Hymns for the 13th Sunday after Pentecost - Proper 18 (23), Year C (4 September 2022) - Revised Common Lectionary

Hymns and songs suggestions based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost 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 - sometimes in a limited setting.  Many such hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles and genres are included.

A small selection on hymns which are still copyright may also be included, if they are particularly appropriate.

Suggestions about other free-to-use hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a message in the Comments box near the bottom of the page.


First: Jeremiah 18:1-11 - The prophet sees a potter at work, re-shaping a pot which was not right ... Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done? says the Lord. ....Turn now, all of you from your evil ways
Deuteronomy 30:15-20 - If you obey the commandments of the Lord... then you shall live and become numerous, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to possess.  Choose life, not death.

Second: Philemon 1: 1-21 - .....Paul writes to Philemon, Apphia, Archippus and the church in their house:  he is sending, a run-away slave to them, and requests them to welcome him as they would welcome Paul himself.

Gospel:   Luke 14: 25-33 -  Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple ... none of you can be my disciple unless he gives up all his possessions.


Like Christ, we are called to give up everything to know and serve God.   Self-sacrifice, love and  service - the cost of discipleship.

Free-use hymns

A Mighty Stronghold is our God - Swart

And Are We Yet Alive - Wesley

Awake, my Soul and with the Sun  - Ken

Be thou my Vision

Behold the Servant of the Lord - Wesley

Christ from Whom all Blessings Flow - Wesley

Come, Holy Ghost our Hearts Inspire - Wesley

Forth in thy Name, O Lord I go - Wesley

God is Love, let heaven adore him - Rees

Help us to Help Each Other Lord - Wesley

I Can Hear My Savior Calling (Where he leads me I will follow) - Blandly

I would be True - Walter

Jesus Lover of my Soul - Wesley

Jesus Thy Boundless Love to Me - Wesley

Lord of Glory, You Have Bought Us - Alderson

Make me a Captive Lord - Matheson

Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone - Shepherd

New Every Morning is the Love - Keble

Praise to the Holiest in the Height

O for a Heart to Praise my God - Wesley

O God, My Faithful God - Winkworth

O God our Help in Ages Past

O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee - Gladden

O That the Lord Would Guide My Ways - Watts

O Thou who Camest from Above - Wesley

Out of the Depths I Cry to Thee - Winkworth

Teach me, my God and King - Herbert

The Man is Ever Blessed - Watts

This, this is the God we Adore - Hart

Why should Cross and Trial Grieve Me - Kelly

Hymns which may still be copyright

How Clear is Our Vocation, Lord - Pratt Green

Light of the Minds that Know Him - Dudley-Smith

Lord we have Come at Your own Invitation - Pratt Green

Lord, you have come to the Seashore 

O God You Search me and You Know me - Farrell

Spirit of the living God

Would I have answered when you called? - Stuempfle

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