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.
ReadingsFirst: Isaiah - Share your bread with the hungry, shelter the homeless poor ... your integrity will go before you ... cry and the Lord will answer ... your light will rise in the darkness.
Psalm 111 - The good man is a light in the darkness for the upright / The just man will never waver / With a steadfast heart he will no fear.
Second: I Corinthians - I came to tell you what God had guaranteed ... the only knowledge I claimed to have was about Jesus, and only about him as the crucified Christ. ... And I did this so your faith should not depend on human philosophy but on the power of God.
Gospel: Matthew - You are the salt of the earth. But if salt becomes tasteless, what can make it salty again? ... You are the light of the world: no one lights a lamp to put it under a tub, they put it on a lampstand to shine for all the household. Your light must shine in the sight of all.
ThemesChrist our light - an the light of the earth. The church as light in the darkness.
Suggested free-use hymnsAll Glory be to God on High
God Whose Almighty Word
Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
Lord Make me an Instrument of Peace
Love Divine all Loves Excelling
O Jesus Joy of Loving Hearts
O Jesus King most Wonderful
Rejoice the Lord is King
This Little Light of Mine
Those who Love and Those who Labour
With all my Powers of Heart and Tongue
Your Hands O Lord in Days of Old
Suggestions about hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a comment below.