Sunday 21 May, 2017

6th Sunday of Easter
(Aldersgate Sunday)

[caption id="attachment_15539" align="alignleft" width="190" caption="Commemorative plaque, Aldersgate Street, London EC1A"] [/caption]

This is Aldersgate Sunday – the Sunday that precedes 24 May, the anniversary of John Wesley’s transformative experience in a meeting room in Aldersgate Street, London. In his journal, Wesley recorded that, during a reading from Martin Luther's Preface to the Epistle to the Romans, he felt that his heart was "strangely warmed." This is regarded as a key moment in the beginnings of the 18th century Methodist revival. You may find the following hymns suitable if marking this occasion. Also see: Aldersgate – what changed for the Wesleys? – Wesley (and Wesley-related) hymns and links to “the Wesley story”

* And can it be that I should gain an interest in the Saviour's blood? (StF 345)
Away with our fears! (StF 458)
How small a spark has lit a living fire! (StF 408)
Now I have found the ground wherein sure my soul's anchor may remain (StF 561)
O for a thousand tongues to sing (StF 364)
Where shall my wondering soul begin? (StF 454)
Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim (StF 340)

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

Acts 17: 22-31

All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
* Deep in the shadows of the past (StF 463)
How shall I sing that majesty? (StF 53)
Lord of the boundless curves of space (StF 111)
We have a gospel to proclaim (StF 418)

Psalm 66: 8-20

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

* Deep in the shadows of the past (StF 463)
Faithful One, so unchanging (StF 628)
For the music of creation (StF 74)
To God be the glory, great things he has done! (StF 94)

1 Peter 3: 13-22

All for Jesus - All for Jesus (StF 341)
All heaven declares the glory of the risen Lord (StF 293)
* And can itbe that I should gain an interest in the Saviour's blood? (StF 345)
At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow (StF 317)
I cannot tell why he, whom angels worship (StF 350)
We give immortal praise (StF 16)

John 14: 15-21

Because you have said 'Do this for my sake' (StF 574) (communion hymn)
Christ has risen while earth slumbers (StF 296)
Come down, O Love divine (StF 372)
Father in heaven (StF 4)
Holy Spirit, rain down, rain down (StF 384)
Jesus calls us here to meet him (StF 28)
May the Sending One sing in you (StF 472)
One more step along the world I go (StF 476)
When Jesus came to Jordan (StF 233)
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