Sunday 19 January, 2020

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 

See below for hymns suitable for marking the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18-25 January).

Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Isaiah 49: 1-7

As we gather, Father, seal us in the love that knows no fear (StF 570)
Best of all is God is with us (StF 610)
My heart if full of Christ, and longs  (StF 506)
Praise to the God who clears the way (StF 183)
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord (StF 186)
The love of God comes close (StF 654)

Psalm 40: 1-11

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

And I will wait now (website only)
*Lord, I come before your throne of grace (StF 58)
Through all the changing scenes of life (StF 638)
When I was lost, you came and rescued me (StF 367)

1 Corinthians 1: 1-9

All praise to our redeeming Lord, who joins us by his grace (StF 608)
Called by Christ to be disciple (StF 660)
*Come let us join our cheerful songs (StF 743)
*Lord, I come before your throne of grace (StF 58)
Lord, we have come at your own invitation (StF 595)
May the mind of Christ my Saviour live in me from day to day (StF 564)
There’s a light upon the mountains (StF 188)

John 1: 29-42

Behold the Lamb of God (StF 234)
*Come let us join our cheerful songs (StF 743)
Come, sinners, to the gospel feast (StF 401)
Come, my table is a meeting place (StF 581)
Have you heard God’s voice; has your heart been stirred? (StF 662)
Hear the call of the kingdom (StF 407)
Jesus call us! O’er the tumult (StF 250)
Jesus Christ – Perfect love  (StF 325)
Just as I am, without one plea (StF 556)
Lamb of God, Lamb of God (StF 767)
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world (StF 787)
Lord of life, we come to you (StF 651)
Sent by the Lord am I (StF 239)

This week is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18-25 January). The Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) theme this year is “Unusual Kindness”. It is inspired by the story of St Paul’s shipwreck on the island of Malta (Acts, chapters 27 and 28), and reflects on the “virtue” of hospitality. Both the daily Bible studies and the worship service are built around extracts from those two chapters, together with (in the service order) verses from Psalm 107.

The worship pamphlet and other resources (including a service PowerPoint) can be downloaded from CTBI in English, Welsh and Irish.  No hymn suggestions are made but the ones below may be useful.

Also see the resources suggested on StF's own Week of Prayer for Christian Unity page.


Come, and let us sweetly join (StF 646)
Come, Holy Spirit, descend on us (StF 374)
For the healing of the nations (StF 696)
Like the murmer of the dove’s song (StF 389)
"Love is the boat for the journey" by Ian Callanan – suggested in the service order: sheet music available
Thou God of truth and love (StF 620)

Acts 27 and 28

Brother, sister, let me serve you (StF 611)
Go to the world! Go into all the world (StF 402)
God is love: his the care (StF 403)
In heavenly love abiding (StF 736)
Let love be real, in the giving and receiving (StF 615)
O watcher in the wilderness (StF 667)
Pay heed to the people ou meet on the journey (website only)
The love of God comes close (StF 654)
We shall make peace (website only)
When I needed a neighbour (StF 256)

Psalm 107: 8, 19-22, 28-32
Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Calm me, Lord, as you calmed the storm (StF 624)
Come, let us sing to the One (StF 2)
Sing praise to God who reigns above (StF 117)
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases (StF 66)

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