Hymns for the 6th Sunday after Epiphany, Year A (12 February 2023) - Revised Common Lectionary

Hymn and song suggestions, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the sixth 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 few hymns which 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.


Deuteronomy 30:15-20
 If you obey the commandments of the LORD your God ... then you shall live and become numerous, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away ... you shall perish .... Choose life so that you and your descendants may live ..loving your God, obeying him
Sirach 15: 15-20  -  If you choose, you can keep the commandments ... God has given no one permission to sin.

Psalm 118 - They are happy who follow God's law / They are happy whose life is blameless / You have laid down your precepts / bless your servant and I shall live / Teach me the demands of your statutes.

Second: I Corinthians 3:1-9 - And so, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ ...when one says, "I belong to Paul," and another, "I belong to Apollos," are you not merely human?   For we are all God's servants, working together; you are God's field, God's building.

Gospel: Matthew 5:21-37 - Jesus says "I have not come to abolish the Law and the Prophets, but to complete them" and explains certain aspects of the Law in light of his teaching.


The law of Christ and the wisdom of God.  Jesus as the fulfilment of the Law and Prophets.

Free-use hymns

Alleluia Sing to Jesus (esp verse 4)

Almighty God, Thy word is cast - Cawood (1819)

Behold the servant of the Lord - Wesley

Brotherly Love (Jesus, Lord we look to thee, let us in they name agree) - Wesley

Built on a Rock the Church doth Stand - Døving

Do no Sinful Action - Alexander

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

God from all Eternity - Crull

Holy Spirit Truth Divine - Longfellow

Jesus with Thy Church Abide - Pollock

Just a Closer Walk With Thee

Lord, keep us steadfast in Thy worD - Winkworth

May we be One  - Gauntlett

May we Thy precepts, Lord, fulfil - Osler

My faith looks up to Thee

O God our Father, throned on high  - Coster

O God, Thou faithful God - Winkworth

Praise to Thee and Adoration - Kvamme

Renew me, O eternal Light - Crull

Thee will I Love my Strength, my Treasure - Winkworth

Hymns which may still be copyright

Best of all is God is with Us - Pratt

Eye has not Seen - Haugen

Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive - Herklots 

Have Faith in God my Heart - Rees

Help us Accept each Other Lord - Kaan

Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service - Bayly

Not far Beyond the Sea nor High -  Caird
Peace with the Father, peace with Christ his Son - Quinn

What does the Lord Require - Bayley

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