Sunday 21 January, 2024


3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time                                  

Jesus calls his first disciples

wpcu-image-2The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is celebrated every year from 18 to 25 January, between the feast days of St Peter and St Paul. This year, the resources have been produced by the churches in Burkina Faso in West Africa on the theme “You shall love the Lord your God . . . and your neighbour as yourself. . .” (Luke 10:27). Resource materials have been published in English and Welsh by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland under the title Go and do likewise: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2024. They include further information about the Week of Prayer and the churches in Burkina Faso, along with an order of service for ecumenical worship and daily reflections and prayers.

You may also wish to consider reflecting on Holocaust Memorial Day, which falls at the end of this week: 27 January. This year's theme is 'Fragility of Freedom'. Information and resources here.

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


From heaven you came, helpless babe (StF 272)
I owe my Lord a morning song (StF 135)
Thuma mina (Send me, Lord) (StF 782)

Jonah 3: 1-5, 10

Amazing grace - how sweet the sound (StF 440)
Father, we have sinned in word, and deed, and thought (StF 422)
For the healing of the nations (StF 696)
Listen, my people (website only)
Send down the fire of your justice (StF 413)
There's a wideness in God’s mercy (StF 416)

Psalm 62: 5-12

Hymns echoing the psalmist's theme

All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
In heavenly love abiding (StF 736)
My soul finds rest in God alone (StF 633)
You showed us mercy when we were in darkness (StF 488)

1 Corinthians 7: 29-31

As the deer pants for the water (StF 544)
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine (StF 548)
O Lord all the world belongs to you (Patrick Appleford: Rejoice and Sing)
Praise to the God who clears the way (StF 183)
We pray until the hour (StF 741)

Mark 1: 14-20

And still he calls us (website only)
Called by Christ to be disciples (StF 660)
Come with me, come wander (StF 462)
God it was who said to Abraham (StF 464)
God who sets us on a journey (website only)
God’s spirit is in my heart (StF 404)
Hear the call of the kingdom (StF 407)
I danced in the morning when the world was begun (StF 247)
James and Andrew, Peter and John (Wild Goose: Heaven Shall not Wait)
Jesus calls us! O'er the tumult (StF 250)
Jesus Christ is waiting (StF 251)
Lord, we have come at your own invitation (StF 595) for communion
Lord, you have come to the seashore (StF 558)
O Jesus I have promised (StF 563)
Sing of Andrew, John’s disciple (Carl P. Daw, Church Hymnary 4 OR A Year of Grace, suggested tune: Abbot's Leigh, StF 410)
The kingdom of God is justice and joy (StF 255)
Will you come and follow me? (StF 673)
Would I have answered when you called (StF 674)
You call us as you called the twelve (website only)

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