Sunday 29 July, 2018

17th 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


Come down, O Love divine (StF 372)
*God is love: let heaven adore him (StF 103)
*Love divine, all loves excelling (StF 503)
We lay our broken world (StF 718)

2 Samuel 11: 1-15

God, how can we forgive when bonds of love are torn? (StF 613)
*Let love be real, in giving and receiving (StF 615)
Listening God, you hear us when we cannot speak (StF 524)
Sacred the body God has created (StF 618)
When we are tested and wrestle alone (StF 240)
YAHWEH (I cannot speak your name, O Lord) (website only)

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)
We turn to you, O God of every nation (StF 720) (possible hymn of confession)

Ephesians 3: 14-21

*God is love: let heaven adore him (StF 103)
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)
Our God is a great big God (StF 61)

John 6: 1-21

A rich young man came seeking (StF 243) esp. v.3
Be known to us in breaking bread (StF 573) (communion hymn)
Bread is blessed and broken (StF 576) (communion hymn)
Eternal Father, strong to save (StF 517)
Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us (StF 238)
*Let love be real, in giving and receiving (StF 615)
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)
Deep in the shadows of the past (StF 463)
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)
Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father (StF 51)
Let all the world in every corner sing (StF 57)
Sing praise to God who reigns above (StF 117)

Categories: Lectionary.

One Response to Sunday 29 July, 2018

  1. David Hamflett says:

    There is a hymn by John Bell and Graham Maule, which I shall be using, based on the John 6 Gospel reading about the feeding of the 5000 entitled ‘The Song of the Crowd’ and which begins ‘To him who walks among the crowds let’s show our gratitude’, and which is sung to the tune ‘Kingsfold’. It can be found in the ‘Heaven Shall Not Wait’ collection published by Wild Goose Publications.
    Hymns in StF which speak about hunger, and feeding the hungry, would include Graham Kendrick’s ‘Beauty for brokenness’ (693 – see verse 1), Bernadette Farrell’s ‘Christ, be our light!’ (706 – see verse 3) and Fred Pratt Green’s ‘The church of Christ, in every age’ (415 – the whole hymn). This is not exhaustive by any means, but all three of thse go with the Gospel reading and the related O.T. reading. I will be using the latter two.

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