3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

This Sunday falls within the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18-25 January). Materials for this year take the visit of the Magi to Bethlehem as their starting point. You may also wish to bear in mind that 27 January is Holocaust memorial Day.

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


*Listen for God (website only)
Lord, you have my heart (StF 559)
O thou who camest from above (StF 564)
You're calling us and so we are gathered here (StF 37)

Nehemiah 8: 1-3, 5-6, 8-10

Come, divine Interpreter (StF 154)
Come, O Lord, give us your Spirit (StF 759)
Deep in the shadows of the past (StF 463)
Not far beyond the sea nor high above the heavens, but very nigh (StF 159)

Psalm 19

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

From all that dwell below the skies (StF 75)
Your words to me are life and health (StF 164)

1 Corinthians 12: 12-31a

Beauty for brokenness, hope for despair (StF 693)
I will speak out for those who have no voices (StF 703)
One is the body and one is the Head (StF 688)
Of all the Spirit’s gifts to me (StF 709)

Luke 4: 14-21

Alleluia, alleluia! (The word of the Lord lasts for ever) (StF 757)
God’s spirit is in my heart (StF 404)
Heaven shall not wait for the poor to lose their patience (StF 701)
*Listen for God (website only)
Make way, make way, for Christ the king in splendour arrives (StF 264)
Sent by the Lord am I (StF 239)