Most are free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) meaning the words can be copied and sung to at least one tune with no concerns about copyright or performance licensing. Many such hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles / genres are included.
A small selection of hymns which are, or may be, still copyright are also included where they are a particularly good for for the theme(s).
ReadingsFirst: Ezekiel 17 - Prophesy that the Lord will take a shoot from the highest branch of the cedar and plant it on the high mountain of Israel.
Psalm 91 - It is good to give you thanks O Lord / The just will flourish like the palm-tree / planted in the house of the Lord they will flourish.
Second: Corinthians - Whether we are living in the body or exiled from it, we are intent on pleasing the Lord.
Gospel: Mark 4 - Jesus tells parables describing the Kingdom of heaven - the Parable of the Sower in which the kingdom is like the harvest, and the Parable of the a Mustard Seed.
ThemesJesus as the cedar of Lebanon. The Church, planted by God. Humble beginnings. Growth in the Kingdom. Co-operating with God's work - making our home in God. God at work expanding the Kingdom like a mighty tree, built on Jesus.
Suggested free-use hymnsCome Ye Thankful People
For the Beauty of the Earth
I Cannot Tell
O God, Our Help in Ages Past
Psalm 91 - Music for Mass setting
The Church's One Foundation
To Do Your Will
We are Gathering Together Unto Him
We Plow the Fields and Scatter
We Walk by Faith
Hymns that are or may be copyrightCanticle of the Sun - Haugen
In this Place Your Word is Planted - Dufner
Lord God and Maker of all Things
Seed Scattered and Sown - Feiten
Song of the Mustard Seed - Hopson
Sow the Word - Janco / Zavelli
The Kingdom of God - Grindal
What Shall We Say God’s Realm Is Like - Dalles
Suggestions about hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a comment below.