Hymns for the 3rd Sunday after Epiphany, Year A (22 Jan 2023) - Revised Common Lectionary

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the third Sunday after Epiphany, Year A.

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 hymns that are still copyright, but are a particularly good fit for the day's readings, are also included.

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


First: Isaiah 9:1-4   he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations ...The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light ... you have increased its joy ...For the yoke of their burden ... you have broken as on the day of Midian.

Psalm 26 :  The Lord is my light and my salvation / There is one thing I ask of the Lord / I am sure I shall see the Lord's goodness.

Second: I Corinthians 1:10-18 : Paul urges the believes to make up the differences between themselves and to be united in Christ ... rather than having slogans like "I am for Paul" or "I am for Cephas".

Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23 - Jesus settled in Capernaum, fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah "The people that lived in darkness have seen a great light".   He calls the fishermen Simon Peter and Andrew to "follow me and I will make you fishers of men".   Then he goes all around Galilee, preaching.


Following Jesus Christ, the light of the world.

Free-use pictures and illustrations

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

Free-use hymns

All  my Hope on God is Founded

Angel Voices ever Singing - Pott

Christ whose Glory Fills the Skies - Wesley

Come, let us with our Lord Arise - Wesley

Goodness Is Stronger than Evil - Tutu

Jesus Calls Us o’er the Tumult - Alexander

Jesus shall Reign Where'er the Sun - Watts

Let There be Light  (God, whose almighty word) - Marriott

O Christ, Our True and Only Light - Winkworth

 O Happy Day that Fixed my Choice - Doddridge

O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee

O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright - Winkworth

Renew Me, O Eternal Light - Crull

The People That in Darkness Sat - Morrison

Thou God of truth and love - Wesley

We are Marching

We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations - Nichol

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Your Hand O God has Guided - Plumptree

Hymns which may still be copyright

Arise, Shine - Getty / Townend

Blessed be the God of Israel - Daw

Christ is the world's Light - Green

Christ is the world's true Light - Briggs

Gather Us In - Haugen

Jesus, You Once Called Disciples - Gillette

Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore  /  Lord, you have come to the Seashore 

O Lord, You Called Disciples  - Gillette

Rise, Shine, You People - Klug

The Summons  (Will You Come and Follow Me) - Bell

Two Fishermen - Toolan

When Jesus taught by Galilee - Dudley-Smith

Would I Have Answered When You Called - Stuempfle

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