Most of the suggestions 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).
Old TestamentProverbs 8:22-31
New TestamentActs 27:27-28:2
Mark 6: 7 – 13
ThemesThe hymn suggestions below are based on the general themes of the challenges faced by people who live and work at sea for extended periods, and their families, and the nature of the human relationship to the ocean.
Suggested free-use hymnsAll People That On Earth Do Dwell (Psalm 100)
Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
Eternal Father Strong to Save (The Navy Hymn)
Hail Queen of Heaven
He's got the Whole World in his Hand
Lead us Heavenly Father Lead us
Let All The World In Every Corner Sing
Let the Lower Lights Be Burning
There’s A Wideness in God’s Mercy
Though whose Almighty Word
Wide, Wide as the Ocean
Hymns that are or may be copyrightHere I Am Lord (I the Lord of Sea and Sky ) - Schutte
Jesus Christ is Waiting - Bell
Oh the Deep - Kendrick
Star of Sea and Ocean
Waves are Beating on the Shore
When I Needed a Neighbour - Sydney Carter