Hymns for the 2nd Sunday in Lent, Year A - Revised Common Lectionary (5 March 2023)

Hymn and song suggestions, based on themes from the Revised Common Lectionary for the second Sunday of Lent, 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 these are particularly appropriate.

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


First:  Genesis 12: 1-4a - God calls Abraham to leave his country and family and go the land that God will show him

Psalm 121 - I lift up my eyes to the hills-- from where will my help come?

Second: Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 - What was promised to Abraham came through faith, not works of law:  the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law .

John 3:1-17
Nicodemus questions Jesus about what it takes to see the kingdom of God -  no one can enter the kingdom without being born of water and Spirit.  "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes may not perish but may have eternal life."  "God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but so that the world might be saved through him."
Matthew 17:1-9 - Jesus is transfigured, his face shines like the sun ... God says "This is my Son the Beloved, he enjoys my favour, listen to him".

(The suggestions below are based on the Gospel from John:   See hymn suggestions for Transfiguration Sunday if using the reading from Matthew.)


Abraham hears and accepts God's call - he is born of water and the Spirit, we are called to the same, by God's love.

Free-use hymns

A Pilgrim and a Stranger - Borthwick

Beneath the Cross of Jesus - Clephane

Bread of Heaven, on you we Feed - Conder

Draw Near and Take the Body of the Lord - Neale

Father of Heaven, whose Love Profound - Cooper

Father whose Everlasting Love - Wesley

Fill thou my Life - Bonar

Give to our God Immortal Praise - Watts

God is Love: Let Heaven Adore Him - Rees

God Loved the World So that He Gave - Crull

If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee - Winkworth

I'll go in the strength of the Lord - Turney

Immortal Love for ever Full - Whittier

Jesus I my Cross have Taken - Lyte

Jesus, Lord of All Creation - Wesley

John 3:16 - Manton Smith

Lord, Thee I Love With All My Heart - Winkworth

Man of Sorrows! What a Name - Bliss

Meet and Right it is to Sing - Wesley

O Breath of life, come sweeping through us - Head

O Christ, Our Hope - Chandler

O God of Bethel - Doddridge
O love, how Deep, how Broad, how High - Webb
O Love That Will Not Let Me Go - Matheson

O my Saviour, Lifted - How

Our Great Redeemer, as He Breathed - Auber

Pleading His Gracious Name (Approach, my soul, the mercy-seat) - Newton

Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow 

Sing, my Tongue, the Glorious Battle

The God of Abraham Praise

The Lord's my Shepherd - Scottish Psalter

The Work of Faith (Author of faith, eternal word) - Wesley

Unto the Hills - Campbell

We give Immortal Praise - Watts 

Suggested hymns which may still be copyright

A spendthrift lover is the Lord - Troeger

Christ is the world's Light - Prat Green

Deep in the Shadows of the Past - Wren

God it was who said to Abraham - Bell

God of Abraham  - Farrell

God, Whose Love Is Always Stronger - Gillette 

In His Time - Ball

The Lord's my Shepherd - Townend 

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