Hymns for Proper 17 (22), Year C (12th Sunday after Pentecost, 28 August 2022) - Revised Common Lectionary

Hymn and song suggestions, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, 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 - sometimes in a limited setting.  Many of these hymns are old / traditional - but where possible a variety of styles and genres are included.

A small selection of hymns which are still copyright may also be included if they are particularly relevant.


Jeremiah 2:4-13 - my people have have forsaken me, says the Lord.
Sirach 10:12-18 - The beginning of human pride is to forsake the Lord; the heart has withdrawn from its Maker. For the beginning of pride is sin.

Psalm: 67 - In you goodness O God, you prepared a home for the poor / The just shall rejoice at the presence of God / Father of the orphan, defender of the widow / You poured down O God a generous rain.

Second: Hebrews  13:1-8, 15-16 - Let mutual love continue: show hospitality to strangers ... remember those who are in prison ...Let marriage be held in honor by all ... Keep your lives free from the love of money ...do good and to share what you have. Remember your leaders ... Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. .... continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God

Gospel:   Luke 14 1, 7-14 -  Parable of the wedding banquet:  always take the last seat - the one who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself exalted.


Humility, service, option for the poor.   Justice.   Social concerns.  Kindness.  Love for one another.

Free-use hymns

All my Hope on God is Founded

At the name of Jesus

Be Still my Soul: the Lord is on thy Side

Beloved let us love: Love is of God - Bonar

Blest are the Poor in Heart

Come let us Sing of a Wonderful Love

Father Hear the Prayer we Offer - Willis

Father we Praise Thee now the Night is Over

Fill Thou my life O Lord my God - Bonar

From Thee all Skill and Science Flow - Kingsley

God is Love let Heaven Adore Him - Rees

Great is thy Faithfulness

How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds

It’s Me, It’s Me, O Lord

Jesus, Lover of my Soul - Wesley

Jesus Thou Joy of Loving Hearts - Palmer

My God and is Thy Table Spread

O for a Heart to Praise my God - Wesley

O God of Earth and Altar - Chesterton

Praise my Soul the King of Heaven

Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me

Savior, Again to Your Dear Name - Ellerton

The Work of Faith (Author of faith, eternal Word) - Wesley

This This is the God we Adore - Wesley

Thy Hand O God has Guided - Plumbtree

There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy

Through All the Changing Scenes of Life - unknown 17th century

When Morning Gilds the Skies - Caswall

Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life - North

Hymns which may still be copyright

Great God Your Love has Called us Here - Wren

God of the Poor (Beauty for brokenness, hope for despair)

Humble Thyself in the Sight of the Lord - Hudson

Let there be Love Shared Among Us

Meekness and Majesty

Tell Out my Soul - Dudley Smith

We Come as Guests Invited - Dudley-Smith

When I needed a Neighbor - Carter

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