Hymns for the 5th Sunday after Epiphany, Year A (5 February 2023) - Revised Common Lectionary

A selection of  hymns and song suggestions, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the fifth Sunday after Epiphany in, 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 copyright hymns may also be included if they are particularly appropriate.

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 58: 1-9 - Share your bread with the hungry, shelter the homeless poor ... your integrity will go before you ... cry and the Lord will answer "here I am" ... your light will rise in the darkness:  What God requires is justice and refraining from evil

Psalm 111 - The good man is a light in the darkness for the upright / The just man will never waver / With a steadfast heart he will no fear.

Second: I Corinthians 2: 1-12 - I came to tell you what God had guaranteed ... the only knowledge I claimed to have was about Jesus, and only about him as the crucified Christ.  ... And I did this so your faith should not depend on human philosophy but on the power of God.  These things, God has revealed to us though the spirit.

Gospel: Matthew 5: 13-20- You are the salt of the earth.  But if salt becomes tasteless, what can make it salty again?  ... You are the light of the world:  no one lights a lamp to put it under a tub, they put it on a lampstand to shine for all the household.   Your light must shine in the sight of all.


Christ our light - an the light of the earth.  The church as light in the darkness.

Free-use hymns

All my hope on God is Founded

Be Thou my Vision

Christ Whose Glory Fills the Skies - Wesley

Father who the Light this Day - Elliot

Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go - Wesley

God Whose Almighty Word - Marriott

In the Cross of Christ I Glory - Bowring

Lord Speak to me, that I may Speak - Havergal

Love the Test of Discipleship (Our God is love, and all His saints) - unknown

May the mind of Christ my Savior - Wilkinson

May We Your Precepts, Lord, Fulfill - Osler

O Fount of Good, for all Your Love - Doddridge / Osler

O God, what Offering shall I Give - Wesley

O Splendor of God’s Glory Bright - Benson (from Ambrose)

O that the Lord would guide my ways - Watts

O Word of God Incarnate - How

This Little Light of Mine

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

Ye Are the Light of the World - Craig

You Are the Way; Through You Alone - Doane

Your Kingdom Come O God - Hensley

Hymns which may still be copyright

Arise Shine (Darkness like a shroud) - Kendrick

God Has Spoken by His Prophets - Briggs

God of Love, We Sing Your Glory - Gillette (ref)

God Weeps at Love Withheld - Murray

Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service - Bayly

May the God of Hope - trans Schutmaat

O Christ, Your Heart, Compassionate - Stuempfle 

O God of Light, May Our Light Shine - Gillette

Send Down the Fire of your Justice - Haugen

Show Us How to Stand for Justice - Leckebusch

The Church of Christ, in Every Age - Green

Thy Strong Word Did Cleave the Darkness - Franzmann 

Walk in the Light - Lundy

What Does the Lord Require of You - Strathdee

You are the Salt of the Earth - March / Avery

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