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 that are still be copyright may also included where they are a particularly good for for the theme(s).
lectionary art for this Sunday for suggested pictures and art-works based on today's readings.
ReadingsFirst: Zephaniah - Shout for joy ... the Lord is in your midst ... he will exault with joy over you.
Psalm: Isaiah 12 - Sing and shout for joy for great in your midst is the Holy one of Israel / God is my salvation / Give thanks to the Lord / Sing a psalm to the Lord
Second: Philippians - I want you to be happy ... God is very near, pray for what you need.
Gospel: Luke - People asked John "what must we do" - he told them to act justly - and "I baptise with water but someone is coming who will baptize with the Holy Spirit"
ThemesTraditionally Gaudate (Latin for "rejoice") Sunday is a day of rejoicing, as well as the continuing Advent themes of preparation and right-living.
Suggested free-use hymnsCome Emmanuel
Come O Divine Messiah
Come Thou Long-expected Jesus
Comfort O Comfort my People
Hark a Herald Voice is Calling
Hills of the North Rejoice
O Come O Come Emmanuel
On Jordan's Bank
Rejoice in the Lord Always (round)
Rejoice the Lord is King
The Race that Long in Darkness Pined
Suggested hymns which may still be copyrightCome, Rejoice in God Our King - Tietze
In the Lord I'll be Ever Thankful - Taizé
Our God Reigns - Leonard E Smith Jnr
Surely it is God Who Saves Me - translator unknown
The Voice of God Goes Out - Inwood
Wait for the Lord - Taizé
Suggestions about other free-to-use hymns that could be included are welcome: please leave a comment below.