Hymns for World Mission Sunday (2nd to last Sunday in October)

This is a set of hymn and song suggestions suitable for use on Mission Sunday - on any other day when there is a focus on missionary work.

What is Mission Sunday

In the Roman Catholic Church (and possibly others) the month of October is dedicated to prayer and support of the Church's missions in general, and especially missionary work which is done overseas. During the month, people are told about the Church's missionary activity abroad and asked to support it through prayer, sacrifice and financial contributions.

This focus is centred around Mission Sunday which is observed on the 2nd to last Sunday in October each year.   (This is often described as the 3rd Sunday - but in 2011 October has five Sundays, and it was on the 4th one.)

The changing dates for Easter means this falls on a different Sunday of Ordinary Time (ie in the liturgical calendar) each year.  For example in 2014 and 2015 it is the 29th Sunday of Ordinary time, while in 2011 when it was on the 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time.

Because of this, the hymn suggestions are based on the general themes of evangelisation, mission and support for missionaries, rather than any particular Gospel cycle.

Free-use hymn suggestions

All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name

All People that on Earth do Dwell

Amazing Grace

At the Name of Jesus

Be Thou my Vision

God is Working His Purpose Out

In Christ there is no East or West

Jesus Shall Reign Where'er the Sun

Let all the World in Every Corner Sing

O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing

Take My Life

Thou Whose Almighty Word 

Thy Hand, O God, has Guided

To God be the Glory

Ye Servants of God

Hymns that are or may still be copyright

Ag Críost an Síol / The Seed is Christ - O'Riada / translators

Arise Shine (Darkness like a shroud) - Kendrick

Christ be our Light - Farrell

Colours of Day (Light up the fire) - McClellan, Paculabo and Rycroft

Eat this bread, Drink this cup - Taizé

Forth in the Peace of Christ we Go - Quinn

Go Forth and Tell - Seddon

Go Forth In His Name - Kendrick

Go Make a Difference - Angrisano and Tomaszek

Go Now you are Sent Forth - Watt

Go Tell Everyone - Dale and Richards

God has Spoken by His Prophets - Briggs

Here I am, Lord - Schutte

I Will be With You - Markland

In Bread we Bring you, Lord - Nichols

Lift High the Cross

One Bread, One Body

Our God Reigns (How lovely on the mountains are the feet of them ...) - Smith

Seek ye first the Kingdom of God - Lafferty

Servant Song (Will you let me be your servant?) - Gillard

So I Send You - Clarke

Take my Hands - Temple

Tell out my Soul - Dudley Smith

The Servant King - Kendrick

Ubi Caritas - various settings

We Have a Gospel to Proclaim - Burns

We Shall go out with Hope - Boyce-Tilman

Suggestions about other hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a message in the Comments section below.

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