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: Exodus - The Isralites camped in the wilderness facing the mountain. Moses went up to God, and God said "If you obey my voice and keep my covenant, you of all the nations shall be my very own, for all the earth is mine".
Psalm 99 - We are his people the sheep of his flock / Cry out with joy to the Lord all the earth / How that he, the Lord is God / Indeed how good is the Lord.
Second: Romans 5 - What proves that God loves us is that Christ died for us while we were still sinners.
Gospel: Matthew 9 - Jesus sends the apostles out to the lost sheep of the House of Israel, to proclaim that the kingdom of heaven is close at hand, and to cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers and cast out devils.
ThemesThe Kingdom is close at hand. The apostles as servants of God's people. God's covenant. The people of God. Christ as mediator of the kingdom. Spreading the Good News
Suggested free-use hymnsAll People that on Earth Do Dwell
God is Working His Purpose Out
Let all the World in Every Corner Sing
Lord Make me and Instrument of Peace
O Be Joyful in the Lord
O Jesus I have Promised
O God our Help in Ages Past
Rejoice the Lord is King
Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life
Hymns that are or may be copyrightEagles Wings - Andersen
Freely Feely - Owens
Forth in the Peace of Christ we Go - Quinn
On Eagles Wings - Joncas
Sent Forth by God's Blessing
Suggestions about hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a comment below.