15b

God of my faith, I offer you my doubt (StF 629)
My soul finds rest in God alone (StF 633)
*O Christ, the Healer, we have come to pray for health, to lead for friends (StF 653)
*The right hand of God is writing in our land (StF 715)
Wash me clean in that cool river (StF 453)
*When we are tested and wrestle alone (StF 240)

Psalm 111

Hymns reflecting the psalmist’s theme

I’ll praise my maker (StF 79)
Sweet is the work, my God, my King (StF 90)
*The right hand of God is writing in our land (StF 715)     see details / comment

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Sunday 2 October, 2016

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings are laid out as for the continuous form of the lectionary. Alternative related readings (OT and psalm only) are below. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading.

Lamentations 1: 1-6

Down the road run refugees (website only)
God of my faith, I offer you my doubt (StF 629)
How long, O Lord, will you forget (StF 630)
When we are tested and wrestle alone (StF 240)

Psalm 137

Hymns reflecting the psalmist’s theme

By the Babylonian rivers we sat down in grief and wept (StF 694)
Give us your comfort, Lord (website only) – a sung response
O come, O come, Immanuel (StF 180)
You call us to the wilderness (website only)

2 Timothy 1: 1-14

Author of faith, eternal Word (StF 457)
*Have faith in God, my heart (StF 466)
My God! I know, I feel thee mine (StF 390)
Through the love of God our Saviour (StF 639)
We turn to God when we are sorely pressed (StF 640)

Luke 17: 5-10

A charge to keep I have (StF 658)
Father, hear the prayer we offer (StF 518)
I, the Lord of sea and sky (StF 663)
Teach me, my God and King, in all things thee to see (StF 668)
When circumstances make my life too hard to understand (StF 641)
When, O God, our faith is tested (StF 643)

Alternative related readings

Habakkuk 1: 1-4; 2:1-4

A bloodied child (“The boy in the ambulance”) (website only)
And are we yet alive (StF 456)
*Have faith in God, my heart (StF 466)
Have you heard God’s voice; has your heart been stirred? (StF 622)
When we were in the darkest night (StF 241)

Psalm 37: 1-9

Hymns reflecting the psalmist’s theme

Calm me, Lord, as you calmed the storm (StF 624)
Deep in the darkness a starlight is gleaming (StF 625)     see details / comment

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Sunday 25 September, 2016

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings are laid out as for the continuous form of the lectionary. Alternative related readings (OT and psalm only) are below. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Jeremiah 32: 1-3a, 6-15

*All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
Make us your prophets, Lord (StF 665)
Thank you, O God, for the time that is now (StF 478)

When deep despair casts out all light (StF 399)

You showed us mercy when we were in darkness (StF 488)

Psalm 91: 1-6, 14-16

Hymns reflecting the psalmist’s theme

*All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart (StF 545)
Captain of Israel’s host, and Guide (StF 459)
Jesus, lover of my soul (StF 355)
Though the fruit tree doesn’t blossom (StF 93)

1 Timothy 6: 6-19

A charge to keep I have (StF 658)
As the glory of creation (StF 725)
Author of faith, eternal Word (StF 457)
Fight the good fight with all your might (StF 634)
Immortal, invisible, God only wise (StF 55)
Of all the Spirit’s gifts to me (StF 709)
Soldiers of Christ, arise, and put your armour on (StF 637)
We plough the fields, and scatter (StF 130)

Luke 16: 19-31

As we gather, Father, seal us (StF 570)
For the healing of the nations, Lord we pray with one accord (StF 696)
God is love: let heaven adore him (StF 103)
*Heaven shall not wait for the poor to lose their patience (StF 701)
Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love (StF 249)
My God, I am thine (StF 80)
When I needed a neighbour, were you there? (StF 256)

Alternative related readings

Amos 6: 1a, 4-7

*Heaven shall not wait for the poor to lose their patience (StF 701)
In an age of twisted values (StF 703)
O God of hope, your prophets spoke (StF 708)
Pray for a world where every child finds welcome in a sheltered space (StF 527)
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord! (StF 186)

Psalm 146

Hymns reflecting the psalmist’s theme

Here on the threshold of a new beginning (StF 684)
I’ll praise my Maker while I’ve breath (StF 79)
O for a thousand tongues to sing (StF 364)
Sing for God’s glory (StF 116)
Sing praise to God who reigns above (StF 117)

The rich man of the Gospel reading exemplifies the dangers of a love of riches to which Paul refers in the Epistle. Amos portrays that decadence. Using Psalm 146 (StF 837) today illustrates Paul’s right use of riches (v17b-18) in the actions of God . Happy are those whose hope is in the richness of God’s love.

Jeremiah’s purchase of the field at Anathoth gives the hope to his people that the rich man denied Lazarus. If both the Jeremiah and Amos passages were read today that would reveal the contrast between those who “are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph” and Jeremiah who was! Psalm 91 speaks of the trust that Jeremiah has in God who will rescue him (those) in trouble and bring him (them) to honour.     see details / comment

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Sunday 18 September, 2016

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings are laid out as for the continuous form of the lectionary. Alternative related readings (OT and psalm only) are below. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Jeremiah 8: 18 – 9:1

I will speak out for those who have no voices (StF 702)
The prophets’ voice comes down the years (StF 162)

Psalm 79: 1-9

Hymns reflecting the psalmist’s theme

Because you came and sat beside us (StF 420)
Father, we have sinned in word, and deed, and thought (StF 422)
‘Forgive our sins as we forgive’, you taught us, Lord, to pray (StF 423)
Lord we turn to you for mercy (StF 429)
Out of the depths I cry to thee, Lord God! Oh hear my prayer! (StF 433)
When, O God, our faith is tested (StF 643)
We come to you with no pretence (StF 435)
You showed us mercy when we were in darkness (StF 488)

1 Timothy 2: 1-7

Father, whose everlasting love (StF 320)
Lord, for the years your love has kept and guided (StF 470)
Pray for a world where every child finds welcome in a sheltered space (StF 527)
Victim divine, thy grace we claim (StF 600)

Luke 16: 1-13

A charge to keep I have (StF 658)
Called by Christ to be disciples (StF 660)
Lord, we have come at your own invitation (StF 595)
O Jesus, I have promised to serve you to the end (StF 563)
Send down the fire of your justice (StF 413)
Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to thee (StF 566)

Teach me, my God and King, in all things thee to see (StF 668)

Alternative related readings

Amos 8: 4-7

Father, we have sinned in word and thought and deed (StF 422)
In an age of twisted values (StF 703)
The right hand of God is writing in our land (StF 715)
We lay our broken world in sorrow at your feet (StF 718)

Psalm 113

Hymns reflecting the psalmist’s theme

From all that dwell below the skies (StF 75)
Give thanks to the Lord (StF 77)
My soul rejoices in God my Saviour (StF 60)
Worship God with the morning sunrise (StF 68)

Phillip Poyner writes:

The themes of God’s judgment and compassion, the Christian lifestyle and the urgency of the kingdom are present in this week’s readings. Preparing a sermon linking the readings, and particularly the gospel to the other readings, is quite a challenge this week! Jeremiah 8 and Psalm 79 are both laments, perhaps for the same event – the Fall of Jerusalem? Whilst there is a recognition that the disaster is deserved there is also the cry for God’s help and deliverance, and Jeremiah is at one with the people in that lamentation (hence StF 702). The epistle speaks of Christ bringing that deliverance and of praying for those in ‘high positions’ – another link to Jeremiah as the king is apparently absent from Zion (v19). Amos 8: 5b-6a also speaks of those in high positions.

Leadership can degenerate into corruption, materialism and exploitation and be disastrous. The shrewd manager may be reducing the debt by the interest element, regarded as usury and not permitted because it can lead to exploitation of the poor. This links with the Amos reading and the need for the Lord to lift the poor, the downtrodden (Psalm 113).

Two weeks ago the gospel spoke of ‘estimating the cost’. This week the shrewd/dishonest manager calculates. Are we to see in these passages that the kingdom demands are urgent, needing action without delay but with due estimation/calculation? (Our hymns speak more of not counting the cost!)

The gospel is also perhaps saying that our ordinary dealings should reflect the integrity of Christian behaviour and that we should sit lightly on wealth because discipleship needs to be wholehearted.     see details / comment

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Sunday 11 September, 2016

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time 11th

Readings are laid out as for the continuous form of the lectionary. Alternative related readings (OT and psalm only) are below. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Jeremiah 4: 11-12, 22-28

Day of judgment! Day of wonder! (StF 732)
God moves in a mysterious way (StF 104)
God with us: Creator,Father (StF 8)

We pray until the hour, that awesome hour unknown (StF 741)

Psalm 14

Hymns reflecting the psalmist’s theme

A safe stronghold our God is still (StF 623)
As if you were not there, the skies ignite and thunder (StF 724)
How long, O Lord, will you forget an answer to my prayer? (StF 630)
Listening God, you hear us when we cannot speak (StF 524)

1 Timothy 1: 12-17

*Amazing grace – how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me! (StF 440)
Father, whose everlasting love (StF 320)
I am not skilled to understand what God has willed, what God has planned (StF 349)

Immortal, invisible, God only wise (StF55)

King of Glory, King of Peace (StF 56)

Let earth and heaven agree (StF 358)
Man of sorrows! What a name for the Son of God (StF 361)
Meekness and majesty, manhood and deity (StF 362)
My song is love unknown (StF 277)
*Praise, my soul, the King of heaven (StF 83)
Through all the changing scenes of life (StF 638)

Luke 15: 1-10

All people that on earth do dwell (StF 1)
*Amazing grace – how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me! (StF 440)
Come, let us sing of a wonderful love (StF 443)
Come, thou fount of every blessing (StF 494)
Come with me, come wander, come welcome the world (StF 462)
I will sing the wondrous story (StF 323)
Lord, for the years your love has kept and guided (StF 470)
The King of love my shepherd is (StF 479)

Alternative related readings

Exodus 32: 7-14

Bread of Life, Truth Eternal (StF 578)
God of forgiveness, your people you freed (StF 425)
*Praise, my soul, the King of heaven (StF 83)
Your ceaseless, unexhausted love (StF 438)

Psalm 51: 1-10

Hymns reflecting the psalmist’s theme

Jesus the first and last (StF 329)
Lord, we turn to you for mercy (StF 429)
More like you, Jesus more like you (StF 505)
O for a heart to praise my God (StF 507)
Out of the depths I cry to thee (StF 433)

Phillip Poyner writes:

It is good to think of God nurturing us but this week we learn the stark truth that all are foolish, stupid and skilled in doing evil. Like the Lost Sheep and Lost Coin we are unable to save ourselves. As often with the continuous readings, the Old Testament reading and Psalm have a similar message and both a ray of hope: “I will not make a final end..” and “O that Israel’s deliverance would come.”

In the Exodus reading, does Moses’ intercession persuade God have a change of heart or does he gain an insight into God’s patience, which Paul also sees in Christ (1 Timothy 1: 16)? It is Christ’s reaching out to sinners that changes our natures, giving us knowledge, understanding and enabling us to do good. Psalm 51, of course, could be a suitable congregational response (StF 811).

Phillip Poyner writes:

It is good to think of God nurturing us but this week we learn the stark truth that all are foolish, stupid and skilled in doing evil. Like the Lost Sheep and Lost Coin we are unable to save ourselves. As often with the continuous readings, the Old Testament reading and Psalm have a similar message and both a ray of hope: “I will not make a final end..” and “O that Israel’s deliverance would come.”

In the Exodus reading, does Moses’ intercession persuade God have a change of heart or does he gain an insight into God’s patience, which Paul also sees in Christ (1 Timothy 1: 16)? It is Christ’s reaching out to sinners that changes our natures, giving us knowledge, understanding and enabling us to do good. Psalm 51, of course, could be a suitable congregational response (StF 811).     see details / comment

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Sunday 4 September, 2016

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings are laid out as for the continuous form of the lectionary. Alternative related readings (OT and psalm only) are below. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Jeremiah 18: 1-11

* Behold the servant of the Lord! (StF 546)
Jesus, lover of my soul (StF 355)

Spirit of the living God (StF 395)

Psalm 139: 1-6, 13-18

Hymns reflecting the psalmist’s theme

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart (StF 545)
Forth in thy name, O Lord I go (StF 550)
I was on your mind long before you formed the earth (StF 468)
O God, you search me and you know me (StF 728)
There is no moment of my life (StF 482)

Philemon vv 1-21

Amazing grace – how sweet the sound (StF 440)
As we gather. Father, seal us (StF 570)
Before I take the body of my Lord (StF 575) (a hymn of confession for use during a Communion service)
Brother, sister, let me serve you (StF 611)
Christ from whom all blessings flow (StF 676)
I come with joy, a child of God (StF 588)
God is Love, let heaven adore him (StF 103)
Jesus stand among us (StF 30)
Make me a channel of your peace (StF 707)
O thou who camest from above (StF 564)
Out of the depths I cry to thee, Lord God! O hear my prayer! (StF 433)
The peace of the Lord be always with you (StF 768)

Luke 14: 25-33

Lord, we have come at your own invitation (StF 595)
Lord, you have come to the seashore (StF 558)
O Jesus, I have promised to serve you to the end (StF 563)
One human family God has made (StF 687)
Speak, O Lord, as we come to you (StF 161)
Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to thee (StF 566)
Would I have answered when you called..? (StF 674)

Alternative related readings

Deuteronomy 30: 15-20

Fight the good fight with all your might (StF 634)
Not far beyond the sea nor high (StF 159)

Psalm 1

Hymns reflecting the psalmist’s theme

*Behold the servant of the Lord! (StF 546)
Happy are they who find the grace (StF 500)
Lord of creation, to you be all praise! (StF 449)
What shall we offer our good Lord? (StF 671)

Phillip Poyner writes:

Within the continuous readings is a theme of God who is caring of us and desires the best for us to make us good. Verse 4 of the psalm (“you press upon me… lay your hand”) repeats the imagery of the potter at work. The Philemon passage (suitable for All-age worship) reveals Paul’s concern for the continuing nurture and shaping of both Philemon and Onesimus. Yet when this passage is coupled with the related readings then perhaps it becomes an illustration of how faith changes the way we live our lives and relationships. Sometimes faith requires us to leave family or home to engage in Christian service, or puts us at odds with those with a different outlook on life. But, ultimately, commitment to faith brings happiness, fruitfulness and a new depth of love to relationships. The related readings may be more about growing and fulfilment in faith rather than making an initial commitment to faith.     see details / comment

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Sunday 28 August, 2016

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

What hymns have you chosen for today, and why? Do you have a comment about the suggestions here? Just click on “see details/comment” below and respond using the box at the bottom of the new page

Readings are laid out as for the continuous form of the lectionary. Alternative related readings (OT and psalm only) are below. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Jeremiah 2: 4-13

Deep in the darkness a starlight is gleaming (StF 625)
God! When human bonds are broken (StF 649) Jesus, lover of my soul (StF 355)
My soul finds rest in God alone (StF 633)
Through all the changing scenes of life (StF 638)
We turn to God when we are sorely pressed (StF 640)

Psalm 81: 1, 10-16

Hymns reflecting the psalmist’s theme

Bread of life, hope of the world (StF 577) For the music of creation (StF 74)
I sing the almighty power of God (StF 107)
My Jesus, my Saviour (StF 363)

Hebrews 13: 1-8, 15-16

Author of faith, eternal Word (StF 457)
Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father (StF 51)
How sweet the name of Jesus sounds (StF 322)
Jesus is King and I will extol him (StF 327)
Pray for the Church, afflicted and oppressed (StF 711)
This, this is the God we adore (StF 67)
When morning gilds the skies (StF 368) When we were in the darkest night (StF 241)

Luke 14: 1, 7-14

Come, and let us sweetly join Christ to praise in hymns divine (StF 646)
Come down, O Love divine (StF 372)
Come, let us sing of a wonderful love (StF 443)
Great God, your love has called us here (StF 499)
Meekness and majesty, manhood and deity (StF 362)
O for a heart to praise my God (StF 507)
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord! (StF 186) Your hand, O God, has guided your flock, from age to age (StF 692)

Alternative related readings

Sirach/Ecclesiasticus 10: 12-18
or
Proverbs 25: 6-7

And I will wait now (website only)
For all the saints who showed your love (StF 746)
Giving it all to you (StF 551)
Here am I, Lord (StF 552)
Only by grace can we enter (StF 565)
Show me how to stand for justice (StF 713)

Psalm 112

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Come, now, you blessed, eat at the table (StF 695)
I will speak out for those who have no voices (StF 702)
Lord, in the strength of grace (StF 448)
Make me a channel of your peace (StF 707)
Take my life, and let it be (StF 566)
The God who sings a new world into being (StF 714)     see details / comment

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Sunday 21 August, 2016

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

What hymns have you chosen for today, and why? Do you have a comment about the suggestions here? Just click on “see details/comment” below and respond using the box at the bottom of the new page

Readings are laid out as for the continuous form of the lectionary. Alternative related readings (OT and psalm only) are below. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Jeremiah 1: 4-10

Called by Christ to be disciples (StF 660)
Here am I, Lord, I’ve come to do your will (StF 552)
I, the Lord of sea and sky, I have head my people cry (StF 663)
I was on your mind long before you formed the earth (StF 468)
O Jesus, I have promised to serve you to the end (StF 563)
There is no moment of my life (StF 482)
Thuma mina (Send me, Lord) (StF 782)

Psalm 71: 1-6

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

A safe stronghold our God is still (StF 623)
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation! (StF 88)
Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy (StF 526)
O God, our help in ages past (StF 132)

Hebrews 12: 18-29

Glorious things of thee are spoken (StF 748)
Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father (StF 51)
Son of God, if your free grace (StF 336)
Victim divine, thy grace we claim (StF 600)
Your love is amazing, steady and unchanging (StF 98)

Luke 13: 10-17

Heal us, Immanuel! Hear our prayer (StF 650)
I danced in the morning when the world was begun (StF 247)
O Christ, the Healer, we have come to pray for health, to plead for friends (StF 653)
This is the day, this is the day that the Lord has made (StF 152)
We cannot measure how you heal or answer every sufferer’s prayer (StF 655)

Alternative related readings

Isaiah 58: 9b-14

Beauty for brokenness (StF 693)
Be the light in my darkness (website only)
Darkness like a shroud covers the earth (StF 170)
Light out of darkness (website only)
Show me how to stand for justice (StF 713)
This is the day of rest (StF 150)

Psalm 103: 1-8

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven (StF 83)
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the king of creation (StF 88)     see details / comment

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Sunday 14 August, 2014

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

What hymns have you chosen for today, and why? Do you have a comment about the suggestions here? Just click on “see details/comment” below and respond using the box at the bottom of the new page

Readings are laid out as for the continuous form of the lectionary. Alternative related readings (OT and psalm only) are below. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Isaiah 5: 1-7

God, how can we forgive when bonds of love are torn? (StF 613)
God weeps at love withheld (StF 700)
Great God, your love has called us here (StF 499)
Sing praise to God who reigns above (StF 117)
There is a Redeemer (StF 338)
We turn to you, O God of every nation (StF 720)

Psalm 80: 1-2, 8-19

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

God of grace and God of glory, on your people pour your power (StF 682)
In heavenly love abiding (StF 736)
Out of the depths I cry to thee, Lord God! Hear my prayer! (StF 433)
Praise ye the Lord! ‘Tis good to raise our hearts and voices (StF 115)

Hebrews 11: 29 – 12:2

A safe stronghold our God is still (StF 623)
Author of life divine (StF 572)
For all the saints who showed your love (StF 746)
Give me the wings of faith to rise within in the veil, and see (StF 747)
The head that once was crowned with thorns (StF 312)
The Spirit lives to set us free, walk, walk, in the light (StF 397)
Who would true valour see (StF 486)

Luke 12: 49-56

Christ is alive! Let Christians sing (StF 297)
Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult (StF 250)
My eyes be open to your presence (StF 560)
O thou who camest from above (StF 564)
See how great a flame aspires (StF 412)

Alternative related readings

Jeremiah 23: 23-29

O God, you search me and you know me (StF 728)
The prophets’ voice comes down the years (StF 162)
When listening prophets (StF 163)

Psalm 82

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Great is the darkness that covers the earth (StF 405)
It is God who holds the nations in the hollow of his hand (StF 705)
Who can sound the depths of sorrow (StF 723)     see details / comment

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Sunday 7 August, 2016

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Isaiah 1: 1, 10-20

God of justice, Saviour of all (StF 699)
I’ll praise my Maker while I’ve breath (StF 79)
May the God of hope go with us every day (StF 411)
Show me how to stand for justice (StF 713)
The Church of Christ, in every age (StF 415)
We turn to you, O God of every nation (StF 720)

Psalm 50: 1-8, 22-23

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Glorious things of thee are spoken (StF 748)
Hail to the Lord’s Anointed (StF 228)
How shall I sing that majesty? (StF 53)
Immortal, invisible, God only wise (StF 55)
Praise to the God who clears the way (StF 183)

Hebrews 11: 1-3, 8-16

Author of faith, eternal Word (StF 457)
All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
Faithful One, so unchanging (StF 628)
Give me the faith which can remove (StF 661)
Guide me, O thou great Jehovah (StF 465)
We trust the mighty love of God (StF 742)

Luke 12: 32-40

All I once held dear, built my life upon (StF 489)
*Amazing grace – how sweet the sound (StF 440)
As we gather, Father, seal us (StF 570)
Take my life, and let it be (StF 566)
Seek ye first the kingdom of God (StF 254)
When we are living, we are in the Lord (StF 485)

Alternative related readings

Genesis 15: 1-6

*Amazing grace – how sweet the sound (StF 440)
A safe stronghold our God is still (StF 623)
Before the world began (StF 101)
Your hand, O God, has guided (StF 692)

Psalm 33: 12-22

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

As the deer pants for the water (StF 544)
I lift my eyes up to the mountains (StF 631)
It is God who holds the nations in the holllow of his hand (StF 705)
The steadfast love of God (StF 66)     see details / comment

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Sunday 31 July, 2016

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Hosea 11: 1-11

God of forgiveness, your people you freed (StF 425)
God is Love: let heaven adore him (StF 103)
Hark, my soul! It is the Lord (StF 426)
Jesus, stand among us at the meeting of our lives (StF 30) (vv.1&2 only unless celebrating Communion)
O love that wilt not let me go (StF 636)
O, the love of my Lord is the essence of all that I love here on earth (StF 431)

Psalm 107: 1-9, 43

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Be still and know that I am God (StF 18)
My soul rejoices in God my Saviour (StF 60)
The trumpets sound, the angels sing (StF 35)
Your ceaseless, unexhausted love (StF 438)

Colossians 3: 1-11

All praise to our redeeming Lord, who joins us by his grace (StF 608)
In Christ there is no east or west (StF 685)
Let love be real, in giving and receiving (StF 615)
Lord, we come to ask your healing (StF 652)
Of all the Spirit’s gifts to me (StF 709)
We lay our broken world in sorrow at your feet (StF 718)

Luke 12: 13-21

All I once held dear, built my life upon (StF 489)
As the deer pants for the water, so my soul longs after you (StF 544)
Heaven shall not wait for the poor to lose their patience (StF 701)
In an age of twisted values we have lost the truth we need (StF 703)
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness (StF 34)

Alternative related readings

Ecclesiastes 1: 2, 12-14, 2: 18-23

Deep in the darkness a starlight is gleaming (StF 625)
God of my faith, I offer you my doubt (StF 629)
How long, O Lord, will you forget an answer to my prayer? (StF 630)
Out of the depths I cry to thee (StF 433)
When circumstances make my life too hard to understand (StF 641)

Psalm 49: 1-12

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart (StF 545)
God of grace and God of glory (StF 682)
Happy are they who find the grace (StF 500)     see details / comment

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Sunday 24 July, 2016

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Hosea 1: 2-10

God of forgiveness, your people you freed (StF 425)
Who can sound the depths of sorrow in the Father heart of God (StF 723)
[Note: This hymn is also suggested for 10 and 17 July - perhaps take the opportunity to use the hymn as a thread across all three Sundays.]

Psalm 85

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Father, we have sinned in word, and thought, and deed (StF 422)
Lord, we turn to you for mercy (StF 429)
My lips shall praise you, my great Redeemer (StF 430)
Praise is rising, eyes are turning to you (StF 64)

Colossians 2: 6-15 (16-19)

Glorious things of thee are spoken (StF 748)
My God! I know, I feel thee mine (StF 390)
Not far beyond the sea nor high above the heavens (StF 159)

Luke 11: 1-13

Now thank we all our God (StF 81)
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness (StF 34)
Our Father in heaven (StF 763)
Our Father who are in heaven (StF 762)
Pray, without ceasing, pray (StF 528)
Seek ye first the kingdom of God (StF 254)

Alternative related readings

Genesis 18: 20-32

For the healing of the nations (StF 696)
I should like to speak to you, for I know you’re there! (StF 522)
O God of Bethel, by whose hand (StF 475)
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy (StF 416)

Psalm 138

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Hail to the Lord’s Anointed (StF 228)
With all my heart I thank you, Lord (StF 602)     see details / comment

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Sunday 17 July, 2016

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Amos 8: 1-12

Father, we have sinned in word, and deed, and thought (StF 422)
In an age of twisted values we have lost the truth we need (StF 703)
The prophets’ voice comes down the years (StF 162)

Psalm 52 or Psalm 82

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

All I once held dear (StF 489)
All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
As the deer pants for the water, so my soul longs after you (StF 544)
My soul finds rest in God alone (StF 633)

See also suggestions for Sunday 10 July 2016

Colossians 1: 15-28

All heaven declares the glory of the risne Lord (StF 293)
Christ triumphant, ever reigning (StF 319)
God of all power, and truth, and grace (StF 498)
Hail, thou once despised Jesus (StF 301)
Meekness and majesty, manhood and deity (StF 362)
More like you, Jesus, more like you (StF 505)
The love of God comes close where stands an open doot (StF 654)

Luke 10: 38-42

Dear Lord and Father of mankind forgive our foolish ways (StF 495)
Speak in the stillness, God we pray (StF 511)
To be in your presence, to sit at your feet (StF 530)
You give rest to the weary (StF 657)

Alternative related readings

Genesis 18: 1-10

Deep in the shadows of the past (StF 463)
God moves in a mysterious way (StF 104)
My eyes be open to your presence (StF 560)
New every morning is the love (StF 137)
Ubi caritas et amor (Where there is charity and love) (StF 783)

Psalm 15

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Blest are the pure in heart (StF 244)
Love divine, all loves excelling (StF 503)     see details / comment

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Sunday 10 July, 2016

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Amos 7: 7-17

As servants working an estate (StF 491)
God moves in a mysterious way (StF 104)
It is God who holds the nations in the hollow of his hand (StF 705)
When listening prophets dare to speak (StF163)

Psalm 82

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy (StF 416)
Who can sound the depths of sorrow in the Father heart of God (StF 723)
[Note: This hymn is also suggested for 17 and 24 July - perhaps take the opportunity to use the hymn as a thread across all three Sundays.]

Colossians 1: 1-14

Behold the servant of the Lord! (StF 546)
God has spoken – by his prophets (StF 157)
Speak, O Lord, as we come to You (StF 161)
What shall we offer our good Lord (StF 671)
Your words to me are life and health (StF 164)

Luke 10: 25-37

A new commandment I give unto you (StF 242)
When I needed a neighbour, were you there? (StF 256)
Would you walk by on the other side (StF 257)

Alternative related readings

Deuteronomy 30: 9-14

Breathe on me, breath of God (StF 370)
Day by day, dear Lord (StF 444)
Help us, O Lord, to learn (StF 501)
Safe in the shadow of the Lord (StF 509)
Teach me to dance to the beat of your heart (StF 477)

Psalm 25: 1-10

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Be still and know that I am God (StF 18)
Empty, broken, here I stand, Kyrie eleison (StF 421)
Father, hear the prayer we offer (StF 518)
Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father (StF 51)
The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want (StF 481)
Though the fruit tree doesn’t blossom (StF 93)     see details / comment

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Sunday 3 July, 2016

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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2 Kings 5: 1-14

Be still and know that I am God (StF 18)
God to enfold you, Christ to uphold you (StF 648)
O Christ, the Healer, we have come to pray for health (StF 653)
Wash me clean in that cool river (StF 453)
When our confidence is shaken in beliefs we thought secure (StF 644)
Who would ever have believed it? (StF 290)

Psalm 30

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

King of Glory, King of Peace (StF 56)
When I was lost, you came and rescued me (StF 367)

Galatians 6: 1-6 (7-16)

Brother, sister, let me serve you (StF 611)
Jesus, Lord, we look to thee (StF 686)
Make us your prophets, Lord (StF 665)
Thou God of truth and love (StF 620)
When I survey the wondrous cross (StF 287)

Luke 10: 1-11, 16-20

Come, sinners, to the gospel feast (StF 401)
God’s spirit is in my heart (StF 404)
Lord, your Church on earth is seeking (StF 410)
The kingdom of God is justice and joy (StF 255)

Alternative related readings

Isaiah 66: 10-14

Pray, without ceasing, pray (StF 528)
Sing praise to God who reigns above (StF 117)

Psalm 66: 1-9

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Let all the world in every corner sing (StF 57)
Low in the grave he lay (StF 305)
My Jesus, my Saviour (StF 363)
O for a thousand tongues to sing (StF 364)
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation! (StF 88)
Rejoice, the Lord is King! (StF 335)
To God be the glory, great things he has done! (StF 94)
We sing of your glory (StF 96)     see details / comment

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Sunday 26 June, 2016

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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2 Kings 2: 1-2, 6-14

Have faith in God, my heart (StF 466)
When circumstances make my life (StF 641)
When we are living, we are in the Lord (StF 485)
When we were in the darkest night (StF 241)

Psalm 77: 1-2, 11-20

Hymn echoing the psalmist’s theme

The splendour of the King (StF 15)

Galatians 5: 1, 13-25

Of all the Spirit’s gifts to me (StF 709)
God of all power and truth and grace (StF 498)
Holy Spirit, gift bestower (StF 383)
Peace, perfect peace, is the gift of Christ our Lord (StF 710)

Luke 9: 51-62

A charge to keep have I (StF 658)
Called by Christ to be disciples (StF 660)
Have you heard God’s voice; has your heart been stirred? (StF 662)
‘Moses, I know you’re the man,’ the Lord said (StF 473)
Will you come and follow me if I but call your name? (StF 673)

Alternative related readings

1 Kings 19: 15-16, 19-21

Make us your prophets, Lord (StF 665)
The Saviour, when to heaven he rose, in splendid triumph o’er his foes (StF 669)
We will walk with God, my brothers (sisters) (StF 484)
Who would true valour see, let him come hither (StF 486)

Psalm 16

Hymn echoing the psalmist’s theme

You give rest to the weary (StF 657)     see details / comment

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Sunday 19 June, 2016

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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1 Kings 19: 1-4, 8-15a (5-7 optional)

Dear Lord and Father of mankind (StF 495)
Lord, you sometimes speak in wonders (StF 158)
Open, Lord, my inward ear (StF 450)
Speak in the stillness, God we pray (StF 511) (Repeat last line when singing to “Vision”)
We cannot bear the full light of your glory (website only)
When we are tested and wrestle alone (StF 240)
You give rest to the weary (StF 657)

Psalms 42 and 43

Hymn echoing the psalmist’s theme

Though the fruit tree doesn’t blossom (StF 93)

Galatians 3: 23-29

Christ from whom all blessings flow (StF 676)
For the healing of the nations, Lord, we pray with one accord (StF 696)
He’s got the whole world in his hand (StF 536)
Oh freedom, Ph freedom, Oh freedom (StF 697)
One human family God has made (StF 687)

Luke 8: 26-39

God! When human bonds are broken (StF 649)
Here is bread, here is wine (StF 586)
I am a new creation, no more in condemnation (StF 553)
Lord, you have come to the seashore (StF 558)

Alternative related readings

Isaiah 65: 1- 9

The God who sings a new world into being (StF 714)
The prophets’ voice comes down the years (StF 162)
The right hand of God is writing in our land (StF 715)
We do not hope to ease our minds (StF 717)

Psalm 22: 19-28

Hymn echoing the psalmist’s theme

Faithful One, so unchanging (StF 628)     see details / comment

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Sunday 12 June, 2016

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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1 Kings 21: 1-10, 15-21a (11-14 optional)

God, how can we forgive when bonds of love are torn? (StF 613)
Heaven shall not wait for the poor to lose their patience (StF 701)
In an age of twisted values (StF 703)
Sacred the body God has created (StF 618)
When, O God, our faith is tested (StF 643)

Psalm 5: 1-8

Hymn echoing the psalmist’s theme

Here as we kneel, here as we pray(StF 521)

Galatians 2: 15-21

All I once held dear, built my life upon (StF 489)
Jesus – the name high over all (StF 357)
Let earth and heaven agree (StF 358)
Rock of ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee (StF 434)

Luke 7: 36-8: 3

All my days I will sing this song of gladness (StF 343)
What shall we offer our good Lord? (StF 671)
Where shall my wondering soul begin? (StF 454)

Alternative related readings

2 Samuel 11: 26-12: 10, 13-15

Almighty God, we come to make confession (StF 419)
(NB see hymn posts for notes and discussion about singing this hymn to “Finlandia”)
Empty, broken here I stand, Kyrie eleison (StF 421)
Forgive our sins, as we forgive.’ you taught us, Lord, to pray (StF 423)

Psalm 32

Hymn echoing the psalmist’s theme

My lips shall praise you, my great Redeemer (StF 430)     see details / comment

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Sunday 5th June, 2016

10th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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1 Kings 17: 8-16 (17-24)

All creatures of our God and King (StF 99)
As the deer pants for the water (StF 544)
God moves in a mysterious way (StF 104)
Oh the life of the world is a joy and a treasure (StF 114)

Psalm 146

Hymn echoing the psalmist’s theme

Sing praise to God who reigns above (StF 117)

Galatians 1: 11-24

And can it be that I should gain? (StF 345)
Hear the call of the Kingdom (StF 407)
God forgave my sin in Jesus’ name (StF 424)

Luke 7: 11-17

Lord we come to ask for healing (StF 652)
There is a new heaven; there is a new earth (StF 738)
We cannot measure how you heal or answer every sufferer’s prayer (StF 655)

Alternative related readings

1 Kings 17: 17 – 24

As water to the thirsty (StF 441)
Breathe on me breath of God (StF 370)
You give rest to the weary (StF 657)

Psalm 30

Hymn echoing the psalmist’s theme

Give thanks to the Lord, our God and King (StF 77)     see details / comment

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Sunday 29 May, 2016

9th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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1 Kings 18: 20-21 (22-29), 30-39

All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
Author of faith, eternal Word (StF 457)
Be still and know that I am God (StF 19)
Be still, for the presence of the Lord (StF 20)
Everlasting God (StF 46)
Praise the Lord who reigns above (StF 85)
Through all the changing scenes of life (StF 638)

Psalm 96

Hymn echoing the psalmist’s theme

Let all the world in every corner sing (StF 57)
O sing to the Lord, O sing God a new song (StF 42)
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness (StF 34)
Sing praise to God who reigns above (StF 117)

Galatians 1: 1-12

A safe stronghold our God is still (StF 623)
All for Jesus – all for Jesus (StF 341)
In Christ alone my hope is found (StF 351)
Majesty, worship his majesty (StF 333)
Speak, O Lord, as we come to You (StF 161)
We have a gospel to proclaim (StF 418)

Luke 7: 1-10

In Christ there is no east or west (StF 685)
Lord of life, we come to you (StF 651)
The love of God comes close where stands an open door (StF 654)
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy (StF 416)

Alternative related readings

1 Kings 8: 22-23, 41-43

Give thanks to the Lord, our God and King (StF 77)
Let us build a house where love can dwell (StF 409)
May the glory of the Lord fill his temple (StF 31)
Meet and right it is to sing (StF 32)

Psalm 96: 1-9

Hymn echoing the psalmist’s theme

As Psalm 96 above

There is a strong link between both 1 Kings readings, the Galatians reading and the Gospel as Elijah, Solomon and the centurion put their trust in God, exhibiting great faith. Paul speaks of faith deserting the Galatians. The centurion speaks of authority and so does Paul in Galatians. The centurion would be regarded as a ‘foreigner’ and Solomon speaks of the faith of a foreigner. In one respect it is unfortunate that Elijah on Mount Carmel is linked with the healing of the Centurion’s servant as it is difficult to do justice to both in one service. But if you preached on one of the passages three years ago perhaps now is the time to preach on the other.     see details / comment

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Tuesday 24 May, 2016

John and Charles Wesley

The readings are for use on Wesley Day (24 May), or on Aldersgate Sunday (the Sunday preceding 24 May), but not the Principal Service as in 2016 Aldersgate Sunday is also Trinity Sunday.

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Best of all is God is with us (StF 610)
How small a spark has lit a living fire! (StF 408)
Where shall my wondering soul begin? (StF 454)

Isaiah 12:1-6 or Isaiah 51:1-3, 7-11

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy (StF 416)
God has spoken – by his prophets (StF 157)
Your hand, O God, has guided (StF 692)

Psalm 130

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Only by grace can we enter (StF 565)
Out of the depths I cry to thee (StF 433)

Romans 5:1-11

Come, thou fount of every blessing (StF 494)
I am a new creation (StF 553)
I am not skilled to understand (StF 349)

The first 5 verses of Romans 5 may have been read on Trinity Sunday in 2016

OR 2 Peter 1:1-11

Father of everlasting grace (StF 378)
God in my living, there in my breathing (StF 497)
God, whose love is all around us (StF 585)
Great God, your love has called us here (StF 499)
Help us, O Lord, to learn (StF 501)
My heart is full of Christ (StF 506)

Mark 12:28-37

A charge to keep I have (StF 658)
I will worship (I will worship) with all my heart (StF 54)
May the mind of Christ my Saviour (StF 504)
More like you, Jesus, more like you (StF 505)

or Luke 10:1-12, 17-20

Lord, your Church on earth is seeking (StF 410)
Go to the world! Go into all the earth (StF 402)
The kingdom of God is justice and joy (StF 255)     see details / comment

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Sunday 22 May, 2016

Trinity Sunday (also Aldersgate Sunday)

Alternatively, see the readings and hymns suggested for Tuesday 24 May, which marks the conversions of John and Charles Wesley , but not for the Principal Service in 2016 as Trinity Sunday takes precedence.

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Proverbs 8: 1-4, 22-31

Eternal Father, strong to save (StF 517)
Happy are they who find the grace (StF 500)
Lord of the boundless curves of space (StF 111)
Sing of a God in majestic divinity (StF 13)

Psalm 8

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Angel voices ever singing (StF 39)
Because you have said ‘Do this for my sake’ (StF 574)
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty! (StF 11)
O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder (StF 82)
O Lord, our Lord, throughout the earth (StF 112)
Sing to him in whom creation (StF 14)

Romans 5: 1-5

Author of faith, eternal Word (StF 457)
Being of beings, God of love (StF 490)
Calm me, Lord, as you calmed the storm (StF 624)
Even though I walk through the shadow of death (StF 626)
God with us: Creator, Father (StF 8)
My God! I know, I feel thee mine (StF 390)
Morning glory, starlit sky (StF 12)
Peace, perfect peace, is the gift of Christ our Lord (StF 710)

John 16: 12-15

As we gather, Father, seal us (StF 570)
Away with our fears! (StF 458) Especially vv. 5 and 6
Christ is alive! Let Christians sing (StF 297)
Come, Holy Ghost, our hearts inspire (StF 155)
Father, we love you (StF 6)
Hail! Holy, holy, holy Lord! (StF 9)
Your words to me are life and health (StF 164)

There are many preachers who find the thought of preaching on the doctrine of the Trinity rather daunting. But there is the option of focussing on Psalm 8 today and speaking of God’s incomprehensibility, his unspeakable greatness of which God’s triune nature is part.

The first five verses of the Romans 5 passage may be the focus for a sermon on Wesley Day this year.     see details / comment

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Sunday 15 May, 2016

Pentecost

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Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Acts 2: 1-21

God of grace and God of glory (StF 682)
Jesus is Lord! Creation’s voice proclaims it (StF 353)
Let every Christian pray (StF 388)
O breath of life, come sweeping through us (StF 391)
Sing to him in whom creation (StF 14)
Spirit of God, unseen as the wind (StF 394)
With all my heart I thank you, Lord (StF 602)

Psalm 104: 24-34, 35b

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

All creatures of our God and King (StF 99)
I sing the almighty power of God (StF 107)
O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder (StF 82)
She sits like a bird, brooding on the waters (StF393)
Spirit who broods (StF396)

Romans 8: 14-17

Abba Father, let me be yours and yours alone (StF 439)
As we gather, Father, seal us (StF 570)
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine (StF 548)
Father God, I wonder how I managed to exist without the knowledge of your parenthood (StF 72)

John 14: 8-17 (25-27)

As water to the thirsty (StF 441)
Because you have said ‘Do this for my sake’ (StF 574)
Come all who look to Christ today (StF 678)
Come down , O love divine (StF 372)
Holy Spirit, come, confirm us (StF 382)
O Holy Spirit, Lord of grace (StF 392)
Spirit of the living God (StF 395)     see details / comment

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Sunday 8 May, 2016

7th Sunday of Easter

Sunday in Ascensiontide

Readings for Ascension Day may be used – see Thursday 5 May for Ascension Day readings and suggested hymns

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Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Additional notes on the readings and choices of hymns are offered below by the Revd Phillip Poyner, this month’s compiler.

Acts 16:16-34

And can it be that I should gain an interest in the Saviour’s blood? (StF 345)
Away with our fears! (StF 458)
*Go to the world! Go into all the earth (StF402)
Great is the darkness that covers the earth (StF405)
Sing for God’s glory that colours the dawn of creation (StF 116)
To God be the glory, great things he has done! (StF 94)

Psalm 97

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

All heaven declares the glory of the risen Lord (StF 293)
God is love: let heaven adore him (StF 103)
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty! (StF 11)
Over all the earth, you reign on high (StF 63)

Revelation 22: 12-14, 16-17, 20-21

Crown him with many crowns (StF 347)
I’ll praise my Maker while I’ve breath (StF 79)
King of Kings, majesty (StF 331)
Of the Father’s love begotten (StF 181)
Rejoice, the Lord is King! (StF 335)

John 17: 20-26

As we gather, Father, seal us (StF 570)
Because the Saviour prayed that we be one (StF 675)
Christ is the world’s light, Christ and none other (StF 346)
*Go to the world! Go into all the earth (StF402)
God, whose love is all around us (StF 585)
One is the body and one is the Head (StF 688)
Will you come and follow me if I but call your name? (StF 673)

Although Christ took his leave of the disciples in his Ascension he is still mindful of them and us. In the Gospel we read that in our unity we experience the closeness of the Trinity, but that has a dual purpose: 1) we experience God’s glory and love, which 2) results in the world being led to believe. The psalm speaks of the preservation and deliverance of the saints, exemplified in the Acts reading. Both saints and those who testify are mentioned in the Revelation reading.     see details / comment

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Thursday 5 May, 2016

Ascension Day

Readings and suggested hymns may also be used on Sunday 8 May

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Additional notes on the readings and choices of hymns are offered below by the Revd Phillip Poyner, this month’s compiler.

Acts 1: 1-11

*Alleluia, sing to Jesus (StF 568)
At the name of Jesus (StF 317)
Christ is alive, let Christians sing (StF 297)
*Hail the day that sees him rise, Alleluia! (StF 300)
He is exalted (StF 52)
Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour (StF 593)

Psalm 47 or Psalm 93

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

God, whose almighty word chaos and darkness heard (StF 106)
Great is he who’s the King of kings (StF 321)
King of kings, majesty (StF 331)
Our God is an awesome God (StF 62)

Ephesians 1: 15-23

*Alleluia, sing to Jesus (StF 568)
Christ triumphant, ever reigning (StF 319)
He is Lord, He is Lord (StF 348)
Holy Spirit, come, confirm us (StF 382)
Jesus is King and I will extol him (StF 327)
Jesus shall take the highest honour (StF 356)
Majesty, worship his majesty (StF 333)
Rejoice, the Lord is King! (StF 335)

Luke 24: 44-53

All heaven declares the glory of the risen Lord (StF 293)
*Hail the day that sees him rise, Alleluia! (StF 300)
Lord, I lift your name on high (StF 332)
There is a Redeemer (StF 338)
We sing the praise of Jesus (StF 315)     see details / comment

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Sunday 1 May, 2016

6th Sunday of Easter

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Additional notes on the readings and choices of hymns are offered below by the Revd Phillip Poyner, this month’s compiler.

Acts 16: 9-15

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open (StF 749)
Come, Lord, to our souls come down (StF 493)
Have you heard the good news? (StF 406)
I know that my Redeemer lives (StF 502)
One more step along the world I go (StF 476)
The love of God comes close (StF 654)

Psalm 67

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme
Father, in whom we live (StF 5)
God whose almighty word (StF 106)
It is God who holds the nations in the hollow of his hand (StF 705)
Praise and thanksgiving, Father, we offer (StF 125)
Praise God for the harvest of orchard and field (StF 126)

Revelation 21: 10, 22-25

Come to us, creative Spirit (StF 726)
Darkness like a shroud covers the earth (StF 170)
Day of judgment! Day of wonder! (StF 732)
Down the mountain the river flows (StF 377)
Meet and right it is to sing (StF 32)
There is a new heaven (StF 738)

John 14: 23-29

Christ is alive! Let Christians sing (StF 297)
Holy Spirit, come, confirm us (StF 382)
Like the murmur of the dove’s song (StF 389)
Lord of creation, to you be all praise! (StF 449)
My eyes be open to your presence (StF 560)
Peace, perfect peace, is the gift of Christ our Lord (StF 710)
Put peace into each other’s hands (StF 712)
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me (StF 395)
The peace of the earth be with you (StF 774)
We give immortal praise (StF16)
You are the centre, you are my life (StF567)

OR

John 5: 1-9

All my days I will sing the song of gladness (StF 343)
Bread of Life, Truth Eternal (StF 578)
God to enfold you, Christ to uphold you (StF 648)
O for a thousand tongues to sing (StF 364)
You give rest to the weary (StF 657)

Notes

The theme of the Holy Spirit is present in the Gospel where Christ promises the Holy Spirit, in Revelation 21, where the Spirit ‘carried me away’, and implied in the Acts reading of the call of Paul to Macedonia. However with Pentecost two Sundays ahead it may be appropriate to prepare for the coming of the Spirit with one hymn or two rather than have all hymns focussing on the Holy Spirit.

The passages also encourage us to reflect that it is in Christ that we find everything that is worthwhile, everything we are looking for. In the Acts reading Lydia, though a faithful Jew, finds profounder faith in the message of the evangelists; in Revelation all is found in Christ: light, peace, life; in John 14, to those who love Christ and keep his word the gift of the Holy Spirit is promised ‘whom the Father will send in my name’; and in John 5 healing is found not in a superstitious belief in the stirring of the pool but by trusting in Jesus.

The Psalm is a petition seeking blessing, the light of God’s countenance, and the recognition and response of the people to that blessing which we know now through our experience of the Triune God.     see details / comment

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Sunday 24 April, 2016

5th Sunday of Easter

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Acts 11: 1-18

Come, all who look to Christ today (StF 678)
The trumpets sound, the angels sing (StF 35)
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy (StF 416)
We come from the mountains, the valleys and plains (StF 417)

Psalm 148

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

All creatures of our God and King (StF 99)
Praise the Lord! You heavens, adore him (StF 86)

Revelation 21: 1-6

Jesus, stand among us at the meeting of our lives (StF 30)
Hark the glad sound! The Saviour comes (StF 171)
It came upon a midnight clear (StF 205)
Praise to the God who clears the way (StF 183)
There is a new heaven; there is a new earth (StF 738)

John 13: 31-35

A new commandment I give unto you (StF 242)
Be still and know that I am God (StF 18)
Christ is the world’s light, Christ and none other (StF 346)
God who sets us on a journey (website only)
I am not skilled to understand what God has willed, what God has planned (StF 349) Note: This hymn is suitable for last Sunday (17 April) as well as this. If new to your congregation, why not use it on both Sundays?
If we claim to love our neighbour (website only)
Sing of a God in majestic divinity (StF 13)
You are the Vine, we are the branches (StF 258)     see details / comment

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Sunday 17 April, 2016

4th Sunday of Easter

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Acts 9: 36-43

I danced in the morning when the world was begun (StF 247)
Lord of life, we come to you (StF 651)
Now the green blade rises from the buried grain (StF 306)
*When I needed a neighbour, were you there? (StF 256)

Psalm 23

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

In heavenly love abiding, no change my heart shall fear (StF 736)
The King of love my shepherd is (StF 479)
The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want (StF 481) (Stuart Townend ver.)

Revelation 7: 9-17

*Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine (StF 548)
Give me the wings of faith (StF 747)
The head that once was crowned with thorns (StF 312)

John 10: 22-30

Be still and know that I am God (StF 18)
*Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine (StF 548)
Father, in whom we live (StF 5)
God with us: Creator, Father (StF 8)
Have you heard God’s voice; has your heart been stirred? (StF 662)
Let him to whom we now belong (StF 557)
Master, speak! Thy servant heareth (StF 666)
I am not skilled to understand what God has willed, what God has planned (StF 349) Note: This hymn is suitable for this Sunday and next (24 April). If new to your congregation, why not use it on both Sundays?
Jesus the carpenter, hanging on Calvary (StF 275)
The kingdom of God is justice and joy (StF 255)
*When I needed a neighbour, were you there? (StF 256)     see details / comment

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Sunday 10 April, 2016

3rd Sunday of Easter

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Acts 9: 1-6, 7-20

A charge to keep I have (StF 658)
Christ be in my understanding (website only)
Just as I am, without one plea (StF 556)
*Take this moment, sign, and space (StF 513)
The witnesses are watching (website only)
*Will you come and follow me if I but call your name? (StF 673)

Psalm 30

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

*How shall I sing that majesty? (StF 53)
Through all the changing scenes of life (StF 638)

Revelation 5: 11-14

All heaven declares the glory of the risen Lord (StF 293)
Come, let us join our cheerful songs (StF 743)
Hail, thou once despised Jesus (StF 301)
*How shall I sing that majesty (StF 53)
Let heaven and earth agree (StF 358)

John 21: 1-19

All you that seek the Lord who died (StF 294)
As dawn awakes another day (StF 659)
Be still, for the presence of the Lord (StF 20)
Hark, my soul! It is the Lord (StF 426)
In this house all people will be welcome (website only)
Lord, you call us to your service (StF 664)
O the bitter shame and sorrow (StF 432)
*Take this moment, sign, and space (StF 513)
Thine be the glory (StF 313)
*Will you come and follow me if I but call your name? (StF 673)     see details / comment

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Sunday 3 April, 2016

2nd Sunday of Easter

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Acts 5: 27-32

Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord (StF 295)
Let every Christian pray (StF 388)
The Saviour, when to heaven he rose (StF 669)
When you prayed beneath the trees, it was for me (StF 339)

Psalm 150

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Sing a song, sing a joyful song (StF 310)
Sing of the Lord’s goodness, Father of all wisdom (StF 65)
Praise the Lord who reigns above and keeps his courts below (StF 85)
When, in our music, God is glorified (StF 731)

Revelation 1: 4-8

Lo, he comes with clouds descending (StF 177)
Low in the grave he lay (StF 305)

John 20: 19-31

Christ has risen while earth slumbers (StF 296)
Empty, broken, here I stand, Kyrie eleison (StF 421)
Safe, locked inside that upper room (website only)
This joyful Eastertide (StF 314)
What peace is there for tarnished lives (website only)
We cannot measure how you heal (StF 655)
What shall I do my God to love, my loving God to praise? (StF 436)
When Easter to the dark world came (StF 316)
When our futures are uncertain (website only)     see details / comment

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Sunday 27 March, 2016

Easter Day

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Acts 10: 34-43 or *Isaiah 25: 6-9

All you that seek the Lord who died (StF 294)
Jesus is Lord! Creation’s voice proclaims it (StF 353)
* There’s a light upon the mountains (StF 188)
* You shall go out with joy (StF 487)

Psalm 118: 1-2, 14-24

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

May the glory of the Lord fill his temple (StF 31)
O sing to the Lord (StF 42)

1 Corinthians 15: 1-11 or * Acts 10: 34-43

All heaven declares the glory of the risen Lord (StF 293)
Jesus is risen, alleluia! (StF 304)

John 20: 1-18 or * Luke 24: 1-12

* At early dawn they rise to come (website only)
* Christ has risen while the earth slumbers (StF 296)
Christ the Lord is risen today; Alleluia! (StF 298)
* Jesus is risen, alleluia! (StF 304)
One, two, three for you and me (website only) esp. for younger children
See, what a morning, gloriously bright (StF 309)
The day of resurrection, earth, tell it out abroad! (StF 311)
Thine be the glory (StF 313)

See also hymns by Richard Leach and Andrew Pratt at More hymns for Lent and Easter     see details / comment

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Saturday 26 March, 2016

Holy Saturday

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Job 14: 1-14

Day of judgment! Day of wonder! (StF 732)
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (StF 626)
Great is thy faithfulness (StF 51)
My soul finds rest in God alone (StF 633)

Psalm 31: 1-4, 15-16

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

A safe stronghold our God is still (StF 623)
What shall I do my God to love, my Saviour (StF 516)

1 Peter 4: 1-8

I know that my Redeemer lives, and ever prays for me (StF 502)
We pray until the hour (StF 741)

Matthew 27: 57-66

After darkness, light (StF 292)
I danced in the morning when the world was begun (StF 247)
Low in the grave he lay (StF 305)
My song is love unknown (StF 277)
The quaking earth is calm (website only)
We trust the mighty love of God (StF 742)

or John 19: 38-42

As for Matthew 27 above, but also consider:

The silent stars shine down on us (StF 231) esp. v.3
Were you there when they crucified my Lord? (StF 285)     see details / comment

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Friday 25 March, 2016

Good Friday

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Isaiah 52: 13-53: 12

Man of Sorrows! What a name (StF 361)
Stay here where nails are driven (StF 282)
The desolate Messiah dies (StF 283)

Psalm 22

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Deep in the darkness a starlight is gleaming (StF 625)
How long, O Lord, will you forget (StF 630)

Hebrews 10: 16-25

Jesus is King and I will extol him (StF 327)
Praise to the holiest (StF 334)
Son of God, if your free grace again has raised me up (StF 336)

John 18: 1-19:42

Come and see, come and see (StF 270)
From heaven you came, helpless babe (StF 272)
Here hangs a man discarded (StF 273)
O Love divine, what have you done! (StF 278)
Pray for the Church, afflicted and oppressed (StF 711)
Son of God humiliated (website only)
There is a green hill far away (StF 284)
Were you there when they crucified my Lord? (StF 285)
When I survey the wondrous cross (StF 287)
Would I have answered when you called (StF 674)
You call us, as you called the Twelve (website only)

See also Andrew Murphy’s hymn, Son of God humiliated     see details / comment

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Thursday 24 March, 2016

Maundy Thursday

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Exodus 12.1-4 (5-10) 11-14

O precious sight, my saviour stands (StF 279)
See the Lamb of God (StF 281)

Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

An Upper Room did our Lord prepare (StF 569)
Bread of life, hope of the world (StF 577)

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Jesus, we thus obey your last and kindest word (StF 590)
Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us (StF 594)

John 13:1-17, 31b-35

All the room was hushed and still (StF 266)
Dusty-footed, heavy-hearted (website only)
God, whose love is all around us (StF 585)
Listen, my people, here is my challenge (website only)
Sing, my tongue, the Saviour’s glory (StF 268)     see details / comment

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Wednesday 23 March, 2016

Wednesday in Holy Week

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Isaiah 50:4-9a

I am not skilled to understand what God has willed (StF 349)
Open, Lord, my inward ear (StF 450)

Psalm 70

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Amazing grace – how sweet the sound (StF 440)
I’ve had questions without answers (StF 632)

Hebrews 12:1-3

Give me the wings of faith to rise within the veil (StF 747)
Ye servants of God (StF 340)

John 13:21-32

God, how can we forgive (StF 613)
O the bitter shame and sorrow (StF 432)     see details / comment

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Tuesday 22 March, 2016

Tuesday in Holy Week

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Isaiah 49:1-7

Great is the darkness that covers the earth (StF 405)
When all your mercies. O God, my rising soul surveys (StF 97)

Psalm 71:1-14

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
How sweet the name of Jesus sounds (StF 322)

1 Corinthians 1:18-31

Here hangs a man discarded (StF 273)
Meekness and majesty, manhood and deity (StF 362)

Thou hidden source of calm repose (StF 366)

John 12:20-36

Now the green blade rises (StF 306)
The Spirit lives to set us free (StF 397)     see details / comment

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Monday 21 March, 2016

Monday in Holy Week

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Isaiah 42:1-9

God! When human bonds are broken (StF 649)
You give rest to the weary (StF 657)

Psalm 36:5-11

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Jesu, lover of my soul (StF 355)
Your ceaseless, unexhausted love (StF 438)

Hebrews 9:11-15

Christ triumphant, ever reigning (StF 319)
Jesus is King and I will extol him (StF 327)

John 12:1-11

O God what offering shall I give (StF 562)
What shall I do my God to love, my Saviour, and the world’s, to praise? (StF 516)     see details / comment

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Sunday 20 March, 2016

6th Sunday in Lent

Second Sunday of the Passion / Palm Sunday

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Entry into Jerusalem

Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

All people that on earth do dwell (StF 1)
Christ is made the sure foundation (StF 677)
Holy, holy, holy Lord (StF 789)
*In Christ alone my hope is found (StF 351)
Praise is rising, eyes are turning to you (StF 64)
Sanctus and Benedictus (Holy, holy, holy Lord; Blessed is he) (StF 785)
*Santo, santo, santo (Holy, holy, holy God of power and might) (StF 766)

Luke 19: 28-40 (The triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem)

All glory, laud and honour (StF 262)
Blest are the pure in heart (StF 244)
Christ, our king before creation (StF 318)
*Food to pilgrims given, strength upon the way (StF 584)
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest (StF 263)
Jesus comes with all his grace (StF 326)
Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour (StF 593)
Make way, make way, for Christ the king in splendour comes (StF 264)
*My song is love unknown (StF 277)
Ride on, ride on in majesty! (StF 265)
*Santo, santo, santo (Holy, holy, holy God of power and might) (StF 766)

The Passion

Isaiah 50: 4-9a

*Come, wounded healer, your sufferings reveal (StF 271)
*In Christ alone my hope is found (StF 351)
Lord Christ, we praise your sacrifice (StF 359)
Man of Sorrows! What a name for the Son of God (StF 361)
Open, Lord, my inward ear (StF 450)

Psalm 31: 9-16

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

*Come, wounded healer, your sufferings reveal (StF 271)
*Here hangs a man discarded (StF 273)
We turn to God when we are sorely pressed (StF 640)
When, O God, our faith is tested (StF 649)
*Who would ever have believed it? (StF 290)

Philippians 2: 5-11

I am not skilled to understand what God has willed (StF 349)
Jesus Christ, I think upon your sacrifice (StF 274)
Light of the world, you stepped into darkness (StF 175)
*Meekness and majesty, manhood and deity (StF 362)
We do not presume to come to this table (StF 601) (for communion)
What kind of love is this that gave itself for me? (StF 286)
*Who would ever have believed it? (StF 290)

Luke 22: 14- 23: 56
or
Luke 23: 1-49

To assist with the ordering of hymns in a service, the following suggestions are placed in shorter biblical sections. If your service is a reading of the longer Passion Narrative alongside a celebration of Holy Communion you may like to consider reading Luke 22:39 – 23:56 after the elements have been distributed.

Luke 22: 14-38 (The Last Supper)
An upper room did our Lord prepare (StF 569)
Because you have said ‘Do this for my sake’ (StF 574)
*Food to pilgrims given, strength upon the way (StF 584)
*From heaven you came, helpless babe (StF 272)
Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us (StF 594)
Up to your table, Lord, you call us (StF 599)

Luke 22: 39-65 (Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane – his betrayal and arrest)
*From heaven you came, helpless babe (StF 272)
*Jesus in the olive grove (StF 267)
Lord, in our lonely hours (StF 616)
One human family God has made (StF 687)
*Praise to the Holiest in the height (StF 334)
*Pray for the Church, afflicted and oppressed (StF 711)
Stay with me, remain here with me (StF 780)
To see the King of heaven fall (StF 269)
Up to your table, Lord, you call us (StF 599)
*We do not hope to ease our minds (StF 717)
When my love for Christ grows weak (StF 289)
*When you prayed beneath the trees, it was for me (StF 339)
You call us, as you called the Twelve (website only)

Luke 22: 65 – 23:25 (Jesus on trial)
Come and see, come and see (StF 270)
*Jesus in the olive grove (StF 267)
*Pray for the Church, afflicted and oppressed (StF 711)
*We do not hope to ease our minds (StF 717)

Luke 23: 26-49 (The crucifixion and death of Jesus)
*Here hangs a man discarded (StF 273)
Jesus, remember me (StF 777)
Lord Christ, we praise your sacrifice (StF 359)
*Meekness and majesty, manhood and deity (StF 362)
*My song is love unknown (StF 277)
O Love divine, what have you done! (StF 278)
Son of God humiliated (website only)
*Praise to the Holiest in the height (StF 334)
There is a green hill far away (StF 284)
*We do not hope to ease our minds (StF 717)
*When you prayed beneath the trees, it was for me (StF 339)

Luke 23: 50-56 (The burial of Jesus)
I danced in the morning (StF 247)
*My song is love unknown (StF 277)
Were you there when they crucified my Lord? (StF 285)
‘Why has God forsaken me?’ (StF 291)     see details / comment

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Sunday 13 March, 2016

5th Sunday in Lent

First Sunday of the Passion

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Isaiah 43: 16-21

Come let us sing to the One (StF 2)
Everlasting God, the years go by but you’re unchanging (StF 46)
Lord for the years your love has kept and guided (StF 470)

Psalm 126

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

King of Glory, King of Peace (StF 56)
To God be the glory, great things he has done! (StF 94)

Philippians 3: 4b-14

All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
And are we yet alive, and see each other’s face? (StF 456)
And can it be that I should gain? (StF 345)
O love divine, what have you done! (StF 278)
Open, Lord, my inward ear (StF 450)
Out of the depths I cry to thee, Lord God! O hear my prayer! (StF 433)

John 12: 1-8

All I once held dear, built my life upon (StF 489)
Great God, your love has called us here (StF 499)
I will offer up my life (StF 446)
I will worship (I will worship) with all my heart (StF 54)
Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to thee (StF 566)
Thou hidden source of calm repose (StF 366)
What shall I do my God to love, my Saviour, and the world’s, to praise? (StF 516)
When I survey the wondrous cross (StF 287)     see details / comment

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Sunday 6 March, 2016

4th Sunday in Lent

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Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

For Mothering Sunday suggestions, see below. Alternative Mothering Sunday resources and additional hymns. See also: resources produced for All We Can’s Inspirational Women Appeal 2016.

Joshua 5: 9-12

Here, on the threshold of a new beginning (StF 684)
You showed us mercy when we were in darkness (StF 488)

Also consider hymns for Harvest e.g. Sing to the great Jehovah’s praise (StF 127); To thee, O Lord, our hearts we raise (StF 129)

Psalm 32

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Jesus – the name high over all (StF 357)
Thou hidden source of calm repose (StF 366)
Your ceaseless, unexhausted love unmerited and free (StF 438)

2 Corinthians 5: 16-21

Come and see, come and see (StF 270)
‘Forgive our sins as we forgive,’ you taught us, Lord, to pray (StF 423)
I am a new creation, no more in condemnation (StF 553)
Love divine, all loves excelling (StF 503)
When I was lost you rescued me (StF 367)

Luke 15: 1-3, 11b-32

Bread of Life, Truth Eternal, broken now to set us free (StF 578)
Come, let us sing of a wonderful love (StF 443)
Come, my table is a meeting place (StF 581)
Empty, broken, here I stand, Kyrie eleison (StF 421)
Father we have sinned in word, and deed, and thought (StF 422)
Hark my soul! It is the Lord (StF 426)
Now I have found the ground wherein sure my soul’s anchor may remain (StF 561)
Shout for joy! The Lord has let us feast (StF 598)

Or for Mothering Sunday

Exodus 2: 1-10

Best of all is God is with us (StF 610)
*He’s got the whole world in his hand (StF 536)

or 1 Samuel 1: 20-28

God of Eve and God of Mary (StF 119)
Lord, in our lonely hours (StF 616)
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord! (StF 186)

Psalm 34: 11-20

God, beyond our dreams, you have stirred in us a memory (StF 496)
*Sing praise to God who reigns above (StF 117)

or Psalm 127: 1-4

Sacred the body God has created (StF 618)

2 Corinthians 1: 3-7

Earth’s creator, everyday God (StF 45)
*He’s got the whole world in his hand (StF 536)
Lord, I come before your throne of grace (StF 58)
*Sing praise to God who reigns above (StF 117)
We turn to God when we are sorely pressed (StF 640)

or Colossians 3: 12-17

All praise to our redeeming Lord (StF 608)
As we gather in your presence now (StF 609)
*God grant us words to speak (StF 647)
God with us: Creator, Father (StF 8)
May the mind of Christ my Saviour (StF 504)

Luke 2: 33-35

Eternal God, you love’s tremendous glory (StF 3)
Father I place into your hands the things I cannot do (StF 519)
For the beauty of the earth (StF102)
Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us (StF 594)
Mary and Joseph came to the Temple (StF 229)
*Remembering Mary (website only)
*Through long years of watchful waiting (StF 232)

(Also see our notes on the festival of Candlemas, which marks the bringing of Jesus to the temple for baptism.)

or John 19: 25-27

*God grant us words to speak (StF 647)
*Remembering Mary (website only)
*Through long years of watchful waiting (StF 232)
We gladly celebrate and praise (StF 120)     see details / comment

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Sunday 28 February, 2016

3rd Sunday in Lent

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Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Isaiah 55: 1-9

*As water to the thirsty (StF 441)
Because you came and sat beside us (StF 420)
Lord, we turn to you for mercy (StF 429)
Sing of the Lord’s goodness, Father of all wisdom (StF 65)
Where shall my wondering soul begin? (StF 454)
Worship God with the morning sunrise (StF 68)

Psalm 63: 1-8

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s them

*As water to the thirsty (StF 441)
Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father (StF 51)
Hark my soul! It is the Lord (StF 426)
My soul finds rest in God alone (StF 633)
O for a heart to praise my God (StF 507)

1 Corinthians 10: 1-13

Bread of Life, Truth Eternal, broken now to set us free (StF 578)
Faithful One, so unchanging (StF 628)
God of forgiveness, your people you freed (StF 425)
Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour (StF 593)
O Jesus I have promised to serve you to the end (StF 563)
Rock of ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee (StF 434)
Victim divine, thy grace we claim (StF 600)
Your ceaseless, unexhausted love unmerited and free (StF438)

Luke 13: 1-9

Almighty God, we come to make confession (StF 419)
Jesus – the name high over all (StF 357)
Just as we are (website only)
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy (StF 416)     see details / comment

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Sunday 21 February, 2016

2nd Sunday in Lent

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Genesis 15: 1-12, 17-18

Amazing grace – how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me! (StF 440)
A safe stronghold our God is still (StF 623)
Sing praise to God who reigns above (StF 117)
The God of Abraham praise (StF 91)
When we are living, we are in the Lord (StF 485)
Who would true valour see, let him come hither (StF 486)
You shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace (StF 487)

Psalm 27

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Brother, sister, let me serve you (StF 611)
Stupendous height of heavenly love (StF 512)
The Spirit lives to set us free, walk, walk in the light (StF 397)

Philippians 3: 17-4:1

All for Jesus – all for Jesus (StF 341)
Called by Christ to be disciples (StF 660)
Fight the good fight with all your might (StF 634)
Glorious things of thee are spoken (StF 748)
My soul finds rest in God alone (StF 633)
Soldiers of Christ, arise, and put your armour on (StF 637)
We trust the mighty love of God that wraps us round (StF 742)
You call us out to praise you (website only)

Luke 13: 31-35

Hark, my soul! It is the Lord (StF 426)
From heaven you came, helpless babe (StF 272)
I danced in the morning when the world was begun (StF 247)
Jesus – the name high over all (StF 357)
Lift high the Cross, the love of Christ proclaim (StF 276)
Love inspired the anger (StF 253)
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation! (StF 88)
Pray for the Church, afflicted and oppressed (StF 711)
We gladly celebrate and praise (StF 120)
Would you walk by on the other side? (StF 257)     see details / comment

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Sunday 14 February, 2016

1st Sunday in Lent

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Deuteronomy 26: 1-11

Author of faith, eternal Word (StF 457)
Captain of Israel’s host, and Guide (StF 459)
Come, thou fount of every blessing (StF 494)
Deep in the shadows of the past (StF 463)
Lord, for the years your love has kept and guided (StF 470)
O God of Bethel, by whose hand thy people still are fed (StF 475)
When we are living, we are in the Lord (StF 485)

Psalm 91: 1-2, 9-16

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation! (StF 88)
Safe in the shadow of the Lord (StF 509)
You give rest to the weary (StF 657)

Romans 10: 8b-13

All my days I will sing this song of gladness (StF 343)
He is Lord, he is Lord (StF 348)
Here is bread, here is wine (StF 586) (communion hymn)
I come with joy, a child of God (StF 588)
*Jesus, tempted in the desert (StF 237)
We come today to celebrate (website only)

Luke 4: 1-13

At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow (StF 317)
Christ our Redeemer knew temptation’s hour (StF 235)
Forty days and forty nights (StF 236)
*Jesus, tempted in the desert (StF 237)
Jesus – the name high over all (StF 357)
Lead us, heavenly father, lead us (StF 238)
Son of God, if your free grace (StF 336)
When we are tested and wrestle alone (StF 240)     see details / comment

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Wednesday 10 February, 2016

Ash Wednesday

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Joel 2: 1-2, 12-17

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide (StF 141)
Day of judgment! Day of wonder! (StF 732)
O the bitter shame and sorrow (StF 432)
Praise is rising, eyes are turning to you (StF 64)
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases (StF 66)
We come to you with no pretence (StF 435)
We pray until the hour, that awesome hour unknown (StF 741)

Psalm 51: 1-17

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Let us break bread together with the Lord (StF 592)
More like you, Jesus, more like you (StF 505)
O for a heart to praise my God (StF 507)

2 Corinthians 5: 20b – 6: 10

Captain of Israel’s host, and guide (StF 459)
Come, now is the time to worship (StF 24)
Come, sinners to the gospel feast (StF 401)
Give thanks with a grateful heart (StF 78)
Give voice to the prophets who speak the hard word (website only)
Have faith in God, my heart (StF 466)
Let love be real, in giving and receiving (StF 615)
Soldiers of Christ, arise and put your armour on (StF 637)
You call us, as you called the Twelve (website only)

Matthew 6: 1-6, 16-21

Give to me, Lord, a thankful heart (StF 520)
Glorious things of thee are spoken (StF 748)
God grant us words to speak when words are all we bear (StF 647)
Pray for a world where every child finds welcome in a sheltered space (StF 527)
Pray, without ceasing, pray (StF 528)
Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire (StF 529)
Through all the changing scenes of life (StF 638)     see details / comment

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Sunday 7 February, 2016

Sunday before Lent

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Exodus 34: 29-35

Be still, for the presence of the Lord (StF 20)
Eternal God, your love’s tremendous glory (StF 3)
How shall I sing that majesty (StF 53)
* Immortal, invisible, God only wise (StF 55)
May the glory of the Lord fill his temple (StF 31)
O worship the King, all-glorious above (StF 113)
Sing to him in whom creation (StF 14)
The splendour of the King (StF 15)
We cannot bear the full light of your glory (website only)

Psalm 99

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Christ, our King before creation (StF 318)
Rejoice, the Lord is King! (StF 335)
The Lord is king; let the peoples tremble! (StF 821) (responsive version of the psalm)

2 Corinthians 3: 12-4.2

Author of life divine, who has a table spread (StF 572)
Christ, whose glory fills the skies (StF 134)
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty! (StF 11)
* Immortal, invisible, God only wise (StF 55)
Let earth and heaven combine (StF 208)
Lord, I come to you, let my heart be changed, renewed (StF 471)
Lord, you have my heart and I will search for yours (StF 559)
Love divine, all loves excelling (StF 503)

Luke 9: 28-36 (37-43)

Christ triumphant, ever reigning (StF 319)
Jesus Christ – Perfect Love (StF 325)
Jesus on the mountain peak (StF 259)
Jesus shall take the highest honour (StF 356)
Lord, the light of your love is shining (StF 59)
Swiftly pass the clouds of glory (StF 260)
Transfigured Christ, none comprehends (StF 261)
The splendour of the King (StF 15)     see details / comment

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Sunday 31 January, 2016

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Jeremiah 1: 4-10

I was on your mind long before you formed the earth (StF 468)
Listening God, you hear us when we cannot speak (StF 524)
Lord of creation, to you be all praise! (StF 449)
O God, you search me and you know me (StF 728)
O love that wilt not let me go, I rest my weary soul in thee (StF 636)
There is no moment of my life (StF 482)
Thou hidden source of calm repose (StF 366)

Psalm 71: 1-6

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
Now thank we all our god (StF 81)
Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee (StF 434)

1 Corinthians 13: 1-13

Come, let us sing of a wonderful love (StF 443)
Give me the faith which can remove and sink the mountain to a plain (StF 661)
I will speak out for those who have no voices (StF 702)
Make me a channel of your peace (StF 707)
Of all the Spirit’s gifts to me (StF 709)
Peace, perfect peace, is the gift of Christ our Lord (StF 710)
Sacred the body God has created (StF 618)

Luke 4: 21-30

A Safe stronghold our God is still (StF 623)
Come, divine Interpreter (StF 154)
Come, Holy Ghost, our hearts inspire (StF 155)
God has spoken – by his prophets (StF 157)
God’s Spirit is in my heart (StF 404)
Speak, O Lord, as we come to you (StF 161)
Your words to me are life and health (StF 164)     see details / comment

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Sunday 24 January, 2016

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Nehemiah 8: 1-3, 5-6, 8-10

Come, divine Interpreter (StF 154)
Come, O Lord, give us your Spirit (StF 759)
Deep in the shadows of the past (StF 463)
Not far beyond the sea nor high above the heavens, but very nigh (StF 159)

Psalm 19

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

From all that dwell below the skies (StF 75)
Your words to me are life and health (StF 164)

1 Corinthians 12: 12-31a

Beauty for brokenness, hope for despair (StF 693)
I will speak out for those who have no voices (StF 703)
One is the body and one is the Head (StF 688)
Of all the Spirit’s gifts to me (StF 709)

Luke 4: 14-21

Alleluia, alleluia! (The word of the Lord lasts for ever) (StF 757)
God’s spirit is in my heart (StF 404)
Heaven shall not wait for the poor to lose their patience (StF 701)
Make way, make way, for Christ the king in splendour arrives (StF 264)
Sent by the Lord am I (StF 239)     see details / comment

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Sunday 17 January, 2016

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Isaiah 62: 1-5

At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow (StF 317)
Community of Christ, who make the Cross your own (StF 681)
The Church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord (StF 690)

Psalm 36: 5-10

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Best of all is God is with us (StF 610)
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven (StF 83)

1 Corinthians 12: 1-11

All praise to our redeeming Lord, who joins us by his grace (StF 608)
Give me the faith which can remove and sink the mountain to a plain (StF 661)
Lord, you call us to your service (StF 664)
Sacred the body God has created (StF 618)
Summoned by the God who made us rich in our diversity (StF 689)

John 2: 1-11

Before the world began, one Word was there (StF 101)
Christ, whose glory fills the skies (StF 134)
Come to a wedding, come to a blessing (StF 603) vv.1-3 only
Hail to the Lord’s anointed (StF 228)
He is Lord, he is Lord (StF 348)     see details / comment

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Sunday 10 January, 2016

Sunday after Epiphany and the 1st in Ordinary Time
Baptism of the Lord

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Isaiah 43: 1-7

All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
Amazing grace – how sweet the sound that saved a wrtech like me (StF 440)
In heavenly love abiding (StF 736)
Praise, my soul, the king of heaven (StF 83)
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation! (StF 88)

Psalm 29

Hymn’s echoing the psalmist’s theme

Into a world of dark, waste and disordered space (StF 387)
I sing the almighty power of God (StF 107)
*Sing to him in whom creation (StF14)

Acts 8: 14-17

Come, Holy Spirit, descend on us (StF 374)
Holy Spirit, come, confirm us (StF 382)
O Holy Spirit, Lord of grace (StF 392)
*Sing to him in whom creation (StF14)

Luke 3: 15-17, 21-22

Be still, for the presence of the Lord (StF 20)
Crashing waters at creation (StF 376)
Day of judgment! Day of wonder! (StF 732)
Make us your prophets, Lord (StF 665)
To the river I am going (StF 541)
We cannot bear the full light of your glory (website only)
When Jesus came to Jordan (StF 233)     see details / comment

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Wednesday 6 January, 2016

The Feast of the Epiphany

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Isaiah 60: 1-6

Born in song (StF 21)
Darkness like a shroud covers the earth (StF 170)
Great is the darkness that covers the earth (StF 405)
See how great a flame aspires (StF 412)
The silent stars shine down on us (StF 231)

Psalm 72: 1-7, 10-14

Hymn echoing the psalmist’s theme

Hail to the Lord’s anointed (StF 228)
Hear the call of the kingdom (StF 407)
Jesus shall reign where’er the sun (StF 328)

Ephesians 3: 1-12

Go to the world! Go into all the earth (StF 402)
How small a spark has lit a living fire! (StF 408)
Jesus call us here to meet him (StF 28)
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy (StF 416)
We come from the mountains, the valleys and plains (StF 417)

Matthew 2: 1-12

As of gladness men of old (StF 224)
Bethlehem, of noblest cities (StF 225)
Birth brings a promise of new life awaking (StF 226)
How hard was that journey (website only)
Lord, your Church on earth is seeking (StF 410)
Riding out across the desert (StF 230)
We do not look for angel choirs (website only)     see details / comment

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Sunday 3 January, 2016

2nd Sunday of Christmas

Also see readings and suggestions listed for The Feast of the Epiphany

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Jeremiah 37: 7-14

The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want (StF 480)
The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want (Townend ver.) (StF 481)
You shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace (StF 487)

Psalm 147: 12-20

Hymn echoing the psalmist’s theme

Glory be to God on high (StF 199)
I sing the almighty power of God (StF 107)

OR

Sirach/Ecclesiasticus 24: 1-12

Happy are they who find the grace, the blessing of God’s chosen race (StF 500)
Into a world of dark, waste and disordered space (StF 387)
O breath of life, come sweeping through us (StF 391)
Wind of God, dynamic Spirit (StF 400)

Canticle: Wisdom of Solomon 10: 15-21

Hymn echoing theme of canticle

Crashing waters at creation (StF 376)
Guide us, O thou great Jehovah (StF 465)

Ephesians 1: 3-14

As with gladness men of old (StF 224)
Come, thou fount of every blessing (StF 494)
To God be the glory, great things he has done! (StF 94)

John 1: (1-9) 10-18

Before the world began, one Word was there (StF 101)
Birth brings a promise of new life awaking (StF 226)
Father, in whom we live (StF 5)
God has spoken – by his prophets (StF 157)
He became poor that we may be rich (StF 344)
Stupendous height of heavenly love (StF 512)
The silent stars shine down on us (StF 231)     see details / comment

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Watchnight and 1 January 2016

Watchnight and New Year

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Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

New Year’s Day

Captain of Israel’s hope, and Guide (StF 459)
God who sets us on a journey (website only)
Jesus, stand among us at the meeting of our lives (StF 30)
Lord God we stand at the start of a new year (website only)
This day is a day of both prayer and of praising (website only)

Also see Hymns for New Year and Watchnight

Ecclesiastes 3:1-13

I watch the sunrise lighting the sky (StF 469)
O Lord, we are always in your presence (StF 33)
One more step along the world I go (StF 476)
Thank you, O God, for the time that is now (StF 478)

Psalm 8

Hymn’s echoing the psalmist’s theme

Before the world began, one Word was there (StF 101)
God, who made the stars of heaven (StF 7)
Sing for God’s glory that colours the dawn of creation (StF 116)

Revelation 21:1-6a

God is love: let heaven adore him (StF 103)
It came upon a midnight clear (StF 205 esp v.4)
There is a new heaven; there is a new earth (StF 738)

Matthew 25:31-46

“Come, now, you blessed, eat at my table” (StF 695)
Day of judgement! Day of wonder! (StF 732)
In the darkness of the still night (StF 109)
Now let us from this table rise renewed in body, mind and soul (StF 596) (if communion is being celebrated)
When I needed a neighbour, were you there? (StF 256)     see details / comment

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Watchnight and 1 January 2016

Watchnight and New Year

What hymns have you chosen for today, and why? Do you have a comment about the suggestions here? Just click on “see details/comment” below and respond using the box at the bottom of the new page

Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

New Year’s Day

Captain of Israel’s hope, and Guide (StF 459)
Jesus, stand among us at the meeting of our lives (StF 30)
Lord God we stand at the start of a new year (website only)
This day is a day of both prayer and of praising (website only)

Also see Hymns for New Year and Watchnight

Ecclesiastes 3:1-13

I watch the sunrise lighting the sky (StF 469)
O Lord, we are always in your presence (StF 33)
One more step along the world I go (StF 476)
Thank you, O God, for the time that is now (StF 478)

Psalm 8

Hymn’s echoing the psalmist’s theme

Before the world began, one Word was there (StF 101)
God, who made the stars of heaven (StF 7)
Sing for God’s glory that colours the dawn of creation (StF 116)

Revelation 21:1-6a

God is love: let heaven adore him (StF 103)
It came upon a midnight clear (StF 205 esp v.4)
There is a new heaven; there is a new earth (StF 738)

Matthew 25:31-46

“Come, now, you blessed, eat at my table” (StF 695)
Day of judgement! Day of wonder! (StF 732)
In the darkness of the still night (StF 109)
Now let us from this table rise renewed in body, mind and soul (StF 596) (if communion is being celebrated)
When I needed a neighbour, were you there? (StF 256)     see details / comment

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Sunday 27 December, 2015

1st Sunday of Christmas

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Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26

Here am I, Lord, I’ve come to do your will (StF 552)
Jesus, all for Jesus; all I am and have and ever hope to be (StF 555)
O Jesus, I have promised to serve you to the end (StF 563)
Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to thee (StF 566)
Take, oh take me as I am (StF 781)

Psalm 148

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Angels, from the realms of glory (StF 190)
King of Glory, King of peace (StF 56)
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven (StF 83)

Colossians 3:12-17

Jesus, be the centre (StF 447)
Let earth and heaven combine (StF 208)
May the love of the Lord rest upon your soul (StF 771)
May the mind of Christ my Saviour live in me from day to day (StF 504)
O God, what offering shall I give? (StF 562)

Luke 2:41-52

Come, Lord, to our souls come down (StF 493)
Help us, O Lord, to learn the truths your word imparts (StF 501)
Let my Saviour sleep (website only)
Love laid bare (website only)
Remembering Mary (website only)
Take, oh take me as I am (StF 781)
What shall I do my God to love (StF 516)     see details / comment

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Christmas Day (Year C) 2015

Any of the following sets of readings may be used on the evening of Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day. Set 3 should be used at some service during the celebration of Christmas. Scroll down page to see all sets of readings and suggested hymns.

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Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Lighting of Advent candles (using verses as appropriate)

Advent candles tell their story (StF 165)
‘Christmas is coming!’ The Church is glad to sing (StF 166)
Light a candle in a darkened place (StF 174)
Like a candle flame, flickering small in our darkness (StF 176)
Light a candle for Jesus the King (website only)

Set 1

Isaiah 9:2-7

Community of Christ, who make the cross your own (StF 681)
Darkness like a shroud covers the earth (StF 170)
Hark the glad sound! The Saviour comes (StF 171)
It came upon the midnight clear (StF 205)

Psalm 96

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Day of judgment! Day of wonder! (StF 732)
*Joy to the world, the Lord is come! (StF 330)
Let all the world in every corner sing (StF 57)

Titus 2:11-14

And I will wait now (website only)
Father, whose everlasting love (StF 320)
Jesus comes with all his grace (StF 326)

Luke 2:1-14 (15-20)

Born in the night, Mary’s child (StF 193)
Christian awake , salute the happy morn (StF 195)
Come, divine interpreter (StF 154)
God is born among us: earth receives the Christ child (StF 200)
I cannot tell why he, whom angels worship (StF 350)
*Let my Saviour sleep (website only)
Night of peace: hail the holy child (StF 211)
Once in royal David’s city (StF 214)
*We do not look for angel choirs (website only)
When a young unmarried couple (StF 220)

Set 2

Isaiah 62:6-12

*Before the world began, one Word was there (StF 101)
Sing praise to God who reigns above (StF 117)
We sing your glory, we praise you again (StF 96)

Psalm 97

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

In the wonder of creation (StF 110)
Lord of the boundless curves of space (StF 111)

Titus 3:4-7

Everyone needs compassion, love that’s never failing (StF 627)
Stupendous height of heavenly love (StF 512)
The spirit lives to set us free (walk, walk in the light) (StF 397)

Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20

Glory to God, glory to God (StF 752 – Taize ver.)
Glory to God, glory to God, glory in the highest (StF 753 – Peruvian chant)
Hark! The herald-angels sing (StF 202)
I had a dream that I was standing on a hillside (StF 203)
*Let my Saviour sleep (website only)
See, amid the winter’s snow (StF 215)
*We do not look for angel choirs (website only)
We see the eyes of Mary shine (StF 219)
While shepherds watched their flocks by night (StF 221)

Set 3

Isaiah 52:7-10

Praise to the God who clears the way (StF 183)
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord! (StF 186)
There’s a light upon the mountains (StF 188)

Psalm 98

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

*Joy to the world, the Lord is come! (StF 330)
You shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace (StF 487)

Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12)

Christ triumphant, ever reigning (StF 319)
*God has spoken – by his prophets (StF 157)
Long ago, prophets knew Christ would come (StF 178)
Sing to him in whom creation (StF 14)

John 1:1-14

*Before the world began, one Word was there (StF 101)
*God has spoken – by his prophets (StF 157)
Light out of darkness (website only)
Lord, the light of your love is shining (StF 59)
Love came down at Christmas (StF 210)
On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry (StF 182)     see details / comment

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Sunday 20 December, 2015

4th Sunday of Advent

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Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Lighting of Advent candles (using verses as appropriate)

Advent candles tell their story (StF 165)
‘Christmas is coming!’ The Church is glad to sing (StF 166)
Light a candle in a darkened place (StF 174)
Like a candle flame, flickering small in our darkness (StF 176)
Light a candle for Jesus the King (website only)

Micah 5:2-5a

Longing for light, we wait in darkness (StF 706)
O little town of Bethlehem (StF 213)
Once in royal David’s city (StF 214)
The God who sings a new world into being shows the way (StF 714)
The love of God comes close where stands an open door (StF 654)

Canticle: Magnificat (Luke 1:46b-55)

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Heaven shall not wait for the poor to lose their patience (StF 701)
My soul rejoices in God my Saviour (StF 60)
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord! (StF 186)

or Psalm 80:1-7

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

How long, O Lord, will you forget an answer to my prayer? (StF630)
I should like to speak to you (StF 522)

Hebrews 10:5-10

Born in the night, Mary’s child (StF 193)
In the bleak midwinter (StF 204)
Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us (StF 594)
What shall we offer our good Lord (StF 671)

Luke 1:39-45 (46-55)

The Angel Gabriel from heaven came (StF 187)
Have you heard God’s voice; has your heart been stirred? (StF 662)
Let earth and heaven combine (StF 208)
Make us your prophets, Lord (StF 665)
Remembering Mary (website only)
We gladly celebrate and praise (StF 120)     see details / comment

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Sunday 13 December, 2015

3rd Sunday of Advent

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Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Lighting of Advent candles (using verses as appropriate)

Advent candles tell their story (StF 165)
‘Christmas is coming!’ The Church is glad to sing (StF 166)
Light a candle in a darkened place (StF 174)
Like a candle flame, flickering small in our darkness (StF 176)
Light a candle for Jesus the King (website only)

Zephaniah 3:14-20

Joy to the world, the Lord is come! (StF 330)
The God who sings a new world into being shows the way (StF 714)

Canticle: Isaiah 12:2-6

Hymn echoing theme of canticle

Jesus comes with all his grace (StF 326)
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord! (StF 186)
When mountains that we thought secure lie crumbled where we stand (StF 722)

Philippians 4:4-7

Hail to the Lord’s anointed (StF 228)
In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful (El Senyor és la meva força) (StF 776)
Pray without ceasing (StF 528)
What a friend we have in Jesus (StF 531)

Luke 3:7-18

Darkness like a shroud covers the earth (StF 170)
Love inspired the anger (StF 253)
On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry announces that the Lord is nigh (StF 182)
The kingdom of God is justice and joy (StF 255)
Wild and lone the prophet’s voice (StF 189)     see details / comment

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Sunday 6 December, 2015

2nd Sunday of Advent

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Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Lighting of Advent candles (using verses as appropriate)

Advent candles tell their story (StF 165)
‘Christmas is coming!’ The Church is glad to sing (StF 166)
Light a candle in a darkened place (StF 174)
Like a candle flame, flickering small in our darkness (StF 176)
Light a candle for Jesus the King (website only)

Baruch 5:1-9

Oh freedom, oh freedom, oh freedom (StF 697)
Praise the Lord, his glories show (StF 84)
There is a new heaven; there is a new earth (StF 738)

or Malachi 3:1-4

God of grace and God of glory, on your people pour your power (StF 682)
Love divine all loves excelling (StF 503)
Purify my heart, let me be as gold (StF 508)

Canticle: Benedictus (Luke 1:68-79)

Hymn echoing theme of canticle

Come, thou long-expected Jesus (StF 169)

Philippians 1:3-11

All praise to our redeeming Lord, who joins us by his grace (StF 608)
Brother, sister, let me serve you (StF 611)
Come and let us sweetly join Christ to praise in hymns divine (StF 646)
Come let us anew our journey pursue (StF 460)
Jesus, the First and Last (StF 329)
Thou God of truth and love, we seek thy perfect way (StF 620)

Luke 3:1-6

God, who made the stars of heaven (StF 7)
Make way, make way, for Christ the king in splendour arrives (StF 264)
O come, O come Immanuel (StF 180)
On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry announces that the Lord is nigh (StF 182)
Praise to the God who clears the way (StF 183)     see details / comment

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Sunday 29 November, 2015

1st Sunday of Advent

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Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Lighting of Advent candles (using verses as appropriate)

Advent candles tell their story (StF 165)
‘Christmas is coming!’ The Church is glad to sing (StF 166)
Light a candle in a darkened place (StF 174)
Like a candle flame, flickering small in our darkness (StF 176)
Light a candle for Jesus the King (website only)

Jeremiah 33:14-16

“Christmas is coming!”, the Church is glad to sing (StF 166)
Come thou long-expected Jesus (StF 169)
Hail to the Lord’s Anointed (StF 228)
*Hills of the north, rejoice (StF 172)
Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour (StF 593)
Praise to the God who clears the way (StF 183)
Stupendous height of heavenly love (StF 512)

Psalm 25:1-10

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Be still and know that I am God (StF 18)
The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want (StF 481) (Townend ver.)
Though the fruit tree doesn’t blossom (StF 93)

1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

A new commandment (StF 242)
Bread of life, hope of the world (As we proclaim your death) (StF 577)
God grant us words to speak when sords are all we bear (StF 647)

Luke 21:25-36

As servants working an estate (StF 491) – draws upon Mark 13:32-37
Author of faith, eternal Word (StF 457)

Darkness like a shroud covers the earth (StF 170)
*Hills of the north, rejoice (StF 172) vv.1,4 & 5
Lo, he comes with clouds descending (StF 177)
My Lord! What a morning (StF 179)
Thank you, O God, for the time that is now (StF 478)     see details / comment

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Sunday 22 November, 2015

Sunday before Advent

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Readings are laid out as for the continuous form of the lectionary. Alternative related readings (OT and psalm only) are below. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

2 Samuel 23: 1-7

Christ, whose glory fills the skies (StF 134)
Day of judgment! Day of wonder! (StF 732)
O thou who camest from above (StF 564)
We trust the mighty love of God that wraps us round (StF 742)

Psalm 132: 1-12 (13-18)

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Love divine, all loves excelling (StF 503)
You shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace (StF 487)

Revelation 1: 4b-8

Lo, he comes with clouds descending (StF 177)
Majesty, worship his Majesty (StF 333)

John 18: 33-37

Christ, our King before creation (StF 318)
Christ triumphant, ever reigning (StF 319)
Let earth and heaven agree (StF 358)
Seek ye first the kingdom of God (StF 254)
The head that once was crowned with thorns (StF 312)

Alternative related readings

Daniel 7: 9-10, 13-14

How shall I sing that majesty which angels do admire? (StF 53)
Immortal, invisible, God only wise (StF 55)
The God of Abraham praise (StF 91)
Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim (StF 340)

Psalm 93

Everlasting God, the years go by but you’re unchanging (StF 46)
He is exalted, the King is exalted on high (StF 52)
Joy to the world, the Lord is come! (StF330)
Our God is an awesome God (StF 62)     see details / comment

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Sunday 15 November, 2015

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Readings are laid out as for the continuous form of the lectionary. Alternative related readings (OT and psalm only) are below. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

1 Samuel 1: 4-20

King of glory, King of peace (StF 56)
Now thank we all our God (StF 81)

See also: Mothering Sunday resources, with its alternative hymns for that day, including Fred Kaan’s God of Eve and God of Mary; also Gillian Collins’ hymn Woman stooping, bent and burdened.

Canticle: 1 Samuel 2: 1-10

My soul rejoices in God my Saviour (StF 60)
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord (StF 186)

Hebrews 10: 11-14 (15-18) 19-25

Author of life divine, who has a table spread (StF 572)
Come, let us with our Lord arise (StF 148)

Mark 13: 1-8

Christ, whose glory fills the skies (StF 134)
My soul finds rest in God alone (StF 633)
It came upon the midnight clear (StF 205)
We lay our broken world in sorrow at your feet (StF 718)
We pray until the hour (StF 741)
We turn to God when we are sorely pressed (StF 640)

Alternative related readings

Daniel 12: 1-3

For all the saints who from their labours rest (StF 745)
Our Father in heaven (StF 762) (Lord’s Prayer – Joseph Lees setting)
Through the love of God our Saviour (StF 639)

Psalm 16

O Lord we are always in your presence (StF 33)
The King of love my shepherd is (StF 479)
Who would true valour see (StF 486)     see details / comment

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Sunday 8 November, 2015

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scroll down page for Remembrance Sunday worship suggestions

What hymns have you chosen for today, and why? Do you have a comment about the suggestions here? Just click on “see details/comment” below and respond using the box at the bottom of the new page

Readings are laid out as for the continuous form of the lectionary. Alternative related readings (OT and psalm only) are below. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Ruth 3: 1-5; 4: 13-17

Great God, your love has called us here (StF 499)
Have faith in God, my heart (StF 466)
* Here as we kneel, here as we pray (StF 521)
O God of Bethel, by whose hand thy people still are fed (StF 475)
Son of God, if your free grace (StF 336)
The world we thought we knew is changing fast (website only)

Psalm 127

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
It is God who holds the nations in the hollow of his hand (StF 705)
Unless the Lord builds the house we labour in vain (StF 515)

Hebrews 9: 24-28

Day of judgment! Day of wonder! (StF 732)
Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour (StF 593)
* We trust the mighty love of God (StF 742)

Mark 12: 38-44

A rich young man came seeking (StF 243)
O God, what offering shall I give? (StF 562)
Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to thee (StF 566)

Alternative related readings

1 Kings 17: 8-16

Father, hear the prayer we offer (StF 518)
* Here as we kneel, here as we pray (StF 521)
Listening God, you hear us when we cannot speak (StF 524)
* We trust the mighty love of God (StF 742)

Psalm 146

I’ll praise my Maker while I’ve breath (StF 79) (paraphrase of Psalm 146)
Sing praise to God who reigns above (StF 117)

 

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

See also: Remembrance Sunday worship resources featuring Dominic Grant’s hymn Poppies to remember, with its thought-provoking reference to red, white and purple poppies; and Andrew Brown’s Lord, we recall your words that speak of love (both published on StF+ only).

Other resources include Hymns and war – conflicting views and Remembering conflict – singing for peace.

Isaiah 25: 1-9

*A safe stronghold our God is still (StF 623)
All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
Have faith in God my heart (StF 466)
O God, our help in ages past (StF 132)

or Isaiah 52: 7-12

Hail to the Lord’s Anointed (StF 228)
Rejoice, the Lord is King! (StF 335)

or Micah 4: 1-8

O God of hope, your prophets spoke of days when war would cease (StF 708)
Sing we the King who is coming to reign (StF 185)

Psalm 9: 9-20

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Joy to the world, the Lord is come! (StF 330)
When all your mercies, O my God, my rising soul surveys (StF 97)

or Psalm 46

*A safe stronghold our God is still (StF 623)
Glorious things of thee are spoken (StF 748)

Romans 8: 31-35, 37-39

And can it be that I should gain? (StF 345)
Love divine, all loves excelling (StF 503)

or Revelation 22: 1-5

*For the healing of the nations, Lord, we pray with one accord (StF 696)
It is God who holds the nations in the hollow of his hand (StF 705)
Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour vv.1,4 & 5 (StF 593)
Sing we the king who is coming to reign vv.1,3 & 4 (StF 185)
There is a new heaven; there is a new earth (StF 738)

Matthew 5: 1-12

Community of Christ who make the Cross your own (StF 681)
Put peace into each other’s hands (StF 712)

or Matthew 5: 43-48

Beauty for brokenness, hope for despair (StF 693)
*For the healing of the nations, Lord, we pray with one accord (StF 696)
God! As with silent hearts we bring to mindhow hate nad war diminish humankind (StF 698)
Make me a channel of your peace (StF 707)
Sing we the king who is coming to reign (StF 185)
We pray for peace, but not the easy peace (StF 719)
We turn to you, O God of every nation (StF 720)
What shall we pray for those who died (StF 721)

or John 15: 9-17

By a monument of marble, or a simple wooden cross (StF 131)
Lord Christ, we praise your sacrifice (StF 359)
To be a soldier, to fight for peace till war shall end (StF 133)     see details / comment

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Sunday 1 November, 2015

All Saints

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Wisdom of Solomon 3: 1-9
or
Isaiah 25: 6-9

Day of judgment! Day of wonder! (StF 732)
How blest are they who trust in Christ (StF 735)
Sing for God’s glory that colours the dawn of creation (StF 116)
We trust the mighty love of God (StF 742)

Psalm 24

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Blest are the pure in heart (StF 244)
For all the saints who showed your love in how they loved and where they moved (StF 746)
To be in your presence, to sit at your feet (StF 530)

Revelation 21: 1-6a

For all the saints who from their labours rest (StF 745)
Great is our redeeming Lord (StF 683)
The Church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord (StF 690)
There is a higher throne than all this world has known (StF 337)
*There is a new heaven; there is a new earth (StF 738)
Ye holy angels bright who wait on God’s right hand (StF 69)

John 11: 32-44

Give me the wings of faith to rise within the veil, and see (StF 747)
How blest are they who trust in Christ (StF 735)

*There is a new heaven; there is a new earth (StF 738)     see details / comment

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Sunday 25 October 2015

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Readings are laid out as for the continuous form of the lectionary. Alternative related readings (OT and psalm only) are below. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Job 42: 1-6, 10-17

Dear Lord and Father of mankind forgive our foolish ways (StF 495)
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (StF 626)
God moves in a mysterious way (StF 104)
Here hangs a man discarded (StF 273)
My God! I know, I feel thee mine (StF 390)

Psalm 34: 1-8 (19-22)

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Christ, whose glory fills the skies (StF 134)
Love divine, all loves excelling (StF 503)
Out of the depths I cry to thee (StF 433)
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord! (StF 186)

Hebrews 7: 23-28

Alleluia! Sing to Jesus, his the sceptre, his the throne (StF 568)
I know that my Redeemer lives (StF 303)
Christ triumphant, ever reigning (StF 319)
Jesus is King and I will extol him (StF 327)
Listening God, you hear us when we cannot speak (StF 524)

Mark 10: 46-52

Author of faith, eternal Word (StF 457)
Amazing grace – how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me (StF 440)
Be still and know that I am God (StF 18)
Come, Lord, to our souls come down (StF 493)
Have faith in God, my heart (StF 466)
I’ll praise my Maker while I’ve breath (StF 79)
O for a thousand tongues to sing (StF 364)

Alternative related readings

Jeremiah 31: 7-9

Alleluia! Sing to Jesus (StF 568)
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven (StF 83)
The King of love my shepherd is (StF 479)
With gladness we worship (StF 17)

Psalm 126

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Earth’s creator, everyday God (StF 45)
Glorious things of thee are spoken (StF 748)
Great is our redeeming Lord (StF 683)
Now the green blade rises (StF 306)     see details / comment

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Sunday 18 October 2015

29thSunday in Ordinary Time

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Job 38: 1-7 (34-41)

Immortal, invisible, God only wise (StF 55)
O worship the King, all-glorious above (StF 113)
Praise ye the Lord! ‘Tis good to raise our hearts and voices in his praise (StF 115)
Sing of a God in majestic divinity (StF 13)

Psalm 104: 1-9, 24, 35c

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

God is love: let heaven adore him (StF 103)
I sing the almighty power of God (StF 107)
Let all the world in every corner sing (StF 57)
O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder (StF 82)

Hebrews 5: 1-10

Christ triumphant, every reigning (StF 319)
Crown him with many crowns (StF 347)
Hail, thou once despised Jesus (StF 301)
Jesus calls us here to meet him (StF 28)
Meekness and majesty, manhood and deity (StF 362)

Mark 10: 35-45

From heaven you came, helpless babe (StF 272)
Give me the wings of faith to rise within the veil (StF 747)
Lord of creation, to you be all praise! (StF 449)
Lord, we have come at your invitation (StF 595)
One human family God has made (StF 687)
Speak, O Lord, as we come to you (StF 161)
The Church of Christ, in every age (StF 415)

Alternative related readings

Isaiah 53: 4-12

Come, let us sing of a wonderful love (StF 443)
Man of Sorrows! What a name (StF 361)
Praise to the holiest in the height (StF 334)
Victim divine, thy grace we claim (StF 600)
Who would ever have believed it? (StF 290)

Psalm 91: 9-16

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Out of the depths I cry to thee (StF 433)
Praise, my soul, the king of heaven (StF 83)
With all my heart I thank you, Lord (StF 602)
Ye servants of God, your master proclaim (StF 340)     see details / comment

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Sunday 11 October 2015

28thSunday in Ordinary Time

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Job 23: 1-9, 16-17

I’ve had questions without answers (StF 632)
When circumstances make my life too hard to understand (StF 641)
When, O God, our faith is tested (StF 643)
When our confidence is shaken in beliefs we thought secure (StF 644)

Psalm 22: 1-15

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

How long, O Lord, will you forget an answer to my prayer? (StF 630)
Now thank we all our God (StF 81)
We do not hope to ease our minds by simple answers (StF 717)
When I’m feeling down and sad (StF 642)

Hebrews 4: 12-16

Alleluia, alleluia! The word of the Lord lasts for ever (StF 757)
Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open (StF 749)
Come, let us with our Lord arise (StF 148)
Forty days and forty nights (StF 236)
Heaven shall not wait (StF 701)
Jesu, the joy of loving hearts (StF 365)
Just as I am, without one plea (StF 556)
Only by grace can we enter (StF 565)
There is no moment of my life (StF 482)

Mark 10: 17-31

A rich young man came seeking (StF 243)
Because you have said (StF 574)
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart (StF 545)
Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult (StF 250)
Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to thee (StF 566)
Will you come and follow me if I but call your name? (StF 673)

Alternative related readings

The Revd Phillip Poyner writes: Two possible connections between the Gospel, Epistle, Amos 5 and Psalm 90 are that i) God knows our minds and actions and, therefore, ii) seeking God’s will and grace to ‘live’ (and be judged righteous) are essential.

Amos 5: 6-7, 10-15

Seek ye first the kingdom of God (StF 254)
Send down the fire of your justice (StF 413)
Show me how to stand for justice (StF 713)
The right hand of God (StF 715)
We lay our broken world in sorrow at your feet (StF 718)

Psalm 90: 12-17

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

New every morning is the love (StF 137)
Today I awake and God is before me (StF 139)
both the above hymns are a response to verses 14 and 17
We do not presume to come to this table (StF 601)
You showed us mercy when we were in darkness (StF 488)     see details / comment

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Sunday 4 October 2015

27thSunday in Ordinary Time

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Job 1: 1, 2: 1-10

A safe stronghold our God is still (StF 623)
Blessed be your name in the land that is plentiful (StF 41)
God of my faith, I offer you my doubt (StF 629)
O for a heart to praise my God (StF 507)
O God, beyond all thought (StF 138)

Psalm 26

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Now I have found the ground wherein sure my soul’s anchor may remain (StF 561)
You shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace (StF 487)

Hebrews 1: 1-4; 2:5-12

All hail the power of Jesu’s name (StF 342)
At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow (StF 317)
Come, let us join our cheerful songs (StF 743)
Come, Lord, be our guest (StF 580)
#Eternal God, your love’s tremendous glory (StF 3)
Jesus is the name we honour (StF 354)
Meekness and majesty, manhood and deity (StF 362)
#My eyes be open to your presence (StF 560)
#O thou who camest from above (StF 564)

Mark 10: 2-16

As we gather, Father, seal us (StF 570)
*God is Love: let heaven adore him (StF 103)
God, how can we forgive? (StF 613)
God weeps at love withheld (StF 700)
Great God, your love has called us here (StF 499)
Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy (StF 526)
Pray for a world where every child finds welcome in a sheltered space (StF 527)
Says Jesus, ‘Come and gather round. I want to each my friends’ (StF 510)
The day the universe was started (StF 540)
When love is found and hope comes home (StF 607)

Alternative related readings

The Revd Phillip Poyner writes: Mark 10: 2-16 will be regarded by some as pastorally insensitive and Genesis 2: 18-24 seems to compound the problem! One approach is to acknowledge our failings in personal relationships. Another is to reflect on the theme of ‘completeness’. Humanity can know a completeness in stewarding creation and in the marital bond but absolute completeness and perfection is found in Christ (Hebrews 1: 1-4). See hymns marked #

Genesis 2: 18-24

All people that on earth do dwell (StF 1)
Now thank we all our God (StF 81)
Sacred the body God has created (StF 618)
Thou God of truth and love (StF 620)

Psalm 8

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

#Morning has broken like the first morning (StF 136)
O Lord, our Lord, throughout the earth (StF 112)     see details / comment

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Sunday 27 September 2015

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Esther 7: 1-6, 9-10; 9: 20-22

O God of Bethel, by whose hand thy people still are fed (StF 475)
O God, our help in ages past (StF 132)
Faithful One, so unchanging (StF 628)
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases (StF 66)

Psalm 124

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Praise, my soul, the King of heaven (StF 83)
When all your mercies, O my God, my rising soul sureys (StF 97)

James 5: 13-20

Here as we kneel, here as we pray (StF 521)
Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy (StF 526)
What a friend we have in Jesus (StF 531)

Mark 9: 38-50

In Christ there is no east or west (StF 685)
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy (StF 416)
Thou God of truth and love (StF 620)

Alternative related readings

Numbers 11: 4-6, 10-16, 24-29

Come down, O love divine (StF 372)
God has spoken – by his prophets (StF 157)
How sweet the name of Jesus sounds (StF 322)
Purify my heart, let me be as gold (StF 508)

Psalm 19: 7 – 14

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

As the deer pants for the water (StF 544)
Powerful in making us wise to salvation (StF 160)
Sing for God’s glory that colours the dawn of creation (StF 116)
Your words to me are life and health (StF 164)     see details / comment

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Sunday 20 September 2015

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Proverbs 31: 10-31

As dawn awakes another day (StF 659)
As we gather in your presence now (StF 609)

Psalm 1

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

My soul finds rest in God alone (StF 633)
Your words to me are life and health (StF 164)

James 3: 13 – 4: 3, 7-8a

All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
God of grace and God of glory (StF 682)
Happy are they who find the grace (StF 500)

Mark 9: 30-37

All the room was hushed and still (StF 266)
Brother, sister, let me serve you (StF 611)
Let us build a house where love can dwell (StF 409)

Alternative related readings

Wisdom of Solomon 1: 16-2:1, 12-22

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (StF 626)
Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us (StF 238)
The thirsty deer longs for the streams (StF 514)
When, O God, our faith is tested (StF 643)

Jeremiah 11: 18 – 20

God moves in a mysterious way (StF 104)
Guide me, O thou great Jehovah (StF 465)
In the wonder of creation (StF 110)
Though the fruit tree doesn’t blossom (StF 93)

Psalm 54

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Faithful God, faithful God (StF 47)
I will offer up my life (StF 446)
Son of God, if your free grace (StF 336)
Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord (StF 89)     see details / comment

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Sunday 13 September 2015

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Proverbs 1: 20-33

Great God, your love has called us here (StF 499)
Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult (StF 250)
Lord, we turn to you for mercy (StF 429)

Psalm 19

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

All heaven declares the glory of the risen Lord (StF 293)
Of the Father’s love begotten (StF 181)
Praise the Lord! You heavens, adore him (StF 86)

or Canticle: Wisdom of Solomon 7: 26 – 8: 1

Immortal, invisible, God only wise (StF 55)
Meekness and majesty, manhood and deity (StF 362)
Praise to the Holiest in the height (StF 334)
Sing of the Lord’s goodness, Father of all wisdom (StF 65)

James 3: 1-12

Before I take the body of my Lord (StF 575)
God grant us words to speak when words are all we bear (StF 647)
Jesus calls us here to meet him (StF 28)
Through all the changing scenes of life (StF 638)

Mark 8: 27-38

Come with me, come wander, come welcome the world (StF 462)
From heaven you came, helpless babe (StF 272)
Show me the way of the cross once again (StF 452)
There is a Redeemer (StF 338)

Alternative related readings

Isaiah 50: 4-9a

Come, wounded healer (StF 271)
I heard the voice of Jesus say (StF 248)
New every morning is the love (StF 137)
O love that wilt not let me go (StF 636)

Psalm 116: 1-9

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Blessed be your name (StF 41)
Father, I place into your hands the things I cannot do (StF 519)
Now thank we all our God (StF 81)
When circumstances make my life too hard to understand (StF 641)     see details / comment

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Sunday 6 September 2015

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Proverbs 22: 1-2, 8-9, 22-23

For the healing of the nations (StF 696)
God of justice, Saviour to al l (StF 699)
Heaven shall not wait for the poor to lose their patience (StF 701)
Show me how to stand for justice (StF 713)

Psalm 125

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

All people that on earth do dwell (StF 1)
God is Love: let heaven adore him (StF 103)

James 2: 1-10 (11-13) 14-17

Father, we have sinned in word, and deed, and thought (StF 422)
Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love (StF 249)
Make us your prophets, Lord (StF 665)
My eyes be open to your presence (StF 560)
The Church of Christ, in every age (StF 415)
The love of God comes close where stands an open door (StF 654)
When I needed a neighbour, were you there? (StF 256)

Mark 7: 24-37

O Christ, the Healer, we have come to pray for health (StF 653)
The kingdom of God is justice and joy (StF 255)

Alternative related readings

Isaiah 35: 4-7a

Darkness like a shroud (StF 170)
Hail to the Lord’s anointed (StF 228)
I’ll praise my Maker while I’ve breath (StF 79)
We come to you with no pretence (StF 435)

Psalm 146

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

God who made the stars of heaven (StF 7)
Jesus shall take the highest honour (StF 356)
Shout for joy! The Lord has let us feast (StF 598)
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord! (StF 186)     see details / comment

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Sunday 30 August 2015

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Song of Solomon 2: 8-13

Come, let us sing of a wonderful love (StF 443)
Hail to the Lord’s Anointed (StF 228)

Psalm 45: 1-2, 6-9

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Jesus shall reign where’er the sun (StF 328)
My heart is full of Christ, and longs its glorious matter to declare! (StF 506)

James 1: 17-27

Help us, O Lord, to learn the truths your word imparts (StF 501)
Lord of creation, to you be all praise! (StF 449)
Master, speak! Thy servant heareth (StF 666)
Teach me, my God and King, in all things thee to see (StF 668)

Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open (StF 749)
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart (StF 545)
Blest are the pure in heart (StF 244)
O for a heart to praise my God (StF 507)
O thou who camest from above (StF 564)
Purify my heart, let me be as gold (StF 508)
Teach me to dance to the beat of your heart (StF 477)

Alternative related readings

Deuteronomy 4: 1-2, 6-9

Happy are they who find the grace (StF 500)
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord (StF 186)

Psalm 15

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Blest are the pure in heart (StF 244)
O God, our help in ages past (StF 132)     see details / comment

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Sunday 23 August 2015

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

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1 Kings 8 22-30, 41-43

Come, Host of heaven’s high dwelling place (StF 680)
God, who made the stars of heaven (StF 7)
I’ll praise my Maker while I’ve breath (StF 79)
Praise the Lord! You heavens, adore him (StF 86)

Psalm 84

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Let us build a house where love can dwell (StF 409)
May the glory of the Lord fill his temple (StF 31)

Ephesians 6: 10-20

A safe stronghold our God is still (StF 623)
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart (StF 545)
O God, what offering shall I give (StF 562)
Soldiers of Christ, arise (StF 637)

John 6: 56-69

Come, divine interpreter (StF 154)
From the breaking of the dawn (StF 156)
I, the Lord of sea and sky (StF 663)
The Spirit lives to set us free, walk, walk in the light (StF 397)
Your words to me are life and health (StF 164)

Alternative related readings

Joshua 24: 1-2a, 14-18

Captain of Israel’s host (StF 459)
Deep in the shadows of the past (StF 463)
Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us (StF 238)

Psalm 34: 15-22

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Sing praise to God who reigns above (StF 117)     see details / comment

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Sunday 16 August 2015

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart (StF 545)
Give to me, Lord, a thankful heart (StF 520)
Happy are they who find the grace (StF 500)
Our God is an awesome God (StF 62)

Psalm 111

Hymn echoing the psalmist’s theme

I sing the almighty power of God (StF 107)

Ephesians 5: 15-20

Baptise us with your Spirit (StF 369)
Dear Lord and Father of mankind (StF 495)
Give thanks with a grateful heart (StF 78)
Sing of the Lord’s goodness, father of all wisdom (StF 65)

John 6: 51-58

Bread of life, hope of the world (StF 577)
Eat this bread and never hunger (StF 582)
Eat this bread (StF 583)
When we eat the bread and drink this cup (StF 786)

Alternative related readings

Proverbs 9: 1-6

Come, sinners, to the Gospel feast (StF 401)
Happy are they who find the grace (StF 500)
I come with joy, a child of God (StF 588) communion hymn
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy (StF 416)

Psalm 34: 9-14

Hymn echoing the psalmist’s theme

Glory to God, glory to God (StF 752)
Glory to God, glory to God (StF 753)
Glory, glory, glory in the highest (StF 754)     see details / comment

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Sunday 9 August 2015

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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2 Samuel 18: 5-9, 15, 31-33

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (StF 626)
God of my faith, I offer you my doubt (StF 629)
How long, O Lord, will you forget an answer to my prayer (StF 630)
Soldiers of Christ, arise (StF 637)

Psalm 130

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

I’ve had questions without answers (StF 632)
Out of the depths I cry to thee (StF 433)

Ephesians 4: 25-5:2

God, how can we forgive when bonds of love are torn? (StF 613)
God loves you, and I love you (StF 614)
Jesus, Lord, we look to thee (StF 686)
Let love be real, in giving and receiving (StF 615)
Thanks for friends who keep on loving (StF 619)
Thou God of truth and love (StF 620)

John 6: 35, 41-51

Bread of life , Truth Eternal (StF 578)
Jesu, the joy of loving hearts (StF 365)
Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour (StF 593)
Lord, I lift your name on high (StF 332)

Alternative related readings

1 Kings 19: 4-8

When, O God, our faith is tested (StF 643)
When our confidence is shaken (StF 644)

Psalm 34: 1-8

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

And are we yet alive, and see each other’s face? (StF 456)
Captain of Israel’s host, and Guide (StF 459)
God is Love: let heaven adore him (StF 103)
In heavenly love abiding (StF 736)
Jesus – the name high over all (StF 357)
King of Glory, King of Peace (StF 56)
Praise the Lord! You heavens adore him (StF 86)
Tell out my soul, the greatness of the Lord (StF 186)
This, this is the God we adore (StF 67)
Through all the changing scenes of life (StF 638)     see details / comment

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Sunday 2 August 2015

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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2 Sam 11: 26 – 12:13a

Empty broken, here I stand (StF 421)
‘Forgive our sins as you forgive’ (StF 423)
I’ve come to wash my soul in the living water (StF 428)
I will speak out for those who have no voices (StF 702)
Out of the depths I cry to thee (StF 433)
Word of God, dynamic Spirit (StF 400)

Psalm 51

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Almighty God, we come to make confession (StF 419) (Note conversation on hymn post about tune “Finlandia”)
Father, we have sinned in word, and deed, and thought (StF 422)

Ephesians 4: 1 – 16

Christ, from whom all blessings flow (StF 676)
Come, all who look to Christ today (StF 678)
One is the body and one is the Head (StF 688)
Summoned by the God who made us rich in our diversity (StF 689)

John 6: 24 – 35

Author of life divine (StF 572)
Break thou the bread of life, O Lord, to me (StF 153)
I am the bread, the bread of life (StF 587)
Jesus, the Lord said: ‘I am the bread’ (StF 252)

Alternative related readings

Exodus 16: 2-4, 9-15

Dear Lord and Father of mankind (StF 495)
Food to pilgrims given (StF 584)
God, whose love is all around us (StF 585)
How sweet the name of Jesus sounds (StF 322)
Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour (StF 593)
O God of Bethel, by whose hand (StF 475)
We cannot bear the full light of your glory (website only)

Psalm 78: 23-29

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Bread is blessed and broken (StF 576)
Break thou the bread of life, O Lord, to me (StF 153)     see details / comment

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Sunday 26 July 2015

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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2 Samuel 11: 1-15

God, how can we forgive when bonds of love are torn? (StF 613)
Sacred the body God has created (StF 618)
When we are tested and wrestle alone (StF 240)

Psalm 14

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Father, we have sinned in word, and deed (StF 422)
God of forgiveness, your people you freed (StF 425)

Ephesians 3: 14-21

Come down, O Love divine (StF 372)
Come, let us join our friends above (StF 744)
I know that my redeemer lives. and ever prays for me (StF 502)
Lord, I come to you (StF 471)
Love divine, all loves excelling (StF 503)
Not far beyond the sea nor high above the heavens, but very nigh (StF 159)

John 6: 1-21

A rich young man came seeking (StF 243) especially verse 3
All people that on earth do dwell (StF 1)
Eternal Father, strong to save (StF 517)
In a byre near Bethlehem (StF 324)
Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us (StF 238)
When we were in the darkest night (StF 241)

Alternative related readings

2 Kings 4: 42-44

Break thou the bread of life (StF 153)
God moves in a mysterious way (StF 104)

Psalm 145: 10-18

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Come let us praise the Lord (StF 43)
Father, in whom we live (StF 5)
Let all the world in every corner sing (StF 57)
Sing praise to God who reigns above (StF 117)
Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim (StF 340)     see details / comment

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Sunday 19 July 2015

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Readings are laid out as for the continuous form of the lectionary. Alternative related readings (OT and psalm only) are below. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

2 Samuel 7: 1-14a

Take, oh take me as I am (StF 781)
When mountains that we thought secure lie crumbled where we stand (StF 722)

Psalm 89: 20-37

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Faithful One, so unchanging (StF 628)
From the breaking of the dawn (StF156)
Rock of ages, cleft for me (StF 434)

Ephesians 2: 11-22

As we gather, Father, seal us in the love that knows no fear (StF 570)
Because the Saviour prayed that we be one (StF 675)
Christ is the world’s light, Christ and none other (StF 346 )
Come all who look to Christ today (StF 678)
In Christ there is no east or west (StF 685)
Jesus, Lord, we look to thee (StF 686)

Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

God grant us words to speak (StF 647)
In a byre near Bethlehem (StF 324)
Lord of life, we come to you (StF 651)
O Christ, the Healer, we have come (StF 653)
Take this moment, sign, and space (StF 513)
*The King of love my shepherd is (StF 479)
The love of God comes close (StF 654)
To be in your presence (StF 530)

Alternative related readings

Jeremiah 23: 1-6

Heaven shall not wait (StF 701)
O God of hope, your prophets spoke (StF 708)
*The King of love my shepherd is (StF 479)
*The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want (StF 481)
There is a higher throne than all this world has known (StF 337)

Psalm 23

Even though I walk through the valley (StF 626)
How sweet the name of Jesus sounds (StF 322)
In heavenly love abiding (StF 736)
*The King of love my shepherd is (StF 479)
The Lord is my shepherd – Psalm 23 (StF 805) responsive reading
The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want (StF 480)
*The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want (StF 481)     see details / comment

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Sunday 12 July 2015

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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2 Samuel 6: 1-5, 12b-19

God it was who said to Abraham (StF 464)
In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful (StF 776)
Teach me to dance to the beat of your heart (StF 477)

Psalm 24

Hymn echoing the psalmist’s theme

At the name of Jesus (StF 317)

Ephesians 1: 3-14

Amazing grace – how sweet the sound (StF 440)
Come, let us sing to the One (StF 2)
Come, thou fount of every blessing (StF 494)
Eternal God, your love’s tremendous glory (StF 3)
Father God, I wonder (StF 72)
Have faith in God, my heart (StF 466)
Lead us, Heavenly Father, lead us (StF 238)
There is a redeemer (StF 338)
When I was lost, you came and rescued me (StF 367)

Mark 6: 14-29

All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
Lord, we turn to you for mercy (StF 429)
On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry (StF 182)
*The prophets’ voice comes down the years (StF 162)
Wild and lone the prophet’s voice (StF 189)

Alternative related readings

Amos 7: 7-15

God has spoken – by his prophets (StF 157)
I will speak out for those who have no voices (StF 702)
O God of hope, your prophets spoke (StF 708)
*The prophets’ voice comes down the years (StF 162)
The right hand of God is writing in our land (StF 715)
When listening prophets dare to speak (StF 163)

Psalm 85: 8-13

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father (StF 51)
PLord, you were favourable to your land – Psalm 85 (StF 815) responsive reading
Speak, O Lord, as we come to you (StF 161)     see details / comment

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Sunday 5 July 2015

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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2 Samuel 5: 1-5, 9-10

All hail the power of Jesu’s name! (StF 342)
We are marching in the light of God (StF 483)

Psalm 48

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Great is our redeeming Lord (StF 683)
Glorious things of thee are spoken (StF 748)

2 Corinthians 12: 2-10

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine (StF 548)
Father, hear the prayer we offer (StF 518)

Give thanks with a grateful heart (StF 78)
God in my living, there in my breathing (StF 497)
I’ll praise my Maker while I’ve breath (StF 79)
In Christ alone my hope is found (StF 351)
Over all the earth, you reign on high (StF 63)

Mark 6: 1-13

*A charge to keep I have (StF 658)
As dawn awakes another day (StF 659)
Called by Christ to be disciples (StF 660)
Come with me, come wander (StF 462)
God’s spirit is in my heart (StF 404)
Sent by the Lord am I (StF 239)
Where can we find you, Lord Jesus our Master? (StF 672)

Alternative related readings

Ezekiel 2: 1-5

*A charge to keep I have (StF 658)
Make us your prophets, Lord (StF 665)
*Sent by the Lord am I (StF 239)
The prophets’ voice comes down the years (StF 162)
Wild and lone the prophet’s voice (StF 189) (especially verses 1 & 2)

Psalm 123

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Behold the servant of the Lord (StF 546)
Sing for God’s glory that colours the dawn of creation (StF 116)     see details / comment

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Sunday 28 June 2015

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

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2 Samuel 1: 1,17-27

God hold us, enfold us, through desolate loss (StF 733)
Listening God, you hear us when we cannot speak (StF 524)
We trust the mighty love of God that wraps us round (StF 742)
When we were in the darkest night (StF 241)

See also section: Conflict, Suffering and Doubt (StF 623-645)

Psalm 130

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

God of forgiveness, your people you freed (StF 425)
Only by grace can we enter (StF 565)
Out of the depths I cry to thee (StF 433)
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy (StF 416)

2 Corinthians 8: 7-15

Giving it all to you (StF 551)
He became poor that we may be rich (StF 344)
Jesus, all for Jesus (StF 555)
Show me how to stand for justice (StF 713)
What kind of love is this? (StF 286)

Mark 5: 21-43

Amazing grace – how sweet the sound (StF 440)
Christ is alive! Let Christians sing (StF 297)
Heal us, Immanuel! Hear our prayer (StF 650)
Lord, I come to you (StF 471)
O Christ, the Healer, we have come (StF 653)
We cannot measure how you heal (StF 655)

Alternative related readings

Wisdom of Solomon 1: 13-15; 2: 23-24

God in his love for us lent us this planet (StF 727)
There is a higher throne (StF 337)
Touch the earth lightly (StF 729)

or Lamentations 3: 22-33

Faithful God, faithful God (StF 47)
Faithful One, so unchanging (StF 628)
Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father (StF 51)
Lord, I come before your throne of grace (StF 58)
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases (StF 66)

Psalm 30

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Laudate Dominum (Praise the Lord, all you nations) (StF 778)
Let all the world in every corner sing (StF 57)
O sing to the Lord (StF 42)
When I was lost, you came and rescued me (StF 367)     see details / comment

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Sunday 21 June 2015

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

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Readings are laid out as for the continuous form of the lectionary. Alternative related readings (OT and psalm only) are below. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

1 Samuel 17: (1a, 4-11, 19-23) 32-49

Even as the world began (StF 71)
*Give thanks with a grateful heart (StF 78)
May the God of hope go with us every day (StF 411)
Spirit of the living God (StF 395)
*Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord (StF 89)
Who would true valour see (StF 486)

Psalm 9: 9-20

Oh freedom, Oh freedom. Oh freedom (StF 697)
Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise (StF 50)
You give rest to the weary (StF 657)

or 1 Samuel 17: 57 – 18: 5, 10-16

A charge to keep I have (StF 658)
*Let love be real, in giving and receiving (StF 615)
Lord, you call us to your service (StF 664)
*Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord (StF 89)
Thanks for friends who keep on loving (StF 619)

Psalm 133

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Because the Saviour prayed that we be one (StF 675)
Jesus, Lord, we look to thee (StF 686)
Let us build a house where love can dwell (StF 409)

See also section: Life and Unity in the Church (StF 675 – 692)

2 Corinthians 6: 1-13

Come, sinners, to the gospel feast (StF 401)
*Give thanks with a grateful heart (StF 78)
I’ve had questions without answers (StF 632)
*Let love be real, in giving and receiving (StF 615)
Soldiers of Christ, arise (StF 637)
Though the fruit tree doesn’t blossom (StF 93)

Mark 4: 35-41

Be still and know that I am God (anon.) (StF 18)
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (StF 626)
Have faith in God, my heart (StF 466)
I cannot tell why he, whom angels worship (StF 350)
Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult (StF 250)
O Jesus I have promised (StF 563)
Rock of Ages, cleft for me (StF 434)
Will your anchor hold in the storms of life (StF 645)

Alternative related readings

Job 38: 1-11

Even as the world began (StF 71)
From the highest of heights (StF 48)
In the beginning God played with the planets (StF 108)
Lord of creation, to you be all praise! (StF 449)
Praise ye the Lord! ‘Tis good to raise (StF 115)

Psalm 107: 1-3, 23-32

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Always remember, never forget (StF 70)
Calm me Lord as you calmed the storm (StF 624)
Come all you people (Uyau mose) (StF 22)
Eternal Father, strong to save (StF 517)     see details / comment

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Sunday 14 June 2015

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

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1 Samuel 15: 34 – 16: 13

God it was who said to Abraham (StF 464)
God moves in a mysterious way (StF 104)
Here am I, Lord, I’ve come to do your will (StF 552)
I lift my eyes up to the mountains (StF 631)
Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to thee (StF 566)
Would I have answered when you called (StF 674)

Psalm 20

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

I am not skilled to understand (StF 349)
Thou hidden source of calm repose (StF 366)

2 Corinthians 5: 6-10 (11-13) 14-17

All my days I will sing this song of gladness(StF 343)
And can it be that I should gain? (StF 345)
I am a new creation (StF 553)
Let earth and heaven agree (StF 358)

Mark 4: 26-34

Come, you thankful people, come (StF 123)
How small a spark has lit a living fire! (StF 408)
Speak, O Lord, as we come to you (StF 161)
Today I awake and God is before me (StF 139)
The kingdom of God is justice and joy (StF 255)

Alternative related readings

Ezekiel 17: 22-24

Come, Lord Jesus, Come (StF 168)
O come, o come, Immanuel (StF 180)
Praise to the God who clears the way (StF 183)

Psalm 92: 1-4, 12-15

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Faithful One, so unchanging (StF 628)
Praise the Lord, his glories show (StF 84)
Worship God with the morning sunrise (StF 68)     see details / comment

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Sunday 7 June 2015

10th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

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1 Samuel 8:4-11(12-15), 16-20 (11:14-15)

Christ our king before creation (StF 318)
*Father we have sinned in word and deed and thought (StF 422)
King of kings, majesty (StF 331)
There is a higher throne than all this world has known (StF 337)

Psalm 138

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Even though I walk through the valley (StF 626)
Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father (StF 51)
Praise is rising, eyes are turning to you (StF 64)

2 Corinthians 4:13 – 5:1

Amazing grace – how sweet the sound (StF 440)
How blest are they who trust in Christ (StF 735)
I know that my redeemer lives (StF 303)
Speak, O Lord, as we come to you (StF 161)
Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord (StF 89)
We trust the mighty love of God (StF 742)

See also section: Our Journey with God (StF 455 – 488)

Mark 3:20-35

All praise to our redeeming Lord (StF 608)
Neither death, nor life (StF 474)
Praise to the holiest (StF 334)
The kingdom of God is justice and joy (StF 255)
Unless the Lord builds this house we labour in vain (StF 515)
We will walk with God (StF 484)

Alternative related readings

Genesis 3: 8-15

*Father we have sinned in word and deed and thought (StF 422)
God! When human bonds are broken (StF 649)
Sacred the body God has created (StF 618)
When the bonds of love are breaking (StF 656)

Psalm 130

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Only by grace can we enter (StF 565)
Out of the depths I cry to thee (StF 433)
You give rest to the weary (StF 657)     see details / comment

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Sunday 31 May 2015

Trinity Sunday

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General:

God to enfold you, Christ to uphold you (StF 648)
Jesus lead us to the Father (StF 29)

See also section: The Nature and Mystery of God: the Holy Trinity (StF 1 – 17)

Isaiah 6: 1-8

Born in song! (StF 21)
Empty, broken, here I stand, Kyrie eleison (StF 421)
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty (StF 11)
I, the Lord of sea and sky (StF 663)
Immortal, invisible, God only wise (StF 55)
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness (StF 34)
Of the Father’s love begotten (StF 181)
Open the eyes of my heart (StF 451)
Praise to the living God! (StF 87)
Santo, santo, santo Dios de gloria y poder (StF 766)

Psalm 29

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

From the highest of the heights to the depths of the sea (StF 48)
The splendour of the King (StF 15)

Romans 8: 12-17

Abba, Father, let me be yours and yours alone (StF 439)
Away with our fears! (StF 458)
Breathe on me, Spirit of Jesus (StF 371)
Father of everlasting grace (StF 378)
Father God, I wonder how I managed to exist (StF 72)
I’m accepted, I’m forgiven (StF 427)
The Spirit lives to set us free (StF 397)

John 3: 1-17

Author of faith eternal word (StF 457)
Christ is the world’s light (StF 346)
Give thanks to the Lord, our God and King (StF 77)
He became poor that we may be rich (StF 344)
My God! I know, I feel thee mine (StF 390)
My lips shall praise you (StF 430)
Out of the depths I cry to thee (StF 433)
Spirit of God, unseen as the wind (StF 394)
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy (StF 416)
Today I awake and God is before me (StF 139)     see details / comment

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Sunday 24 May 2015

Pentecost

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For hymns relating to the Conversions of John and Charles Wesley, see below.

(Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading)

Acts 2: 1-21

Father of everlasting grace (StF 378)
Holy Spirit, gift bestower (StF 383)
Let every Christian pray (StF 388)
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me (StF 395)
Wa wa wa Emimimo (Come, O Holy Spirit, come) (StF 38)

or Ezekiel 37: 1-14

Breathe on me breath of God (StF 370)
Crashing waters at creation (StF 376)
*In the beginning was darkness and nothing (StF 386)
Into a world of dark (StF 387)
O breath of life, come sweeping through us (StF 391)
When listening prophets dare to speak (StF 163)

Psalm 104: 24-34, 35b

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Angel voices ever singing (StF 39)
*In the beginning was darkness and nothing (StF 386)
Lord of the boundless curves of space (StF 111)

Romans 8: 22-27

Holy breath of God (StF 380)
Holy Spirit, rain down, rain down (StF 384)
My God! I know, I feel thee mine (StF 390)
Spirit who broods, Spirit who sings (StF 396)

or Acts 2: 1-21

as above

John 15: 26-27; 16: 4b-15

Because you came and sat beside us (StF 420)
Come, divine Interpreter (StF 154)
Come, O everlasting Spirit (StF 375)
Give to me, Lord, a thankful heart (StF 520)
Holy Spirit, come, confirm us (StF 382)
Spirit of the living God (StF 395)
Wind of God, dynamic Spirit (StF 400)

The Conversions of John and Charles Wesley

These hymns are especially appropriate for marking the conversions of John and Charles Wesley, as well as being suited to the post-Ascension – pre-Pentecost emphasis on developing discipleship reflected in today’s readings.

(Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading)

Best of all is God is with us (StF 610)
How small a spark has lit a living fire! (StF 408)
Where shall my wondering soul begin? (StF 454)

The following readings should not normally be used at the Principal Service on Pentecost.

Isaiah 12: 1-6 or Isaiah 51: 1-3, 7-11

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy (StF 416)
God has spoken – by his prophets (StF 157)
Your hand, O God, has guided (StF 692)

Psalm 130

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Only by grace can we enter (StF 565)
Out of the depths I cry to thee (StF 433)

Romans 5: 1-11

Come, thou fount of every blessing (StF 494)
I am a new creation (StF 553)
I am not skilled to understand (StF 349)

or 2 Peter 1: 1-11

God in my living, there in my breathing (StF 497)
Great God, your love has called us here (StF 499)
Help us, O Lord, to learn (StF 501)

Mark 12: 28-37

A charge to keep I have (StF 658)
May the mind of Christ my Saviour (StF 504)
More like you, Jesus, more like you (StF 505)

or Luke 10: 1-12, 17-20

Lord, your Church on earth is seeking (StF 410)
Go to the world! Go into all the earth (StF 402)
The kingdom of God is justice and joy (StF 255)     see details / comment

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Sunday 17 May 2015

7th Sunday of Easter
Sunday in Ascensiontide

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Acts 1: 15-17, 21-26

Called by Christ to be disciples (StF 660)
Lord, you call us to your service (StF 664)
The Saviour, when to heaven he rose (StF 669)

Psalm 1

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (StF 626)
My God, I am thine (StF 80)

1 John 5: 9-13

Author of faith, eternal Word (StF457)
Crown him with many crowns (StF 347)
Praise to the living God! (StF 87)

John 17: 6-19

Being of beings, God of love (StF 490)
Christ, from whom all blessings flow (StF 676)
Father hear the prayer we offer (StF 518)
God is love, let heaven adore him (StF 103)
God, who made the stars of heaven (StF 7)
O Jesus, I have promised (StF 563)
The head that once was crowned with thorns (StF 312)     see details / comment

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Thursday 14 May 2015

Ascension Day

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Acts 1: 1-11

*Alleluia, sing to Jesus (StF 568)
Christ is alive, let Christians sing (StF 297)
*Hail the day that sees him rise. Allelulia! (StF 300)
He is exalted (StF 52)

Psalm 47 or Psalm 93

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

God, whose almighty word (StF 106)
Great is he who is King of kings (StF 321)
King of kings, majesty (StF 331)
Our God is an awesome God (StF 62)

Ephesians 1: 15-23

*Alleluia, sing to Jesus (StF 568)
Christ triumphant, ever reigning (StF 319)
He is Lord, He is Lord (StF 348)
Holy Spirit, come, confirm us (StF 382)
Jesus is King and I will extol him (StF 327)
Jesus shall take the highest honour (StF 356)
Majesty, worship his majesty (StF 333)
Rejoice the Lord is King! (StF 335)

Luke 24: 44-53

All heaven declares (StF 293)
*Hail the day that sees him rise (StF 300)
Lord, I lift your name on high (StF 332)
There is a Redeemer (StF 338)
We sing the praise of Jesus (StF 315)     see details / comment

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Sunday 10 May 2015

6th Sunday of Easter

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Acts 10: 44-48

Come, sinners, to the gospel feast (StF 401)
Happy are they who find the grace (StF 500)
Holy Spirit, come, confirm us (StF 382)
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy (StF 416)
What shall I do my God to love, my loving God to praise? (StF 436)

Psalm 98

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Joy to the world, the Lord is come! (StF 330)
My Jesus, my Saviour (StF 363)
O sing to the Lord, O sing God a new song (StF 42)

1 John 5: 1-6

Abba, Father (StF 439)
All my days I will sing this song of gladness (StF 343)
Christ is the world’s light, Christ and none other (StF 346)
Here am I, Lord (StF 552)
King of Kings, Majesty (StF 331)
*Peace, perfect peace, is the gift (StF 710)
Teach me, my God and king (StF 668)

John 15: 9-17

Alleluia, alleluia! The Word of the Lords lasts for ever (StF 757)
All the room was hushed and still (StF 266)
A new commandment (StF 242)
From heaven you came, helpless babe (StF 272)
Great God, your love has called us here (StF 499)
Lord, we have come at your own invitation (StF 595)
*Peace, perfect peace, is the gift (StF 710)     see details / comment

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Sunday 3 May 2015

5th Sunday of Easter (Year B)

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Acts 8: 26-40

Christ, our King before creation (StF 318)
Help us, O Lord, to learn (StF 501)
Let him to whom we now belong (StF 557)
Lord, your church on earth is seeking (StF 410)

Psalm 22: 25-31

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

At the name of Jesus (StF 317)
Crown him with many crowns (StF 347)
I, the Lord of sea and sky (StF 663)

1 John 4: 7-21

Jesus, stand among us (StF 30)
Let love be real, in giving and receiving (StF 615)
Let us build a house where love can dwell (StF 409)
Thou God of truth and love (StF 620)

John 15: 1-8

All praise to our redeeming Lord (StF 608)
I am the bread, the bread of life (StF 587) (useful as a Communion hymn)
Like the murmur of the dove’s song (StF 389)
O blessed spring, where Word and sign (StF 617)
We pray until the hour (StF 741)
You are the vine (StF 258)     see details / comment

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Sunday 26 April 2015

4th Sunday of Easter (Year B)

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Acts 4:5-12

All for Jesus – all for Jesus (StF 341)
Christ is made the sure foundation (StF 677)
Great is the darkness that covers the earth (StF 405)
Jesus Christ is the Lord of all (StF 352)
Let earth and heaven agree (StF 358)

Psalm 23

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (StF 626)
The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want (StF 481)
The King of love my shepherd is (StF 479)
When circumstances make my life to hard to understand (StF 641)

1 John 3:16-24

Father, hear the prayer we offer (StF 518)
Here on the threshold of a new beginning (StF 684)
I’ll praise my maker while I’ve breath (StF 79)
Love divine, all loves excelling (StF 503)

John 10:11-18

Give me the faith that can remove and sink the mountain to a plain (StF 661)
I cannot tell why he, whom angels worship (StF 350)
There is a higher throne than all this world has known (StF 337)
I will sing the wondrous story (StF 323)
What shall I do my God to love (StF 516)
In heavenly love abiding (StF 736)     see details / comment

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Sunday 19 April 2015

3rd Sunday of Easter (Year B)

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Acts 3:12-19

Come, let us with our Lord arise (StF 148)
Crown him with many crowns (StF 347)
Easter jubilation fills the streets and towns (StF 299)
Jesus the name high over all (StF 357)
The God of Abraham praise (StF 91)

Psalm 4

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Great is he who’s the King of Kings (StF 321)
Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy (StF 526)
Now the green blade rises (StF 306)

1 John 3:1-7

Come, let us sing of a wonderful love (StF 443)
How sweet the name of Jesus sounds (StF 322)
In Christ alone my hope is found (StF 351)
Now I have found the ground wherein sure my soul’s anchor may remain (StF 561)
O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder (StF 82)

Luke 24:36b-48

All heaven declares the glory of the risen Lord (StF 293)
Christ has risen while earth slumbers (StF 296)
Christ is alive! Let Christians sing (StF 297)
Christ triumphant, ever reigning (StF 319)
I come with joy, a child of God (StF 588)
Jesus is King (StF 327)
O for a thousand tongues to sing (StF 364)
There is a Redeemer (StF 338)
Thine be the glory (StF 313)     see details / comment

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Sunday 12 April 2015

2nd Sunday of Easter (Year B)

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Acts 4:32-35

Beyond these walls of worship (StF 547)
Christ, from whom all blessings flow (StF 676)
Come with me, come wander. come welcome the world (StF 462)
Jesus, Lord, we look to thee (StF 686)

Psalm 133

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Come, all who look to Christ today (StF 678)
Jesus, Lord, we look to thee (StF 686)
One is the body and one is the head (StF 688)

1 John 1:1-2:2

All praise to our redeeming Lord (StF 608)
Jesus calls us here to meet him (StF 28)
Lord enthroned in heavenly splendour (StF 593)
Lord, the light of your love is shining (StF 59)
Teach me to dance to the beat of your heart (StF 477)
The Spirit lives to set us free (StF 397)
We have a gospel to proclaim (StF 418)

John 20:19-31

Christ is alive (StF 297)
Come, let us with our Lord arise (StF 148)
From heaven you came, helpless babe (StF 272)
He is Lord, he is Lord (StF 348)
Jesus is the name we honour (StF 354)
Jesus stand among us at the meeting of our lives (StF 30)
Now the green blade rises from the buried grain (StF 306)
Safe, locked inside that upper room (website only)
Stay here where nails are driven (StF 282)
This joyful Eastertide (StF 314)
When Easter to the dark world came (StF 316)     see details / comment

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Sunday 5 April 2015

Easter Day (Year B)

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See also hymns by Richard Leach and Andrew Pratt at More hymns for Lent and Easter

Acts 10:34-43

Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord (StF 295)
All you that seek the Lord who died (StF 294)
Bread of life, Truth Eternal (StF 578)
Food to pilgrims given (StF 584) (Communion hymn)
Jesus is Lord! Creation’s voice proclaims it (StF 353)
We have a gospel to proclaim (StF 418)

or Isaiah 25:6-9

Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us (StF 594)
There’s a light upon the mountains (StF 188)
You shall go out with joy (StF 487)

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Come, let us with our Lord arise (StF 148)
May the glory of the Lord fill his temple (StF 31)
O sing to the Lord (StF 42)
This is the day the Lord has made (StF 151)
This is the day, this is the day (StF 152)
We are marching in the light of God (StF 483)

1 Corinthians 15:1-11

All heaven declares the glory of the risen Lord (StF 293)
And can it be that I should gain an interest in the Saviour’s blood? (StF 345)
Jesus is risen, alleluia! (StF 304)
We give immortal praise (StF 16)

or Acts 10:34-43

See above

John 20:1-18

Christ the Lord is risen today; Alleluia! (StF 298)
First of the week and finest day (StF 149)
In a byre near Bethlehem (StF 324)
Low in the grave he lay (StF 305)
See, what a morning, gloriously bright (StF 309)
When Easter to the dark world came (StF 316)

Mark 16:1-8

Because you came and sat beside us (StF 420)
Christ has risen while earth slumbers (StF 296)
He has risen (StF 302)
I know that my Redeemer lives, what joy (StF 303)
The day of resurrection, earth, tell it out abroad! (StF 311)
Thine be the glory (StF 313)     see details / comment

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Saturday 4 April 2015

Holy Saturday (Year B)

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Job 14.1-14 or *Lamentations 3:1-9, 19-24

Day of judgment! Day of wonder! (StF 732)
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (StF 626)
* Great is thy faithfulness (StF 51)
* My soul finds rest in God alone (StF 633)

Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16

A safe stronghold our God is still (StF 623)
What shall I do my God to love, my Saviour (StF 516)

1 Peter 4:1-8

I know that my Redeemer lives, and ever prays for me (StF 502)
We pray until the hour (StF 741)

Matthew 27:57-66 or *John 19:38-42

Low in the grave he lay (StF 305)
My song is love unknown (StF 277)
We trust the mighty love of God (StF 742)
* After darkness, light (StF 292)
* I danced in the morning when the world was begun (StF 247)     see details / comment

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Friday 3 April 2015

Good Friday (Year B)

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Isaiah 52:13-53:12

Stay here where nails are driven (StF 282)
The desolate Messiah dies (StF 283)

Psalm 22

Deep in the darkness a starlight is gleaming (StF 625)
How long, O Lord, will you forget (StF 630)

Hebrews 10:16-25 or Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9

Jesus is King and I will extol him (StF 327)
Praise to the holiest (StF 334)
Son of God, if your free grace again has raised me up (StF 336)

John 18:1-19:42

Come and see, come and see (StF 270)
From heaven you came, helpless babe (StF 272)
Here hangs a man discarded (StF 273)
O Love divine, what have you done! (StF 278)
Pray for the Church, afflicted and oppressed (StF 711)
There is a green hill far away (StF 284)
Were you there when they crucified my Lord? (StF 285)
When I survey the wondrous cross (StF 287)
Would I have answered when you called (StF 674)

See also Andrew Murphy’s hymn, Son of God humiliated     see details / comment

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Thursday 2 April 2015

Maundy Thursday (Year B)

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Exodus 12.1-4 (5-10) 11-14

O precious sight, my saviour stands (StF 279)
See the Lamb of God (StF 281)

Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19

An Upper Room did our Lord prepare (StF 569)
Bread of life, hope of the world (StF 577)

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Jesus, we thus obey your last and kindest word (StF 590)
Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us (StF 594)

John 13:1-17, 31b-35

All the room was hushed and still (StF 266)
Dusty-footed, heavy-hearted (website only)
God, whose love is all around us (StF 585)
Lord, we recall your words (website only) (vv.1,2,4&5)
Sing, my tongue, the Saviour’s glory (StF 268)     see details / comment

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Wednesday 1 April 2015

Wednesday in Holy Week (Year B)

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Isaiah 50:4-9a

I am not skilled to understand what God has willed (StF 349)
Open, Lord, my inward ear (StF 450)

Psalm 70

Amazing grace – how sweet the sound (StF 440)
I’ve had questions without answers (StF 632)

Hebrews 12:1-3

Give me the wings of faith to rise within the veil (StF 747)
Ye servants of God (StF 340)

John 13:21-32

God, how can we forgive (StF 613)
O the bitter shame and sorrow (StF 432)     see details / comment

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Tuesday 31 March 2015

Tuesday in Holy Week (Year B)

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Isaiah 49:1-7

Great is the darkness that covers the earth (StF 405)
When all your mercies. O God, my rising soul surveys (StF 97)

Psalm 71:1-14

All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
How sweet the name of Jesus sounds (StF 322)

1 Corinthians 1:18-31

Here hangs a man discarded (StF 273)
Meekness and majesty, manhood and deity (StF 362)

Thou hidden source of calm repose (StF 366)

John 12:20-36

Now the green blade rises (StF 306)
The Spirit lives to set us free (StF 397)     see details / comment

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Monday 30 March 2015

Monday in Holy Week (Year B)

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Isaiah 42:1-9

God! When human bonds are broken (StF 649)
You give rest to the weary (StF 657)

Psalm 36:5-11

Jesu, lover of my soul (StF 355)
Your ceaseless, unexhausted love (StF 438)

Hebrews 9:11-15

Christ triumphant, ever reigning (StF 319)
Jesus is King and I will extol him (StF 327)

John 12:1-11

O God what offering shall I give (StF 562)
What shall I do my God to love, my Saviour, and the world’s, to praise? (StF 516)     see details / comment

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Sunday 29 March 2015

6th Sunday in Lent (Year B)
(Palm Sunday / Second Sunday of the Passion)

See below for alternative readings relating to The Passion

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Entry into Jerusalem

Mark 11: 1-11

All glory, laud and honour (StF 262)
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest! (StF 263)
Make way, make way, for Christ the King (StF 264)

John 12: 12-16

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest! (StF 263)
My song is love unknown (StF 277)

Ride on, ride on in majesty! (StF 265)

Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

All people that on earth do dwell (StF 1)
Christ is made the sure foundation (StF 677)
He is exalted, the King is exalted on high (StF 52)
Who would true valour see (StF 486)

 

The Passion

Isaiah 50: 4-9a

Come, wounded healer, your sufferings reveal (StF 271)
O precious sight, my Saviour stands (StF 279)
Who would ever have believed it? (StF 290)

Psalm 31: 9-16

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Open, lord, my inward ear (StF 450)
When circumstances make my life too hard to understand (StF 641)
When, O God, our faith is tested (St 643)

Philippians 2: 5-11

And can it be that I should gain (StF 345)
At the name of Jesus (StF 317)
Hail, thou once despised Jesus (StF 301)
The head that once was crowned with thorns (StF 640)

Mark 14: 1-15: 47 or Mark 15: 1-39 (40-47)

Christ, our King before creation (StF 318)
Come and see, come and see (StF 270)
From heaven you came, helpless babe (StF 272)
Lift high the Cross, the love of Christ proclaim (StF 276)
Lord Christ, we praise your sacrifice (StF 359)
Lord, you have my heart (StF 559)
O Love divine, what have you done! (StF 278)
O sacred head, sore wounded (StF 280)
Son of God humiliated (website only)
Stay here where nails are driven (StF 282)
The desolate Messiah dies (StF 283)
Were you there when they crucified my Lord? (StF 285)
When I survey the wondrous cross (StF 287)
When you prayed beneath the trees (StF 339)
‘Why has God forsaken me?’ (StF 291)     see details / comment

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Sunday 22 March 2015

5th Sunday in Lent (Year B)
(First Sunday of the Passion)

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(Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading)

Jeremiah 31: 31-34

Be still, for the presence of the Lord (StF 20)
God of all power, and truth, and grace (StF 498)
I, the Lord of sea and sky (StF 663)
Jesus calls us here to meet him (StF 28)
O for a heart to praise my God (StF 507)
O Lord we are always in your presence (StF 33)
Praise to the living God! (StF 87)

Psalm 51: 1-12 or Psalm 119: 9-16

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s themes

Behold the servant of the Lord! (StF 546)
Blest are the pure in heart (StF 244)
Just as I am, without one plea (StF 556)
More like you, Jesus, more like you (StF 505)
Rock of Ages, cleft for me (StF 434)
Take this moment, sign, and space (StF 513)

Hebrews 5: 5-10

Christ triumphant, ever reigning (StF 319)
He came to earth in poverty (StF 246)
Jesus Christ – Perfect Love (StF 325)
Jesus the carpenter, hanging on Calvary (StF 275)
Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us (StF 238)

John 12: 20-33

I will offer up my life (StF 446)
Jesus Christ – Perfect love (StF 325)
Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us (StF 594)
Lord, you have come to the seashore (StF 558)
Man of Sorrows! What a name (StF 361)
Now the green blade rises from the buried grain (StF 306)     see details / comment

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Sunday 15 March 2015

4th Sunday in Lent (Year B)

For Mothering Sunday suggestions, see below. (See also: Week 4 of the 2012 and 2013 Lent Courses produced by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, which both focus on Mothering Sunday. You may also wish to draw on resources for All We Can’s 2015 Inspirational Women Appeal. Click on “details/comments” below to get link.)

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(Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading)

Numbers 21: 4-9

Blessed be the name of the Lord (StF 40)
Empty, broken, here I stand, Kyrie Eleison (StF 421)
God grant us words to speak (StF 647)
Here as we kneel (StF 521)
It’s me, it’s me, O Lord (StF 523)
Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us (StF 238)
Let earth and heaven agree (StF 358)
Listening God, you hear us when we cannot speak (StF 524)

Psalm 107: 1-3, 17-22

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Holy breath of God, find me in this place (StF 380)
I cannot tell why he, whom angels worship (StF 350)
Now thank we all our God (StF 81)
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases (StF 66)
When all your mercies, O my God (StF 97)

Ephesians 2: 1-10

All hail the power of Jesu’s name! (StF 342)
Amazing grace – how sweet the sound (StF 440)
And can it be that I should gain? (StF 345)
Beneath the cross of Jesus (StF 442)
Come, sinners, to the gospel feast (StF 401)
*Father, whose everlasting love (StF 320)
Jesus – the name high over all (StF 357)
Only by grace can we enter (StF 565)
Rock of ages, cleft for me (StF 434)
What kind of love is this (StF 286)
Where shall my wondering soul begin? (StF 454)

John 3: 14-21

*Father, whose everlasting love (StF 320)
Give thanks with a grateful heart (StF 78)
Lord Christ, we praise your sacrifice (StF 359)
Lord, the light of your love is shining (StF 59)
Love divine, all loves excelling (StF 503)
Man of sorrows! (StF 361)
Meet and right it is to sing (StF 32)
The Spirit lives to set us free (StF 397)
To God be the glory, great things he has done! (StF 94)
We trust the mighty love of God (StF 742)
When you prayed beneath the trees (StF 339)

 

Mothering Sunday (also see further Mothering Sunday resources from StF+)

Exodus 2: 1-10

Best of all is God is with us (StF 610)
Eternal God, your love’s tremendous glory (StF 3)
*He’s got the whole world in his hand (StF 536)
Pray for a world where every child finds welcome (StF 527)

or 1 Samuel 1: 20-28

God of Eve and God of Mary (StF 119)
I should like to speak to you (StF 522)
Lord, in our lonely hours (StF 616)
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord! (StF 186)
Pray, without ceasing, pray (StF 528)

Psalm 34: 11-20

*Sing praise to God who reigns above (StF 117)

or Psalm 127: 1-4

I cannot tell why he, whom angels worship (StF 350)
Sacred the body God has created (StF 618)

2 Corinthians 1: 3-7

All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
*He’s got the whole world in his hand (StF 536)
Lord, I come before your throne of grace (StF 58)
May the mind of Christ my Saviour (StF 504)
*Sing praise to God who reigns above (StF 117)
We turn to God when we are sorely pressed (StF 640)

or Colossians 3: 12-17

All praise to our redeeming Lord (StF 608)
As we gather in your presence now (StF 609)
*God grant us words to speak (StF 647)
May the mind of Christ my Saviour (StF 504)
Morning glory, starlit sky (StF 12)
Put peace into each other’s hands (StF 712)

Luke 2: 33-35

Birth brings a promise of new life awaking (StF 226)
Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us (StF 504)
Mary and Joseph came to the Temple (StF 229)
*Through long years of watchful waiting (StF 232)

or John 19: 25-27

*God grant us words to speak (StF 647)
Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us (StF 594)
*Through long years of watchful waiting (StF 232)
We gladly celebrate and praise (StF 120)     see details / comment

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Sunday 8 March 2015

3rd Sunday in Lent (Year B)

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(Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading)

Exodus 20: 1-17

Be still and know and know that I am God, and there is none beside me (StF 19)
Come, let us praise the Lord (StF 43)
Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go (StF 550)
God beyond all names (StF 49)
Help us, O Lord, to learn (StF 501)
Immortal, invisible, God only wise (StF 55)

Psalm 19

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

*All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
All people that on earth do dwell (StF 1)
Angel voices ever singing (StF 39)
Come all you people (StF 22)
From all that dwell below the skies (StF 75)
O for a heart to praise my God (StF 507)
With gladness we worship (StF 17)
Your words to me are life and health (StF 164)

1 Corinthians 1: 18-25

*All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart (StF 545)
Happy are they who find the grace (StF 500)
Here hangs a man discarded (StF 273)
What kind of love is this that gave itself for me? (StF 286)

John 2: 13-22

I danced in the morning (StF 247)
I will speak out for those who have no voices (StF 702)
Let us build a house where love can dwell (StF 409)
Lord, for the years (StF 470)
Love inspired the anger (StF 253)
O thou who camest from above (StF 564)
Our Father in heaven (StF 763)
Show me how to stand for justice (StF 713)
You’re calling us and so we are gathered here (StF 37)     see details / comment

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Sunday 1 March 2015

2nd Sunday in Lent (Year B)

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(Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading)

Genesis 17: 1-7, 15-16

*God it was who said to Abraham (StF 464)
I, the Lord of sea and sky (StF 663)

My eyes be open to your presence (StF 560)
O God of Bethel, by whose hand (StF 475)
Your words to me are life and health (StF 164)

Psalm 22: 23-31

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

At the name of Jesus (StF 317)
*God it was who said to Abraham (StF 464)
I cannot tell why he, whom angels worship (StF 350)
I, the Lord of sea and sky (StF 663)
When our confidence is shaken (StF 644)

Romans 4: 13-25

All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
Beyond these walls of worship (StF 547)
Jesus, Lord, we look to thee (StF 686)
Make us your prophets, Lord (StF 665)
Out of the depths I cry to thee (StF 433)
Sing for God’s glory that colours the dawn of creation (StF 116)

Mark 8: 31-38

From heaven you came, helpless babe (StF 272)
Have you heard God’s voice (StF 662)
Lord Christ, we praise your sacrifice (StF 359)
O God, what offering shall I give (StF 562)
Show me the way of the cross once again (StF 452)
When I survey the wondrous cross (StF 287)     see details / comment

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Sunday 22 February 2015

1st Sunday in Lent (Year B)

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(Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading)

Genesis 9:8-17

Be still and know that I am God (StF 18)
Be still, for the presence of the Lord (StF 20)
Best of all is God is with us (StF 610)
O love that wilt not let me go (StF 636)

Psalm 25:1-10

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Jesus, remember me (StF 777)
*Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us (StF 238)

1 Peter 3:18-22

*At the name of Jesus (StF 317)
Lord Christ, we praise your sacrifice (StF 359)

Mark 1:9-15

*At the name of Jesus (StF 317)
Christ our Redeemer knew temptation’s hour (StF 235)
Forty days and forty nights (StF 236)
God’s Spirit is in my heart (StF 404)
Jesus, tempted in the desert (StF 237)
Jesus – the name high over all (StF 357)
*Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us (StF 238)
Seek ye first the kingdom of God (StF 254)
When Jesus came to Jordan (StF 233)
When we are tested and wrestle alone (StF 240)     see details / comment

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Wednesday 18 February 2015

Ash Wednesday (Year B)

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(Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading)

Joel 2:1-2, 12-17

Day of judgement! Day of wonder! (StF 732)
Father, we have sinned in word, and deed, and thought (StF 422)
*Out of the depths I cry to thee (StF 433)
We pray until the hour (StF 741)

or Isaiah 58:1-12

For the healing of the nations (StF 696)
Great God, your love has called us here (StF 499)
Heaven shall not wait (StF 701)
Sent by the Lord am I (StF 239)
The Church of Christ, in every age (StF 415)
We pray for peace, but not the easy peace (StF 719)

Psalm 51:1-17

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Blest are the pure in heart (StF 244)
More like you, Jesus, more like you (StF 505)
O for a heart to praise my God (StF 507)
Safe in the shadow of the Lord (StF 509)

2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10

A safe stronghold our God is still (StF 623)
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (StF 626)
Forty days and forty nights (StF 236)
Have you heard God’s voice (StF 662)
Just as I am, without one plea (StF 556)
Soldiers of Christ, arise (StF 637)

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Come, Lord, to our souls come down (StF 493)
Dear Lord and Father of mankind (StF 495)
God in my living, there in my breathing (StF 497)
Happy are they who find the grace (StF 500)
*Out of the depths I cry to thee (StF 433)     see details / comment

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Sunday 15 February 2015

Sunday before Lent (Year B)

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2 Kings 2:1-12

Come, let us join our cheerful songs (StF 743)
Give me the wings of faith to rise within the veil, and see (StF 747)

Psalm 50: 1-6

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Great is our redeeming Lord (StF 683)
Darkness like a shroud covers the earth (StF 170)

2 Corinthians 4:3-6

Christ, whose glory fills the skies (StF 134)
Come, Holy Ghost, our hearts inspire (StF 155)
Jesus Christ is the Lord of all (StF 352)

Mark 9:2-9

Jesus on the mountain peak (StF 259)
Swiftly pass the clouds of glory (StF 260)
Transfigured Christ, none comprehends (StF 261)     see details / comment

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Sunday 8 February 2015

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

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Isaiah 40:21-31

God is love: let heaven adore him (StF 103)
Guide me, O thou great Jehovah (StF 465)
Lord I come to you (StF 471)
O worship the King, all-glorious above (StF 113)
Speak in the stillness (StF 511)
Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord (StF 89)

Psalm 147: 1-11, 20

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

I sing the almighty power of God (StF 107)
Praise the Lord, his glories show (StF 84)
Praise ye the Lord! ‘Tis good to raise our hearts and voices (StF 115)
Thou hidden source of calm repose (StF 366)

1 Corinthians 9:16-23

Food to pilgrims given (StF 584)
Go to the world! Go into all the earth (StF 402)
How small a spark has lit a living fire! (StF 408)
Make me a channel of your peace (StF 707)
Thuma mina (Send me, Lord) (StF 782)
We have a gospel to proclaim (StF 418)

Mark 1:29-39

Heal us, Immanuel! hear our prayer (StF 650)
Lord of life, we come to you (StF 651)
O Christ, the healer, we have come (StF 653)
You give rest to the weary (StF 657)     see details / comment

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Sunday 1 February 2015

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

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Deuteronomy 18: 15-20

God has spoken – by his prophets (StF 157)
Master, speak! Thy servant heareth (StF 666)
Speak, O Lord, as we come to you (StF 161)
When listening prophets dare to speak (StF 163)

Psalm 111

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

*God, whose almighty word (StF 106)
In the wonder of creation (StF 110)
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord! (StF 186)

1 Corinthians 8: 1-13

Eternal God, your love’s tremendous glory (StF 3)
Hail! Holy, holy, holy, Lord! (StF 9)

Mark 1: 21-28

Be still and know that I am God (StF 18)
Be still and know that I am God, and there is none beside me (StF 19)
Before the world began (StF 101)
*God, whose almighty world (StF 106)
In a byre near Bethlehem (StF 324)
Jesus Christ is waiting (StF 251)
Lord, you sometimes speak in wonders (StF 158)
My Jesus, my Saviour (StF 363)
Send down the fire of your justice (StF 413)
Sing of the Lord’s goodness, Father of all wisdom (StF 65)     see details / comment

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Sunday 25 January 2015

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

Jesus calls his first disciples

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Jonah 3:1-5, 10

Amazing grace – how sweet the sound (StF 440)
Father, we have sinned in word, and deed, and thought (StF 422)
God of all power, and truth, and grace (StF 498)

Psalm 62:5-12

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
In heavenly love abiding (StF 736)
My soul finds rest in God alone (StF 633)
You showed us mercy when we were in darkness (StF 488)

1 Corinthians 7:29-31

God in my living, there in my breathing (StF 497)
We pray until the hour (StF 741)

Mark 1:14-20

An upper room did our Lord prepare (StF 569)
Called by Christ to be disciples (StF 660)
Christ whose glory fills the skies (StF 134)
Come, let us with our Lord arise (StF 148)
Come with me, come wander (StF 462)
Dear Lord and Father of mankind (StF 495)
From heaven you came, helpless babe (StF 272)
Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult (StF 250)
Jesus Christ is waiting (StF 251)
Lord, we have come at your own invitation (StF 595)
Lord, you have come to the seashore (StF 558)
O Jesus, I have promised (StF 563)
O thou who camest from above (StF 564)
Will you come and follow me? (StF 673)
Would I have answered when you called (StF 674)     see details / comment

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Sunday 18 January 2015

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

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1 Samuel 3: 1-10 (11-20)

Christ be my leader by night as by day (StF 492)
I, the Lord of sea and sky (StF 663)
Master speak! Thy servant heareth (StF 666)
O Jesus, I have promised to serve you to the end (StF 563)

Psalm 139: 1-6, 13-18

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

I was on your mind (StF 468)
Listening God, you hear us when we cannot speak (StF 524)
Lord Jesus Christ, your light shines within us (StF 360)
Lord of all hopefulness (StF 526)
O love that wilt not let me go (StF 636)
Our God is a great big God (StF 61)

1 Corinthians 6: 12-20

All hail the power of Jesu’s name! (StF 342)
Blest are the pure in heart (StF 244)
Jesus comes with all his grace (StF 326)
Let him to whom we now belong (StF 557)
Lord Christ, we praise your sacrifice (StF 359)
Lord, in the strength of grace (StF 448)
O God, what offering shall I give (StF 562)
Take my life, and let it be (StF 566)

John 1: 43-51

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine (StF 548)
Called by Christ to be disciples (StF 660)
Christ, our King before creation (StF 318)
Day by day, dear Lord (StF 444)
Dear Lord and Father of mankind (StF 495)
Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go (StF 550)
Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult (StF 250)
Jesus, we thus obey your last and kindest word (StF 590)
Will you come and follow me? (StF 673)     see details / comment

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Sunday 11 January 2015

Sunday after Epiphany and 1st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

The baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist

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Genesis 1: 1-5

Come, Holy Spirit, descend on us (StF 374)
Crashing waters at creation (StF 376)
Into a world of dark, waste and disordered space (StF 387)
Lord of the boundless curves of space (StF 111)
Morning has broken (StF 136)
She sits like a bird, brooding on the waters (StF 393)

Psalm 29

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

O worship the King, all-glorious above (StF 113)
Sing of a God in majestic divinity (StF 13)
We give immortal praise (StF 16)

Acts 19: 1-7

See how great a flame aspires (StF 412)
Wind of God, dynamic Spirit (StF 400)

Mark 1: 4-11

Because you have said: ‘Do this for my sake’ (StF 574)
God whose almighty word chaos and darkness heard (StF 106)
Spirit of God, unseen as the wind (StF 394)
There is a Redeemer (StF 338)
When Jesus came to Jordan (StF 233)     see details / comment

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Tuesday 6 January 2015

The Epiphany (Year B)

As January 6 is a weekday, these readings may replace those of Sunday, 4 January. The Epiphany celebrates the revelation of God as a human being in Jesus Christ – as seen in the journey of the magi to worship Jesus.

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Isaiah 60:1-6

Angels from the realms of glory (vv.3 & 5) (StF 190)
*Bethlehem, of noblest cities (StF 225)
Be still for the presence of the Lord (StF 20)
*Brightest and best of the sons of the morning (StF 227)
*Hail to the Lord’s anointed (StF 228)

Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

*Brightest and best of the sons of the morning (StF 227)
*O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness (StF 34)

Ephesians 3:1-12

And can it be that I should gain (vv.3 & 5) (StF 345)
Christ, our King before creation (StF 318)

Matthew 2:1-12

A special star (StF 223)
Angels from the realms of glory (v.3) (StF 190)
As with gladness men of old (StF 224)
*Bethlehem, of noblest cities (StF 225)
*Brightest and best of the sons of the morning (StF 227)
Child of joy and peace (StF 194)
Come, thou long expected Jesus (StF 169)
*Hail to the Lord’s anointed (StF 228)
In the bleak midwinter (v.4) (StF 204)
Let all mortal flesh keep silence (stF 591)
Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour (StF 593)
Love came down at Christmas (StF 210)
*O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness (StF 34)
Riding out across the desert (StF 230)
The silent stars shine down on us (StF 231)
Who would think that what was needed (StF 222)     see details / comment

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Sunday 4 January 2015

2nd Sunday of Christmas (Year B)

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Jeremiah 31:7-14

Sing of the Lord’s goodness (StF 65)
Sing praise to God who reigns above (StF 117)
The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want (Stuart Townend ver.) (StF 481)

Psalm 147:12-20

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Father in heaven (StF 4)
God who made the stars of heaven (StF 7)
Now thank we all our God (StF 81)
Praise the Lord! You heavens adore him (StF 86)

Ephesians 1:3-14

As with gladness men of old (StF 224)
Long ago, prophets knew Christ would come (StF 178)
Lord enthroned in heavenly splendour (StF 593)

John 1:(1-9) 10-18

Before the world began (StF 101)
Birth brings a promise (StF 226)
Father, in whom we live (StF 5)
God has spoken – by his prophets (StF 157)
Let earth and heaven combine (StF 208)
Love came down at Christmas (StF 210)
Stupendous height of heavenly love (StF 512)     see details / comment

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