Hymns for the 3rd Sunday in Lent, Year A - Revised Common Lectionary (12 March 2023)

Hymn and song suggestions, based on themes from the Revised Common Lectionary for the third 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 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:  Exodus 17:1-7 -  The people complained to Moses of their thirst, so he appealed to God who guided him to strike a rock at Horeb and draw water.

Psalm 94 - O come let us sing to the Lord.

Second: Romans 5:1-11  - The love of God has been poured into your hearts by the Holy Spirit ... Christ died for us while we were still sinners.

Gospel: John 4:5-42 - Jesus asks the Samaritan woman for a drink at the well.  He speaks about himself as food, and living water.


Jesus, the water, who assuages our thirst by pouring the Holy Spirit

Free-use hymns

A Charge to Keep I Have - Wesley

As pants the hart for cooling streams - Unknown, pre 1696

Children of the Heavenly Father - Olson

Come With Us, O Blessed Jesus - Hopkins

Draw Near and Take the Body of the Lord - Neale

Glories of Your Name are Spoken - Newton

God Will Take Care of You - Martin (1904)

Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah

Hail, thou once-despised Jesus - Bakewell / Toplady

Holy Spirit, Truth Divine - Longfellow

How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds

Jesus, Joy of Our Desiring - Robert Bridges

Jesus, the Gift Divine I Know - Wesley

O Breath of Life come Sweeping Through Us - Head

O Food to Pilgrims Given - Riley

O God, unseen, yet ever near - Osler

O Perfect Love, All Human Thought Transcending - Gurney

Saviour, send a Blessing to Us - Kelly

The Woman at the Well - Denny

What Shall I do my God to Love - Wesley

Hymns that may still be copyright

As the Deer- Nystrom

As the Deer Runs to the River - Stuempfle

Eat This Bread - Taize / Joncas

Eat This Bread and Never Hunger - Damon

Fill My Cup, Lord (Like the woman at the well)

O Lord, You Called Disciples - Gillette (esp verse 2)

Once a Woman Seeking Water - Gillette (ref)

Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness - Edwards

There is a Redeemer - Green

Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery - Haugen

You Who Are Thirsty - Ross

When Like the Woman at the Well - Downing

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