Sunday 5 August, 2018

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings are laid out as for the continuous form of the lectionary. Alternative related readings (OT and psalm only) are below. Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

2 Sam 11: 26 - 12:13a

Empty broken, here I stand (StF 421)
'Forgive our sins as you forgive' (StF 423)
I will speak out for those who have no voices (StF 702)
Out of the depths I cry to thee (StF 433)
There's a wideness in God's mercy (StF 416)
Word of God, dynamic Spirit (StF 400)

Psalm 51

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Father, we have sinned in word, and deed, and thought (StF 422)
God forgave my sin in Jesus' name (StF 424)
Lord, we turn to you for mercy (StF 429)
O for a heart to praise my God (StF 507)

Ephesians 4: 1 - 16

Because the Saviour prayed that we be one (StF 675)
Christ, from whom all blessings flow (StF 676)
Come, all who look to Christ today (StF 678)
One is the body and one is the Head (StF 688)
Summoned by the God who made us rich in our diversity (StF 689)

John 6: 24 - 35

Bread of life, hope of the world  (StF 577)
* Break thou the bread of life, O Lord, to me (StF 153)
Eat this bread, drink this cup (StF 583) (the verses could be sung by a cantor or group)
I am the bread, the bread of life (StF 587)
Jesus, the Lord said: 'I am the bread' (StF 252)

Alternative related readings

Exodus 16: 2-4, 9-15

Dear Lord and Father of mankind (StF 495)
Food to pilgrims given (StF 584)
* Guide me, O thou great Jehovah (StF 465)
How sweet the name of Jesus sounds (StF 322)
Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour (StF 593)
O God of Bethel, by whose hand (StF 475)

Psalm 78: 23-29

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Bread is blessed and broken (StF 576)
* Break thou the bread of life, O Lord, to me (StF 153)
* Guide me, O thou great Jehovah (StF 465)
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