Hymns for the 15th Sunday after Pentecost - Proper 20 (25), Year C (18 Sept 2022) - Revised Common Lectionary

Hymns and song suggestions based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost in Year C.

Most are free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) so 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 of copyright hymns may also be included, if they are particularly relevant.

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.


Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 - The prophet speaks of a time when the people are poor and in pain, and wondering if God has deserted them:   "O that my head were a spring of water, and my eyes a fountain of tears, so that I might weep day and night for the slain of my poor people!"
Amos 8:4-7 - A message against those who suppress the poor for their own gain:  the Lord will not forget a single thing you have done.

Second:  I Timothy 2:1-7 - There should be prayers offered to God for everyone - God wants everyone to be saved and reach full knowledge of the truth.  There is only one God, and one mediator, Jesus

Gospel:   Luke 16:1-13 - Parable of the dishonest / unjust steward:  the children of the world are more astute in dealing with their own kind than are the children of light. ... The one who can be trusted in little things can be trusted in great ones:  if you cannot be trusted with money, who will trust you with genuine riches?   You cannot be the slave of both God and money.


Christ's concern for the poor, his defence of those who are manipulated for economic gain.   Justice.  Social issues.

Free-use hymns

A Charge to Keep I Have - Wesley

A Mighty Fortress is our God - Hedge, from Luther

Father of heaven, whose love profound - Cooper

Father Whose Everlasting Love - Wesley

Forth in Thy Name O Lord I Go - Wesley

God the Omnipotent Mighty Avenger - Chorley

How can a Sinner Know - Wesley

I am not Worthy Holy Lord - Baker

Jesus Calls us o'er the Tumult - Alexander

Jesus Priceless Treasure - Winkworth

Jesus United by Thy Grace - Wesley

Living for Jesus - Chisholm

Lord Teach us how to Pray Aright - Montgomery

Nothing Between - Tindley
O Christ our hope our Heart's Desire - Chandler

O God of Mercy God of Might - Thring

O Love that wilt not let me go - Matheson

Once to Every Man and Nation - Lowell

Praise my Soul the King of Heaven

Seek Where You May to Find a Way - trans Voss

Sing Praise to God who Reigns Above - Cox

Son of God Eternal Saviour - Lowry

Teach me my God and King - Herbert

To Thee our God we Fly - How

Victim Divine - Wesley

We Give Thee But Thine Own - How|

What Shall we Offer our Good Lord - Wesley

Who is on the Lord's Side - Havergal

You Servants of God your Master Proclaim - Wesley

Hymns which may still be copyright

God of Jeremiah Grieving - Wren

Father we have Sinned in Word and Thought and Deed - Getty/Townend

Inspired by Love and Anger - Bell

Let Justice Roll Like a River - Haugen (especially Verse 3)

Let Streams of Living Justice - Whitla

Live into Hope - Huber

Spirit of Jesus if I Love my Neighbor - Wren

The Right Hand of God - Prescod

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