Hymn ideas for the Baptism of the Lord (1st Sunday after Epiphany) - Year C, Revised Common Lectionary

A selection of hymn and song suggestions, based on themes from the Revised Common Lectionary for the Baptism of the Lord in Year C.

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 that are still be copyright may also included where they are a particularly good fit for the theme(s).

Suggestions about other suitable hymns are welcome: leave a message in the Comments box near the bottom of the page.


First: Isaiah 43:1-7 - But now thus says the Lord ... Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.

Psalm 29:1 Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings

Second: Acts 8:14-17 - Peter and John were sent to new believers at Samaria:  they prayed, laid hands upon them - and the believers received the Holy Spirit.

Gospel: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 - John declared "I baptise you with water, but someone is coming who will baptise you with the Holy Spirit" ... Jesus is baptised ... the heavens open and the spirit descended  ... "You are my Son, the Beloved, my favour rests on you".


Jesus baptism, the Beloved Son, the glory of the Lord is revealed.

Artwork suggestions

See lectionary art for this Sunday for suggested pictures and art-works based on today's readings.

Free-use hymns

Blessed Quietness

Christ is Made the Sure Foundation

God is Working His Purpose Out
I will Sing the Wondrous Story

I Heavenly Love Abiding

Lead us Heaven Father Lead Us

O Breath of Life Come Sweeping Through Us

O Love how Deep how Broad how High.

Safe in the Shadow of the Lord
Spirit Divine Attend our Prayers

The Race that Long in Darkness Pined

The Son Of Man From Jordan Rose

Wade in the Water

When the Lord Jesus was Baptized

Hymns which may still be copyright

Baptised in Water - Saward

Be Not Afraid -  Dufford

Come to the Water (O let all who thirst) - Foley

The Sinless One to Jordan Came - Timms 

To Jordan Jesus Humbly Came - Hommerding

Spirit of God Unseen as the Wind - Old  (tune SKYE BOAT SONG)

Wash me Clean in that Cool River - Dawn

When Jesus Comes to be Baptized - Stanford Abbey

When John Baptised by Jordan's River - Dudley-Smith

With Joy you shall Draw Water - Haugen

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