Sunday 11 November, 2018

32nd 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

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). Specific to the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice is Andrew Pratt’s hymn How can we sing of that sad conflagration?, published in the spring 2018 edition of Stainer & Bell’s magazine The Bell (p.5).

Also in this 100th anniversary year, we are pleased to have published on StF+ Andrew Murphy and Matt Allen’s We shall not forget – a Remembrance Sunday hymn that extends our thinking well beyond the limits of war.

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 mind how hate and 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)

The hymn ‘To be a soldier’ was written for the memorial service for the Revd George MacLeod, awarded the Military Cross during the First World War. His commitment to peace led him to found the Iona Community. Ser More Information on the post for this hymn.     see details / comment

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