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 on hymns which are still copyright may also be included, if they are particularly appropriate.
ReadingsFirst: Wisdom - Who can know the intentions of God? ... Who could have learned you intention, had you not granted Wisdom?
Psalm: 89 - O Lord you have been our refuge from one generation to the next / You turn men back into dust / You sweep men away like a dream / Make us know the shortness of our life / In the morning fill us with your love.
Second: Philemon - Paul sends Onesimus back to the community, not as a slave any more but as a dear brother in Christ. He asks the community to welcome him.
Gospel: Luke - Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple ... none of you can be my disciple unless he gives up all his posessions.
ThemesLike Christ, we are called to give up everything to know and serve God. Self-sacrifice, love, service, seeking wisdom.
Art for this week
See lectionary art for this Sunday for suggested pictures and art-works based on today's readings.
Suggested free-use hymnsAll My Hope on God Is Founded
All who would Valiant Be
Be Still my Soul
Draw us in the Spirit's Tether
God is my Strong Salvation
I Bind my Heart This Tide / Thraldom (public domain in the USA, not elsewhere)
I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
I Sing the Mighty Power of God
In Christ There is no East or West
In the Cross of Christ I Glory
Jesu, Joy of Our Desiring
Lift High the Cross
Now Thank we all our God
O God our Help in Ages Past
O Jesus I have Promised
O the Beautiful Treasures of Heaven
O Son of God in Galilee (not clear of copyright in the USA)
Psalm 89 - Music for Mass setting
Take my Life and let it Be
Take up Thy Cross
Thy Hand, O God, Has Guided
We Walk by Faith
Your Hands, O Lord, in Days of Old
Suggested hymns which may still be copyrightFollow Me - Cockett
I am the Light of the World - Strathdee
In Every Age – Whitaker
Lose Your Life and Save It - Collegeville group
O God, for You I Long - Farrell
O Lord, My Good and Gracious God -Tietze
Restless Is the Heart - Farrell
The Summons - Bell