Sunday 26 November, 2017

Sunday before Advent

Just one set of readings is offered through Advent. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading.

Ezekiel 34: 11-16, 20-24

How sweet the name of Jesus sounds (StF 322)
I will sing the wondrous story (StF 323)
In heavenly love abiding (StF 736)
Out of the depths I cry to thee (StF 433)
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) (Townend version)
When circumstances make my life too hard to understand (StF 641)
When I was lost, you came and rescued me (StF 367)

Psalm 95: 1-7a

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Come, let us praise the Lord (StF 43)
Let all the world in every corner sing (StF 57)

or Psalm 100

All people that on earth do dwell (StF 1)
From all that dwell below the skies (StF 75)
Give thanks to the Lord, our God and King (StF 77)
Jesu, the joy of loving hearts (StF 365)
Jesus shall reign where'er the sun (StF 328)
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness (StF 34)

Ephesians 1: 15-23

Christ is made the sure foundation (StF 677)
Christ triumphant, ever reigning (StF 319)
Great is our redeeming Lord (StF 683)
Jesus – the name high over all (StF 357)
Jesus is the name we honour (StF 354)
Jesus shall take the highest honour (StF 356)
King of kings, majesty (StF 331)
Let earth and heaven agree (StF 358)
Majesty, worship his majesty (StF 333)

Matthew 25: 31-46

Of this reading, this month's compiler, the Revd Andrew Murphy, says: "The parable of the sheep and the goats brings together two major themes: Christ the King, and our Christian responsibility for justice and compassion. So no apologies for the long list for this reading; however, some suggestions are more obviously relevant to the text than others, which were chosen more as reflections on the twin themes.

‘Come, now, you blessed, eat at my table’ (StF 695)
Beauty for brokenness (StF 693)
Come, Lord, be our guest (StF 580)
Day of judgment! Day of wonder! (StF 732)
Hark the glad sound! The Saviour comes (StF 171)
Heaven shall not wait for the poor to lose their patience (StF 701)
Jesus Christ - Perfect Love (StF 325)
Jesus Christ is waiting (StF 251)
Let all mortal flesh keep silence (StF 591)
Longing for light, we wait in darkness (StF 706)
Make way, make way, for Christ the King (StF 264)
Praise to the God who clears the way (StF 183)
Rejoice, the Lord is King! (StF 335)
Show me how to stand for justice (StF 713)
Sing we the King who is coming to reign (StF 185)
The God who sings a new world into being (StF 714)
There is a higher throne than all this world has known (StF 337)
There's a light upon the mountains, and the day is at the spring (StF 188)
When I needed a neighbour, were you there, were you there? (StF 256)
Where can we find you, Lord Jesus our Master? (StF 672)
Who can sound the depths of sorrow (StF 723)
Would you walk by on the other side (StF 257)
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