Hymns and songs for the 3rd Sunday of Lent, Year C - Revised Common lectionary

A selection hymns and songs, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the third Sunday of Lent 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 particularly-relevant hymns that are still subject to copyright may also be included.


First: Isaiah 55:1-9... everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat ... Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? .... Seek the Lord while he may be found ... return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

Psalm:  Psalm 63:1-8  O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you;

Second: I Corinthians 10:1-13 - Remember how the people under Moses were guided by a cloud - the one who thinks he is safe must be careful not to fall.    God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength.

Gospel: Luke 13:1-9 - Repent or you will perish - the parable of the fig tree, giving it one more chance.


Repentance.   God's mercy and love.


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

Free-use hymns

All Who Believe and are Baptized

Christ is Made the Sure Foundation

Come Ye Disconsolate

Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken

Guide me O Thou Great Redeemer

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee

Just as I am Without one Plea

Lord Who Throughout These Forty Days

Rock of Ages Cleft for Me

Somebody's Knocking at Your Door

As Water to the Thirsty - Dudley-Smith
Come to the Water - Andersen

Here I Am Lord - Schutte

Holy Ground - Beatty

In Christ Alone - Getty / Townsend

Lord we Turn to You for Mercy - Leckebusch

Loving and Forgiving - Soper

My Eyes are Fixed on God - Tietze

O Let all who Thirst - Foley

O Lord the Cloud's are Gathering - Kendrick

Refiner's Fire - Doerksen
Seek the Lord - O'Connor

Seek the Lord who is now Present - Pratt-Green  

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