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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