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 of these hymns are old / traditional - but where possible a variety of styles and genres are included.
A small number of hymns which are still copyright may be included, if these are particularly appropriate.
ReadingsFirst: Isaiah - A shoot springs from the stock of Jesse ... as a signal to the nations.
Psalm 71 : In his days justice shall flourish and peace 'til the moon fails / O God give your judgement to the king / For he shall save the poor when they cry / May his name be blessed forever.
Second: Romans : Everything written in the scriptures was meant to teach us ... it can only be to God's glory for you to treat each other in the same was as Christ treated you.
Gospel: Matthew - John the Baptist preached ... and said "I baptise in water for repentance, the one who follows me is more powerful".
ThemesJustice / social concerns. Preparing for the coming of the Lord - the Kingdom is close at hand.
Art for this weekSee lectionary art for this Sunday for suggested pictures and art-works based on today's readings.
Suggested free-use hymnsCome, Lord, and Tarry Not
God is Working His Purpose Out
Hail to the Lord's Anointed
Hark! A Herald Voice Is Calling
Hills of the North Rejoice
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
O Come Divine Messiah
O Come O Come Emmanuel
O Come Thou Long-expected Jesus
On Jordan's Bank
The King Shall Come when Morning Dawns
Suggested free-use hymns which may still be copyright
A Voice Cries Out - Joncas
A Voice in the Wilderness - Robinson
Let the Valleys Be Raised - Schutte
O Day of Peace - Daw
Prepare the Way of the Lord - Taizé
Wait for the Lord - Taizé
Ideas about hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a comment below.