Hymns for the 1st Sunday in Lent, Year C - Revised Common lectionary

Hymn and song suggestions, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the first Sunday in Lent, 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).


First: Deuteronomy 26:1-11 - Moses tells the people to give the first-fruits, and to announce how the Lord brought them out of Egypt, and to bow down in the sight of God.

Psalm: Psalm 91 - He who dwells in the shelter of the most high 

Second: Romans 10:8-13 - Confess from your lips and believe from your heart - scripture makes no distinction between Jew and Greek.

Gospel: Luke 4:1-13 - Jesus is tempted by the devil in the wilderness - do not put the Lord to the test.


Trust in the Lord, refuge in God, repentance

Free-use hymns

Be Thou my Guardian and my Guide

O Love how Deep how Broad how High!

Yield not to Temptation - Palmer

Hymns that may still be copyright

Be Not Afraid - Dufford

Be with me O God - Hurd

Christ our Redeemer Knew Temptation's Hour - Dudley-Smith

Eagles Wings - Andersen

Father I Place in Your Hands - Hewer

For the Fruits of His Creation - Pratt-Green

From Ashes to the Living Font

God is our Fortress and our Rock - Perry

God of Abraham Lead Us - Farrell

God Whose Farm is all Creation

Jesus, Tempted in the Desert - Stuempfle

Led by the Spirit - Hurd

On Eagles Wings - Joncas

Safe in the Shadow of the Lord - Dudley-Smith

When They Call in Tribulation - Tietze

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