Hymns for the 20th Sunday after Pentecost - Proper 25 (30), Year C (23 Oct 2022) - Revised Common Lectionary

A selection of  hymns and songs suggestions based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the twentieth Sunday after Pentecost in Year C.

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

Suggestions about hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a comment below.


Joel 2:23-32 - ... be glad and rejoice in the LORD your God; for he has given the early rain for your vindication ...You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. ...I will pour out my spirit on all flesh
Sirach / Eccelesiastisus 35:12-17  - The Lord is a God of justice, who knows no favourites. ... he hears the cry of the oppressed. The one who serves God willingly is heard; ... The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds.
Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22 - ... Yet you, O Lord, are in the midst of us, and we are called by your name; do not forsake us! ... We acknowledge our wickedness, O LORD  ...We set our hope on you... 

Second:  II Timothy 4: 6-8, 16-18 - I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. ... the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the proclamation might be completed and all the Gentiles might hear it. ... The Lord will rescue me from every evil threat and will bring me safe to his heavenly kingdom.

Gospel: Luke 18:9-14 - Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector / Publican


The Lord as righteous and only judge. Justice, social concern.


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

Free-use hymns

A Mighty Fortress is our God - Hedge (from Luther)

Captain of Israel’s host, and Guide - Wesley

Father of Heaven whose Love Profound - Cooper

Guide me O Thou Great Redeemer

He Leadeth Me - Gilmore

How can a Sinner Know - Wesley

I Am Thine, O Lord (Luke) - Crosby

I Sing the Almighty Power of God - Watts

I will Sing the Wondrous Story - Rowley

I'll Praise my Maker While I've Breath - Watts

Jesus Lover of my Soul - Wesley

Jesus Priceless Treasure - Winkworth

Just as I am Without one Plea

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms - Hoffman

Lord, I Want to Be a Christian - unknown

May the Mind of Christ my Saviour - Wilkinson

O Christ, Our Hope - Chandler

O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High - Webb from á Kempis

O Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness - Lowry

Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior - Crosby

Praise my Soul the King of Heaven

Praise to the Holiest in the Height

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