5th Sunday of Easter

For suggestions relating to Christian Aid Week (10-16 May), see below.

Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are not mentioned again in other sections but may be considered appropriate elsewhere.

During this Easter season, many readings refer to, or reflect upon, Jesus' death, resurrection and ascension - culminating in Pentecost Sunday on 31 May. Many suggestions may prove suitable for other Sundays. 

In addition, a range of hymns published on StF+ are suggested for this period:

A new day dawns
And did God’s feet in ancient time
God eternal, timeless moment
God who knows our darkest moments
In this house all people will be welcome
Like Thomas
Mary, you were there
One, two, three for you and me
Safe, locked inside that upper room
The name of Jesus
The world is fraught with danger
Was it the shaking ground that moved
What peace is there for tarnished lives
When our futures are uncertain

Acts 7: 55-60

Come with me, come wander, come welcome the world (StF 462)
I am not skilled to understand what God has willed, what God has planned (StF 349)
*For all the saints who from their labours rest (StF 745)
*I heard the voice of Jesus say (StF 248)

Psalm 31: 1-5, 15-16

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

*And are we yet alive, and see each other's face? (StF 456)
Faithful One, so unchanging (StF 628)
Father, I place into your hands the things I cannot do (StF 519)
My soul finds rest in God alone (StF 633)
Rejoice, the Lord is King! (StF 335)

1 Peter 2: 2-10

Christ is made the sure foundation (StF 677)
Come, build the church—not heaps of stone (StF 679)
Come, Host of heaven’s high dwelling place (StF 680)
Everlasting God, the years go by (StF 46)
Let us build a house (StF 409)
Not far beyond the sea nor high above the heavens, but very nigh (StF 159) esp. v.2
Summoned by the God who made us rich in our diversity  (StF 689)
Your ceaseless, unexhausted love (StF 438)

John 14: 1-14

Christ be my leader by night as by day (StF 492)
Christ is the world’s light, Christ and none other (StF 346)
Easter jubilation fills the streets (StF 299)
God is love: his the care (StF 403)
Going home, moving on, through God's open door (StF 734)
Have faith in God my heart (StF 466)
Here we kneel, here as we pray (StF 521)
I know that my Redeemer lives, and ever prays for me (StF 502) esp. v.4
Jesus the Lord said: 'I am the Bread' (StF 252) esp. v.3
Lord, for the years your love has kept and guided (StF 470)
O Jesus, I have promised to serve you to the end (StF 563) esp. v.4
Son of God, if your free grace (StF 336)
What a friend we have in Jesus (StF 531)

Suggestions for Christian Aid Week (10-16 May 2020)

The theme of this year’s Christian Aid Week reflects issues of climate justice, illustrated by some stories from Kenya.

Hymns of praise for creation are appropriate, as are the suggestions below. You may also wish to re-visit the suggestions we compiled to accompany JPIT's Living Lent campaign, which also focussed on climate justice issues.

As if you were not there (StF 724)
God in his love for us lent us this planet (StF 727)
God is here! As we his people (StF 25)
God with us: Creator, Father (StF 8)
Think of a world without any flowers (StF 92)
Touch the earth lightly (StF 729)
We call you out to praise you  (website only)
We follow the Lord along the gradual path to heaven (StF 730)

Elizabeth Hall also draws our attention to two hymns not included in Singing the Faith, but whose words are accessible via an internet search:

Thank you God for water, soil and air by Brian Wren (Faith Renewed #19)
Where are the voices for the earth? by Shirley Erena Murray (© 1999 Hope Publishing)