Sunday 19 March, 2023


4th Sunday in Lent

For Mothering Sunday suggestions, see below. Also available: Alternative resources and additional hymns.

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

1 Samuel 16: 1-13

All glory, laud, and honour (StF 262)
God has spoken – by his prophets (StF 157)
Hail to the Lord’s Anointed (StF 228)
Thuma  mina (Send me, Lord) (StF 782)
When the music fades, all is stripped away (StF 437)

Psalm 23

Hymns that echo the psalmist’s theme

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide (StF 141)
Guide me, O thou great Jehovah (StF 465)
In heavenly love abiding (StF 736)
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation! (StF 88)
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) (Stuart Townend ver.)

Ephesians 5: 8-14

Breathe on me, Breath of God (StF 370)
Food to pilgrims given (StF 584)
"I have a dream", a man once said (website only)
Jesus comes with all his grace (StF 326)
Jesus you ask that we forgive (website only)
Lord, the light of your love is shining (StF 59)
Love divine, all loves excelling (StF 503)
O Christ, the healer, we have come (StF 653)
Spirit who broods, Spirit who sings (StF 396)
We are marching in the light of God (StF 483)
When our views are varied (website only)
With gladness we worship, rejoice as we sing (StF 17)

John 9: 1-41

Amazing Grace – how sweet the sound (StF 440)
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart (StF 545)
Christ, whose glory fills the skies (StF 134)
Come, Lord, to our souls come down (StF 493)
Eat this bread and never hunger (StF 582)
I am not skilled to understand (StF 349)
I heard the voice of Jesus say (StF 248)
Just as I am, without one plea (StF 556)
On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry (StF 182)


Exodus 2: 1-10

Best of all is God is with us (StF 610)
*He’s got the whole world in his hand (StF 536)

or 1 Samuel 1: 20-28

God of Eve and God of Mary (StF 119)
Lord, in our lonely hours (StF 616)
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord! (StF 186)

Psalm 34: 11-20

God, beyond our dreams, you have stirred in us a memory (StF 496)
*Sing praise to God who reigns above (StF 117)

or Psalm 127: 1-4

Sacred the body God has created (StF 618)
Unless the Lord builds the house (StF 515)

2 Corinthians 1: 3-7

Earth’s creator, everyday God (StF 45)
God weeps at love withheld (StF 700)
Lord, I come before your throne of grace (StF 58)
May the mind of Christ my Saviour (StF 504)
*Sing praise to God who reigns above (StF 117)
We turn to God when we are sorely pressed (StF 640)

or Colossians 3: 12-17

All for Jesus - all for Jesus (StF 341)
Let all the world in every corner sing (StF 57)
All praise to our redeeming Lord (StF 608)
Angel voices, ever singing (StF 39)
As we gather in your presence now (StF 609)
*God grant us words to speak (StF 647)
God with us: Creator, Father (StF 8)
May the mind of Christ my Saviour (StF 504)
When, in our music, God is glorified (StF 731)

Luke 2: 33-35

Eternal God, you love’s tremendous glory (StF 3)
Father I place into your hands the things I cannot do (StF 519)
For the beauty of the earth (StF102)
Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us (StF 594)
Mary and Joseph came to the Temple (StF 229)
*Through long years of watchful waiting (StF 232)

or John 19: 25-27

*God grant us words to speak (StF 647)
Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us (StF 594)
*Through long years of watchful waiting (StF 232)
We gladly celebrate and praise (StF 120)

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