4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

Micah 6: 1-8

God of justice, Saviour to all (StF 699)
God weeps at love withheld (StF 700)
Hear the call of the kingdom (StF 407)
*Help us, O Lord, to learn the truths your word imparts (StF 501)
In an age of twisted values (StF 703)
I will speak out for those who have no voices (StF 702)
Show me how to stand for justice (StF 713)

Psalm 15

Hymns echoing the psalmist's theme

Author  of life divine (StF 572)
Before I take the body of the Lord (StF 575)
Being of beings, God of love (StF 490)
God! When human bonds are broken (StF 649)
Let love be real, in giving and receiving (StF 615)
Make us your prophets, Lord  (StF 665)
The love of God comes close where stands an open door (StF 654)

1 Corinthians 1: 18-31

All the room was hushed and still (StF 266)
And can it be that I should gain? (StF 345)
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart (StF 545)
Come, wounded Healer, your sufferings reveal (StF 271)
Here hangs a man discarded (StF 273)
Lord Christ, we praise your sacrifice (StF 359)

Matthew 5: 1-12

Behold the servant of the Lord! (StF 546)
Blest are the pure in heart (StF 244)
Blest are they, the poor in Spirit (StF 245)
Breathe on me breath of God (StF 370)
God, whose love is all around us (StF 585)
*Help us, O Lord, to learn the truths your word imparts (StF 501)
Make me a channel of your peace (StF 707)
Make way, make way, for Christ the king (StF 264)
More like you, Jesus, more like you (StF 505)
The kingdom of God is justice and joy (StF 255)
Pray for the Church, afflicted and oppressed (StF 711)
Ubi Caritas et amor (Where there is charity and love) (StF 783)

The Revd Phillip Poyner, who has revised the selection of hymns for this Sunday, writes:

“You may have heard a boring sermon on the Sermon on the Mount in which a minister/preacher has unsuccessfully tried to expand on the ‘Blessed...’ sayings.  In the past, this Sunday has been observed as Education Sunday and reflecting on Jesus’ teaching style offer a helpful antidote.  His use of parables and these sayings have often unexpected outcomes, which encourage the hearer to have more time to ponder and grasp their truth.  Initially, as Paul writes, they appear ‘foolishness’. In 1 Corinthians 1: 18 it is the word of the cross that is folly.   The Gospel, Psalm and Micah all refer to a hill or mountain (in Wales, where I live, many hills are called mountains!). As timeless features they are witnesses and understand; but humanity, which is here today and gone tomorrow, struggles. It is God’s goodness, saving power (Micah 6), that enables us to do good, to be blessed. The Psalm relates particularly closely to the Gospel today.”