Hymns for the 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B (23 August 2015)

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary time, Year B.

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).

See lectionary art for this Sunday for suggested pictures and art-works based on today's readings.


Readings

First:  Joshua:  Who will you serve - the Lord who brought you out of slavery, or another god?

Psalm: Psalm 33 - Taste and see that the Lord is good / I will bless the Lord at all times

Second:   Letter to the Ephesians - comparing Christ's relationship with the church to the marriage relationship

Gospel:  John - When some of Jesus' followers turn away from him, Jesus asks the disciples "do you want to go away too?" - they affirm their faith in him.


Themes

Who will you serve - service, faith, commitment to Jesus.   Our relationship to God and the church.


Suggested free-use hymns

Abide with Me

Alleluia, Sing to Jesus

Christ is Made the Sure Foundation

Come Christians Join to Sing

Draw Near and Take the Body of Your Lord

Holy Holy Holy

I Received the Living God

Jesu, Joy of Our Desiring

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

O Perfect Love

Psalm 33 - Music for Mass setting

Stay with us Lord We Pray You

Take My Life and Let It Be

The Church's One Foundation

Thy Hand O God has Guided

We are Gathering Together Unto Him

We Walk by Faith


Suggested hymns that may still be copyright

All Who Hunger - Dunstan

As for Me and My House, We Will Serve the Lord - Booth

In Christ Alone - Getty

O God of Matchless Glory - Duck

To Whom, Lord, Shall we Go - Gaunt

What is this Place - Oosterhuis




Resources for church-music selection

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