Sunday 18 July, 2021


16th 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 


As we gather, Father, seal us in the love that knows no fear (StF 570) communion hymn
O Christ, the Healer, we have come (StF 653) 

2 Samuel 7: 1-14a 

A safe stronghold our God is still (StF 623)
*Let us build a house where love can dwell (StF 409)
We follow the Lord along the gradual road to heaven (StF 730)
When mountains that we thought secure lie crumbled where we stand (StF 722)
You are the centre, you are my life (StF 567)

Psalm 89: 20-37 

Hymns echoing the psalmists theme 

Faithful One, so unchanging (StF 628)
From the breaking of the dawn (StF 156)
Rock of ages, cleft for me (StF 434) 

Ephesians 2: 11-22 

All praise to our redeeming Lord (StF 608)
Christ is the world’s light, Christ and none other (StF 346)
Come, my table is a meeting place (StF 581) communion hymn
*Let us build a house where love can dwell (StF 409)
We come from the mountains, the valleys and plains (StF 417) 

See also section: Life and Unity in the Church (StF 675-692)

Mark 6: 30-34, 53-56 

In a byre near Bethlehem (StF 324)
Lord of life, we come to you (StF 651)
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)
You call us, as you called the Twelve (website only) 

Alternative related readings 

Jeremiah 23: 1-6 

Heaven shall not wait (StF 701)
In an age of twisted values (StF 703) possible hymn of confession
*In heavenly love abiding (StF 736)
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) 

Psalm 23 

Hymns echoing the psalmists theme 

Even though I walk through the valley (StF 626)
*In heavenly love abiding (StF 736)
*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 Revd Phillip Poyner has edited this week's hymn suggestions. He writes:

In contrast to the last two weeks’ gospel readings describing Jesus’ rejection in Nazareth and the execution of John the Baptist, the two gospel extracts for today show how the crowds flocked to Jesus at every opportunity. Jesus saw them as “like sheep without a shepherd”, the phrase linking the gospel to Psalm 23, Jeremiah 23 and 2 Samuel 7. The Ephesians passage shows the love of Christ to all.

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