33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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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

1 Samuel 1: 4-20

King of glory, King of peace (StF 56)
Now thank we all our God (StF 81)

See also: Mothering Sunday resources, with its alternative hymns for that day, including Fred Kaan's God of Eve and God of Mary; also Gillian Collins’ hymn Woman stooping, bent and burdened.

Canticle: 1 Samuel 2: 1-10

Have faith in God, my heart (StF 466)
My soul rejoices in God my Saviour (StF 60)
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord (StF 186)

Hebrews 10: 11-14 (15-18) 19-25

Author of life divine, who has a table spread (StF 572)
Christ triumphant, ever reigning (StF 319)
Come, let us with our Lord arise (StF 148)
Jesus is King and I will extol him (StF 327)

Mark 13: 1-8

All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
Christ, whose glory fills the skies (StF 134)
My soul finds rest in God alone (StF 633)
We lay our broken world in sorrow at your feet (StF 718)
We pray until the hour (StF 741)
We turn to God when we are sorely pressed (StF 640)

Alternative related readings

Daniel 12: 1-3

For all the saints who from their labours rest (StF 745)
Our Father in heaven (StF 762) (Lord’s Prayer – Joseph Lees setting)
There is a new heaven; there is a new earth (StF 738)
Through the love of God our Saviour (StF 639)

Psalm 16

O Lord we are always in your presence (StF 33)
The King of love my shepherd is (StF 479)
When all your mercies, O my God (StF 97)
Who would true valour see (StF 486)

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

See also: Remembrance Sunday worship resources featuring Dominic Grant’s hymn Poppies to remember, with its thought-provoking reference to red, white and purple poppies; and Andrew Brown’s Lord, we recall your words that speak of love (both published on StF+ only). More recently, we have published Andrew Pratt’s evocative hymn This fragile, passing beauty.

And originally written for the 100th anniversary of the Armistice in 2018  is Andrew Murphy and Matt Allen's We shall not forget – a Remembrance Sunday hymn that extends our thinking well beyond the limits of war.

Other resources include Hymns and war – conflicting views and Remembering conflict – singing for peace.

Isaiah 25: 1-9

*A safe stronghold our God is still (StF 623)
All my hope on God is founded (StF 455)
Have faith in God my heart (StF 466)
O God, our help in ages past (StF 132)

or Isaiah 52: 7-12

Hail to the Lord’s Anointed (StF 228)
Rejoice, the Lord is King! (StF 335)
Ye servants of God, your master proclaim (StF 340)

or Micah 4: 1-8

O God of hope, your prophets spoke of days when war would cease (StF 708)
Sing we the King who is coming to reign (StF 185)

Psalm 9: 9-20

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Joy to the world, the Lord is come! (StF 330)
Sing praise to God who reigns above (StF 117)
When all your mercies, O my God, my rising soul surveys (StF 97)

or Psalm 46

*A safe stronghold our God is still (StF 623)
Glorious things of thee are spoken (StF 748)
You give rest to the weary (StF 657)

Romans 8: 31-35, 37-39

And can it be that I should gain? (StF 345)
Love divine, all loves excelling (StF 503)

or Revelation 22: 1-5

*For the healing of the nations, Lord, we pray with one accord (StF 696)
It is God who holds the nations in the hollow of his hand (StF 705)
Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour vv.1,4 & 5 (StF 593)
Sing we the king who is coming to reign vv.1,3 & 4 (StF 185)
There is a new heaven; there is a new earth (StF 738)

Matthew 5: 1-12

Community of Christ who make the Cross your own (StF 681)
Put peace into each other's hands (StF 712)

or Matthew 5: 43-48

Beauty for brokenness, hope for despair (StF 693)
*For the healing of the nations, Lord, we pray with one accord (StF 696)
God! As with silent hearts we bring to mind how hate and war diminish humankind (StF 698)
Make me a channel of your peace (StF 707)
We pray for peace, but not the easy peace (StF 719)
We turn to you, O God of every nation (StF 720)
What shall we pray for those who died (StF 721)

or John 15: 9-17

By a monument of marble, or a simple wooden cross (StF 131)
Christ be my leader by night and by day (StF 492)
Lord Christ, we praise your sacrifice (StF 359)
To be a soldier, to fight for peace till war shall end (StF 133)

The hymn ‘To be a soldier’ was written for the memorial service for the Revd George MacLeod, awarded the Military Cross during the First World War. His commitment to peace led him to found the Iona Community. See 'More Information' on the post for this hymn.