Hymns for Baptism of the Lord - 1st Sunday after Epiphany, Year A (8 Jan 2023) - Revised Common Lectionary

This is a selection of hymns and song suggestions, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, ie the 1st 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 - 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 that are still copyright 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.


First: Isaiah 42:1-9  Here is my servant ... I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations ... I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.

Second: Acts 10:34-43 - Peter preaches to the newly baptized:  God does not have favourites:  his word was sent to the people of Israel - but Jesus Christ is the Lord of all ... because God was with him, Jesus went about doing good and curing all who had fallen to the power of the devil.

Gospel: Matthew 3: 13-17 - John baptizes Jesus - the heaven opened and he saw the Spirit of God descend on him like a dove ... "this is my Son, the beloved: my favour rests on him".


Baptism of Jesus, the son of God, the light to the nations.

Free-use art

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

Free-use hymns

All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name

An Eye Single to the Glory of the Lord (Behold the servant of the Lord) - Wesley

Breath of Life, come Sweeping Through Us - Head

Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of All Nature - unknown

Give to our God Immortal Praise - Watts

God, Whose Almighty Word - Marriott

Hark the Glad Sound - Doddridge

I'll praise my maker while I've breath - Watts

Jesus, Lord of All Creation - Wesley

Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun - Watts

Jesus the Name High over all - Wesley

O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing - Wesley

O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High - Webb

Songs of Thankfulness and Praise

Spirit of Faith, Come Down - Wesley

Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart - Croly

To Jordan Came the Christ, Our Lord - Massie (from Luther)

To the Name of our Salvation - Neale

Hymns which may still be copyright

Baptized in Water - Saward

Baptise us with your Spirit - Wren

Christ, When For Us You Were Baptized - Bland-Tucker

Crashing Waters at Creation - Cross

Down by the Jordan (ref)

Jesus is Lord! Creation’s voice Proclaims It - Mansell

Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song - Daw

Name of all Majesty - Dudley-Smith

Praise and Thanksgiving Be to God Our Maker - Whiteley and Yardley 

Sent Out in Jesus' Name - Maldonado

She Flies On - She Comes Sailing on the Wind - Light

Sweet, Sweet Spirit - Akers

The Kingdom of God is Justice and Joy - Rees

The Voice of God goes out to all the World - Connaughton

We believe in God the Father - Dudley-Smith

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