Sunday 12 November, 2023


32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

See below for lectionary readings and hymn suggestions specific to this Sunday. 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.

remembrance-reflectionRemembrance 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

*Beauty for brokenness (StF 693)
For the healing of the nations (StF 696)
God! As with silent hearts we bring to mind (StF 698)
In war, in peace (website only)
Lord we recall your words (website only)
O God of hope, your prophets spoke (StF 708)
*O God, our help in ages past (StF 132)
Once crimson poppies bloomed (website only)
Peace, perfect peace, is the gift of Christ our Lord (StF 710)
This fragile, passing beauty (website only)
We shall not forget (website only)
We stand for brave and selfless friends (website only)
We turn to you, O God of every nation (StF 720)

A range of further resources and hymn suggestions can be found on the StF Remembrance menu. One good place to start is Remembering conflict - singing for peace. More hymns from both Singing the Faith and StF+ are listed in Remembrance Sunday.


becoming-a-justice-seeking-church-lmc-cover-croppedSeeking justice: 15 October to 19 November

Complementing the Methodist Conference Report A Justice-seeking Church and the new resources following from that, the Revd Wendy Walker (Tamworth and Lichfield Methodist Circuit) has produced a six-week series of sermon and worship starter-guides. They link to the lectionary readings for the six Sundays 15 October to 19 November, 2023. For each Sunday, there is a possible approach to a sermon/reflection, a quote from the Conference report, and suggested hymns.


Come, sinners, to the gospel feast (StF 401)
Father, we love you (StF 6)
Great is the darkness that covers the earth (StF 405)

Joshua 24: 1-3a, 14-25

Covenant of Grace (website only)
Deep in the shadows of the past (StF 463)
Guide me, O thou great Jehovah (StF 465)
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

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)
Love divine, all loves excelling (StF 503)
Rejoice, the Lord is King! (StF 335)
*We pray until the hour (StF 741)

Matthew 25: 1-13

A charge to keep I have (StF 658)
Come, Lord Jesus, come (StF 168)
Darkness like a shroud covers the earth (StF 170)
*Hear the call of the kingdom (StF 407)
In the darkness of this world (StF 173)
Longing for light, we wait in darkness (StF 706)
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)
*Hear the call of the kingdom (StF 407)
Heaven shall not wait (StF 701)
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)
The splendour of the King...How great is our God (StF 15)
When circumstances make my life too hard to understand (StF 641)

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