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

Traditionally, the Feast of the Transfiguration (Luke 9: 28-36 (37-43a)) is marked on 6 August. The lectionary this year included this event on 3 March (2nd Sunday before Lent). If you are reflecting on the Transfiguration this Sunday, three helpful hymns are:

Jesus on the mountain peak (StF 259)
Lead us God to the mountain (website only)
Who is this, whose face shines brighter (website only), which draws upon St Mark's account of the event

Note also that 6 August is Hiroshima Day. We explore the themes rasied by that event in Hymns for Hiroshima


Help us, O Lord, to learn the truths your word imparts (StF 501)
Let love be real, in giving and receiving (StF 615)

Hosea 11: 1-11

God of forgiveness, your people you freed (StF 425)
God is Love: let heaven adore him  (StF 103)
Hark, my soul! It is the Lord (StF 426)
O love that wilt not let me go (StF 636)
We gladly celebrate and praise (StF 120)

Psalm 107: 1-9, 43

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Captain of Israel's host (StF 459)
My soul rejoices in God my Saviour (StF 60)
Now thank we all our God (StF 81)
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases (StF 66)
The trumpets sound, the angels sing (StF 35)
When I needed a neighbour, were you there? (StF 256)
Your ceaseless, unexhausted love (StF 438)

Colossians 3: 1-11

In Christ there is no east or west (StF 685)
Lord, we come to ask your healing (StF 652)
The silent stars shine down on us (StF 231)

Luke 12: 13-21

All I once held dear, built my life upon (StF 489)
As the deer pants for the water, so my soul longs after you (StF 544)
*Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart (StF 545) esp. v4
Heaven shall not wait for the poor to lose their patience (StF 701)
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness (StF 34)
We lay our broken world in sorrow at your feet (StF 718) esp. v2
We turn to you, O God of every nation (StF 720)

Alternative related readings

Ecclesiastes 1: 2, 12-14, 2: 18-23

Deep in the darkness a starlight is gleaming (StF 625)
God of my faith, I offer you my doubt (StF 629)
How long, O Lord, will you forget an answer to my prayer? (StF 630)
Out of the depths I cry to thee (StF 433)
When circumstances make my life too hard to understand (StF 641)

Psalm 49: 1-12

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

*Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart (StF 545)
God of grace and God of glory (StF 682)
Happy are they who find the grace (StF 500)