Sunday 5 July, 2020


14th 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.


 Be still and know that I am God (StF 18)
*Help us, O Lord to learn the truths your word imparts (StF 501)
Love divine, all loves excelling (StF 503)
Speak, O Lord, as we come to you (StF 161)
Ubi caritas et amor (StF 783) liturgical response

A beautiful hymn from the Iona Community that has touched a chord with many during these times is "We will meet" by Hans-Olav Moerk and John Bell. A video (to listen) and PDF of the music are available on the Iona Community home page (scroll down), together with Hans-Olav's account of the writing of the original words. Special copyright arrangements for the current circumstances are explained there too.

Genesis 24: 34-38, 42-49, 58-67

Best of all is God is with us (StF 610)
God who sets us on a journey (website only)
*My eyes be open to your presence (StF 560)
Pay heed to the people you meet on the journey (website only)
Sent by the Lord am I (StF 239)
The God of Abraham praise (StF 91)

Psalm 45: 10-17
or Canticle: Song of Solomon 2: 8-13

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Behold the servant of the Lord! (StF 546)
Here am I, Lord (StF 552)
*My eyes be open to your presence (StF 560)
When love is found and hope comes home (StF 607)

Romans 7: 15-25a

*Christ be in my understanding (website only)
*Help us, O Lord to learn the truths your word imparts (StF 501)
In bread we bring you, Lord, our bodies' labour (StF 589) communion hymn
Just as I am, without one plea (StF 556)
Listening God, you hear us when we cannot speak (StF 524)
*Lord, I come to you (StF 471)  
Lord, we turn to you for mercy (StF 429)
Take, oh take me as I am (StF 781) liturgical response
*Empty, broken, here I stand (StF 421)
To the river I am going (StF 541)
We come to you with no pretence (StF 435)
YAHWEH (I cannot speak your name, O Lord) (website only)

Matthew 11: 16-19, 25-30

*Christ be in my understanding (website only)
Come, let us sing of a wonderful love (StF 443)
*Lord, I come to you (StF 471)
My soul rejoices in God my Saviour (StF 60)
Praise the Lord who reigns above and keeps his courts below (StF 85)
The God who sings a new world into being shows the way (StF 714)
We cannot bear the full light of your glory (website only)

Alternative related readings:

Zechariah 9: 9-12

Blest are the pure in heart (StF 244)
Holy, holy, holy Lord (StF 785) liturgical setting
I’ll praise my Maker while I’ve breath (StF 79)
Jesus shall reign where’er the sun (StF 328)
What kind of love is this (StF 286)

Psalm 145: 8-14

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

*Empty, broken, here I stand (StF 421)
Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father (StF 51)
Tell out, my soul, the glory of the Lord! (StF 186)

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