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 - sometimes in a limited setting. Many such hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles and genres are included.
A small selection of hymns which are still copyright may also be included, if they are particularly relevant.
Psalm: 39 - Lord come to my aid / I waited for the Lord / He drew me from the deadly pit / He put a new song into my mouth
Second: Hebrews - We should throw off anything that hinders - especially sin - and keep running steadily in the race. Let us not lose sight of Jesus.
Gospel: Luke - I am here to bring divisiion - households will be divided against themselves - sons against fathers, mothers against daughters.
ThemesGod as our protector in times of difficulty. The Christian life is not easy - solidarity, strength for the journey. Setting the world on fire.
Art for this week
See lectionary art for this Sunday for suggested pictures and art-works based on today's readings.
Suggested free-use hymnsA Mighty Fortress is our God
All my Hope on God is Founded
Eternal Ruler of the Ceaseless Round
Fight the Good Fight
Holy God we Praise Thy Name
How Firm a Foundation
I have Decided to Follow Jesus
In Christ there is no East or West
Lift up your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates
My Song is Love Unknown
Psalm 39 - Music for Mass setting
O God our Help in Ages Past
Sing Praise to God who Reigns Above
Take up Thy/Your Cross
The Church's One Foundation
What Wondrous Love is This
Suggested hymns which may still be copyright
God Give your People Strength - Winter
Suggestions about hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a comment below.