Planning for Upcoming Weeks

May 28 – Nothing Can Separate Us

All who are led by the Spirit are children of God. Creation waits for God’s children with eager longing. The Spirit knows our weakness and intercedes for us. All things work together for good. So what are we to say about these things? …nothing can separate us from the love of God.

May 21 – Hope of Resurrection

Paul writes that we “who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death.” Christ was raised; we shall be, too. We are freed from sin.

May 14 – God’s Love Poured Out

Paul writes of justification by faith. We “boast in our sufferings…because God’s love has been poured into our hearts…” “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Through Christ, we have been reconciled.

The Narrative Lectionary is a four-year cycle of readings. On the Sundays from September through May each year the texts follow the sweep of the biblical story, from Creation through the early Christian church.

The texts show the breadth and variety of voices within Scripture. They invite people to hear the stories of Abraham and Sarah, Moses and the prophets, Jesus, and Paul. Listening to the many different voices within Scripture enriches preaching and the life of faith. To learn more, visit

The Narrative Lectionary was initiated by Profs. Rolf Jacobson and Craig Koester of Luther Seminary, in partnership with congregations across North America.

The experiment began in 2010 and continues to grow.

Hymnals Cited

The Congregational Song Suggestions in each of the blog postings are centered around three primary hymnals:

(That these hymnals take center stage in these suggestions is a reflection of A) the Lutheran origins of the Narrative Lectionary, B) the fact that the compiler is a Pastor of a PCUSA congregation, and C) that Voices Together is one of the most recent (and most inclusive) major Protestant hymnals to have been published.)


Evangelical Lutheran Worship

© 2006, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Published by Augsburg Fortress


Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal

Presbyterian Church (USA)

© 2013, Westminster John Knox Press


Voices Together

Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada

© 2020 MennoMedia

Other Hymnals noted include:


Common Praise

Anglican Church of Canada

© 1998 Anglican Book Centre, Toronto


One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism

© 2018 GIA Publications, Inc.


More Voices

© 2007 The United Church of Canada


Songs For Life

Christian Reformed Church

© 1995, CRC Publications


Santo, Santo, Santo – Holy, Holy, Holy

Cantos para el pueblo de Dios – Songs for the People of God

© 2019 GIA Publications, Inc


Sing The Faith

PCUSA/UMC Hymn Supplement

© Westminster John Knox Press


Songs of Zion

© Abingdon Press, 1981


United Methodist Hymnal

United Methodist Church

© The United Methodist Publishing House, 1989


The Baptist Hymnal

Southern Baptist Convention

© 1991 Convention Press


This Far By Faith

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

© Augsburg Fortress, 1999


Worship and Rejoice

© 2003 Hope Publishing Company

Other Sources

Many of the hymns are drawn from recent collections of individual authors and composers. As a writer in the GIA Publications family, I have primarily pointed to GIA materials, simply because I know these best. These can be found in collected form (either as downloadable PDFs or as printed material) at

Most of the GIA hymns are also available for individual download through The Unbound section of the GIA website includes a wide array of recently published hymns. Worship leaders can search Unbound by title, author, composer, tune, meter, or Bible reference. Bundles of thematic or seasonal hymns are also made available from time to time.


Most (but not all) of the hymns above are available for use in worship through OneLicense makes it easy to obtain copyright permission to reprint, podcast, livestream, and record hymns and songs for your congregation.

As often as we sing about justice, let us remember to be people of justice by faithfully acquiring the appropriate license for your ministry, and reporting your usage.

Materials not covered through OneLicense may be covered through other services, such as CCLI, CCS, etc. On occasion, you may need to contact the artists directly. Please make sure you have the licensing you need before programming any selection.