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 which are, or may be, still copyright are also included where they are a particularly good for for the theme(s).
ReadingsFirst: 9 - Saul is introduced to the disciples by Barnabas, and joins them in preaching - he angers the Hellenists and his life is in danger so he is sent to Tarsus. But the churches in Judea, Galilee and Samaria are left in peace to build themselves up.
Second I John 3 - His commandments are these: believe in the name of his son, Jesus ... and love one another as he told us to..
Gospel: John 15 - Jesus says "I am the true vine ... you are the branches, remain in me ... it is to the glory of my Father that you should bear much fruit".
ThemesBearing fruit of the Good News. Jesus as the true vine. We are branches of Christ.
Suggested free-use hymnsA New Commandment
Abide in Me and I in You
Christ Be With Me
Christ is the Vine
God is Love; His the Care
I am the Vine and Ye Are the Branches
I Received the Living God
Immortal Invisible God Only Wise
Love Divine all Loves Excelling
Psalm 21 - Music for Mass setting
Hymns which may still be copyrightChristians Let us Love One Another - verse 3
I Will be the Vine - Lawton
In Love for Me - Owens / Lundy
Love is his Word - Connaughton
No Greater Love (As the Father has Loved Me) - Joncas
Now the Green Blade Riseth - Crum
Shepherd of Souls - Westendorf
The Branch that Bends with Clustered Fruit - Troeger
Unless a Grain on Wheat Shall Fall - Farrell
We Have been Told - Haas
Suggestions about hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a comment below.